This is an excerpt from an article that was reprinted in our newspaper on efforts to restore the Smith and Bybee lakes in the Portland area to their natural habitat.
"'It was a very ambitious undertaking...it took a long time, but what we did out there was absolutely state of the art conservation work.'
The water-control structure is the highlight, but other work also has enhanced the area. Metro moved the Smith and Bybee parking lot and relocated a canoe launch because the previous launch site took paddlers immediately through prime turtle basking areas. Turtles need basking time to charge their bodily systems, and disturbances weaken them."
Now, to find a lake and a quiet afternoon..