© 2023 KLCC

136 W 8th Ave
Eugene OR 97401

Contact Us

FCC Applications
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Amazon Creek Headwaters To Be Preserved

Be Noble Foundation

A 26-acre property in South Eugene will be preserved thanks to a private / public partnership between the City of Eugene and the Be Noble Foundation.

The property includes the headwaters of Amazon Creek and is habitat for wildlife and a favorite hiking place for locals. The city and Be Noble Foundation purchased three lots for a total of $1.75 million.

Eugene attorney Charlie Tebbutt represents Be Noble Foundation. It was created in honor of Erin Noble, a young man who died in a plane crash near Veneta in 2012. Noble was committed to saving the property from development.

Tebbutt: “Erin was a very vibrant young man who reached out to a lot of different people in this community and every community that he lived in throughout his life and he trekked in the Amazon Headwaters of South America and his backyard was the Amazon Headwaters in Eugene.”

Two-thirds of the property will be owned by the city and incorporated into the Ridgeline Trail system. The other third will remain undeveloped. The Nobel family hopes the area will be named in Erin’s honor.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.