With the permission of Williams & Dame Development and the work of Hoffman Construction Company, the 40-foot-tall, 8-ton steel osprey platform pole was moved on Thursday, December 1 from its 2011 site on Portland City property, to the adjacent land parcel privately owned by Williams & Dame Development.
250+ concerned citizens signed petitions, made donations, and/or sent emails to City of Portland asking that the pole be retained in the successful 2011 location. Though the requests were denied by the city for various reasons, a temporary site was made available on adjacent land owned by Williams & Dame Development. There will be ongoing discussions and requests for the City of Portland to designate a permanent location for the osprey in the north end of the Central Greenway, as the osprey pair have chosen to return to this spot for the past 5 years.
The South Waterfront Dog Club, a local organization which advocates for the South Waterfront osprey and was able to legally obtain permitting for 2011, would like to thank those instrumental in the relocation, including: Roger Goldingay from the Meriwether and South Waterfront Dog Club, Peter Fenner and Paul Johnson from Mirabella, Jim Luke from South Waterfront Nature and Greenspaces Committee, Geoff Granum, Steve Arndt, and Pete Collins and Heather Bayles of South Waterfront Community Relations. Thanks to the generosity of Hoffman Construction and Williams & Dame Development, the cost for the relocation was under $500, mainly for fence work. It will be paid from donations made on behalf of the osprey fund to the South Waterfront Dog Club.
Watch a brief video from the move here.
For more information or to donate to the osprey fund, contact Carol L. Otis at firstname.lastname@example.org.