A new segment of the Ridgeline Trail is under construction. A local Northwest Youth Corps crew has been working under contract for the Parks and Open Space Division since mid-July, building the multi-use trail. The new trail will add over a mile to an existing gravel road creating a 2.5 mile loop at this large but relatively less well-known park in southwest Eugene. The crew has been using hand tools for trail excavation, stump and boulder removal, has built several low stone retaining walls, dug footings for a 60-foot boardwalk and is currently working on a large raised trail section with log edging. A grand opening celebration will be held once the work is completed, currently scheduled for November.
The second project builds upon work started in 2015 to begin to restore oak savanna and woodland habitat in the southern Willamette Valley. Working in close partnership with the Long Tom Watershed Council under a grant from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, conservation foresters will oversee the selective removal of invading Douglas-fir, regenerating oaks, and other small diameter trees to open up the tree canopy to support growth and reproduction of oaks and other savanna plants and animals. Scientists estimate that less than seven percent of oak woodland and two percent of oak savannah remain from what was present in the 1850s. Please be aware that parts of the site will be off limits to the public during operations for safety purposes.