Celebrating Five Years of the Greater Forest Park Conservation Initiative
It started as an idea…
What if we don't think of Forest Park as an island, but as a part of a much larger landscape?
What if this landscape is managed consistently and collaboratively by the stakeholders in the area?
With this in mind, Forest Park Conservancy and its partners launched the Greater Forest Park Conservation Initiative (GFPCI) in 2013. To celebrate the first 5 years of the GFPCI, we have created a 5-Year Impact Report.
As a 20-year public-private collaborative restoration initiative, the GFPCI aims to restore and protect Forest Park's 5,200 acres and the 10,000 acres surrounding the park boundaries. The GFPCI aims to increase and expand the ecological benefits of the Forest Park ecosystem, while at the same time addressing some of the most urgent threats to it.
This first five years of the GFPCI have been incredible. The 5-Year Impact Report summarizes, celebrates, and highlights some of our biggest accomplishments to date, including progress metrics and projects we are especially proud of.
Some impacts highlighted in the report include the collective treatment and restoration over 3,600 acres of land; the planting over 90,000 native trees, shrubs, and herbs; the construction and repairs of over 11 miles of trails and the involvement of over 17,000 volunteers over the last five years.
The GFPCI partners are excited about the work accomplished so far and are committed to continuing the collaborative efforts of the initiative.
Thank you to our partners who have made this important work possible. GFPCI partners include:
- Forest Park Conservancy
- West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation Service
- Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
- Portland Parks and Recreation
- Friends of Trees
- Audubon Society
- Columbia Land Trust
- Forest Park Neighborhood Association
- Linnton Neighborhood Association
- Intertwine Alliance
- PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions
- PSU Institute for Economics and the Environment
- Oregon Department of Forestry
- Skyline Ridge Neighbors
For more information about the Greater Forest Park Conservation Initiative, click here.