People have found tranquility, recreation, and have built their lives around the Hood River for hundreds of years. From the glaciers atop Mount Hood to its junction with the Columbia River which makes up much of the border between Oregon and Washington state, the cold rushing water makes for incredible views and rich habitat.
If a 4,061 acre forest were a house, then Todd Crabtree would be the ideal appraiser. His habitat models take distributors of federal funds on a house tour to see all the unique features not visible from the street. These “prospective buyers” give funding to the land that is most valuable and worthy of protecting. His work has led to the protection of over 4,000 acres of ecologically important land that supports threatened species in Southeast Tennessee.