Skinner Butte Habitat Enhancement

Example of habitat enhancement on Skinner Butte

Improving Natural Areas and Reducing Wildfire Risk

Skinner Butte Park is getting some much needed attention. In summer 2017 we will begin a project to improve the natural areas and reduce wildfire risk 
on the east, south and west sides of Skinner Butte. 

Project goals

  • Improve habitat for native plants and animals
    Removing invasive shrubs and small trees will release larger trees from canopy crowding and provide the appropriate conditions to encourage native understory plants. This will help protect the large trees that are found on this part of Skinner Butte, and also provide habitat for native plants and animals that are an important part of the Southern Willamette Valley. 
  • Reduce wildfire risk
    Removing dense, overgrown vegetation on the east, south and west slopes will decrease the chance of a wildfire reaching the tree canopy, and will improve the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department’s ability to respond to a fire. These actions improve safety for neighboring residences, businesses and park visitors, and will help protect Skinner Butte in the long term.
  • Facilitate public access
    A new trail is scheduled to be built in the near future. The timing of this summer's vegetation will help facilitate trail siting and improve the efficiency of both projects by reducing timing conflicts. 
  • Work with Our Partners
    Work with partners including Rotary Club of Eugene, Eugene-Springfield Fire Department and other interested parties to help ensure Skinner Butte continues to be a wonderful place for people to enjoy.


  • August 28: Approximate start date for preparation work in localized areas
  • September 5: Scheduled start date for main part of the project 
The project will take approximately 3-4 weeks to complete. Work will occur on weekdays only between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

No work will occur on the day of the solar eclipse (August 21). 


For public safety, the work zones will be closed. The approach from the west on Skinner Butte Loop Road will also be closed. We will have large trucks removing debris daily.

Throughout the project, visitors will be able to access the top of the butte by car from the east side (via West 3rd Avenue), as well as by foot on various trails.


The project is funded, in part, by Community Assistance funding from the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM is also funding work this summer in other city-owned natural areas to reduce the risk of wildfire, including Suzanne Arlie Park and Coryell Ridge. 

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