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a 50+ year history

Greater Hells Canyon Council is a grassroots conservation organization founded in 1967 (as Hells Canyon Preservation Council) to stop Hells Canyon and the Snake River from being dammed.  Not only did we stop the dam, our advocacy helped to create the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. Our work now focuses on public lands management in the entire Greater Hells Canyon Region. We cover such diverse issues as logging, grazing, recreation, mining, species protection, wildlife connectivity, and more.


OUR MISSION is to connect, protect, and restore the wild lands, waters, native species and habitats of the Greater Hells Canyon Region, ensuring a legacy of healthy ecosystems for future generations.

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2023 Gala & Golden Raffle Tickets Are Now Available! 

We can't wait to see you for our annual celebration on October 7th in La Grande. Reserve your event and golden raffle tickets now! 


Meet our Team



We have welcomed many new faces to our team in 2022. Get to know the staff and board members working to connect, protect, and restore the Greater Hells Canyon Region.

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