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Friends of Tryon Creek founded on Earth Day 1970


Volunteer April 26 to honor founders efforts

On the first Earth Day, held in 1970, 310 women from SW Portland and Lake Oswego went door to door to raise $27,000 to save Tryon Creek Canyon from development.

“It was a kitchen counter effort,” Lucille Beck said. “It was led by women.”

Beck has become known as a key force behind the creation of Tryon Creek State Natural Area, a 675-acre natural preserve in southwest Portland and Lake Oswego. The effort began in 1969 when Multnomah County bought 45 acres on Boones Ferry Road and Commissioner Davis Eccles requested aid from the community to support a large regional park in Tryon Canyon. Part of generating community support was creating a fund drive, the timing of which was fortunate, as the very first Earth Day was to be held April 20. In three weeks, 1,400 families donated $27,000, a hugely successful campaign in 1970 dollars.

On Oct. 27, 1970, Beck and Jean Siddall met with Glenn Jackson, chairman of the highway commission to see if the state of Oregon could help financially. The outcome of this meeting resulted in the decision to make Tryon Creek a state park.

You can carry on that heritage by volunteering to help restore the Tryon Creek sanctuary from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Read the rest of the story or make a donation to the effort at tryonfriends.org.