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Posted on: February 13, 2018

Eugene Parks Achieves Salmon-Safe Certification

City of Eugene parks earn Salmon-Safe CertificationThe Eugene parks system has been certified by Salmon-Safe, a Portland-based nonprofit transforming land management practices so salmon can thrive. With the certification comes recognition for reducing the impacts from urban park operation and management on water quality and fish habitat across Eugene’s 4,568 acres of land in 130 parks, natural areas and special use facilities.

Eugene joins the ranks of the City of Portland and the Port of Seattle as the only park systems that have achieved the Salmon-Safe certification.

Salmon-Safe’s team of scientists evaluated the Eugene parks system, in coordination with City of Eugene Parks and Open Space Division, concluding that it met the criteria and is “an example of environmental innovation in municipal park and natural area management,” as reported in the final assessment.

"We’re honored to be recognized by Salmon-Safe for the things we do well to protect and enhance water quality and habitat. And, as we move through our five year certification period, we’re excited about and committed to doing even better," said Shelly Miller, Parks and Open Space Ecological Services Supervisor.

Eugene Parks maintains salmon-friendly operations and management practices by prioritizing ecologically important stewardship actions. These actions include:

  • An adopted “strategy of simplification” with respect to landscaping in developed parks ensures reduced water, fertilizer and pesticide inputs, contributing to the health of the whole parks system.
  • A pioneering and comprehensive integrated pest management plan guides how the pests are controlled and is reviewed and updated annually. Additionally, Eugene Parks is currently sustaining a completely pesticide-free park program with nine active parks.
  • A developing plan that will identity ways to minimize irrigation use and ensure that Eugene Parks is using advanced, water-conscious irrigation technology.

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