We ask that you give Land Trust natural areas a rest this spring while statewide Stay at Home orders are in effect.
Spring is a special time of year to be outdoors in the Northwest. We understand—and many of our staff share—a strong urge to visit our favorite outdoor places for some fresh air, exercise, and stress relief right now.
That said, we’re asking you to put the public health of our Columbia River region communities first. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, towns and local communities on the coast and in the gorge are calling on visitors to refrain from traveling from the Portland-Vancouver metro area to recreate. Many of these communities have larger populations of older, high-risk residents while lacking the medical resources to handle a coronavirus (COVID-19 illness) outbreak.
Although Columbia Land Trust has not closed our publicly-accessible natural areas, we recommend not visiting any Land Trust properties outside your local community at this time. If you do venture out for exercise locally, we ask that you observe social distancing and face shielding guidelines, as well as your respective state’s Stay at Home orders for as long as they remain in effect.
Please help us do our part in slowing the spread of the coronavirus and give your favorite outdoor places a rest this spring. Consider it a gift to the nature and the communities you love. Wildlife will enjoy a break from visitation while they carry on their age-old cycles of blooming, pollinating, and raising their young.
While we know there’s nothing like actually being there, we’ll share video and photos of these places across our social platforms so you can still enjoy the spring colors as they unfold.
Thank you for doing your part in the interest of our collective health,
The Columbia Land Trust Stewardship Team
Ensure that our natural areas are healthy and vibrant for many springs to come by making a gift today. Your support is more important now than ever as restrictions related to the pandemic increase the costs of our stewardship work.