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District purchases 15 acres of field as 'educational tool'

Elected officials of the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District agreed to acquire their second property last week to help staff and volunteers “deliver conservation education by example.”

After borrowing $327,500 to purchase a 15-acre farm in Beavercreek, the district’s Building Reserve Fund will fund the other half of the purchase price. District Manager Tom Salzer noted that his governing board’s chairman plans to close the deal on July 10 for the property at 22055 Beavercreek Road. Other board members adopted a resolution on June 18 that establishes Ron Oberg as the official signer of documents relating to property acquisitions.

“It’s a pretty amazing resource, and it appears we timed our purchase just right,” Salzer said. “This historic property is easily accessed, highly visible, and hosts a range of natural resource opportunities. The open space it presents is valued in the community, and we plan to keep much of it a working farm.”

Rather than lease the property to farmers for rental income, the district plans to produce no income on the fields and qualify them for tax-exempt status.

“It will continue to look like a farm and will continue to fit into the community, but it will really be an educational tool about farm practices that conserve soil, water and wildlife habitat,” Salzer said.

In Oregon City, the district purchased a one-acre parcel on Molalla Avenue where it’s been treating invasive blackberry vines (“District buys its first property in OC,” Nov. 28). Although it could be Clackamas County’s conservation headquarters someday, the district renewed its office lease for another five years while it works with “thoughtful intention to improve these two properties to become primary teaching tools.”

Officials say a conservation plan on paper does not reach people the same way as seeing those practices on working land.

“Providing hands-on learning opportunities is part of our strategy to help people conserve our precious soil, water and wildlife in a familiar setting: at home and on the farm,” Salzer said.

Salzer encouraged more public input through the “slow and methodical” process of determining what to do with the properties by emailing him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..