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|Wauna mill hands over Blind Slough land to Nature Conservancy|
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On your way to or from the Oregon Coast stop and paddle the Blind Slough...
Article and map By Erik Olson / The Daily News
NEAR KNAPPA, Ore. — When Lewis and Clark paddled up the Columbia River in the early 19th century, they were surrounded by giant Sitka spruce trees growing in the marshlands. Over the decades, progress and development ate up much of the swampland along the Pacific Coast, clearing away the trees and valuable habitats for salmon, eagles and beavers.
Why You Should Visit Blind Slough
Blind Slough Swamp is the best example of a Sitka spruce swamp remaining in Oregon. Once common in coastal estuaries from Tillamook to Alaska, this habitat type has been mostly lost in Oregon and Washington to logging, diking and other development. The preserve is bordered on three sides by Columbia River sloughs and channels, and it adjoins the Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge. Blind Slough Swamp is in an area well-known for birding, canoeing and kayaking opportunities.
How to Prepare for Your Blind Slough Visit
During February and March, and again in July and August, the preserve is closed to visitors without permission due to the presence of nesting and fledging bald eagles. May, June and September are the best times to visit. For more information, please see the Nature Conservancy's Preserve Visitation Guidelines.
What the Nature Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
In 1992 the James River Corporation gave a 672-acre permanent conservation easement to the Conservancy. Hampton Affiliates increased the preserve in 1996 with a gift of 135 acres. A purchase from the Ziak family, which for many years had protected the area for wildlife, completed the preserve. Each spring and summer, teams of volunteers remove invasive blackberry, English ivy and purple loosestrife to protect the native habitats.