Board of County Commissioners adopts new Parks Master Plan and a habitat management plan for Mt. Pisgah

Board of County Commissioners adopts new Parks Master Plan and a habitat management plan for Mt. Pisgah
Posted on 12/19/2018

The Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously on December 18 to adopt the new Parks Master Plan that will guide investments and priorities for Lane County’s 68 parks for the next 20 years. The Board also unanimously adopted the new Habitat Management Plan for Howard Buford Recreation Area (Mt. Pisgah), which is Lane County’s largest and most-visited park.

 

“We are thrilled to have reached adoption for both of these plans,” said Parks Manager Brett Henry. “Our parks are loved and well used by the community. With these plans that reflect our community’s values for parks, we can continue to make sure they are special places for generations to come.”

 

Parks Master Plan

 

The Parks Master Plan includes six goals identified through community input and the work of a citizen-led, 23-member task force. The goals are:

 

  1. 1.Collaborate. Engage residents, volunteers, interest groups, educational providers, businesses and local, state, and federal agencies as partners in the coordinated effort to expand, enhance, interpret, provide, and protect parks, natural areas, trails and recreation opportunities across Lane County.
  2. 2.Connect. Attract people to nature, the outdoors and County parks by providing a variety of experiences, improving park and facility access, increasing stewardship, supporting environmental education/nature interpretation, and improving communication.
  3. Create vibrancy. Re-invigorate and revitalize key parks as thriving, family-friendly outdoor activity hubs through redesign, renovation and programming to help position Lane County as the best county for outdoor recreation and play.
  4. Generate economic vitality. Create a strategic and holistic park management approach that balances local needs with opportunities to create economic benefits in surrounding communities and/or to generate revenue to re-invest in parks.
  5. Protect resources. Sustain and protect unique County assets, cultural and natural resources as our legacy for future generations.
  6. Reflect our values. Emphasize our diverse, natural character and make high impact, low-cost moves to maintain sites, sustain infrastructure and improve the quality, safety and attractiveness of park amenities, landscaping and recreation facilities.

 

View the adopted Parks Master Plan online.

 

Habitat Management Plan

 

Howard Buford Recreation Area (HBRA), also commonly known as Mt. Pisgah, is Lane County Parks’ largest and most-visited park, boasting a total of 2,215 acres with 28 miles of trail and more than 400,000 annual visitors.

 

The park also contains 1,000 acres of rare prairie, oak savanna and oak woodland habitat, which is one of the largest remnants of these habitats in public ownership in the Willamette Valley.

 

The plan, developed in partnership with Friends of Howard Buford Recreation Area and Mt. Pisgah, used science-based planning analysis methods developed by The Nature Conservancy and contains 15 management goals, including:

  • maintaining and improving the park’s trail system to minimize ecological impacts while providing access to park visitors.
  • restoring and enhancing prairie, savanna and oak woodland habitats.
  • improving the ecological health of streams and floodplain habitats.

 

Ultimately, the plan would result in an additional 500 acres of restored prairie, savanna and oak woodland.

 

View the adopted Habitat Management Plan online.

 

The processes to develop both plans included extensive public outreach and opportunity for input. The Parks Master Plan process included a citizen-led Parks Master Plan Task Force with representatives from across Lane County that helped develop and prioritize the items. The County’s citizen-led Parks Advisory Committee provided oversight of both plans.

 

Both plans will be included in the County’s Rural Comprehensive plan.