Colwood Natural Area

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Colwood Natural Area Slough

Restoration efforts are underway in the Colwood Natural Area, which has frontage along sections of the Columbia and Whitaker Sloughs. Photo credit: City of Portland, Environmental Services

This 85-acre property with thousands of feet of frontage along the Columbia and Whittaker Sloughs was at imminent risk of development. EMSWCD contributed funds towards the acquisition of a 37-acre natural area adjoining the Sloughs, while the City of Portland provided the funding to acquire the balance of the property. Significant restoration efforts have occurred within the Colwood Natural Area, with additional enhancements and potential limited public access planned for the future. EMSWCD’s investment helped close the gap in access to open space that has long existed within the Cully neighborhood.

Portland Parks and Recreation owns the property and is responsible for management.