Volunteers Help Clean Turtle Flats

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EUGENE, Ore. — Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah have plenty of friends of their own helping them Saturday as they cleaned parts of Turtle Flats.

More than 20 people gathered at to help get rid of some invasive plants on the 63-acre land near Seavey Loop Road. Coordinators say this is one of the first steps in a much bigger project.

The plan is to restore the land back to what it was before Turtle Flats was turned into a mining site years ago. Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah say they want to first get rid of the invasive plants and then connect the river to the ponds to help the water flow and bring in new species. They’ve partnered with the Bier Stein in Eugene and also many community members.

“Having these volunteers out here today is a key part of connecting the community with this parcel of land,” said Sarah Mazze with Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah.

The Lane County Board of Commissioners agreed to sell the land to the non-profit last month.

Organizers say the turnout Saturday was great but they’re always looking for more volunteers. There are two more work parties coming up: one on April 26 and one on May 10.

To volunteer, you can email volunteer@bufordpark.org or visit their website.

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