In the News: South Tongue Point Offers Opportunity
Recent coverage in the Astorian highlights how the Land Trust's partnership with Clatsop Community College will bring environmental, education, and in time, employment benefits to the North Coast.
The Astorian recently highlighted the ongoing collaboration between Columbia Land Trust and Clatsop Community College to conserve 82 acres at South Tongue Point in Astoria, Oregon. The article by Edward Stratton explains the Land Trust and the College held a day of boat tours around the property followed by a reception on the college campus in order to raise awareness and support for a bold vision for the property. In addition to conserving the land’s salt marshes, cottonwood and alder forests, and side channels for the benefit of salmon, migratory and resident birds, and other wildlife, the organizations plan to see the place serve as a living laboratory for college students. Once conserved, the Land Trust would transfer the property to the College to incorporate into its Marine and Environmental Research and Training Station (MERTS) campus, which currently sits adjacent to the site.
Read the full article to learn more about the project and the opportunity for this partnership to support the education and training of the next generation of conservationists, land managers, and scientists on the North Coast. Columbia Land Trust Executive Director Glenn Lamb and Clatsop Community College President Chris Breitmeyer also penned a guest column in the Astorian to outline their vision for the future of South Tongue Point. In addition, you can learn more in our upcoming summer edition of our newsletter, Fieldbook, which we mail to all members.
Currently, the Land Trust is only $141,000 shy of its $4.1 million goal to conserve the property. We invite everyone in support of educational opportunity, career pathways and a healthy environment in the North Coast to invest in this shared vision for South Tongue Point. If you would like to support the project, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Columbia Land Trust at 360-213-1203.