History Comes Alive at Dorris Ranch
Oregon is renowned for its filberts (also known as hazelnuts) so as the very first filbert orchard in Oregon, Dorris Ranch is a highlight in the region’s collection of parks and open spaces. Listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, it’s still a working farm, with 9,250 trees planted on 75 of the site’s 308 acres. Its breathtaking rural character, recreational and educational activities, cultural resources centerpieces and native oak and riparian habitats require a master plan that’s sensitive to the authentic character and experiential value of the site.
Key to its development were public outreach and a expert team of natural resource experts, including the University of Oregon, The Nature Conservancy, the Institute for Applied Ecology and U.S. Fish and Wildlife. The updated master plan includes recommendations that preserve and enhance the ranch’s distinctive blend of history, landscape, architecture and programming, with a phasing strategy for improving and managing the property.
The project won an Award of Excellence from the Oregon Chapter of the ASLA.