Lower Bear Creek Natural Area
The Lower Bear Creek Natural Area is 11.68 acres in size and located on the east side of Avondale Rd. NE, just east of Redmond. The site borders Avondale Rd. NE on the west side. There is a relatively new housing development across the street. To the north is an equestrian center, and to the east and south are rural-residential lots between 0.8 and 3 acres in size. Bear Creek flows through the property on its west side, just to the east of Avondale Rd NE.
The site contains both mature, upland forest and areas of wetland associated with Bear Creek. About half of the property is located within the 100-year floodplain of Bear Creek. The site contains habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife species.There is limited public use in the Lower Bear Creek Natural Area, though there are a couple of trails that are likely used only by neighboring landowners.
- The goals for the Lower Bear Creek Natural Area are 1) to conserve and enhance the ecological value, and 2) accommodate appropriate public uses that do not harm ecological resources.
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