Environment, Government, Recreation

Metro adds 52 acres to Killin Wetlands area between Banks and Gales Creek

The Metro-owned property between Banks and Gales Creek betwixt Highway 6 and Cedar Canyon Road grew by 52 acres, Metro said in a press release, adding to the natural area connected to a public park opened there in 2018.

More than one square mile—or 640 acres—of peat soil wetlands is now owned by the regional government covering most of the Portland Metro area.

Known as the Killin Wetlands, the unique natural site is located outside of Metro’s boundaries.

The Killin Wetlands Nature Park is a smaller portion of the site, which has trails, interpretive signs, and more, surrounded by the Killin Wetlands Natural Area, which is where the new acreage was added.

Metro purchased the additional acreage for $465,000 with funds from a 2019 bond passed by voters in the Portland Metro area.

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