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Where can I find information on Portland parks and recreation?

Portland Parks and Recreation

Portland Parks and Recreation is dedicated to ensuring access to leisure opportunities and enhancing Portland's natural beauty. A searchable database of Portland parks with details on park services, rental info, planning and acquisition, seasonal employment, volunteer opportunities, and internships is offered on the site.
Portland Parks and Recreation

What is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages units of the National Wildlife Refuge System, primarily along the Oregon coast, down the Willamette Valley, and in the Klamath and Malheur Basins of southern Oregon.

911 NE 11th Avenue
(503) 231-6828

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Are there any volcanoes in Oregon?

Plio-Pleistocene Volcanic Field

Metropolitan Portland, like Auckland, New Zealand, includes most of a Plio-Pleistocene volcanic field. The Boring Lava includes at least 32 and possibly 50 cinder cones and small shield volcanoes lying within a radius of 13 miles of Kelly Butte, which is 62 miles west of Mt. Hood and the High Cascade axis -- (Web note: Kelly Butte is approximately 4 miles east of downtown Portland)-- . Only the Clear Lake volcanics in California lie as far west in the coterminous United States. Unlike Clear Lake, Boring Lava vents have been inactive for at least 300,000 years.

Allen, 1990, IN: Wood and Kienle, 1990, Volcanoes of North America: United States and Canada: Cambridge University Press, 354p

Where can I find information about local parks and recreation?

Portland Parks and Recreation

See what's new with city parks and recreation in Portland, including park services, rental info, the Waterfront Park Master Plan, and more.

Parks and Recreation

What is the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife?

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife operates facilities to protect fish and wildlife resources, including the issuances of fishing and hunting licenses and tags.

2501 SW 1st Avenue
(503) 872-5268

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

How many acres of forest lands does Oregon have?

Forests Fast Fact #1

Oregon has around 28 million acres of forest lands. About sixty percent are owned by government agencies and are open to the public.

Are there any state parks in the Portland urban area?

Oregon State Parks - Portland

Visit state parks in the urban Portland area offering everything from camping near the Columbia River Gorge to a peaceful walk along the Willamette River.

Oregon State Parks - Portland

Are there any downhill or cross-country ski areas in Portland?

Willamette Pass

Southern Cascade Range, south of Portland
Summit Elevation: 6,683 feet

Whether you're looking for a fun day in the snow with the family, or you're a hardcore skier in search of an adrenalin rush, you'll find some of the best tree skiing in the Northwest at Willamette Pass. Check out the spectacular view from the summit overlooking Diamond Peak and Odell Lake.

Willamette Pass

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