Klickitat & Little White Salmon

A true beauty: the Wild and Scenic Klickitat River. Photo by Doug Gorsline
  • Number of Projects:12
  • Acreage: 5685
  • Fact: Washington’s only native oak, the Oregon white oak, can live more than 400 years and support more than 200 vertebrate species, including the state-threatened western gray squirrel.
  • Experience: Starkly beautiful canyonlands dotted with oaks and pines, basalt cliffs, and talus slopes: Both the Klickitat and the Little White Salmon wind through breathtaking Northwest vistas that support land-connected livelihoods and a cornucopia of wildlife.
  • What We’re Doing: Protecting rare oak woodlands and oak-and-pine forests, as well as working forests and ranches that define the communities here. Restoring Klickitat River floodplain by removing eight miles of road from riverside: a real return to wild.
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The Big Picture

The Klickitat River is spectacular: Make a trip to the river and you’ll see why its lower 10.8 miles were designated as Wild and Scenic. Columbia Land Trust acquired its first land here in 2001; since then, we’ve markedly expanded the amount of land we care for. Our most ambitious restoration project? We’re removing eight miles of an old road from the Klickitat River shore, allowing the river to reclaim its historic floodplain for the first time in 80 years. We also care for land along the Little White Salmon, a 19-mile-long Columbia River tributary to the west, which courses through similar terrain and is a go-to hotspot for whitewater kayakers.

Why It Matters

Both the Klickitat and the Little White Salmon Rivers are critical for native plants and wildlife: The area’s Oregon white oak woodlands and pine-oak forests support more than 200 species, including Lewis’s woodpeckers and the state-threatened western gray squirrel. Millennia-old runs of salmon and steelhead spawn and grow stronger in these rivers.  Our challenge is protecting this paradisaical area from the very real threat of development while finding conservation solutions that allow land-connected livelihoods, such as farming, ranching, and forestry, to continue.

The road that once was.
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The Grand Finale

Our Klickitat River Haul Road Project will finally be completed this year with help from a powerful partnership.

  Columbia Land Trust’s lengthiest and most dramatic restoration project to date is the Klickitat River Haul Road project north of Klickitat, Washington. Together the Yakama Nation Fisheries Program and the Land Trust set out more than fifteen years ago to free one of Washington’s longest undammed rivers from a failed and washed out logging…

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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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2,400 Acres Conserved in Klickitat Canyon
Columbia Land Trust conserves an ecological gem in Klickitat Canyon.

For Immediate Release-Columbia Land Trust today announced the conservation of 2,400 acres of river canyon and mixed-conifer forest along the Klickitat River in Klickitat County, Washington. The acquisition safeguards a unique diversity of wildlife and protects three miles of the state’s longest undammed river. The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) purchased the land from…

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Key Funding for Klickitat Canyon
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Conservation Alliance awards Columbia Land Trust $50,000 grant to conserve Klickitat Canyon

Vancouver, WA— Columbia Land Trust is excited to announce the receipt of a $50,000 grant from The Conservation Alliance to help fund the conservation of 3,200 acres of forestland along Klickitat Canyon. The grant will provide crucial funding to complete the second phases of a broader 5,600-acres conservation effort nearly a decade in the making.…

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