Update from Friends:

Storm Recovery, Park Closure and Volunteer Opportunities

Due to extensive ice storm damage to access roads and the trail system, we anticipate a prolonged closure at Howard Buford County Park.

Friends staff along with our partners at Lane County Parks, The Mount Pisgah Arboretum, and Lane County Sheriff's Mounted Posse are actively working on road clearance and trail access, encountering obstacles like fallen trees and downed powerlines.

Your safety and that of our teams is our priority. Please respect the closure, refrain from entering the park, and allow our crews to address the damage.

We know very well how beloved this park is to our community and how eager many of you are to return. However, while hazards are present and the closure is in place, Friends is suspending our drop-in volunteer work parties.

Friends will be organizing some special work parties for community members to support ongoing recovery efforts once hazards are cleared.

If you’d like to help out during this time, please respond to this short survey form and we’ll be in touch with the next available way to lend a hand!

For the most up-to-date information on park closures and status, follow Lane County Parks on social media, or visit the Lane County Parks website.

As a balm for those wanting to reconnect with this special place during challenging times, please consider reading the most recent edition of The Rookery journal, written and edited by Friends staff and volunteers.

The Rookery is the best source for deeper dives into topics important to park visitors and offers perspectives from across the spectrum of our stewardship community.

Click on the image below to read the online version:

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