Cows Put to Work at Dirksen Nature Park
On Monday, May 27, a reforestation contractor will bring a small herd of cattle into Dirksen Nature Park. The cows are part of a project to restore the park’s native oak savanna. The cows will mimic the grazing of elk and will help to establish healthy levels of native wildflowers and grasses.
Prior to the arrival of cattle, two fences will be installed, including an electric inner fence. Fence lines will not cross any established trails and no trail or park closures will be necessary.
Good things to remember around cattle:
- Do not feed the cows. The ripping action of their grazing is good for the prairie. They will only be here a short time. Please don’t fill them up with “snacks.”
Keep dogs on leash. Some dogs find chasing cattle irresistible. It is important to keep your dog safe from being kicked by this much larger animal. Also, these cows are guests in Tigard. Please do not allow your dog to bark at or chase the cattle.
- Stay back from the cattle fencing and walk by quietly. This will keep the cows comfortable and focused on grazing. This will also keep you from being shocked by the electric strand located just within the construction fencing.
For More Information
- Contact Carla Staedter @ 971-255-7726 or Jeff Peck @ 971-295-6588
- After hours (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) please call Wendy Kral @ 503-327-4973
Dirksen Nature Park
The new playground feature at Dirksen Nature Park is open... just in time for the nice weather. The clubhouse feature completes construction on the nature play area.
The large nature play area is designed for ages 5-12 years and features:
- Multiple log climbers
- Secret rock cave
- Sloping rock climber
- Vertical climbing log with handholds
- Carved chair
- Living willow tunnel
The small nature play area is designed for toddlers and features beaver habitat, including:
- A swimming beaver and a beaver set on a log (fun to climb on)
- A beaver lodge with building poles: gather sticks to build your own lodge
- Climber logs