HOWARD BUFORD COUNTY PARK, Ore. — Most all of our historic native Oak Prairie and Savanna habitats disappeared from the Willamette Valley. However, Lane County Parks and Friends of Buford Park say they aren’t going to let that happen here, thanks to the Meadowlark Project.
Friends of Buford Park will be restoring 265 acres in the recreation area. They’ll be controlling invasive blackberry and other weeds. They also plan to remove Douglas Fir and other trees to restore Oak Savanna on 24 acres. They’ll also be sowing site-specific seed mixes of native grasses and wild flowers.
This project is both federally and state funded to the tune of about $150,000. The group says it’s extremely necessary.
“It’s of concern, definitely. What it means is if we don’t make an effort to retain and restore the little bit that left, we will lose it forever,” said Val Rogers, Development Director of Friends of Buford Park.
The group says this will rescue the large legacy oak, improve birding and habitat for grass, and it will reduce the risk of wildfire destruction.
There will be a public tour of the project Thursday, July 26 at 6 p.m. The tour will start in the east trailhead off Ridgeway Road in Pleasant Hill. Parking is free.