Metro acquires 92-acre natural area in Clackamas County

The regional governing body plans to restore and support natural habitat diversity.

A person walks through tall grass and brush.

The newly purchased property is in an area that has historically seen little investment in conservation.

Photo by Oregon Metro

Metro announced this week that it acquired 92 acres of land in unincorporated Clackamas County with funding from the 2019 parks and nature bond. The land is mostly undeveloped and is located in the Upper Holcomb Creek area, northeast of Oregon City.

Why it’s important
The parcel is home to a wide range of habitats — like oak savanna, woodland, and prairie — that support a diverse array of plants and animals, including many in need of protection. Seasonal headwater streams, totaling some 3,000 ft in length, flow on the property, contributing to regional water supplies.

What Metro plans to do
Now that the land is in Metro’s hands, the agency can begin work on its restoration — namely, removing some existing structures, pulling invasive weeds, planting native flora, and encouraging habitat diversity. Metro also plans to improve the local watershed by protecting the property’s streams and lowering the risk of flooding.

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