Monday, June 26, 2017

Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve


The wetlands basin is part of the flood plain of the Tualatin River. Early setters cleared, ditched, and drained the land.  Invasive grass was planted as cattle feed. Later the area was a dumping ground for construction and cannery waste. In the 1970s concerned citizens began restoring the wetlands. The restoration is still a work in progress and includes wetlands, ponds, marshes, sloughs, meadows, and forests.


   A small education center features interactive displays and a huge eagle’s nest that was salvaged after parts of the tree that supported it fell over.


  A display garden and short loops of interconnecting trails, located near the education center, are accessible. The education center is accessible. The rest of the trails, approximately 3 miles, are not accessible due to a steep hill at the beginning, loose mulch, and rough, grassy trails.


The parking lot is large enough for RVs.  Wetlands   45.50056, -122.99067


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