Saturday, December 19, 2009

Protecting the Sandy River Gorge Forever

Portland Metro authorities recently finalized a deal to buy over 40 acres of land along Gordon Creek a critically important tributary of the Lower Sandy River. The purchase adds to a conservation holding of over 1,600 acres on the lower Sandy that provides habitat for Fall Chinook and Steelhead. The Gordon Creek watershed is one of the best in the area, with high water quality and trees over 125 years old. Now efforts have begun to control invasive plants and restore damaged areas along the Creek. Western Rivers Conservancy and others have also been working to protect areas of the Sandy which is designated a Wild and Scenic River and is one of the most intact watersheds near an urban area in the US.

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