At Threemile Canyon Farms, our commitment to balancing business and nature isn't just talk. We placed 23,000 acres of land - more than one quarter of our farm - into a conservation area to protect Columbia Basin grasslands, a unique and irreplaceable part of Oregon's natural heritage.
We partner with The Nature Conservancy to manage the preserve to benefit four key species whose habitat has been shrinking. A voluntary, but binding, agreement with state and federal wildlife officials outlines conservation efforts that are conducted by the farm and public agencies.
The agreement is one of very few in the nation and has been heralded as a national model that achieves species protection while minimizing economic effects.
Our conservation area specifically benefits these species
It also helps chinook and Snake River sockeye salmon, steelhead trout, the white-tailed jackrabbit, Swainson's hawk, Western burrowing owl, grasshopper sparrow, long-billed curlew, Northern sagebrush lizard, two species of bitterbrush, two species of sagebrush and three different grasses.
The agreement was finalized in 2004 and initiated 25 years of conservation benefits.
Under the agreement, Threemile Canyon Farms is:
Work undertaken by our partners
A model for the future
The conservation area is known officially as a Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances. It is a formal agreement between the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Threemile Canyon Farms, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Portland General Electric and The Nature Conservancy to address conservation needs of species that are candidates for protection under the Endangered Species Act. This voluntary agreement provides for species protection while minimizing the economic effects of that protection.
National recognition for Threemile Canyon Farms
Our conservation area received special recognition in 2004 from U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, who heralded it as an example of effective species and habitat protection. Russell Hoeflich, Oregon director of The Nature Conservancy, also praised the agreement that created the conservation area, saying it "brings together bodies that typically would be battling each other." Marty Myers, general manager of Threemile Canyon Farms, says the conservation area "helps us accomplish together what none of us could do alone."