In retirement, President Dwight Eisenhower had the ambition to improve the soil of his Gettysburg farm. The general’s farmer instinct meshes with a truism that civilization rests on two inches of topsoil.

The conservation ethic of the North Coast moves in many directions. The North Coast Land Conservancy is our high visibility poster child. Beneath that level, there are many other important projects. One of them is the Colewort Creek Restoration Project.

Colewort Creek has succeeded because of a broad array of partnerships involving the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce, the National Park Service, high school students, the Northwest Youth Corps and many others.

Within the context of the entire state, the Colewort Creek project stands out. It was honored last week by the State Land Board.

One of the benefits of having the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park as a neighbor is the deep conservation mandate of the National Park Service. Couple that with CREST’s mission, and we have a winning combination.

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