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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Saving Oregon’s Oaks

Three different projects throughout the state are part of a coordinated effort to conserve dwindling oak habitat

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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Birders Needed
Columbia Land Trust is offering a volunteer opportunity to help monitor bird species in Hood River, OR.

Do you consider yourself a bird aficionado, or perhaps you’re a budding birder? Consider volunteering to help Columbia Land Trust monitor birds at a conserved site known as the Powerdale Corridor, located along the Hood River. Volunteers will identify and count birds at the Powerdale ponds on any dates during the breeding season from mid-May…

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Species Spotlight: Moles
Moles are the bane of tidy lawns owners and golf course keepers, but these unloved critters offer more than meets the eye.

Walk down the garden aisle of any hardware store and you’ll find a dozen products to destroy moles. Mole dirt hills pushed up onto lawns are often viewed as eyesores, plus moles aren’t exactly cute. Yet these unloved ground dwellers, often incorrectly labeled rodents, offer more than one might think. IDENTIFICATION Two common moles inhabit…

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Fieldbook Digs In
Our final edition of Fieldbook rounds out 2017 with stories from the field.

Cozy up this winter with a fresh copy of our final issue of Fieldbook this year. Learn about important fossil discoveries in the Columbia River Estuary, look at how community groups are embracing the Backyard Habitat Certification Program as a tool for community building, and read about recent conservation successes in Trout Lake and the Long…

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