Lane County Approves Turtle Flats Sale

Turtle Flats PicEUGENE, Ore. — After years of helping care for the land around Mount Pisgah, the Friends of Buford Park and Mount Pisgah can finally call a piece of it their own.

The Lane County Board of Commissioners approved the sale of Turtle Flats to the nonprofit. The 63-acre piece of land sits between the Coast and Middle Forks of the Willamette River.

Organizers with Friends of Buford Park say they haven’t purchased the land yet. That’ll take about another six months. But they already have big plans for the land.

“The goal is to reconnect the river to these ponds that were formed by historic gravel mining so that fish and other aquatic creatures can move back and forth between the river. They provide refuge,” said Chris Orsinger, Friends of Buford Park and Mount Pisgah.

The group is also looking for any volunteers to help with cleaning projects.

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