Celebrate Earth Day by helping us spread mulch around native seedlings in Hood River!

Columbia Land Trust and the Hood River Watershed Group want to celebrate Earth Day with you!

Earth Day Volunteer Opportunity: Whiskey Creek Vegetation Restoration

Help us spread mulch around native seedlings to suppress weeds and protect the plants!

WHEN: Saturday, April 20
9:00 am – noon

WHERE: Meet at Hood River Park & Ride (at OR Hwy 35 and Old Columbia River Dr.); carpools departing to work site at 9:00 am and 10:00 am. The project is located near the confluence of Whiskey Creek and the Hood River on Columbia Land Trust’s Powerdale property; volunteers must travel with project leaders from carpool lot because work site is accessed from a private road. Please pre-register so that you won’t get left behind!

WHAT: For several years, Columbia Land Trust and the Hood River Watershed Group have been working together to restore native vegetation to an area near the mouth of Whiskey Creek. Thousands of native trees and shrubs have been planted in an area formerly choked by invasive reed canarygrass and Himalayan blackberry. Now we need to spread mulch around the most recent plantings to suppress weeds and help soil retain moisture through the summer. We had to cancel a crew that we had contracted to do this work in early March because of snow! Therefore, we’re counting on volunteers to help get this work done for Earth Day.

Safety considerations: Ticks may be present at this work site.

Age considerations: Volunteers under the age of 18 are required to have a liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

What to bring: Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and long pants and bring layers appropriate to the weather. Bring your own work gloves if you have a favorite pair. Otherwise, gloves will be provided, along with tools, supplies, drinks, and snacks.

About the property: Powerdale is a 400-acre property that borders a 3.5 mile stretch of the Hood River. It’s a place where salmon congregate on their spawning trek, trout hide in riffles, osprey and eagles prey on the abundant fish and people come for a hike, a chance to fish their favorite holes, and a refreshing dip during the hot summer months. This area was the working ground for the local power source, the Powerdale dam, which operated from 1923 to 2006. In 2010 the dam was removed, and in 2013 ownership of the property was transferred to Hood River County and Columbia Land Trust for the purposes of preservation and enhancement of the riverfront ecosystem and recreational opportunities.

Registration Required: Participants should register by contacting Kate Conley at kconley@columbialandtrust.org or (541) 436-4210