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Suzanne Arlie Park

Project #: 257116  –   Updated: October 30, 2015

Project Summary

Suzanne Arlie Park is a relatively new addition to the City of Eugene's park system. It is in the southeast corner of the city and is largely undeveloped. There are some existing roads for utility access. A lot of work was completed this summer on the property under the Bureau of Land Management's Community Assistance grant for fuels reduction. Large amounts of blackberry and other invasive understory was removed and trees were thinned to allow for future restoration of oak woodland, mixed forest, and prairie.

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Location (by county):
Lane County (OR)

Watersheds:
Coast Fork Willamette

Congressional Districts:
OR District 04

Bird Conservation Regions:
Northern Pacific Rainforest

USFWS Regions:
Pacific Region

Project size:
515.0 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Suzanne Arlie Park Yes

Full Project Description

Suzanne Arlie Park is a relatively new addition to the City of Eugene's park system. It is in the southeast corner of the city and is largely undeveloped. There are some existing roads for utility access. A lot of work was completed this summer on the property under the Bureau of Land Management's Community Assistance grant for fuels reduction. Large amounts of blackberry and other invasive understory was removed and trees were thinned to allow for future restoration of oak woodland, mixed forest, and prairie.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Conservation Mission
The City of Eugene Natural Areas and Urban Forestry Program's mission is to 1) advance and steward interconnected systems of natural areas, trees, trails, and clean waters and 2) protect and restore ecological functions and native biological diversity.
Public Benefit
Removing dense understory and ladder fuels provides some protection from wildfire to nearby residents.

Primary goals:

Reduce/remove invasive understory. Thin high density trees to improve forest health.
Progress:

Using contractors, significant progress has been made toward this goal.

Develop master plan for habitat and recreation at the site.
Progress:

Minimal progress has been made on this goal.

Consistent with plans:

State Wildlife Action Plan
Helps restore oak savanna, woodland and prairie.

Targeted Ecosystem Services:

  • Habitat/Biodiversity
  • Fire Risk Management
  • Aesthetic Values

Targeted habitats:

    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Deciduous Forests and Woodlands
        • Oak Forest and Woodland
      • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer
        • Big Leaf Maple, Black Oak, or White Oak with Conifer Forest
    • Shrublands and Grasslands
      • Grasslands
        • Columbia Basin Grassland and Prairie

Targeted species were not provided for this project.

Actions

Project Actions
Control invasive plants Show/Hide details
Plant native trees and/or shrubs, herbs, forbs, grasses Show/Hide details
Control encroaching species Show/Hide details

Assistance

Direct Funding
BLM Community Assistance Grant (Federal Government) Show/Hide details

Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   No/Unknown

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Organization

City of Eugene Parks and Open Space
(Local Government)

Primary Contact

Shelly Miller
City of Eugene Parks and Open Space
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Partners

  • Eugene-Springfield Fire Department

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