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100 Days a Year Fishing? Yep. How the Hood River Made One Man’s Life

Ask Greg Short what he does for a living and he won’t answer with the title of his job (maintenance manager at Heirloom Orchards). Instead he answers with his passion. “I’m a sportfisherman,” Short says. “It’s not a side hobby. It’s a huge part of my life.” Last year, Short spent nearly 100 days fishing.…

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Jubitz Foundation Gives $10K for Hood River Restoration

Good news for the Hood River and all of its neighbors! The Jubitz Foundation is awarding Columbia Land Trust $10,000 to improve the shoreline of the lower Hood River. The demolition of the old Powerdale Dam left a barren, weedy riverbank, but this grant will help us transform that very site into a forest of the…

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Muddy, but worth it: We Plant 35,000 Trees and Shrubs at Kandoll Farm.

Sure, there were logistical challenges: horrible weather, boot-sucking mud, king tides, and the fact that we had to bring in most of the trees and plants by boat. Nonetheless, thanks to the stewardship team, Land Trust volunteers, and very hard-working crews, we planted 35,000 trees and shrubs on our Kandoll Farm site this spring. The…

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[In the Media] Glenn Lamb’s Op-Ed Appears on OregonLive

In this Oregonian op-ed, Executive Director Glenn Lamb and the Trust for Public Land’s Diane Daggett argue that Congress should fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The fund enables the conservation and care of  many of Oregon’s and Washington’s natural areas (and natural areas across the country). It also helps take care of local parks, improving people’s…

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Snowy Plover Chicks Coming Soon to Long Beach Dunes

Snowy plover are back nesting at Leadbetter Point! There are only two consistently successful nesting sites in all of Washington State: Leadbetter Point State Park at the northern tip of the Long Beach Peninsula and Midway Beach, located between Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor. In a 2012 survey, scientists counted only 33 birds in Washington.…

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At Indian Jack Slough, New Homes for Purple Martins

We’re welcoming purple martins to Indian Jack Slough! This spring Columbia Land Trust and Willapa Hills Audubon teamed up to install two purple martins colonies onsite. Akin to the condominium of bird houses, each colony contains 18 dangling gourds that can hold up to 18 nesting pairs and their chicks. Purple martins, the largest of…

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Meadowscaping Brings Life to Portland Gardens.

Lawns may be common, but they provide little benefit to bugs, bees, and birds—nor do they filter storm water well. That’s why Columbia Land Trust has partnered up with Pacific Northwest Urban Meadowscaping. Our collective goal is to create an easy-to-implement program that will inspire homeowners to replace their non-native grass lawns with gorgeous Willamette…

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