Spring Park Natural Area Enhancement Project
Spring Park Natural Area is situated on the east bank of the Willamette River near Elk Rock Island in Milwaukie, Oregon. In 2015, NCPRD partnered with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to conduct a study on the resident fish and amphibian species inhabiting an alcove one acre in size. Because of its position, the channel only receives water from the Willamette River during the high flow periods of winter and spring.
NCPRD’s Natural Areas Team completed the Spring Park Natural Area Enhancement Project in 2016, including riparian and in-stream habitat improvements. Large logs were lowered into the area to support the Lower Columbia River Coho Salmon and other fish species native to the area. Monitoring of the site by ODFW will continue through mid-2018.
Robert Kronberg Park and Natural Area
In 2016, the City of Milwaukie was awarded a nearly $1.2 million grant from the State of Oregon to build a multi-use path that spans from Kellogg Lake to SE McLoughlin Blvd. This path will connect the Kellogg Creek bike and pedestrian bridge to the Trolley Trail, creating safer access for bicyclists and pedestrians to downtown Milwaukie.
As a part of this project, NCPRD and its Natural Area professionals will restore habitat for native species. Interpretive signage, overlooks and bird blinds will be installed in addition to seating, picnic tables and a nature play area.
More information can be found on the City of Milwaukie’s Kronberg Park Project webpage.
Luther Road Habitat Restoration Project
In 2014, Metro, the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) and NCPRD partnered to restore a portion of Johnson Creek and its floodplain, improve stream habitat, water quality and protect natural areas.
Construction of phase I of the Luther Road Habitat Restoration Project is now completed. Read more about the project here.