Prized Hood River Corridor Protected for Conservation and Recreation
Hood River Powerdale area protected
Just minutes away from downtown Hood River are 400 acres of forest bordering a 3.5 mile-stretch of Hood River waters. It’s a place where salmon congregate on their spawning trek, trout hide in riffles, osprey and eagles prey on the abundant fish and people come for a soothing hike, a chance to fish their favorite holes and a refreshing dip during the hot, summer months.
The property was owned by PacifiCorp for nearly 80 years, but today Columbia Land Trust and Hood River County take over as stewards of this remarkable piece of property.
“We have conserved the very nature of the Northwest in both place and experience,” said Glenn Lamb, Columbia Land Trust executive director. “Just moments from the town of Hood River, you'll see soaring eagles and osprey, fascinating American dippers, or steelhead queuing up behind rocks and riffles heading home to spawn.”
Today’s land transfer concludes a decade-long process designed to ensure the long-term health and viability of this riverfront corridor. With the removal of an upstream dam in 2010, the last barrier to free fish migration up and down Hood River is gone, opening the floodgates to a revival of threatened Chinook and Coho salmon and bull trout.
Under the agreement, Hood River County will manage 101 acres total at both ends of the corridor, and Columbia Land Trust will manage the 295-acre middle section of the property. Working together, the two partners will focus on preserving and enhancing the riverfront ecosystem and maintaining recreational opportunities.
The deal was made possible through work by the Hood River Watershed Group, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, American Rivers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.