Successful Meeting with Commissioner Fish!

Last Friday’s meeting at Commissioner Fish’s office was a success! Because of your support, we were able to deliver 230 signed postcards to the Commissioner’s staff — AND to clearly convey our goals for protecting Moreland Woods. Thank you!  At the meeting, we learned that Moreland Woods could help address a gap in Portland Park’s goals for park access in the neighborhood. In 2001, recognizing that parks are a core city service offering places to play, exercise, meet neighbors, and enjoy nature, Portland City Council approved a plan to ensure that every resident is within a half-mile walk of a park or natural area by 2020. We’re less than two years away from 2020, yet a current reference map indicates a strip of Sellwood-Moreland remains “park deficient” and would directly benefit from access to Oaks Bottom — access that Moreland Woods could provide. (Click to zoom detail at left.) There’s still more to learn, and trail feasibility needs to be fully evaluated by professionals. But Commissioner Fish’s office expressed a commitment to help us explore acquisition and trail improvement options within the city’s various agencies, and we’re extremely grateful to them.

A New Plan from Foundation Partners

We continue to maintain an open line of communication with the property owners. Recognizing our interest in maintaining the Woods’ mature trees and open space, Foundation Partners recently put forward a conceptual plan that would keep the property in their ownership while maintaining most of the existing trees — and finding alternative uses for the site that align with the mausoleum’s business plan. Right now, their new proposal is more concept than details; its feasibility will be evaluated by the city during a pre-application conference on October 24. Our group plans to attend this meeting, to learn more about the new proposal, and to meet with Foundation Partners later in the week.

Support from Representative Power

State Representative Karin Power represents Oregon’s 41st district, which covers parts of Clackamas and Multnomah Counties, including Milwaukie, Oak Grove, and parts of southeast Portland. She visited Moreland Woods last year and continues to support our efforts to preserve and protect this important natural space. In addition, we recently learned that Rep. Power plans to advocate for Moreland Woods in her meetings with city officials, including Mayor Wheeler. We’re grateful for her ongoing support!

Calling on the Community!

Last month, in a surprise move, Mayor Wheeler transferred the jurisdiction of Portland’s Bureau of Parks & Recreation (PP&R) to Commissioner Nick Fish. Because we think Moreland Woods exemplifies exactly the kind of rare urban natural space PP&R says it wants to preserve, we reached out to Commissioner Fish…and THIS FRIDAY, October 12, we’ll be meeting with him to discuss Moreland Woods! When we meet, we want to make it clear to him how many people support the preservation of this special place. That’s why we’re calling on you to sign one of 500 postcards of support — postcards we’ll hand-deliver to the Commissioner that day! But the clock is ticking. Here’s how you can help: 1. We need your signature. For the next seven days, you’ll find postcards, pens, and drop-off boxes at four locations throughout the neighborhood: On Bybee Boulevard… Starbucks Nectar Frozen Yogurt Lounge On 13th Avenue… Sellwood-Moreland Library Portland Bottle Shop (After you sign, you’ll leave your signed postcard there in a collection box.) 2. We need your help. We need volunteers interested in helping us distribute and collect the cards. On Wednesday, October 10, we’ll be at the Moreland Farmer’s Market. We could use some help between 2 Read More…

Survey Says: Save the Trees!

We’re excited to report that our Moreland Woods survey generated 444 responses, and the input we received was pretty consistent. Most respondents were adamant in their desire to preserve the more than 20 mature Douglas Fir trees on the site, no matter what else might happen there. Eighty-six percent said they want to protect the trees and maintain the Woods as open space. According to one: “As our neighborhood is developed with condos, lofts, apartments, and large homes, Moreland Woods presents an opportunity to take a calming walk, catch your breath, and enjoy the views.” Respondents were most interested in the Woods’ use as an outdoor classroom for nature activities; fairly interested in its use for the Moreland Farmers Market and as an expansion for Llewellyn School; and mixed in their views about its use as a dog park. Most supported adding seating, picnic tables, and a trail to connect the Woods to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge below. To the statement “If Moreland Woods was kept as open space, my greatest concern would be…,” they responded: Camping 37.6% I do not have any concerns 31.1% Maintenance costs 12.4% Public safety 9% Other 5.4% Parking 2% Impact of use on neighbors 1.4% Read More…

Survey Results

In February and March, Friends of Moreland Woods made a survey available to Sellwood-Moreland residents with an interest in the future of the property. We had 444 respondents — and this is how they responded:  

Formalizing Our Structure

Friends of Moreland Woods Board Chair Ann Scott Vice-Chair Amrita Vatsal Voting Members Corinne Stefanik Liz Milner Colin Berry Nanci Champlin Members at Large Lise Petrauskas Susan Schen Subcommittees From helping us plan events to offering expertise and everything in between, we seek to engage the community. We have four subcommittees: Communications & Technology (Chair: Colin Berry) Fundraising (Chair: Nanci Champlin) Volunteer Coordination & Community Outreach (Co-chairs: Lise Petrauskas and Corinne Stafanik) Long-Term Strategy & Transaction Advisory (Co-chairs: Liz Milner and Amrita Vatsal)

500 signatures

We did it! 500 signatures in less than 20 days. THANK YOU Friends of Moreland Woods. We are going to continue collecting signatures for the rest of the month and will be contacting our elected officials at the end of October. Stay tuned for announcements of public meetings where we will be presenting the petition. We will need your presence at meetings to make a real impact!

200+ Signatures in just 4 days!!

We are overwhelmed by the support for MORELAND WOODS!! After blowing past our initial goal of 200 signatures in just 4 days, we decided to up our goal to 1000 signatures in the month of October. We will be at every community event we can think of and need your help to tap into our networks of local businesses, schools, garden clubs, knitting groups. Will you help us?