PLEASANT HILL, Ore. - Crews are logging in Lane County's largest park, cutting down some trees to protect others.
Lane County Parks and the Friends of Buford Park/Mount Pisgah are restoring rare native oak savanna and prairie habitat in the Howard Buford Recreation Area, which includes Mount Pisgah.
Most of the historic native oak prairie and savanna habitats have disappeared from the Willamette Valley. Barely 2 percent remain.
Workers are cutting and removing Douglas-fir, ash, maple and other trees that are interfering with the oaks.
Removal of those species (along with Scotchbroom and other unwanted bushes) will restore open savanna habitat, benefit plant and animal species and free up large "legacy" oaks that would otherwise die from the shade of the conifers.
The project is paid for by state and federal grants, including some Oregon Lottery funds.
Tom Adams from KVAL News visited the project site on Monday for a story set to air on KVAL News and KVAL.com.