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Katherine Lynn Kehoe Sanctuary

Help us raise the final $200,000 to protect the Katherine Lynn Kehoe Sanctuary 

 
Kehoe Sanctuary Map 2019

Last summer, we received a call from the owner, Marty Kehoe, of one of the largest tracts of undeveloped land in our midst. The 22-acre “Pittock Place” property, bordering West Burnside Road, sits right against our sanctuary. After years of waiting on the right opportunity for development, and even bringing the property to auction last year, the owner, Marty Kehoe, chose a different future for the land - one that would ensure it would never be developed. 

After talking with his family, including his daughter Katherine who is an ardent conservationist, the Kehoe's decided to donate the land to Portland Audubon - with the caveat that the remaining mortgage be paid within the year.

At Portland Audubon, we’ve fought to protect lands like this for over a century, and felt development would eventually happen if we didn’t act. We also recognized that this would be one of the most valuable gifts to Portland Audubon ever— easily worth millions, and for this gift, we are incredible grateful to the Kehoe family.

 

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Now we need your help to secure the land for future generations.

Our costs to protect this land would be $500,000 to pay off the owner’s mortgage, plus another $200,000 in habitat restoration and closing costs. While the value of 22 acres of land close to downtown far exceeded what our cost would be, the amount was still prohibitive. 

Fortunately, with the combination of the Kehoe family’s extraordinary multimillion-dollar gift, public funding from BES, pledged support from key donors including Allan Solares, Jay Withgott, Owen Wozniak, and funding from the City of Portland, the 22-acre Katherine Lynn Kehoe Sanctuary will become a reality.

But we still have a ways to go. We need your help to raise the remaining $200,000 of debt associated with the property.

Our Cornell Sanctuary History

Pygmy Owl by Steve Young
Pygmy Owl by Steve Young

Our 150-acre Portland wildlife sanctuary is more than just a network of 4 miles of nature trails meandering through young and old growth forests, creeks, and sword ferns. It is the culmination of 90 years of private and public conservation work to strengthen the integrity of wild lands. Founded in the 1920s when our board envisioned a Portland sanctuary for birds and wildlife, the sanctuary's first land acquisition was in 1929, when 12 acres of a former dairy farm were purchased with private funds.

Over the next 80 years, others who shared our vision to protect and expand this special place donated lands and funds to help us create the wildlife sanctuary you see now, one that welcomes 40,000 visitors each year and hosts hundreds of camps, classes, and other ways to connect with nature.

Now, our sanctuary’s story moves forward, as it grows again, and continues its legacy of connecting people with nature. But we need your help. Make a gift today to support the acquisition of an additional 22 acres of forest habitat, just 10 minutes from downtown Portland! 

How You Can Help

Please consider making a donation to support the Katherine Kehoe Sanctuary and become a part of Portland Audubon history. There are naming opportunities for an eventual trail network, benches, a bridge, and overlook. We can't do this without you.

Please contact Charles Milne, Director of Development, at 971-222-6117 or cmilne@audubonportland.org

Thank you, friends of Portland Audubon, for helping us to secure this critical act of land protection.

Cornell Sanctuary
Photo by Holly Erickson

 

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