The Backyard Habitat Certification Program has surpassed 10,000 participants and we are thrilled to celebrate this incredible milestone for the program, which is co-sponsored by the Bird Alliance of Oregon (formerly Portland Audubon) and Columbia Land Trust. The program was created 15 years ago, and now operates in four counties (Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties…Read More
The Big Picture
More than 2 million people live in this species-rich area located in the floodplain of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, so caring for the nature that remains is a priority for Columbia Land Trust. Since 2009, our Backyard Habitat Certification Program, co-managed with the Bird Alliance of Oregon, has enrolled over 10,000 participants who are working to re-create native habitat that has been lost to urbanization in their own backyards. We’ve also worked with partners to develop a Regional Conservation Strategy (Think of it as a master plan that helps us prioritize the conservation and care of the plants, animals, and natural areas.) We also hold numerous easements for Willamette Valley landowners—which will ensure their family’s lands will never be subdivided or developed.
Why It Matters
Portland and its surrounds may be an urban landscape in look and feel, but the natural world has a strong foothold. Coho salmon still spawn. Bald eagles and osprey live near (and in) urban areas. Backyards and parks host migrating songbirds. Protecting people’s quality of life by conserving and enhancing habitat is one of Columbia Land Trust’s priorities. The challenge? With the population slated to increase significantly in the coming years, we must be able to provide for people while also addressing the needs of native fish, wildlife, and plants.