Spencer Butte Site Visit

October 23, 2010

Our hike was scheduled to meet up with Parks and Open Space Staff who would be available along the trail to Spencer Butte Summit to “Answer Questions and Point Out Trail and Habitat Concerns.” The staff hopes hikers including readers of this report will fill out a survey at www.eugene-or.gov/SBsummit about the five options for the summit. On the way up the trail, Jesse Cary-Hobbs and Christer Labrecque pointed out recent trail building techniques that could be used on the proposed Option 4 reroute. When we reached the treeline, another staff person discussed sensitive habitat and pointed out how lichens and other plant life on rocks were being trampled. Following the white dots on rocks, we met Jeff Krueger who described Option 4: a 300 foot reroute. It has much going for it including a view to the south, more sunlight, and stable bedrock. It would be easier to maintain and have less erosion. Jeff's historical photos of the soil loss on Spencer Butte are in the Obsidian Bulletin, June 2009. On top, Phil Richardson answered our questions and encouraged everyone (including you who are reading this report) to fill out the survey. I think that most of us agreed with the staff that Option Four had many advantages to help restore habitat on the Butte. Staff gave me materials to use on my next SB hike. Option 4 would need to be funded with grants. We thank the well-informed staff who made our hike so interesting. I’m sure they were as happy as we were that it didn’t rain. Nonmembers: Patrick Bronson, Bob Graff, Beckie Jones, Kathleen Willett. Members: Matt Bell, Pat Esch, Janet Jacobsen, Suzanne Stuessy, with Dave Predeek joining us on top. On their 3rd trip, Beckie and Kathleen had their membership applications ready for us to sign.


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