Rebuilding what was lost
The Columbia Land Trust seeks to counter years of river development that has diminished or destroyed important salmon spawning, migration, and rearing habitats in the Pacific Northwest. Columbia Land Trust returns watersheds to their historic condition by reconnecting tidal wetlands and planting native trees and shrubs.
One of the Land Trust’s largest conservation projects is the restoration of a nearly 500-acre land parcel that includes approximately 12 miles of Klickitat River shoreline. So far, Columbia Land Trust has cleared away over six miles of an old riverfront road with financial support from the LEX-NG Fund. The impact on the local salmon population is immediate and tangible; sometimes only hours after extracting culverts and riprap from the shoreline, workers have seen salmon-spawning pools form and fill with fish.
Another recent project supported by the LEX-NG Fund is the restoration of a 400-acre property along the Hood River in Oregon. A decaying 2,600-foot-long, 10-foot-diameter steel pipeline was blocking the river’s flow to a natural floodplain, so the Land Trust removed it. This is roughly equivalent to lifting and relocating 50 semi-truck trailers: not an easy feat. Once the original habitat is restored and the project is complete, salmon will use the shallow waters for spawning.
With their LEX-NG Fund grant, Columbia Land Trust will continue these, and other, restoration projects and is poised to carry out successful conservation efforts throughout the Pacific Northwest.
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