Columbia River–The Lower 80 - Columbia Land Trust

Columbia River–The Lower 80

Excavated channels on Kerry Island
  • Number of Projects:12
  • Acreage: 2177
  • Fact: In the 1880s, there were 39 canneries along the Columbia River; the last major cannery closed in 1980.
  • Experience: The Columbia River is the lifeline of the Northwest, a natural resource that supports our communities, our economies, our wildlife, and our way of life.
  • What We’re Doing: Restoring Columbia River islands, shores, and floodplain to provide healthy, complex habitat for birds, wildlife, and federally threatened runs of Columbia River salmon.
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The Big Picture

The Columbia River is one of the great rivers of America. Its islands, shores, tributaries, and floodplain support the habitat, the wildlife, and land-connected livelihoods that define the Northwest. Columbia Land Trust now cares for some 2,200 of land in and alongside its shores; these are places where we can reconnect the land with the tides, re-grow native trees and plants, and set the stage for nature to regenerate.

Why It Matters

The lower reaches of the river and its many tributaries provide essential habitat for 13 Columbia River salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act, as well as the many Northwest mammals and birds that need well-functioning habitat to thrive. The last 150 years, however, have brought radical changes to our iconic northwestern river: With dams controlling its flow, the river has what “altered hydrologic regime.” Shoreline development, water-quality degradation, invasive species, and floodplain disconnection further affect the Columbia River’s health. One of our marquis projects? In 2012, we acquired 960 acres directly next to the river; one day, this floodplain-turned-cattle operation will become floodplain again—a land transformation that will have big benefits for the health of the river and the wildlife that depends on it.

Columbia Land Trust & Green Jobs Interns
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A Day With the Green Jobs Interns

A day in the field, talking restoration with four new Green Jobs interns

On a cold coastal Friday morning, Columbia Land Trust stewards and four Green Jobs interns with the Forest Park Conservancy (FPC) filed out of their trucks along the Walluski River on the outskirts of Astoria, Oregon. The Green Jobs interns, Ahmed Yusuf, Jonathan Albarran, Joseph Justice, and Selena Gutierrez stepped into waders eager to spend…

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Updates from the Field
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Nature Knows Best
Natural climate solutions represent a key strategy to combat climate change

If you’re reading this, it’s a safe bet that you care about the environment (thank you). It’s also a safe bet that in the process of staying informed about the challenges of pollution, habitat loss, and global climate change, you’ve recently found yourself feeling overwhelmed by the sheer gravity of it all. It seems as…

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Return to Kerry Island
Partners Inter-Fluve and Columbia Land Trust visit an estuary restoration site three years post construction, with an eye on the future.

In late October, a crew of Columbia Land Trust stewards and staff from restoration design firm Inter-Fluve returned to the site of a tidal estuary restoration project at Kerry Island, located near Clatskanie, Oregon. Donning their requisite chest-high waders, the group observed changes in the site that have taken place in the three years since…

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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…

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