Hundreds of thousands of visitors have trekked through the beloved ancient forest to Oxbow Regional Park, enchanted by the Douglas firs reaching for the sky and the endless hues of green all around. The ancient forest is intact today thanks in part to Estella Ehelebe, a former parks superintendent at Multnomah County, before the parks were transferred to Metro. Ehelebe was also the first and only black woman to lead the parks system, breaking barriers and advancing racial equity in the process.
Read more about Ehelebe's life and legacy by reading the spring issue of Our Big Backyard, Metro's quarterly parks and nature magazine.
Find a copy of the magazine at a local public library branch, the Oregon Zoo, a Metro park, or at various community centers and senior centers. Or read individual stories online on Parks and Nature News or click the image on the right to read a PDF of the magazine.
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