Metro News

These stories were written, reported and photographed for Metro News (oregonmetro.gov), social media and print.

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From trash to treasure – seeding change at St. Johns Prairie

Where some see an old dump site, others see a special opportunity.

Troy Clark is one of those people.

Standing atop the highest point of St. Johns Landfill in North Portland, Clark can hardly contain his enthusiasm. “I love this place,” he declared while pivoting to take in the panoramic view. “On a clear day you see Mount Rainier, St. Helens, Adams and Mount Hood. This is a gem, a beautiful spot!”

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65th annual community picnic brings together longtime friends, local history

On the first Sunday in August at 1 p.m. for the last six and a half decades, people have gathered for a community picnic at Mason Hill Park. At least, that’s the official count. Unofficially, the event extends back much further.

The one-acre park, perched in the North Tualatin Mountains with a picture-perfect view of the valley, was home to a one-room schoolhouse from 1891 to 1944.

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Metro builds logjams, restores key habitat for threatened fish in Sandy River

Birds weren’t the only things soaring through the air at Oxbow Regional Park this summer.

In July, helicopters airlifted large logs – 30 to 40 feet long and two to three feet in diameter – from a staging area to two locations in the park. From there, crews are constructing logjams to enhance salmon and steelhead habitat on the treasured Wild and Scenic Sandy River.