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Harvesting at Cranes' Landing

Cranes, Cows, and Crops

Columbia Land Trust works with a local dairy to harvest crops while preparing for the arrival of sandhill cranes

As the crisp fall season makes its way through the Northwest, Columbia Land Trust prepares for the arrival of an abundance of sandhill cranes to its experimental farmed crops in the Vancouver Lake Lowlands, a site also known as Cranes’ Landing. The Land Trust has been farming the property every year since the Port of Vancouver donated the 527-acre property in 2016. Over 400 acres of various crops have been planted, attracting the cranes in record numbers. The cranes have adapted to these fields for staging and feeding making the area a major pitstop and wintering ground along the Pacific Flyway. 
Learn more about how the farming at Cranes' Landing benefits a local dairy and supports wildlife.

Watch: The Witness Tree

Please enjoy our new short film that highlights an ancient hemlock tree along the Grays River 

On the banks of the Grays River, where salamanders crawl, salmon push upstream, and one ancient hemlock tree tells the story of change and resilience. What can this tree teach us about our iconic Northwest forests? What does the future hold for our communities and the watersheds on which we depend? From past history to the current history of working forests, it stands as a testament to the past, present, and future. Watch the full film!

Behind the scenes look at Wild Splendor

Wild Splendor 2020 Recap

Northwest conservationists came together virtually to celebrate our resilient nature and raise crucial funds

Nature's resiliency took center stage on Thursday, October 1st, as we hosted our annual Wild Splendor gala, virtually. Nearly 500 supporters from across the Pacific Northwest and beyond came together to view our livestreamed Wild Splendor program and raised over $250,000 in support of the nature of the Northwest. Thank you to our supporters, staff, board, and sponsors for making the night a success, and for leading the way in protecting the lands, waters, and wildlife we love most. Learn more about the evening and watch the full livestream!

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Upcoming Tours & Events

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Field Updates

Chevy Nova emerges from the woods
The Chevy Nova emerges after decades in the woods! Columbia Land Trust has been actively working to remove old and abandoned cars from the Crooked Creek Natural Area in Washington. The hard work is finally paying off! Watch the video.
Marbled Murrelet photo by Brett Lovelace & Oregon State University

Did You Know?

Marbled murrelets were officially listed as an endangered species in Oregon in February 2018. They are small, with short tail feathers, and pointed wings. Marbled murrelets hang out on the coast and are difficult to spot. Columbia Land Trust has conserved over 1,600 acres of tidal wetlands and old growth forests along the Long Beach Peninsula & Willapa Bay in hopes that the small populations left will find safety in these protected areas. Learn more about our work on the coast!

During this time of physical distancing, show us the nature and wildlife you're observing close to home by tagging #FearlessNature to your social media posts! 

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Header image: Mt. Adams Glenwood Valley Aspens. Marbled Murrelet photo by Brett Lovelace & Oregon State University.
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