Willamette Greenway

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Part of the Greenway in Clackamas County west of Wilsonville at Parrot Mountain

The Willamette River Greenway Program, established by the 1967 Oregon legislature, is a cooperative state and local government effort to maintain and enhance the scenic, recreational, historic, natural and agricultural qualities of the Willamette River and its adjacent lands.[1] A number of trails exist along the greenway, but significant gaps still exist.[2]

Oregon State Treasurer Robert Straub first proposed public ownership of lands along the Willamette in 1966, during his run for Governor of Oregon.[3] U.S. Senator Maurine Neuberger sought federal funds to support the program.[4] Straub was defeated in that race by Tom McCall, who supported the proposal.[3]

The 1973 Oregon legislature passed the Willamette River Greenway Act, which established ties to a comprehensive state land use law (Oregon Senate Bill 100) passed that same year.[3]

In 1975, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development included the Willamette River Greenway as one of nineteen standards for statewide planning, requiring that public access, native vegetation, and scenic views be considered when planning new developments.[3]

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  1. ^ Willamette River Recreation Guide, from Oregon State Parks web site
  2. ^ Willamette River Greenway, from the Metro web site
  3. ^ a b c d Willamette Greenway Act (2002), by Kathy Tucker, from the Oregon History Project.
  4. ^ Oregon History Project