Bringing Back the Floodplain

Deschutes Land Trust launches its restoration of the historic wetlands at Whychus Creek BY M.W. HILL for The Source Weekly Published August 17, 2016  |  Original source article It’s being touted as one of the most “significant restoration efforts in the American west,” and it’s taking place right in our backyards. Reconstruction efforts got underway this month  Continue Reading »

Restoration work continues on Whychus Creek

Work crews diverting the creek into nearby channels that wind through an adjacent meadow By Ted Shorack / The Bulletin / @tjshorack Published Aug 22, 2016  |  Original source article SISTERS — Work crews began diverting a portion of Whychus Creek into a restored channel last week in an effort to return the tributary to its natural state  Continue Reading »

Land conservation easement benefits Wallowa County farm

By Dick Mason for The La Grande Observer / @lgoMason Published Aug 22, 2016  |  Original source article Woody Wolfe, a man who is often thinking ahead, took a step back in time Friday afternoon while leading a tour of his family’s 1,700-acre farm. Wolfe looked southeast while standing near the confluence of the Lostine and Wallowa rivers  Continue Reading »

Nothing easy about conservation easements

By Mateusz Perkowski for Capital Press Published on August 18, 2016 | Original source article Rancher Roger Ediger has no problem giving up the ability to subdivide his nearly 2,700-acre property near Mount Vernon in Eastern Oregon. Development is the biggest threat to agriculture, wildlife and open space, Ediger believes, which is why he decided  Continue Reading »

North Coast Land Conservancy earns national recognition

From Tillamook County Pioneer | Original source article The following is a press release from the North Coast Land Conservancy: SEASIDE, Ore. – North Coast Land Conservancy, one of Oregon’s leading regional land trusts, announced on Aug. 17 it has achieved accreditation: a mark of distinction in land conservation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded  Continue Reading »

Kilchis Estuary: Staff restore tidal channels, plant 200,000 trees and shrubs

[Original post from The Nature Conservancy in Oregon] Re-Creating Tidal Wetlands Years of planning and mapping have come to fruition with the restoration of tidal wetlands at the Kilchis Estuary Preserve. See Photos of the Restoration Work After removing dikes and re-creating tidal channels last September, water has returned to our Kilchis Estuary Preserve near  Continue Reading »

A Punchbowl party: Celebration kicks off county’s newest park

By Patrick Mulvihill for Hood River News Published July 29, 2016  |  Original source article A nature park at Punchbowl Falls, a waterfall near Dee, got an official welcome Wednesday with a gathering of leaders who helped make the land deal possible. Representatives from Hood River County, Oregon State Parks, Western Rivers Conservancy, Hood River  Continue Reading »

Land conservancy buys Boneyard Ridge

By Lyra Fontaine for The Daily Astorian Published July 29, 2016  |  Original source article North Coast Land Conservancy will permanently conserve Boneyard Ridge, a former commercial tree farm on Tillamook Head, with the goal of helping the property mature into a high-functioning temperate rainforest. The nonprofit organization finalized the $1.3 million acquisition of the  Continue Reading »

Land Trust outing shows importance of foods to Native culture

By Steve Tool for Wallowa County Chieftain Published July 12, 2016  |  Original source article Several dozen people ignored rain-threatening skies Saturday morning to journey to the Homeland Project in Wallowa for an Into the Wallowas outing focused on Native American foods. The outing, part of Wallowa Land Trust’s summer series, focused on common plants  Continue Reading »

For park planners, creative compromise is par for the course

From The Trust for Public Land blog | July 8, 2016 | Original post here The mayor of Portland calls the transformation of a private golf course into a public park “a land-use miracle”—but it wasn’t a hole in one. When the owner of the 18-hole golf course in Portland’s Cully neighborhood first proposed selling  Continue Reading »