“Columbia Land Trust announced the conservation of 1,300 acres of forestland in the upper reaches of the Washougal River system in Skamania County, Washington. The Land Trust conserved the land surrounding Wildboy Creek with the goal of removing an outmoded 55-ft. dam on the property and restoring the watershed for salmon and steelhead.”
This project is also significant because it maintains a partnership with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s Natural Resources Department, which had been doing restoration work elsewhere on the Washougal River. Both shared a vision of a restored and revitalized Washougal watershed.
“The purchase was funded with grants from the Open Rivers Fund, a program of Resources Legacy Fund supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, as well as funding from Washington Department of Ecology’s water quality program, Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, private donors, and a program-related investment loan from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.”
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