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Update: Proposed redistricting maps available for review ahead of public hearings (Florence location added) - 11/24/21

The Lane County Board of Commissioners is considering three (3) proposed redistricting maps presented by the Independent Redistricting Committee (IRC) and hosting two public hearings next week. 


The proposed maps can be reviewed online at Printed copies for review have also been posted at the following locations:

  • Lane County Public Service Building near the commissioner office area (125 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene)
  • Springfield City Hall near the library (225 5th Street, Springfield)
  • Junction City Hall (680 Greenwood Street, Junction City)
  • Veneta City Hall (88184 8th Street, Veneta)
  • Fern Ridge Library (88026 Territorial Highway, Veneta)
  • Oakridge City Hall (48318 E. 1st Street, Oakridge)
  • Mohawk Valley Rural Fire Department (92068 Marcola Road)
  • Cottage Grove Community Center (700 E. Gibbs Avenue, Cottage Grove)
  • Florence City Hall (250 Highway 101, Florence)


Written public testimony can be sent to by November 30.


Oral public testimony can be provided at two (2) virtual public hearings: 

  • November 30 at 1:30 p.m.
  • December 1 at 5:30 p.m.


Visit to register for the public hearings.


Lane County’s IRC is made up of 15 community members and is only responsible for redistricting the five county commissioner districts. The Sheriff, District Attorney and Tax Assessor are elected by all Lane County voters and do not have sub-districts. 


For more information about the IRC and the redistricting process, visit



Lane County to Resume COVID-19 Boost Vaccinations for Adults amid Successful Pediatric Vaccination Rollout for Kids 5 to 11 - 11/23/21

By Appointment Boost Clinics Open at Lane Events Center Drive-Through Facility on November 30, 2021


Beginning Tuesday, November 30, 2021, Lane County Public Health will resume offering boost doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 years and older who are six months past completion of the two dose primary series of either Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, or 2 months after their initial dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Initially, only the Moderna boost doses will be offered at the drive-through clinic facility constructed at the Lane Events Center on 13thStreet in Eugene effective November 30, 2021. Patients with appointments will receive priority; those without appointments will be accommodated as clinic capacity allows. 


“After fully focusing on providing pediatric vaccinations for kids aged 5 to 11 over the past two weeks, we’ve made tremendous progress,” said Steve Adams, Lane County COVID-19 Incident Commander. “Together with our pediatric, family care, and pharmacy providers, we’ve served over 20% of our 5-11 year old population with a first dose in just two full weeks of vaccination operations. In assessing our capacity, we’re confident that we’re able to meet ongoing pediatric demand as we return to providing opportunities for adult boosters.”


On Wednesday, November 24th, LCPH will open scheduling for the following week of vaccine booster appointments (Tuesday Nov 30th through Friday December 3rd). Given the high demand for Moderna vaccine and the opportunity to serve more people, LCPH will initially only be offering the Moderna vaccine. Those seeking Pfizer or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are advised to check with local pharmacies and their primary care provider. On Friday, December 3, appointments for the week of December 6th will be posted. 


For more information, please visit Lane County’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic webpage: COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics - Lane County


Adult Boost Clinic Schedule – Lane Events Center Drive-Through Clinic

November 30 – December 3, 2021


Tuesday, November 30 – 10:00am – 1:00pm

Wednesday, December 1 – 10:00am – 1:00pm

Thursday, December 2 – 10:00am – 1:00pm 

Friday, December 3, 10:00am – 12:00pm


Appointments highly recommended; those without appointments will be accommodated only to the extent that LCPH is able. 



Patence Winningham selected as Oregon Emergency Manager of the Year - 11/22/21

The Oregon Emergency Management Association (OEMA), in partnership with Oregon Emergency Management (OEM), selected Lane County Emergency Manager Patence (pronounced “patience”) Winningham as Oregon’s Emergency Manager of the Year. 


The nomination for Winningham outlines many of the accomplishments that led to her award, including a 2019 historic winter storm that left thousands stranded in eastern Lane County, including hundreds stuck on an Amtrak train. Winningham rose to the occasion, leading Lane County’s response and communicating with the State Emergency Coordination Center. Her request for an OEM liaison in response to what would become a federal disaster helped lay the foundation for future field deployments of OEM staff and helped chart the course for what would become the new statewide Preparedness and Response liaison program at OEM. 


Winningham continued to be tested with another federal disaster declaration due to flooding in April 2019. This was followed by the COVID disaster in early 2020. She worked with the County to engage FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers to establish a 42-bed COVID recovery center designed to take care of some of the most vulnerable people in Lane County. And, most notably, she led Lane County’s response to the Holiday Farm Fire, which placed both her family and her home in danger, but did not stop her from placing her community’s needs above her own. 


“I am humbled and honored by this recognition,” said Winningham. “My first three years at Lane County have been quite a ride, and I could not have done it without the support of my colleagues. I – and everyone I work with – are here because we want to help our families, neighbors and communities.”


OEM Director Andrew Phelps surprised Winningham with the award at her Eugene office last week. 


“Patence is an innovator, a communicator, a problem-solver and a collaborator. She is also a tireless activist in her county for disaster preparedness, hazard mitigation, and other initiatives to reduce risk in her community,” said Phelps.



Lane County Chief Information Officer Michael Finch accepts the award on behalf of Lane County and OIR.
Lane County Chief Information Officer Michael Finch accepts the award on behalf of Lane County and OIR.
Lane County and Oregon Internet Response receive award for wildfire response (Photo) - 11/19/21

Lane County Technology Services Department (TS) and Oregon Internet Response (OIR) received the Award for Excellence in Telecommunications Projects and Regional Strategies during the 25th annual Oregon Connections Telecommunications Technology Conference.


Oregon Internet Response formed and collaborated with Lane County Technology Services and Emergency Management to bring telecommunications back to the McKenzie River Valley following the Holiday Farm Fire, which destroyed telecommunications equipment throughout much of the valley. 


The group brought together multiple resources and partners to create microwave links supplying bandwidth into the fire area, serving emergency, school, medical, business and public connectivity needs while commercial providers worked to repair infrastructure destroyed in the fire. 


“The ability to communicate and access the Internet is absolutely critical in the aftermath of a disaster,” said Lane County Chief Information Officer Michael Finch. “Without this essential work, tasks as simple as pumping gas, checking email or keeping connected with a child’s education during COVID would have been impossible. The work that OIR, Lane County and other partners did to bring connectivity back to the McKenzie Valley has helped set the state for the area’s recovery.”


Michael Finch, Lane County’s Chief Information Officer and leader of the Technology Services Department, accepted the award on behalf of Lane County and OIR. 


More information about the conference and award is available at




UPDATED (Nov. 17): Emergency drinking water available in Mapleton - 11/17/21

Emergency drinking water will now be available at the Mapleton Food Share office at 10718 Highway 126 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call 541-999-9778 for after-hours access.


Bottled water supplies are limited so please take only what you need. If possible, bring your own water containers to be used at the available filling station.


A boil water notice and conservation notice remain in place for all Mapleton Water District customers.


Lane County Emergency Management, Lane County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) and EWEB have partnered to provide drinking water to Mapleton residents as the Mapleton Water District seeks repairs on its equipment.




Lane County celebrates statewide expansion of local community benefits program (Photo) - 11/17/21

Lane County Board of Commissioners Chair Joe Berney, joined by County staff and local trade representatives at the 2021 Association of Oregon Counties Annual Conference, provided counties across Oregon with a blueprint for creating their own Community Benefits Bidding Programs. 


Lane County’s Community Benefits Bidding (CBB) Program, which was adopted by commissioners in 2020, requires any County-led capital improvement projects with a budget of $1 million or more to prioritize contractors that provide living wages and significant local economic benefits. To date, three capital improvement projects, the Developmental Disabilities Service building construction, the Parole & Probation building renovation and the Navigation Center renovation have been contracted through the CBB Program. 


The Lane County CBB Program served as the basis for the now-enrolled Senate Bill 420, which expanded the community benefits program that began in Lane County to public bodies statewide. Senator James Manning sponsored the bill at the request of Lane County Board of Commissioners Chair Joe Berney. House Speaker Tina Kotek and Representative Marty Wilde also sponsored the bill.


“With the passage of SB420, the first state legislation I ever put together with help from our local building trades, any public entity in Oregon can now – for the first time – use their building projects to invest locally. These investments can increase jobs in local businesses, increase employer-paid full family health coverage for their residents, pragmatically increase workforce equity and energy efficient buildings,” said Lane County Board of Commissioners Chair Joe Berney. “This approach can potentially impact how over $10 billion in Oregon is spent annually to build more resilient communities and invest in people without raising one dollar of new taxes. It’s a big deal. My kudos and deep appreciation to everyone involved, especially to Senator James Manning who sponsored and championed the legislation for us.”


The statewide bill amends the public contracting code to allow local government contracting agencies to adopt by ordinance the authority to designate a public improvement contract as a "community benefit contract." Community benefit contracts may include terms and conditions that require the contractor to qualify as an apprentice training agent, employ apprentices to perform a specified percentage of work hours in apprentice-able occupations, provide employer-paid family health benefits for each worker, and meet any other requirements established by the contracting agency. 


“We are so appreciative of Board Chair Joe Berney for his tireless efforts in making this happen, as well as the other Lane County commissioners and staff for their huge role in developing this new tool that allows public entities the ability to really focus their capital improvement funding in ways to amplify the positive effects on our communities while not driving up project costs,” said International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 20’s Kail Zuschlag. “For a long time public entities felt like they had to use the cheapest upfront bid, even when they knew it wasn’t the best choice for the community and would likely be more expensive by the end of a project, but now public entities have the choice of choosing the best value and to prioritize businesses that are the best community partners. This is a huge win for everyone.”


Read the bill text at


For more information about Lane County’s CBB Program, visit




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Emergency alert test on Saturday, Nov. 20 for McKenzie Valley residents - 11/15/21

A test of the emergency alert system in the McKenzie Fire & Rescue service area is scheduled for noon on Saturday, November 20.


Residents in the McKenzie River Valley may receive a test alert on their mobile phones, landlines or via email. The messages will include “TEST ALERT” to reduce any potential confusion. Residents should not call 9-1-1 in response to the test alert.


“People are more aware than ever before of the need to be prepared for an emergency or disaster,” said McKenzie Fire & Rescue Chief Darren Bucich. “We want to help our residents be prepared by testing the emergency alert system so that people can get a feel for how they might receive a real evacuation notice or other safety information in the future.”


Emergency responders use several tools to alert residents. Some tools do not require residents to sign up, including Wireless Emergency Alerts or Reverse 9-1-1; however, everyone in Lane County is encouraged to sign up to receive AlertSense emergency alerts at 


“If possible, we should all identify at least two ways we can receive emergency alerts,” said Bucich. “In rural areas like this it’s especially important since we don’t always have the same easy access to cell service or internet – and, even if you have good coverage on a blue-sky day, we know that those can fail if infrastructure is destroyed.”


McKenzie residents can also stop by the Leaburg Fire Station on Saturday, November 20, between noon and 1:30 p.m. to learn more about preparing for emergencies and emergency alerts. 


McKenzie Fire & Rescue, Lane County Emergency Management and Central Lane 9-1-1 are working together to conduct the test. 


This test will not include the Emergency Alert System (television and radio messages) because those are aired countywide and likely to cause unnecessary confusion for residents outside of the test area.




WasteWise Holidays: Food waste - 11/15/21

According to a statewide food waste study performed by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in 2019, Oregon households throw away 6.3 pounds of wasted food per household per week. Of the food waste that Oregonians threw away, 71 percent could have been eaten by humans.  


“We have had to get creative in our celebrations over the last two years,” said Lane County’s Master Recycler Program Coordinator Kelly Bell. “We should all keep finding creative ways to celebrate holidays and milestones that put an emphasis on spending time with loved ones over large meals that often go uneaten.”


This holiday season, simplify your celebrations and reduce food waste:

  • Plan your menu ahead of time so you can reduce last-minute grocery store runs and help reduce waste.
  • Feature local foods on your menu. Local food has not been transported as far and has a lower carbon footprint that foods transported from other states.
  • Celebrate with appetizers or dessert instead of serving a full meal.
  • Encourage guests to bring reusable containers to take home leftovers.
  • Make sure guests know what can be recycled and composted.


“It’s not only the food that gets thrown out that drains our resources,” said Bell. “It’s all the water, fuel and transportation that it takes to grow the food. One quarter of our fresh water goes to grow food that will never be eaten. We can have wonderful holiday celebrations and be smart about reducing food waste at the same time.”


WasteWise Lane County

WasteWise Lane County offers education, tools and resources that residents, schools, and businesses can use to reduce waste, conserve resources and live more sustainably. To learn how to Eat Smart, Waste Less visit



ROAD CLOSURE: Riverview Avenue (Mapleton) - 11/15/21

Road Name:Riverview Avenue
Begin Closure:Milepost 0.12
End Closure:Milepost 0.12
Dates and times:Now through unknown date

Alternate routes:


Highway 126 to second Riverview Avenue entrance

Reason for closure:



Damaged culvert













Lane County adds another community meeting on Nov. 17 for Strategic Plan update - 11/12/21

Lane County has added another community visioning meeting to help with the Strategic Plan update process. The new meeting Wednesday, November 17, at 11:30 a.m. Community members can join the meeting at


“We want to offer another community meeting because we’ve had great, in-depth input from people who have participated so far – especially during the first daytime meeting,” said Lane County Strategic Planning Supervisor Judy Williams.


Previous community visioning meetings were held in early November during both daytime and evening hours. 


Community members are invited to take an online survey at Responses are anonymous. 


Community members can add to the “Ideas Wall” here


The Strategic Plan was last updated in 2019 and focused the work of Lane County in four priority areas:

  • Safe, Healthy County
  • Vibrant Communities
  • Robust Infrastructure
  • People & Partnerships


Examples of successful initiatives under the most recent Strategic Plan include the purchase of the former VA clinic on River Avenue for use as a shelter and navigation center; construction of Permanent Supportive Housing units; increased rural patrols in West Lane County and the McKenzie Valley; and the completion of a thorough Parks Funding Task Force process.


Review the current Strategic Plan at




Lane County celebrates completion of massive improvement project on Territorial Highway - 11/09/21

Lane County Public Works celebrated the completion of the Stony Point Realignment Project on Territorial Highway yesterday by inviting community members to the Lorane Grange for an update.


The project improved road safety on Territorial Highway between Gillespie Corners and the community of Lorane by stabilizing three landslides at Stony Point, softening the sharp curves of the road, adding shoulders to accommodate people biking, and paving the road. Work began in June 2020 and continued over two construction seasons. 


“We are so proud that – after years of working with the community and neighbors – the Stony Point area is now stable and much safer for all road users,” said Lane County Engineer Peggy Keppler. “This was the largest road building project that Lane County has taken on in decades and it was truly a community effort.” 


During the project, 70,000 cubic yards of earth were moved, including 20,000 cubic yards of unusable soil from the landslide areas. A total of 44 40-foot-long steel piles were driven 40 feet into the ground to help stabilize slope. Most of the unusable soil was relocated, by agreement, to neighboring properties, and quality soil was sourced from nearby areas to reduce the number of heavy truck trips related to the project by at least 20,000. 



The project also used:

  • 4,400 tons of asphalt
  • 17,000 tons of aggregate base (for the road)
  • 34,000 square feet of wire and rock facing material
  • 110,000 square yards of technical fabric


A video with footage of the project is available at Media are welcome to use the video; please credit Metro Television. 


Territorial Highway Background:

The 42-mile stretch of Territorial Highway located within Lane County’s boundaries, with the exception of the portion that is also Highway 36, was transferred from the Oregon Department of Transportation to Lane County in 2019. 



Lane County Public Health Announces Pediatric Vaccines throughout the community - 11/04/21

14,200 initial vaccines will be distributed throughout mass vaccination clinics, pediatricians, providers, and pharmacies


Following full state and federal approval process, Lane County has received the first shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years. A total of 14,200 doses will be received by vaccination providers – pediatric clinics, family care practices, school-based health programs, and pharmacies – over the next 10 days. Additional pediatric vaccine deliveries will continue in regular order in the following weeks.


While many pharmacies and providers are already taking appointments for pediatric vaccinations, Lane County will begin scheduling on Friday morning for vaccination clinics that will begin on Tuesday, November 9th. As previously announced, Lane County will move to an appointment-only clinic process to ensure that we can safely administer vaccinations for children. Due to expected demand, individuals without appointments cannot be served at this time. We hope to open our clinics to walk-ins once again in the near future. 


Beginning next Tuesday, November 9th, Lane County will exclusively focus on providing vaccination opportunities for children ages 5-11 years old and providing mobile booster clinics for residents in long-term care facilities. Our larger-scale booster dose clinics for adults will pause until after we’ve met the immediate demand among the newest segment of Lane County’s population that hasn’t yet had access to COVID-19 vaccine. Booster doses remain available at primary care providers and pharmacies throughout Lane County. More information about other vaccine providers can be found on Lane County’s COVID-19 website at: Get Vaccinated - Lane County


“With final federal and state approvals in hand, we are now preparing to fully focus on our attention on providing COVID-19 vaccine to our newest eligible population of 5 to 11-year-old kids,” said Steve Adams, COVID-19 Incident Commander with Lane County. “During the September and October, we logged 1,285 cases in our K-12 school-age population and we’ve noted that this age demographic has seen a lower relative case rate decline over the past several weeks than any other demographic. We are eager to begin vaccinations early next week that will reduce school-age cases and lost school days associated with isolation and quarantine.” 


For parents and guardians who have additional questions about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 pediatric formulation, Lane County recommends consultation with a primary care provider before scheduling. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has an informative website available at: COVID-19 Vaccination for Children 5-11 Years Old | CDC

Share your thoughts on a new strategic plan for Lane County (Updated Link for Community Meetings) - 11/02/21

Lane County is updating its three-year strategic plan for 2022–2024. 


“Our Strategic Plan focuses our limited time and resources on the most important efforts to improve lives in Lane County,” said County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky. “We absolutely need to hear from our community so that we can be sure our priorities align with our residents’ needs and expectations.”


Community members are invited to take an online survey at Responses are anonymous. 


Community members can add to the “Ideas Wall” here


There are also three virtual community visioning meetings next week. No registration is required. 


Feedback from Lane County employees will also be gathered, and all input will help the Board of County Commissioners prioritize the County’s work during upcoming work sessions. 


“The last two years have presented steep challenges and we have worked to find opportunities within multiple crises,” said Mokrohisky. “Using our Strategic Plan to help us prioritize, Lane County has seized the chance to do the things that may not otherwise have been possible and, in the process, catapult our communities forward. The next Strategic Plan build upon that progress and further enhance the communities we serve.”


The Strategic Plan was last updated in 2019 and focused the work of Lane County in four priority areas:

  • Safe, Healthy County
  • Vibrant Communities
  • Robust Infrastructure
  • People & Partnerships


Examples of successful initiatives under the most recent Strategic Plan include the purchase of the former VA clinic on River Avenue for use as a shelter and navigation center; construction of Permanent Supportive Housing units; increased rural patrols in West Lane County and the McKenzie Valley; and the completion of a thorough Parks Funding Task Force process.


Review the current Strategic Plan at




ROAD CLOSURE: Jasper-Lowell Road & E. Main Street (Lowell) - 11/02/21

Road Name:Jasper-Lowell Road & E. Main Street in Lowell
Location:205 E. Main Street in Lowell
Begin County Road Closure:Milepost 10.5 on Jasper-Lowell Road
End County Road Closure:Milepost 10.6 on Jasper-Lowell Road
City Road Closure:E. Main Street between S. Pioneer and W. Boundary Road
Dates and times:Saturday, November 6, starting at 7:00 a.m. and lasting until the “burn to learn” is over.

Alternate routes:


Traffic will be detoured west along E. Main Street to S. Moss then north to North Shore (W. Boundary/Jasper-Lowell Road), or south along S. Moss to E. Main Street. 
Reason for closure:Lowell Rural Fire Protection District will be burning a structure located at 205 E. Main Street in Lowell for a fire training exercise. Questions about the exercise should be directed to Lowell Rural Fire. 















Lane County Announces Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for Kids 5 to 11 - 11/01/21

Pending final federal and state approval, local providers and Lane County are ready to go!

In anticipation of full federal and state approval later this week for Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years of age, Lane County Public Health is announcing information for parents and guardians. Over the past few months, Lane County has been working with local pediatric and family care practices, pharmacies, community-based organizations, and schools to develop a comprehensive strategy to meet the demand for pediatric vaccinations in the first few weeks of availability. LCPH estimates that Lane County is home to approximately 25,000 children aged 5 to 11. While national surveys suggest that about one third of parents will seek vaccinations for newly eligible children as soon as possible, the Lane County pediatric partnership has developed capacity to meet a demand of 40% (approximately 10,000 kids) within the first several weeks of eligibility.


“Pediatric offices remain the best place to seek regular vaccinations,” said Dr. Patrick Luedtke, Lane County’s Public Health Officer, “and I’m so impressed by the efforts that pediatric and family care practices have implemented to provide vaccinations rapidly, including evening and weekend hours. But we recognize that not every parent will be able to access vaccinations this way, so we’ve worked with other providers, including pharmacies, and we’ve developed our own operational capacity through our COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center.”


Lane County has designed multiple clinic models to meet individual needs:

  • Indoor clinics at the Lane Events Center Auditorium that will ultimately have the capacity for over 400 children per day;
  • School-based clinics in partnership with Lane Education Services District and Lane County’s 16 school districts operating in the afternoons and evenings following regular school dismissal; and
  • Community-led pediatric clinics in partnership with our community-based organization partners to ensure vaccine equity. 


“We’ve developed a strategy to fully vaccinate nearly 4,000 kids before the end of 2021,” said Dr. Jocelyn Warren, Lane County’s Public Health Administrator. “As this group of younger kids becomes eligible for vaccinations, we intend to provide an added level of attention and care in our operations. Our incredible staff and many of our volunteer Community Immunity Corps that provided mass vaccinations earlier this year are now ready to serve the children and families of Lane County. We’re so grateful for the incredible outpouring of volunteerism that continues to power our community wide efforts to protect all from COVID-19.”


Effective November 9th, all LCPH clinics will be by appointment only and our scheduling tool will be live by the morning of Friday, November 5, 2021. Parents and guardians can schedule appointments at: Get Vaccinated - Lane County or by calling (541) 682-1380. 


LCPH Pediatric Clinic Schedule:

Lane County Public Health is planning the following clinics for children ages 5 years-11 years for vaccination upon approval of the Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination. All clinics for children ages 5-11 years are scheduled appointments only. There are not walk-in appointments at this time.

Clinics will open for scheduling the Friday before each week. Additional community-based and school clinics will announced on an ongoing basis; please continue to check our website for the latest clinic schedule. 



Tuesday 11/9/2021 from 3:30-6:30 pm at Lane Event Center (796 W 13th Ave, 97402)

Wednesday 11/10/2021 from 1:30-6:30 pm at Lane Event Center (796 W 13th Ave, 97402)

Thursday 11/11/2021 from 12:00-6:30pm at Lane Event Center (796 W 13th Ave, 97402)

Friday 11/12/2021 from 12-6:30pm at Lane Event Center (796 W 13th Ave, 97402)

Saturday 11/13/2021 from 10am-4pm at Lane Event Center (796 W 13th Ave, 97402)

Wednesday 11/17/2021 from 2:30-6:30 pm at Lane Event Center (796 W 13th Ave, 97402)

Thursday 11/18/2021 in partnership with 4J Eugene School District. (Location and time to be announced.)

Friday 11/19/2021 from 1:30-6:30 pm at Lane Event Center (796 W 13th Ave, 97402)

Monday 11/22/2021 from 2:30-6:30 pm at Lane Event Center (796 W 13th Ave, 97402)

Tuesday 11/30/2021 in partnership with 4J Eugene School District. (Location and time to be announced.) 


Bethel School District is hosting several clinics for students in the district throughout November. 



Tuesday 11/16/2021 from 4pm-7pm at Thurston High School

Tuesday 11/23/2021 from 4pm-7pm at Springfield High School 


South Lane: 

Tuesday 11/16/2021 from 4-7 pm with South Lane School District. 


East Lane:

Thursday 11/18/2021 from 3:30-5:30 pm with McKenzie River School District


West Lane: 

Saturday 11/20/2021 at Siuslaw Middle School (2525 Oak St, Florence, 97439) (time to be announced)

Tuesday 11/23/2021 with Fern Ridge School District (time to be announced)


Eugene, Springfield and Lane County to begin leaf pickup - 11/01/21

Lane County and the cities of Eugene and Springfield are preparing to kick-off their annual leaf collection efforts. Removing leaves from catch basins, grates and gutters allows storm water to run off and prevents flooding.


Keeping leaves out of the drainage system also improves water quality because decomposing leaves use up oxygen that is needed by aquatic life in local streams and rivers. And removing slippery leaves from streets and sidewalks makes travel safer for people walking, biking and driving. 


In all three jurisdictions, property owners are responsible for leaves that are placed improperly in the street or cause safety or localized flooding hazards.


Eugene and Lane County allow residents to pile leaves in the street, while Springfield only allows bagged leaves to be set out for collection.


Leaves are the only items collected. Piles with branches, pine needles, trash, grass and other lawn debris are not accepted and will not be collected.


To get the best information for your property, determine which jurisdiction provides service in your area, and then contact that agency. Here are the details for each jurisdiction:


City of Eugene


Eugene’s leaf collection and delivery program begins Nov. 8. Eugene’s leaf program is funded by storm water fees because proper use and disposal of leaves keeps decaying leaves out of local creeks and rivers and helps prevent localized flooding caused by blocked storm drains. 


After an initial focus on the central Eugene area, City crews will break into three groups to focus on designated sections of the city. Each crew has the staffing and equipment needed to collect and deliver leaves and sweep streets after the leaves have been picked up. This puts resources closer to neighborhoods and improves service on unimproved streets.


Online features allow Eugene residents to look up their address and see when they should pile their leaves neatly in a row parallel to the curb, order leaf deliveries, or report hazards such as leaves in a bike lane. People should place their leaves in the street the weekend before crews are scheduled to be in their neighborhood. The second round of leaf collection will start January 3. Safely pile remaining leaves in the street on January 1 and 2.


For more information about Eugene’s leaf collection and delivery services, go to or call Eugene Public Works Maintenance at 541-682-4800.


City of Springfield


In Springfield, the City provides a leaf pickup service to residents within the city limits to help prevent flooding, protect water quality, and keep neighborhood streets safe for bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers. Leaves are collected in two rounds in two areas -- the west and east sides of town with 28th Street/ 31st Street as the dividing line.


Sanipac is contracted to pick up, haul, and recycle bagged leaves for residents within the city limits. Leaves must be put in medium-sized bags that contain only leaves. Bags containing other yard debris cannot be used for compost and will not be picked up.


Bags need to be placed curbside, not in the street, by 7:00 a.m. on Monday of the scheduled week for collection in that area. Not all bags will be picked up first thing Monday; it may take several days. Additionally, severe weather may cause delays. Landscaping, yard maintenance companies, property management companies and residents are not allowed to blow or rake leaves into the streets.


Springfield residents can also pledge to properly dispose of their leaves for a chance to win one of two $100 gift cards from a local home improvement store. Residents can view this year’s informational flier for more details on how to enter.


The first round of leaf collection in Springfield starts November 29 west of 28th Street/31st Street, then December 6 east of 28th Street/31st Street. The second round starts January 3 west of 28th Street/31st Street, then January 10 east of 28th Street/31st Street.


For more information about leaf pickup in Springfield, visit, call 541-525-2658 or email">


Lane County 


Lane County Public Works will begin its annual leaf pick-up program on Monday, November 8.  The County collects leaves in two rounds in two general areas: Santa Clara north of Beltline Highway and several Springfield locations generally just outside the city limits. Lane County crews may be working in your zone prior to official collection dates if time allows; however, crews will return to your zone as scheduled. 


Lane County provides a leaf collection information line (541-682-8565) updated at 5:00 p.m. each Friday. It describes where leaf pickup begins on a weekly basis. For more information go to, call 541-682-6905 or e-mail


Leaf Preparation Guidelines 


Two priorities that are the same in all three jurisdictions are public safety and operational efficiency. Here are some tips to help meet those objectives:


  • In Eugene and Lane County, leaves must be in the roadway but piled at least 15 feet away from parked vehicles. Do not bag leaves.
  • In Lane County leaf pickup will be provided for paved curb-and-gutter streets only. In Eugene, unimproved streets are picked up during both rounds but equipment must be able to reach the leaves from the hard road surface.
  • In Springfield, leaves need to be put in medium-sized bags that contain only leaves. The bags should be placed curbside, not in the street.
  • Do not pile leaves in bike or traffic lanes or on curbs or sidewalks.
  • Keep storm drains and gutters clear to prevent localized flooding.
  • Do not mix in other debris such as branches, rocks, lawn clippings, pine needles, or trash. 
  • Leaves are not picked up in private yards.
  • Wait to put leaves in the street until the weekend prior to collection.
  • Consider recycling leaves as compost or mulch material.


Schedule Information

Eugene (Leaf Placement Dates for First Round)First Round Second Round
Central/CoreNov. 6 and Nov. 7Jan. 3 to Jan. 21
Zones 1Nov. 13 and Nov. 14Jan. 3 to Jan. 21
Zones 2Nov. 20 and Nov. 21Jan. 3 to Jan. 21
Zones 3Dec. 4 and Dec. 5Jan. 3 to Jan. 21
  Zones 4Dec. 11 and Dec. 12Jan. 3 to Jan. 21
Zones 5Dec. 18 and Dec. 19Jan. 3 to Jan. 21
Springfield (Leaf Pickup Dates)First RoundSecond Round
   West of 28th Street/31st StreetNov. 29Jan. 3
   East of 28th Street/31st StreetDec. 6Jan. 10
Lane County (Leaf Pickup Dates)First RoundSecond Round
   Zone A (Santa Clara west of River Road; see map)Nov. 8 to Nov. 10Nov. 29 to Dec. 2
   Zone B (Santa Clara east of River Road; see map)Nov. 15 to Nov. 18Dec. 6 to Dec. 9
   Zone C (Springfield area (see map)Nov. 22 to Nov. 25Dec. 13 to Dec. 16
























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