Collaboration between Portland’s Parks and Recreation and the Bureau of Environmental Services bureaus is changing the Rocky Butte landscape and providing better views for residents and visitors. The first phase concluded near the end of 2017, according to parks spokesman Mark Ross. “Innumerable invasive plants were removed, making room for the next phase of the project: planting 400 new trees and 5,200 shrubs this fall and winter,” Ross said. Blackberry and English Ivy were among the invasive species treated and removed.
“Starting in February 2018, we will plant mainly smaller trees and shrubs followed by a second invasive species treatment in July 2018 and native plant seeding in fall 2018,” said Diane Dulken, speaking for environmental services. The bureaus’ beautification of the Butte is a long-range project that will continue through 2021, Ross added.