Saturday, November 11 from 9 a.m. to noon

WHAT: Help us continue to restore the landscape of Turtle Flats into a vibrant and functioning floodplain through invasive species management, planting native shrubs and trees and enhancing habitat for western pond turtle, juvenile salmon and beavers! *please make sure to arrive on time, as we’ll be locking the gate when we head to our work site*

WHERE: Turtle Flats, off of Franklin Blvd. The gravel parking lot is located across from the EPUD building behind a chain-link fence and large yellow gate. Please carpool as much as possible as parking space is limited.

IMPORTANT: Make sure to check the forecast and wear weather appropriate clothing including sturdy, closed-toed shoes, long pants and shirt, a water bottle and your favorite pair of work gloves if you have one! Tools will be provided. Contact Mark Lindberg at with questions.

WHY: Turtle Flats, Glassbar Island and the adjacent Willamette Confluence Preserve were the site of significant gravel extraction for nearly 100 years. In the early 2000’s Friends of Buford Park advocated for the protection of this area and brought together a coalition of partners including The Nature Conservancy and Lane County Parks who were able to secure the properties for conservation in 2015. Subsequently, Friends has invested millions in the restoration of floodplain habitat and safe havens for species like western pond turtle, juvenile chinook salmon and native cutthroat trout. The special plants and animals that call these landscapes home depend on long-term, intentional stewardship. This has been the work of Friends since 1989 and you can help continue that legacy of stewardship and conservation!