Chelan Douglas Land Trust recently closed the purchase of 40 acres on the lower White River. The White River runs from glacial headwaters to Lake Wenatchee, which then flows into the Wenatchee River and joins the Columbia River in Wenatchee. Endangered salmon and one of the largest remaining runs of sockeye make their way from the ocean to the White River’s miles of cold clean waters to spawn, and the young rear there before heading out to the ocean.
The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the US Forest Service now own most of the floodplain and riverfront in the lower five miles of the White River. This 40-acre parcel on the riverbank was one of the very few unprotected properties left, and its protection is key to the future restoration of a river oxbow. An oxbow is a former main channel of the river that has become disconnected from the main stream – sometimes naturally and sometimes by human alteration of the terrain. With this acquisition, CDLT is one step closer to reconnecting the oxbow to provide off-channel habitat that is in short supply on the lower White. With this addition, CDLT’s White River Preserve permanently protects 683 acres and over 5.5 miles of riverfront and provides improved public access to the river.
We want to thank Robert Martinson, the landowner who willingly sold us the acreage, and the Priest Rapids Coordinating Committee Habitat Subcommittee who provided the primary source of funding through Grant PUD’s habitat funds.
Permanent stewardship of the property by the Land Trust is being made possible through the Tina Scull Opportunity Fund, founded by Tina and Eliot Scull as well as contributions from Terry and Suzanne Sorom, and Bill and Mary Griffin.
The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is only able to move forward on important projects like this because of community support, LakeWenatcheeInfo is pleased to provide support to CDLT.