Online Auction OPEN through September 25


While we can't gather to host an in-person raffle and auction, we hope you will mark your calendars and check out our online auction, open Friday, September 17 through Saturday, September 25! Winners can pick up their items at the Vancouver Lake Pick-Up Picnic, or make alternate pick up arrangements. See everything up for bid here. Thank you donors! Hillary Barbour Jennifer Foran Susan Holveck

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#12: Our Beautiful Beaches


Before summer 2021 wraps up—though we may all be ready for fall rains—we want to celebrate a few of the amazing beaches that line the lower Columbia. Beaches are our #12 Reason to Love the Lower Columbia. Below are six of our favorites. Many of these beaches are ideal swimming spots, but be sure to exercise caution, because river conditions can change rapidly. With river levels low this year, also

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POSTPONED - Annual Celebration


POSTPONED to 2022. Please register for our Picnic at Vancouver Lake on September 25! 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, followed by

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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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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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The story of Horsetail Creek floodplain


For nearly a decade, the Estuary Partnership has been working alongside the US Forest Service to restore a critical slice of floodplain habitat in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Floodplain habitat for migrating salmon is especially scarce in the Gorge--this site makes up 31% of this type of habitat in the lower Gorge. Our work has improved fish passage, enhanced habitat quality

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