Friends of fanno creek headwaters
Friends of Fanno Creek Headwaters (FOFCH) is the group behind a popular SW Portland community trail project located in the Hillsdale neighborhood. The SW 25th Avenue ROW (Right Of Way) trail has become a major thoroughfare for local travelers of all kinds.
FOFCH has used the trail project as a springboard to engage the broader community in a variety of restoration and education programs that will maintain and improve neighborhood green spaces.
The SW 25th Ave ROW Trail Restoration Project began in 2016 as an effort to manage stormwater runoff that was flooding a house on SW Idaho Street and the existing, but primitive trail. To curtail the flooding, a bioswale was installed and invasive vegetation removed and replaced with native plant species. The trail was also cleared and resurfaced with new gravel courtesy of the group SW Trails.
Since then, FOFCH's Project Manager Andrea Wall has coordinated 400+ community volunteers in the removal of invasive plants from 15,000 square feet of trailside, and replanted that area with more than 2,000 native plants, bushes and trees. Features of this unique community trail project now include a native pollinator garden, "bug hotel", glow-in-the-dark solar pebbles to guide night-time travelers, and 100 stairs reaching down to Fanno Creek.
The SW 25th Ave ROW trail has been designated a 'safe route to school' for Robert Gray Middle School and Neighborhood House Head Start Program students, and is a through-route for people traveling to and from the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Orthodox Jewish Synagogue, neighborhood bus stops, Hillsdale Dog Park, and Hillsdale and Multnomah town centers.
What began as a trail improvement initiative has expanded to become a demonstration project for native plants, habitat restoration, and stormwater management in SW Portland. The long-term plan is to restore this trail from Capitol highway/Vermont across the Fanno Creek headwaters to the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.
The SW 25th Ave ROW Trail Restoration Project is what happens when people work together to make their community a better place. Please consider making a donation to support the continued development of this and other Friends of Fanno Creek Headwaters initiatives.
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They [insects and pollinators] put a lot of life in a little bit of time. They hatch, they mate, they lay eggs, they fly around and pollinate and then they die. It's a pretty short lifecycle but they do a lot of good while they're out there.
“Ours is not the task for fixing the entire world all at once but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.” That, in a nutshell, is how Andrea Wall views her work to improve her neighborhood and surrounding community.