Hood River

Salmon conservation on the flanks of a Cascades volcano

Western Rivers Conservancy is working to establish a major sanctuary for fish, wildlife and people on Oregon's Hood River. The Hood nourishes the most diverse assemblage of salmon and steelhead species in the lower Columbia River Basin. (Photo by Steve Terrill)

In 2010, the utility PacfiCorp removed Powerdale Dam on the lower river, making this spectacular stream entirely free-flowing for the first time in nearly 90 years. In the wake of this remarkable transition, WRC purchased an area of riverland surrounding one of the finest parts of the entire Hood River system: the confluence of the East and West forks and Punch Bowl Falls. (Photo by Steve Terrill)

WRC's vision is to restore salmon, steelhead and wildlife habitat along nearly twenty miles of the Hood River, including the West Fork Hood, pictured here. (Photo by Peter Marbach)

Overlooking the confluence of the West Fork and East Fork Hood Rivers. (Photo by Peter Marbach)

WRC made its first acquisition along the Hood River basin centered around Punchbowl Falls, a popular recreation spot. (Photo by Bob Leeb)

The West Fork Hood River, near Ladd Creek. (Photo by Peter Marbach)

The Hood River sanctuary will directly benefit thousands of Oregonians and residents of the Hood River Valley. During the heat of summer, the East and West forks confluence is a wonderful place to soak up the sun and swim in the river. (Photo by Peter Marbach)

With its headwaters in the glaciers of Oregon's highest peak, the Hood River flows wild and clean down the flanks of Mount Hood to its confluence with the Columbia River. (Photo by Russ Schnitzer)

For countless reasons, the Hood River is a special place, a stream well worthy of protection for future generations. (Photo by Peter Marbach)