MPHOA Fuel Reduction FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

This Frequently Asked Questions Page is an ongoing list of questions and answers intended for Mountain Park residents about the fuel reduction work that will be happening on the common lands in the Mountain Park neighborhood.

Will native vegetation be removed in sensitive lands?

No. Native tree removal will only be done when outside of sensitive lands, and to improve conditions for other healthier native trees.

Will this impact the habitat for wildlife?

Yes, this project will improve wildlife habitat. Removal of invasive plant species is a key component of this work, which will create more space for native vegetation to thrive. Healthy native plant communities support habitat for insects, birds, and other wildlife.

    Is this work part of a larger plan or initiative?

    Yes, the work accomplishes what is called for by existing MPHOA Board of Directors adopted policies ( MP Common Property Master Plan 2019-2024). More details can be found in the sections “Invasive Species on Common Property”, “Urban Forest”, “Habitats”, and  “Sensitive Lands”

      Will all of the vegetation on common property be mowed down?

      No – Treatments will be done by hand crews and will be very selective.  

      Will all invasive vegetation be removed?

      No. We are focusing on removal of invasive climbing vines, invasive trees, and invasive shrubs because these are the most hazardous fuels, and negatively impact forest structure. Invasive ground covers will generally not be targeted within the scope of this project, but will be addressed strategically in the future in a methodical manner. Crews will take care to avoid spreading invasive seeds while working by thoroughly cleaning boots, tools, and equipment. Monitoring will be conducted to identify the current extent of priority weed species in order to support future eradication efforts.

       

      Will native trees be planted?

      Yes, native trees from the city of Lake Oswego’s native tree list, such as Western Red Cedar, Douglas fir, Willamette Valley Ponderosa Pine, and Oregon White Oak, will be planted following best practices. These plantings will be focused on sensitive lands and in areas that are lacking species diversity.