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Heat Wave Impacts & Closure

The Klickitat River haul road is currently closed to public access due to high fire danger

It's getting hot out there! With the recent record breaking heat in the Pacific Northwest, we are learning in real time how local vegetation responds to such extreme conditions. According to a study being run by the United States Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon State University, "Following two years of drought, many areas of the Pacific Northwest experienced unprecedented air temperatures in late June and early July. This led to numerous reports of foliage scorch and leaf drop in westside forests of the Oregon coast range and the Cascades mountain range. Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) and Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) seem to have been the most impacted tree species, but Douglas Fir (Pseutotsuga menziesii) and various alder and maple species were also affected. We do not know what the near- and long-term physiological causes and consequences of foliage scorch and heat stress will be, at either leaf or tree scales." 

Also due to the current hot and dry conditions, the Klickitat River haul road, managed by Columbia Land Trust, is currently closed to public access to protect natural resources and public safety. See closure details.

Meet Us In Forest Park

Share your #OregonIAm story on Saturday, July 24

We'll be hanging out with the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts and the Forest Park Conservancy this Saturday, July 24 from 11am - 1pm on the Leif Erickson Trail at Thurman St. in Portland. Come say hi and record your own 10-30 second Oregon I Am story! There will be snacks, a prize drawing, and your story could be featured in a film premiering later this year. Can't make it this weekend? You can also submit your story online. Learn more.

The Witness Tree

Our 2020 short film received a Bronze Telly Award!

What can one tree teach us about our iconic Northwest forests? The Witness Tree, a short film we debuted last year, received a Bronze Telly Award for nonprofit content! The film spotlights an ancient hemlock tree that has stood along the banks of the Grays River for centuries, telling a story of change and resilience. Watch the five-minute film, for the first or tenth time, to explore how one tree illuminates the deeply interconnected web of life.

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Mariposa Lily

Our stewardship team snapped this photo of a vibrant Mariposa Lily (Calochortus macrocarpus) while working at Summit Creek in Klickitat County. The area is home to a ponderosa pine forest where Columbia Land Trust is undertaking restoration and fire management efforts.

Spring Giving

We are so grateful to everyone who has given generously during our most recent fundraising campaign. We are touched by the new donors joining our community as well as longtime supporters who continue to show up for our work. The flammies are thankful too!  

If you haven’t made a gift yet and would like to, you can visit the donation page.  

Klickitat River photo by Brian Chambers

Witness Tree video by Zach Putnam Productions

Owl photo by Gary M. Stolz
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