About The Conservancy

Mission Statement

The mission of the Forest Park Conservancy is to protect and foster the ecological health of Forest Park, maintain and enhance the park’s extensive trails network, and inspire community appreciation and future stewardship of this iconic urban forest as a gift for generations. The Conservancy fulfills this mission with the support of 1,000 volunteers and a staff of seven full-time employees working on trails and restoration projects each year. FPC works in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation to ensure Forest Park is safe and accessible for residents and visitors. We are a community-supported organization. If you want to make a donation or volunteer, contact us at info@forestparkconservancy.org.

History of the Forest Park Conservancy

The Forest Park Conservancy traces its origins to the original group of Portland civic leaders who advocated for the park’s dedication called the Committee of Fifty. In the 1940’s, fifty members of the City Club of Portland organized the effort to end attempts at logging, development and oil exploration that had stalled efforts to dedicate the park as a natural area since the early 1900’s. The Committee of Fifty sought to implement the vision articulated by John Charles Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted who, in their 1903 report to the City of Portland, concluded that “No use to which this tract of land could be put would begin to be as sensible or as profitable to the city as that of making it a public park.”

Eventually, the Committee of Fifty evolved into the group known as Friends of Forest Park, which was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization in 1989. In 2008, we changed our name to the Forest Park Conservancy.

Address And Contact Information

Mailing & Office Address:
Forest Park Conservancy
833 SW 11th Ave, Suite 800            
Portland, OR 97205
Phone 503-223-5449





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