Melvin Miller Habitat Enhancement

hazard trees and vegetation at melvin miller park

Improving Natural Areas and Reducing Wildfire Risk

In early 2020, Melvin Miller Park will be the focus of habitat improvements and wildfire risk reduction. This work will be very similar to work that has been completed on other City of Eugene park sites such as Skinner Butte and Wild Iris Ridge.

Project goals 

The following goals for the project are based on input from a federal fuels and fire specialist and City staff including ecologists, landscape architects and field operations crew:

  • Reduce wildfire risk: By removing smaller diameter (<6”) conifers that are dead or not thriving, the planned work will decrease chances 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 and park visitors and will help protect park habitat for the long term..
  • 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 action will help protect the large trees that are found on the site and provide habitat for native plants and animals that are an important part of the south Willamette Valley. 
  • Improve public access: The upcoming work will allow for the removal of hazard trees along the trail system, as well as facilitate renovation of the existing trail system. In addition, vegetation removal along the existing trail will provide important access to fire fighters in the event of a wildfire.

Timeline

Invasive tree and is planned for mid to late February and will take about a week to complete. Work will occur on weekdays only between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Closures

For public safety, the work zones will be closed, as needed. Trails may be closed temporarily when workers are running equipment nearby. For your own safety, please do not enter areas marked as closed!


Funding

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.


Learn more

Short URL for this page: www.eugene-or.gov/melvinmillerproject