Forest Park Conservancy
The Forest Park Conservancy is a community-supported organization whose mission is to protect and restore the ecological health of Forest Park, maintain and enhance the park’s extensive trails network, promote equitable access, and inspire diverse community appreciation and stewardship of this iconic urban forest for generations to come.
Bottom Line for Portland
Forest Park Conservancy relies on community support to ensure our work continues to have a significant impact on multiple communities in the Portland-Metro area. At 5,200 acres, Forest Park accounts for more than half of the natural space in Portland, and plays a significant role in helping local communities withstand, adapt to, and recover from the increasing effects of climate change. Forest Park also provides recreational opportunities to approximately 700,000 visitors a year as well as ecosystem services that are critical to increasing the resiliency of local communities, including, clean air and water, carbon sequestration and lower summer temperatures.
"I wanted to gain more hands-on experience working in the outdoors, and I really loved the mission of FPC as a community-focused organization. The educational element also caught my eye as I could get some education in addition to my training." --Celine Castillo, Conservation and Trails Technician, FPC's Green Jobs Workforce Program
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
FPC is dedicated to connecting underserved groups such as individuals from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities to natural spaces like Forest Park, as well as connecting people to opportunities in the green jobs field. To that end, FPC leads the Green Jobs Workforce Program in partnership with The Blueprint Foundation, Wisdom of the Elders, Ecotrust, Columbia Land Trust, and West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District. We are actively working towards building a culture in Forest Park where individuals feel safe and welcome in their interactions and experiences with nature, to ultimately strengthen and diversify the community of stewards dedicated to caring for and protecting Forest Park and our public lands.