Tales From The Trails:

A Banner Year for Forest Park

What a year it’s been for Forest Park and the Forest Park Conservancy. More than 1,500 volunteers turned out in all kinds of weather to take care of our beloved urban forest. And more than 1,200 people made financial contributions to support our work.

Simply put, without you, Forest Park would not be nearly as healthy as it is and the trails wouldn’t be nearly as much fun. Thank you!

In the past year we:

  • Raked 25 miles of trail, which is like going round trip from Forest Park to the Tualatin Hills Nature Park and back!
  • Brushed overgrowth on 49 miles of trail, which is equivalent to going from Forest Park to the state capitol in Salem, Oregon
  • Removed 120,000 square feet of ivy. That much ivy would fill 14 baseball diamonds!
  • Hauled more than 23 tons of material needed to improve trails which is equal to more than 15,000 text books!

And this isn’t all we’ve done. In addition we:

  • Repaired nearly 1.5 miles of trail
  • Planted more than 1,200 native shrubs and trees
  • Pulled ivy from 6,000 trees
  • Cleared debris from 21 miles of culverts and drains

But, there’s more we must do to restore and protect Forest Park. Each year, FPC maintains 47 of the 80 miles of trail in Forest Park. We restore habitat to ensure wildlife can thrive. And, our leadership of the Greater Forest Park Conservation Initiative is protecting Forest Park and 10,000 acres surrounding the park.

All of our work is essential to ensuring Forest Park can withstand the threats from climate change, urban growth and invasive plants. We have big plans for 2019 including:

  • Trail improvement projects on the Wildwood
  • Launch an Ambassador Program
  • Strengthen our 1,500-person volunteer program
  • Remove ivy from more than 6,000 trees in and outside of Forest Park

Today, I’m asking you to help us ensure the future of Forest Park is bright by making your tax-deductible donation. When you do, you’ll know you are doing your part to protect one of the nation’s largest forests within a city’s limits.

As an added incentive, the first five people to make a gift of $125 or more today will receive a FREE pair of KEEN shoes!

Please join our efforts to ensure Forest Park continues provide cleaner air and water, access to nature at our doorstep, and a home for wildlife. We can’t succeed without you. Together we will protect and restore Forest Park today and for future generations.

Thank you,

Renee Myers
Executive Director

P.S. We have lots of other prizes when you give before December 31st:

Give $35 or more and receive a Columbia Sportswear hat

Give $70 or more and receive a COAST headlamp

Give $140 or more and receive a Columbia Sportswear backpack

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