Patit Creek Valley
Our 132-acre conservation easement on South Patit Creek, covering both sides of the stream, is one of the most geographically diverse of all Blue Mountain Land Trust’s projects- lush riverside vegetation, coniferous forest, floodplains, and open grasslands all appear within less than two miles. Wild animals and birds in the area are even more varied and fascinating: black bears, cougars, deer, elk, and birds from bald eagles to great horned owls to wild turkey have been sighted on the property. Just a few miles outside its boundaries, gray wolves, an endangered species in Washington, have been known to appear.
Because the Snake River Salmon Recovery Funding Board provided BMLT with funds to buy the development rights, the conservation easement included a provision that the steelhead spawning ground in the creek be preserved for future generations. Partners from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the landowners have planted trees and grasses to diversify the riverbank while keeping eroded soil out of the creek, ensuring that the water will always be clear and rich habitat for salmon.