Officials have drafted a management plan for one of the most popular hiking spots around Eugene / Springfield. The public can comment on the future of Buford Park and Mount Pisgah in several ways.
The Howard Buford Recreation Area includes 17 miles of trails up Mount Pisgah, through oak savanna, and shady Douglas fir forests. More than 400 thousand people visited the park last year. Only 2 percent of the Willamette Valley’s oak prairie remains, some of it here at Buford Park. Ed Alverson is Lane County’s Natural Areas Coordinator:
Alverson: “This park is really one of the most important publicly owned sites for habitat conservation in the Willamette Valley, particularly with these prairie and oak habitats. It’s really an unusual opportunity that we have to maintain the viability of these habitats and all the rare species they support.”
That includes the Oregon state bird, the Western Meadowlark and the rare vesper sparrow.
The county wants public input on the Draft Habitat Management Plan.
There’s a public open house Wednesday May 25th from 5 to 7:30 at Harris Hall in Eugene.