Amazon Prairie Mitigation Bank 

Amazon Prairie with birds flying overhead

Project Information

This site is currently closed to the public.

Parks and Open Space and Public Works Engineering has hired Delta Construction through a competitive bid process to work through early fall 2021 on the following:

  • General earthmoving equipment will be used to fill in the shallow agricultural ditches and to excavate shallow pools.
  • Two small gravel pull-outs will be constructed, one off Goodman Road and one off Bond Road. These will be gated and locked and used only for construction equipment, City staff and contractors in the foreseeable future.
  • Later this fall and winter, City staff and contractors will be distributing native seed and planting native plants.

This work will occur on the western 140 acres of the property. The remaining acreage will continue to be farmed until the next phase is started, likely in 2025.

About Amazon Prairie

Amazon Prairie is being restored as part of the City of Eugene’s wetland mitigation bank program. This program has been in place since 1995 and provides a sustainable solution for permitted projects that impact wetlands including commercial, residential, and industrial development. 

The wetlands we enhance or create here are used to offset those lost or impacted by development. This program is regulated through the Oregon Department of State Lands and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The City must take several steps to remain in compliance with the rules governing wetland mitigation banking including detailed analysis, planning, and permitting.

The intention is to enhance or create a matrix of wet prairie, shallow ephemeral ponds, and upland prairie similar to the landscapes common in the Willamette Valley prior to Euro-American settlement and very rare today. It’s estimated that less than 5% of the original extent of this habitat remains. These habitats provide critical services including water storage, recharging of aquifers, carbon sequestration, removal of sediment and nutrients from stormwater run-off, and habitat for a wide range of plant and animal species including birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and insects (including valuable pollinators).

For more information, please contact:

Shelly Miller, Ecological Services Team & GIS Team Supervisor