A Pivotal Partnership
Over the last 10 years, Tree For All has contributed to making the Tualatin River Watershed a great place to live, work and play. Through collaboration with traditional and non-traditional partners, a new paradigm has developed for meeting collective goals. Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District (THPRD) is a pivotal partner with more than 1,300 acres of natural areas in Beaverton and adjacent areas.
One example is a 35-acre complex on Bronson Creek owned by THPRD since the early 1990s. The complex provides significant wildlife habitat for species such as red-legged frogs and Western wahoo. To improve habitat diversity and water quality in the area, Clean Water Services has collaborated with THPRD to provide stormwater treatment, remove non-native plants, add floodplain wood structures and plant several hundred thousand native plants. The project complements and connects with nearby restoration projects.
By forging this partnership and harnessing multiple interests, the benefits to Clean Water Services, THPRD and residents are tangible and growing, all at lower cost than if we each did it alone. Clean Water Services gets temperature offsets from shade-producing trees; wildlife gets enhanced habitat; and the community receives improved livability, neighborhood connectivity, and beautification. Through this partnership, THPRD is making a big contribution to sustaining and enhancing the Tualatin Watershed where residents may live and work in harmony with the environment.