Forest Protected on Wallowa Lake’s East Moraine

Hasslacher Lola Conservation Easement                                                                                            © Kendrick Moholt

Hasslacher Lola Conservation Easement © Kendrick Moholt

The first step to permanently conserve the east moraine of Wallowa Lake has been taken. 40 acres of mature ponderosa pine and mixed conifer woodlands on the back (east) side of the east moraine of Wallowa Lake will now remain undeveloped and protected for wildlife habitat and sustainable timber harvesting and grazing. In collaboration with a local landowner, Wallowa Land Trust recently completed the project as part of its larger efforts to protect the moraines of Wallowa Lake.

Landowner Jacob Hasslacher has been working with the Land Trust over the past year to permanently protect his property within a stone’s throw of Wallowa Lake. “From the moment that I first saw this place, I knew it was something special that I wanted to see safeguarded.” Jacob and his wife Chris Antemann operate a non-profit ceramic artist-in-residence program, the LH Project. The program draws qualified and well-respected artists from around the world.

Jacob says, “The beauty of the property, particularly the open forest now protected, is part of what attracts artists to the program. Nowhere else is there a place where ceramic artists can go to learn and practice their craft in such a beautiful, rural setting. Its intimacy and remote, unspoiled backdrop gives the LH Project a unique voice in the world of ceramic residency programs. The artists take with them an experience that they will never forget, primarily because of the opportunity to have made their work out here on the secluded slope of the east moraine in Wallowa County. The surrounding National Forest, Eagle Cap Wilderness Area and nearby Wallowa Lake also inspire and motivate artists to take their work in new, creative directions.”

To read the full article, please visit Wallow Land Trust’s website.