Land trust acquires new habitat in Gorge

first_imgThe Columbia Land Trust this week added another prized gem to its growing list of Northwest holdings: more than 3 miles of diverse habitat along the banks of the lower Hood River.The property transfer, finalized and announced Thursday, gives the Vancouver-based land trust ownership of 299 acres along the river. Hood River County, Ore., will take on another 101 acres at each end of the corridor.All 400 acres were donated by PacifiCorp, which held the land for decades while it operated the old Powerdale Dam. But severe flood damage ended its electricity production in 2006, and the Portland-based utility removed the hydroelectric facility in 2010.PacifiCorp agreed to transfer ownership of the surrounding land as part of a decommissioning settlement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The county and Columbia Land Trust acquired the property at no direct cost, Executive Director Glenn Lamb said this week.“It’s so rare to have one landowner with 3 miles on both sides of the same river that’s willing to make a donation,” Lamb said.last_img read more