The Oregonian, June 09, 2013
A habitat conservation project on the North Santiam River, a major historical provider of l salmon and steelhead to the Willamette River, was announced this week by the Western Rivers Conservancy of Portland.
The non-profit conservancy worked with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Bonneville Power Administration and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to conserve two miles of the river, just downstream of Stayton.
Some consider the parcel as the finest relic of fish and wildlife habitat in the Willamette Valley. The project transfers 338 acres of land to the tribe, which has renamed the property "Chahalpam" (meaning "place of the Santiam Kalapuya people" in Kalapuyan). The tribe will serve as the land’s long-term conservation steward.