Suzanne Arlie Park

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.

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Lane County, OR
Project Size:
  • 515.0 acres

Project Sites

  • Suzanne Arlie Park

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 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:

No targeted species were identified for this project.

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Control invasive plants Ongoing Management 2015 2015
removing abundance of invasive vegetation in understory and thinning.
Plant native trees and/or shrubs, herbs, forbs, grasses Ongoing Management 2015 2015
Planting in disturbed areas to try to prevent invasion
Control encroaching species Ongoing Management 2015 2015
Thin trees in forest and woodland to restore more savanna-like structure and improve forest health.

Outcomes

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

Citation

This property (~515 acres) is owned by the City of Eugene. Activities in 2015 are being paid for by the Bureau of Land Management and conducted largely by contractors.

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Pacific Coast Joint Venture

Managing Organization

City of Eugene Parks and Open Space
(Local Government)

Contact Information

Shelly Miller
City of Eugene Parks and Open Space

General Information

Project #: 257116
Last Updated: October 30, 2015

Project Relations

Partners

Eugene-Springfield Fire Department

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