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  • There are more than 80 miles of soft surface trails and 60 miles of hard surface off-street paths in and around the Eugene-Springfield area. Read more.
  • The majestic Oregon white oak (Quercus garryana) is a symbol of the rare native prairie and savanna systems of the Willamette Valley. ©Rick McEwan Read more.
  • The Willamette and McKenzie Rivers run through Eugene and Springfield before coming together and heading North to the Columbia. Read more.
  • Forested ash wetlands are common in low areas and along streams and provide habitats for many wildlife species, including red-legged frogs and western pond turtles. Read more.
  • At the confluence of the Middle and Coast Forks of the Willamette River about 4,700 acres are being managed by the Rivers to Ridges Partnership to provide ecological services as well as outdoor recreation. © Rick McEwan Read more.
  • Spring is the season when the prairies show their true colors with vibrant blooms of native wildflowers. The annual sea blush (Plectritis congesta) does well in restorations and after controlled ecological burns. Read more.

Our Mission

The Rivers to Ridges Partnership is dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents in the upper Willamette Valley by working together to protect and enhance the region’s land and water resources and their ecosystem functions and values; and to provide environmental education and compatible outdoor recreation opportunities as outlined in the Rivers to Ridges Metropolitan Regional Parks and Open Space Study — Vision and Strategies document. The vision of the Rivers to Ridges Partnership is further refined in the Willamette River Vision and Action Plan and the Ridgeline Vision and Action Plan

Celebrating 15 Years of Partnership

The Rivers to Ridges Partnership has made great strides towards recognizing the vision set out in 2003. We’ve grown to 17 partners representing different levels of government, non-profit organizations dedicated to conservation and education, and all four local watershed councils.

As we celebrate our accomplishments, we also look forward to the future and what will be the next priorities for the partnership and the people and places of the South Willamette Valley. Learn more about our accomplishments in our new brochure: (11×17 printable version) | (web version)

Watch this short video about the R2R partnership (2016)