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Natural area preserved along Columbia Slough

Metro, city of Portland pool funds to buy land


Metro and the city of Portland teamed up to buy 54 acres of wildlife habitat along the Columbia Slough in Northeast Portland, east of 33rd Drive near Portland International Airport and the Broadmoor Golf Course.

Portland Parks & Recreation will manage the new natural area, which provides habitat for more than 170 species, including kingfishers, owls, great blue herons, deer, bats and amphibians. There is a plan to put a walking and bicycling trail through the natural area.

Money for the $530,400 purchase came from Metro’s voter-approved natural areas bond measure and the Bureau of Environmental Services’ Grey to Green initiative. The city parks bureau also contributed some of its local allocation from the Metro bond measure.

The Columbia Slough includes 19 miles of slow-moving channels and wetlands, stretching from Fairview Lake on the east to Kelley Point Park in North Portland on the west.

A variety of city and nonprofit groups, including the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, are working on a long-term plan to clean up the slough.