With rapidly growing populations in the Portland and Vancouver metro areas, this region faces the threat of habitat loss, land use changes, and increased demands on natural resources.
In response, Columbia Land Trust aims to conserve areas vital to migrating wildlife, help provide equitable access to nature and natural resources in this urban landscape, create strong partnerships between agriculture and conservation communities, and facilitate meaningful opportunities for people to connect with nature.
Ultimately this piece of land situated on the banks of the Columbia River will be the new home for 30-50 white-tailed deer translated to the property from the Julia Butler Hansen National Wildlife refuge in an effort to help establish another subpopulation within the deer’s historic range along the lowlands of the Columbia River Estuary.
Our next stop is the East Fork Lewis River, which flows west from Gifford Pinchot National Forest through central Clark County, is beloved by area naturalists, anglers, and recreationists alike.
For 25 years, Columbia Land Trust has partnered with Clark County and other community partners to conserve more than 2,000 acres along the greenway.
Currently, the Land Trust is in the proceeds to acquire a conservation easement on roughly 43 acres of recreation and forest land to extend the Clark County East Fork Lewis River Greenway. This acquisition will help prevent subdivision and residential development as well as ensure access from visitors across the region.
We also see thousands of snow and Canada geese, as well as raptors, coyotes, amphibians, pollinators, and Columbian white-tailed deer. Check out the video above to view some fantastic shots captured by a wildlife camera set up by Dan Friesz, our natural area manager who oversees the work being done at Cranes' Landing.
Since acquiring this property, the Land Trust has constructed 12 acres total of screening berms that will be planted with nearly 14,500 native trees and shrubs to create a privacy and sound barrier for sandhill cranes, who are spooked easily.
In November, Columbia Land Trust hosts a Coffee with Cranes outing so you can view and learn about this property and the iconic sandhill cranes in person. Be sure to check back at our events and tours page for details.
Joining BHCP will provides participants with technical assistance, financial incentives, encouragement and recognition to those that aim to create a natural, low-maintenance gardens that support people, native wildlife, and ultimately the planet. Learn more about how the process works!