The property includes the headwaters of Amazon Creek and is habitat for wildlife and a favorite hiking place for locals. The city and Be Noble Foundation purchased three lots for a total of $1.75 million.
Eugene attorney Charlie Tebbutt represents Be Noble Foundation. It was created in honor of Erin Noble, a young man who died in a plane crash near Veneta in 2012. Noble was committed to saving the property from development.
Tebbutt: “Erin was a very vibrant young man who reached out to a lot of different people in this community and every community that he lived in throughout his life and he trekked in the Amazon Headwaters of South America and his backyard was the Amazon Headwaters in Eugene.”
Two-thirds of the property will be owned by the city and incorporated into the Ridgeline Trail system. The other third will remain undeveloped. The Nobel family hopes the area will be named in Erin’s honor.