Hood River

The great Hood River. Photo by Megan Saunders
  • Number of Projects:5
  • Acreage: 471
  • Fact: The Powerdale Dam was removed in 2010, allowing Pacific lamprey (which can’t navigate old fish ladders) access to the upper reaches of the Hood for the first time since 1923.
  • Experience: Ushering from the slopes of Mount Hood, the Hood River is cold and rushing—a glacier-fed Northwest classic that runs through forests and the world-famous farmland of the Hood River Valley.
  • What We’re Doing: Restoring habitat alongside the river. Improving recreational access so that people can hike, swim, fish, and love the Hood River for generations to come. Working to protect prime agricultural lands from being developed.
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The Big Picture

A great Northwest river, the Hood River plunges for 25 miles past forests, orchard lands, and timber country before finally meeting the Columbia near the City of Hood River itself. In 2013, PacifiCorp, which had owned the only dam on the Hood River, transferred a four-mile-long corridor of land along the Hood River to Columbia Land Trust and Hood River County. Our charge is to manage the Hood River for wildlife habitat, make sure that people have access to the river for recreation, and ensure that tribal fishing rights and private property rights are protected.

Why It Matters

For 90 years, power companies owned this corridor, which had a benefit for nature: It kept the land from being divided and developed. Today land along the Hood River provides habitat for elk and deer, cougar and black bear, osprey and eagles. Its rushing waters course over smooth rocks, islands, and fallen wood, forming the cold, deep pools preferred by steelhead and salmon. We’re working with local residents, partner organizations, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to develop and implement a vision that allows people access to the river and protects fish and wildlife.

 

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Last week, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board approved more than $300,000 in funding for three projects to protect and restore Oregon’s dwindling oak woodlands and prairies. [Read the full press release from Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture] “Oregon is known for its conifer forests. But oak woodlands and prairies have always been an important feature…

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Land with Integrity
A New Tool Allows Our Land Stewards to Better Measure Ecosystem Health.

  To the eye of an average hiker, the cold, rushing rapids at Columbia Land Trust’s Hood River Powerdale property are a sight to behold. Mount Hood stands tall in the distance over orchard lands, and birds sing as the sun peeks into the forests on the hillside. The setting is timeless in its beauty.…

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2016 in Review
Ten ways you made a difference for the nature of the northwest in 2016.

It wasn’t always easy (meaningful conservation rarely is), but with your support, we were able to protect and restore important places throughout the Columbia River region while building strong relationships along the way. From the remote forests of Klickitat Canyon to backyard habitats in urban neighborhoods, take a look back at some of our greatest accomplishments…

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[In the Media] Land Trust among Oregon’s best nonprofits
We're honored to be named the fourth best small nonprofit to work for in Oregon by Oregon Business.

The award is especially meaningful because it determines exceptional workplaces based on employee feedback. More than 5,000 employees from across the state took part in the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon 2016 survey. While the Land Trust is headquartered in Vancouver, it serves Oregon communities and wildlife along the Columbia River from…

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