Protect Our Natural Areas preserves our region’s legacy of protecting natural areas and water quality, restoring fish and wildlife, and connecting people with nature. Voters in the Metro Region will be asked to renew the 2013 parks and natural areas levy this November, helping to protect 17,000 acres of parks, trails and natural areas without raising taxes.


Nothing is more important than clean, healthy water.

This measure provides vitally needed funding to restore water quality in rivers and streams throughout the metro area, now and in the future—ensuring that our children, grandchildren, and all future generations will enjoy the same quality of life we do. It will provide protections for water quality, helping salmon and other native fish in local streams, and preserve the critical headwater areas of our most important rivers, like the Willamette, Tualatin, Clackamas, and Sandy, plus Fanno and Johnson Creeks.

Restoring Fish & Wildlife Habitat

Approval of the levy renewal in November will continue to direct funds towards restoration work to protect water quality, air quality and native fish and wildlife habitat, as well as connect people to nature with expanded volunteer and education programs.

About half of the levy funds goes toward maintaining and restoring habitat on land that has been acquired over the course of two decades and two voter-approved bond measures in every part of the Metro area, with projects spread through Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties.

Connecting People to Nature

Our natural areas have something for everyone—natural beauty, scenery, and easy access to nature and recreation.

They provide a beautiful and affordable place for recreation close to home. As the cost of living increases, it’s more important than ever to invest in keeping our natural areas available to us all. The levy helps connect people with nature by improving Metro parks, opening new sites of public access, expanding volunteer and education programming, and awarding grants to community nature projects.

Same Low Tax Rate

Protect Our Natural Areas allows preservation to continue without raising taxes.

The renewal provides reliable, stable funding for management of the region’s open spaces through 2023. A home assessed at $200,000 would continue to pay just $20 a year. That’s a small price to pay to protect our area’s clean water and some of our most beautiful natural areas.


Protect Our Natural Areas is supported by a broad coalition of individuals and organizations.

40 Mile Loop Land Trust
1000 Friends of Oregon
AFSCME Local 3580 and 3580-1
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
Adelante Mujeres
Audubon Society of Portland
Bicycle Transportation Alliance
Clackamas County Business Association
Clackamas County Democrats
Columbia Land Trust
Columbia Slough Watershed Council
Coalition of Communities of Color
Community Cycling Center
Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO)
Friends of Nadaka Park
Friends of Trees
Friends of Tryon Creek
Friends of Tualatin Hills Nature Park
Human Access Project
Laborers’ Local 483
Latino Network
Johnson Creek Watershed Council
Multnomah County Democrats
Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
Neighbors for a Livable West Linn
Neighbors for Clean Air
Northwest Oregon Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Northwest Trails Alliance
Northwest Youth Corps
OPAL – Environmental Justice Oregon
Oregon City Business Alliance
Oregon Chapter, Sierra Club
Oregon Environmental Council
Oregon League of Conservation Voters
Oregon Walks
Oregon Zoo Foundation
Portland Association of Teachers
Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors
Sandy River Basin Watershed Council
Self Enhancement Inc.
Tualatin Riverkeepers
Unite Oregon (formerly Center for Intercultural Organizing)
Urban Greenspaces Institute
Vive Northwest
Westside Economic Alliance
We Love Clean Rivers
Willamette Riverkeeper


Clackamas County:
State Senator Richard Devlin
State Representative Kathleen Taylor
Lake Oswego Councilor Jef Gustafson
Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba
Milwaukie Councilor Karin Power
Oregon City Mayor Dan Holladay
West Linn Councilor Thomas Frank

Multnomah County

State Senator Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward
Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury
Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey
Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick
Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish
Former Portland Mayor Sam Adams
Troutdale Mayor Doug Daoust
Fairview Mayor Ted Tosterud
Wood Village Mayor Patricia Smith

Washington County

State Representative Jeff Barker
State Representative Margaret Doherty
Washington County Commissioner Dick Schouten
Washington County Commissioner Greg Malinowski
Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle
Beaverton Councilor Lacey Beaty
Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax
Hillsboro City Councilor Candidate Brenda McCoy
Hillsboro Councilor Kyle Allen
Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden
Bruce Bartlett, Chair of Citizens Participation Organization 1
John Griffith, former Board Member, Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District
Former Tualatin Valley Water District Commissioner Marilyn McWilliams

Email info@protectournaturalareas.com to join our coalition.
(Last Updated October 18)


Metro Parks & Natural Areas by the Numbers

17,000 acres

of parks, trails and natural areas

8,120 young people

participating in nature education programs

168,000 plants

distributed to help restore natural areas

200 pounds

of seeds planted to keep natural areas healthy

1,300,000 visitors

a year enjoying Metro parks and facilities

3,300 acres

of restoration projects underway