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Natural Resource Plans

Park Resource Plans

Natural resource planning provides for the protection and enhancement of sensitive natural resources.

Sitka Sedge Hydrology planning

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), along with stakeholders and partners, has completed study of the hydrology of the park and the adjacent Tierra del Mar community. The project has transitioned to working with stakeholders in finer-scale assessment of goals, alternatives and potential effects – ultimately leading to a decision on the future of the site. To learn more, see the project page.

Willamette Basin Strategic Action Plan

This plan is a 10-year Strategic Action Plan for restoration and stewardship of OPRD-managed sites in the Willamette Basin focused on: protecting intact natural resources, restoring degraded habitats, and improving partnerships, funding, site monitoring, and public communication. OPRD and partners will implement strategies and actions from for a 10 year period to meet the plan goals and objectives.

The Plan has allowed OPRD to fill information gaps on property needs, identify priority locations for work, identify ways to increase resources for natural resource management, and improve natural resource management approaches and processes. As a component of this planning effort, all 134 individual OPRD-managed properties in the Willamette Basin were evaluated against a set of 19 criteria and scored to measure overall natural resource function and value, in the areas of habitat, water quality and floodplain function, and public use and enjoyment of nature.

  • Natural Resource Assessment and Strategic Action Plan for Restoration and Stewardship of OPRD-Managed Properties in the Willamette Basin (12.4 MB PDF, August 2017)
  • Natural Resource Function and Value Assessment of OPRD Managed Lands in the Willamette Basin (24.7 MB PDF, August 2017)

State Natural Areas Plan

The Oregon Legislature established the Oregon Natural Areas Program in 1979 as a way to protect and recognize high quality native ecosystems and rare plant and animal species. The program is managed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and includes lands of many different ownerships. The 2015 Oregon Natural Areas Plan lists the rare species, ecosystems, and geological features present in Oregon and where they are represented by protected lands. More information can be found on the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center website.