Land trust transfers land to college


October 4 — After several years of project development, Columbia Land Trust acquired and transferred most of the land from South Tongue Point to Clatsop Community College.

The 82 acres are adjacent to the campus of the college’s marine and environmental research and training station and will serve the dual purpose of preserving habitat for salmon and other wildlife while being an outdoor classroom for students. students.

“We are very pleased that students at Clatsop Community College have the opportunity to gain hands-on environmental science experience and look forward to being good stewards of this critical habitat,” said Chris Breitmeyer, President of the college, in a press release. “Students will be able to use the space to collect data, carry out practical research projects and acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to work in various fields.”

The Land Trust is partnering with the Columbia River Estuary Study Working Group to oversee habitat restoration, much of which has historically been a dumping ground for dredged material.

“This partnership is a great example of a community project that builds on the strengths of each organization to build something bigger than what we could do on our own,” said Denise Löfman, director of the working group, in a communicated.

Along the river, the plot is one of the last feeding opportunities for juvenile salmon migrating to the ocean. The restoration work will create feeding stations to increase the salmon’s chances of survival.

“This is truly a great example of permanently protecting a truly important wildlife habitat for fish and bird species, and other wildlife in the region, while also providing a great resource for Clatsop Community College. and for the students of Clatsop Community College, ”said Dan Roix, Columbia Land Trust‘s director of conservation. “We always try to ensure that our conservation projects serve multiple benefits and this one achieves that goal perfectly.”

The land trust initially approached the college to purchase South Tongue Point, which sits at the western end of the Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge.

The $ 1.5 million project, which had been underway for more than five years, was funded by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, along with several other donors.

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