Madrone Wall Update, OR

By Keith Daellenbach

Two events are coming up at the Madrone Wall in Clackamas County, and public involvement is requested.

The FIRST EVENT is Public Involvement Meeting #1 (of three) to be held at Still Meadow Community (16561 S.E. Marna Road, Damascus, OR 97089, 1/2-mile north of Madrone Wall, on Wednesday, August 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Clackamas County Parks is now inviting public input for a Parks Master Planning process for Hardscrabble Quarry (a.k.a. Madrone Wall). The County is working with the community to complete a feasibility study and develop a concept Parks Master Plan for the Madrone Wall. THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY to attend and provide input on future uses of and improvements to this site, including the potential creation of a park.

The County's Madrone Wall is a 44-acre site adjacent to Highway 224 between Carver and Barton just south of Damascus. This site was purchased by the County in 1937 and was sporadically quarried from the 1950s through the 1970s. For decades, it was used by outdoor enthusiasts, including hikers, rock climbers, picnickers, and wildflower viewers, before the County closed it to public access in 1997. A County plan to quarry the site was eventually dropped in 2000. In 2006, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously agreed to not sell this public site and to make it a priority for Parks Master Planning. This meeting is the first step to involve the public in the Park's Master Planning process.

Comments, suggestions, or questions regarding this Park Master Planning process should be sent to Katie Dunham at (503/794-8051) or Chris VanDuzer at (503/353-4663). Submissions will be presented at the Public Meetings.

The SECOND EVENT is an Adopt-a-Crag that the Madrone Wall Preservation Committee is coordinating with Clackamas County Parks to help restore native plant biodiversity and ecosystem to the Madrone Wall by removing invasive plants (e.g., Himalayan blackberry and English ivy). Please join us at our very first opportunity to make a difference at this amazing civic treasure since the site was closed 11 years ago! This is a great event if you are looking for an environmental public service project.

The Adopt-a-Crag will be held on Saturday, September 27. Meet at the parking lot of Carver School (just as you enter Carver from the North on Highway 224 at 16077 S.E., Highway 224, Damascus, Oregon 97089, and carpool to/from Madrone Wall site. Bring: appropriate safety equipment (work gloves, work boots, etc.), water, hat, sunscreen, and gardening tools (loppers, pruners, shears, small hand saws, shovels, dandelion pickers, weed wrenches, digging tools, etc.). Please RSVP by 20 September to Please continue to respect the County's "No Tresspassing" wishes.