Why I live here …

                In our long wandering years we dreamed of returning not just to the US but to the Willamette Valley. Human salmon returning to the river that gave them life (I can’t say native river since I was born in a different watershed—along the banks of the Mississippi. . .). For years we told our kids stories about fixing up an old farmhouse in the valley, getting a dog, a chainsaw, and some chickens. Somehow it happened—we rebuilt a 19th century schoolhouse (built by a freed slave—no mere metaphor) not far from Corvallis, got the chickens and the chainsaws, and Read More

River musings …

Saturday, September 17th One Saturday in September, I slide my kayak into the waters of the Willamette River at  Harrisburg.  If you had a larger boat, you might want to find another launching spot because the river has created an extensive gravel bar between the cement boat ramp and the water.   The river doesn’t promise permanence despite all our efforts to arrest its exuberance.  After pushing into the river, I paddle with deep long strokes into the center of the river and pause to adjust my hat and look behind me at a procession of mostly canoes and a few kayaks.  The Greenbelt Land Trust Read More

A change of pace …

The blog is being re-invented! Starting this month, this site will be used to showcase bi-monthly musings on living with nature … brought to you by Greenbelt Land Trust Staff and Board. With our website, Facebook, and eNewsletters … we have many ways to keep people up-to-date on our work. The blog offers us an opportunity to go beyond updates and event notices, to be able to share our own stories of conservation with each of you. We hope you enjoy!