Barbara Robinson is an unconventional conservation hero. She is not on the staff or board of any land trust, she cannot write big checks and she doesn’t have a rolodex of friends who can write big checks. But through persistence, deep botanical knowledge and a sheer love of land, Barbara has been instrumental in shaping the conservation of the Columbia Gorge.
For over a quarter century, Barbara Robinson has been the eyes and ears in the eastern Gorge when it comes to finding and encouraging the acquisition of its most critical lands. A wildflower expert, Barbara helped Friends of the Columbia Gorge Nancy Russell as she acquired numerous properties through personal conservation efforts. Since the advent of Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust in 2005, Barbara has been instrumental in helping the land trust secure iconic lands. In September 2013, Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust will acquire a 167-acre property with a .6 mile trail easement. The acquisition is the result of a ten-year relationship Barbara built with the landowner, a relationship that began because she recognized the significance of the landowner’s property. Barbara then introduced our land trust to the landowner and after two years of negotiations, an agreement was reached.
In total, Barbara has played a role in the preservation in over half of the land trust’s holdings.