Soils, hydrology, and plants align uniquely in many areas of Eugene to form the foundation of our wetland habitats. Many parks, such as Amazon Park or Gudu-kut, contain remnant wetland ecosystems that support a variety of specially adapted animals and plants. In the western portion of town, the West Eugene Wetlands include a much larger 3,000+ acre interconnected assemblage of wetland prairie habitat.
Historically, much of the Willamette Valley was dominated by this plant community. Most of it has been lost, making the remaining areas within Eugene’s Park and Open Space system even more valuable. These areas not only provide homes to a wide diversity of animals and plants, but they also provide important functions for our community such as cleaning our stormwater, helping reduce flooding impacts, and providing beautiful landscapes for recreation, education, research, and solace.