About 10 minutes into the movie “Leave No Trace,” David Bugni began to feel he was in familiar territory. The 2018 film follows a veteran father who lives with his daughter in a forested public park near Portland. The woods where the movie is set were so familiar to Bugni … weren’t they part of Clackamas County’s beautiful Eagle Fern Park, not far from his home near Estacada?
A few minutes later, his suspicions were confirmed: the camera caught the corner of an interpretive sign, one of a dozen or so that marks a nature trail in the Clackamas County park. Bugni, a retired structural engineer and a long-time advocate and volunteer for the park, knew the signs quite well: he had designed them.
About a year before his movie theater revelation, Bugni learned that three large, forested parcels just outside Eagle Fern Park were up for sale. One parcel abutted Bugni’s property, so he looked into purchasing it. But the owner, the Weyerhaeuser company, wasn’t interested in selling just one parcel; it was looking for a buyer for all three. So Bugni began a quest to find that buyer.Continue reading