Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area,
comprising almost 2000 acres, makes up one of the nation's
largest urban freshwater wetlands. Located in North Portland near the confluence of the Columbia
and Willamette Rivers, the wetlands provide for diverse communities of plant and
animal life, including beavers and Western painted turtles. Over 100 species of birds have been recorded in the area.
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The Friends of Smith & Bybee Lakes is a community based group that
advocates the conservation, restoration and enhancement of the Smith and Bybee
Wetlands Natural Area as an historical remnant of the
Columbia River estuary system. The Friends support the permanent protection of
Smith and Bybee Lakes in recognition that natural areas are a valuable resource
in an urban environment.