What We Do: Restoration and Collaboration
Hells Canyon Preservation Council works to restore the ecosystems of Hells Canyon, the Wallowas, and the Blue Mountains.
Restoration is defined as bringing something back to an earlier and usually better condition. Familiar examples are the restoration of art and architecture. Similarly, the restoration of a wildland ecosystem involves the return to a more natural condition. The restoration of the natural world is complex, however, because these wild lands contain dynamic, living systems of watersheds, plant communities, animal populations and wildlife habitat.
The need for restoration of wildlands implies that there were damages from past practices and that restoration will bring about a return to conditions that are closer to those under which the ecosystems evolved. Effective restoration should result in an ecosystem that is more resilient to natural disturbances.
Restoration can be active or passive. Active restoration involves management activities such as removing fish barriers, planting native seedlings, pulling exotic weeds, re-introducing fire, and managing roads. Passive restoration is a more hands-off approach that allows an ecosystem to recover through its own natural forces.
Hells Canyon Preservation Council works to actively and passively restore wild land ecosystems through advocacy, education, advancing science-based policy, protective land management and collaboration.
Read HCPC's Collaborative Guidelines (pdf).
Our primary restoration focus right now is the Hells Canyon Stewardship and Restoration Collaborative.
See examples of our hands-on restoration projects.
One of the most pressing restoration issues right now are Invasive Weeds.