We're Hiring a Communications & Outreach Associate


We are seeking someone with experience in event planning, fundraising, and communications to join our team. The Communications & Outreach Associate will help develop and implement fundraising strategies, plan community and fundraising events, and support external communications. They will also assist with grant writing and participate in cross-functional teams as a communications and outreach

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Annual Celebration September 9


We are so delighted to be gathering together in person again, and we hope you can join us! The event will be held at Rossi Farms (3839 NE 122nd Avenue), a working farm in Portland's Parkrose Neighborhood. We will begin outdoors with music, a roaming photo booth and raffles with great art and packages to win. Dinner from Calabash Authentic will be served in an airy barn with large open doors

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#11 146+ River Miles of Adventure


From long epic miles to gentle bays for birdwatching, there is an adventure for anyone on the Lower Columbia River Water Trail. All you need is a kayak, canoe or stand up paddleboard to launch. The Water Trail stretches 146 river miles from Bonneville Dam to the Pacific Ocean, and that is hundreds of miles of shoreline you can explore. Paddling is our #11 reason to Love the Lower Columbia. If you

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We're Hiring a Technical Contracts Specialist (Application Deadline Extended to Aug. 6)


The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership seeks a Technical Contracts Specialist to assist with the administration of technical contracts, competitive procurement, and financial tracking for Science Team projects. The Science Team is composed of nine staff who manage multiple complex and large (>$1 million) contracts with funding agencies and subcontractors for habitat restoration, monitoring, and

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Nominate Your Steward of the Year


Restoring and protecting the lower Columbia River and estuary requires the efforts of many people and groups. The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership recognizes and celebrates the hard work and dedication it takes to protect and restore the river with our Steward of the Year Award. The annual award, instituted in 2001 and presented during our Annual Dinner, recognizes exceptional stewardship by a

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Paddling in Partnership


by Alex Rhodes, Environmental Educator On a bright and sunny weekend, the first in what seemed like forever, the Blueprint Foundation and the Estuary Partnership circled up on the grass near the busy Cathedral Park boat ramp to build relationships and learn together. The Blueprint Foundation is a family—some related by blood but most tied together by the close-knit Black community of North

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#10 Cottonwood


It's summer, and you might have noticed the fluffy seeds of cottonwood floating around your local park, looking almost like a layer of fresh snow. Cottonwoods are our #10 reason the Love the Lower Columbia. So why do we love these trees in particular? Black cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa) has a lot of remarkable features. It is the most massive broad-leaved deciduous tree in the Pacific Northwest

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#9 Ridgefield's Big Paddle


Every year on the first Saturday of June, the City of Ridgefield throws a great big party to celebrate their connection to local rivers. The Ridgefield Big Paddle is our #9 reason to Love the Lower Columbia. The Ridgefield Big Paddle is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year! Since 2012, Ridgefield holds a big party on the Lake River waterfront on National Trails Day. The festival celebrates

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#8: Our Orca Connection


We can’t recover orca until we first recover salmon. Washington Governor Jay Inslee Pacific Northwesterners love our orcas. To coastal Tribal people, orcas are cousins, a sign representing power, luck, the strength of love and family, and are the guardians of the sea. The Southern Resident Killer Whales (J, K and L pods), in particular, have captured the hearts of locals throughout Washington and

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#7: Crane's Landing


There is a spot managed by Columbia Land Trust specifically for sandhill cranes. With their tall stature, prominent red crown patch, unique calls and extravagant dance moves, sandhill cranes are a magnificent sight. On the lower Columbia River within the Vancouver Lowlands, Columbia Land Trust manages a 527-acre property that is conserved specifically for these birds and attracts them in high

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