Environmental and economic studies co-funded by the County and the Madrone Wall Preservation Committee along with the Clackamas River Basin Conservation Alliance, a local citizen group, determined that it would be uneconomical, even under the best conditions, to quarry this site. It is imperative that this site now be preserved as a park or open space before it becomes a private quarry or is developed into tracts of trophy homes. The Madrone Wall is one of the last and best treasures in the rapidly expanding metro area and is a vital part of Oregon’s natural heritage. The time had come to permanently preserve this scarce and valuable resource for public benefit before it is forever lost to an irreversible demise. We ask that you join us in the effort to preserve this natual area for current and future generations.
Two recent articles in the Oregonian make clear that the site is still very much in danger of becoming a development objective, October 14, 2004 and December 9, 2004. Your support is essential, the time to secure Madrone for present and future generations is now.
The area between Portland and Estacada where the Madrone Wall is located is constantly growing. The Sunnyside Road Corridor only a few miles away is one of the fastest growing areas in Oregon, growing at well over 30 percent in the last decade alone. Madrone is within close proximity to where a large and rapidly growing Metro area population of 1.4M people live. In the next 40 years, over a million more people are expected – that’s two more cities the size of Portland! The site is less than one mile from the Urban Growth Boundary established by the Metro Regional government in 1979.
In the last 20 years, the Metro region has lost an average of over 2300 acres of open space each year – this is equivalent to losing a land preserve the size of Portland’s most famous urban park, Forest Park, every two years! The lower Clackamas River watershed, a region widely recognized for its ecological natural resources, is under great pressure from development.
It is imperative that this site is protected from rapid future development and preserved for future generations as a park or open space. The MWPC is dedicated to finding a solution to save this precious resource while still providing economic resources for the Clackamas County Road Department. We are seeking the support of other environmental organizations throughout the region. Our ultimate goal is to purchase the property from the county and turn the parcel over to a public landowner that can manage the site as a park or open space.