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Island Purchase

Posted on 2nd May 2013 at 15:55

A long-time cattle and hay farm on the Columbia River near Clatskanie will soon be turned over to the wildlife in the area, as the Columbia Land Trust announces the acquisition of the land. The Vancouver-based nonprofit group announced the purchase of 109-acre Kerry Island from the Jenks family, who had owned the property since 1946. Cleo and Chester Jenks retired in the early 2000’s, getting out of the cattle and hay business. The island is next to Westport Slough, about eight miles downstream from Clatskanie. The Land Trust says that the purchase price was $320,000, paid for through a disbursement of ratepayer dollars from the Bonneville Power Administration. Over the next year, the Columbia Land Trust will solicit public input as a management plan for the property is developed. They say the goal is to restore the property as perpetual habitat for salmon, steelhead and other endangered wildlife.