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Our Approach

Columbia Land Trust's approach to conservation

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Because the Columbia River region includes such a diversity of natural places, wildlife and people, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to our work. We adapt to local conditions, collaborating with landowners, communities and others. For generations, the lives and livelihoods of the Pacific Northwest have been entwined with the Columbia River. We respect those unique bonds as we ensure future generations have continued opportunities to benefit from our region’s beauty and bounty.

Our management efforts are guided by stewardship plans developed with the help of scientists, neighbors and partner agencies. We restore degraded habitats to help protect indigenous plants and animals while we strive to maintain historic uses and promote responsible enjoyment of our natural resources.

Since 1990, Columbia Land Trust has worked with ranchers, farmers, orchardists, conservationists, foresters, public agencies and individuals who share a commitment to our region’s precious resources and landscapes. To date, we have conserved more than 18,000 acres of natural areas, farm and ranch lands, forests and critical habitat in Oregon and Washington.


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