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West Hayden Island

Portland's West Hayden Island provides critical habitat for more than 100 wildlife species, including federally listed salmon and steelhead. Help protect this irreplaceable natural area.


West Hayden Island - Jim Labbe
West Hayden Island - Jim Labbe

Jan. 8, 2014: Statement by Audubon Society of Portland regarding withdrawal of Port of Portland annexation application.


West Hayden Island is one of Portland's most important natural areas. Its 826 acres of bottomland hardwood forest, wetlands, meadows, floodplains and shallow water habitat near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers provide irreplaceable habitat for federally listed salmon and imperiled bird, bat and amphibian species. It is an amazing place where you can see nesting bald eagles and rapidly disappearing species like pileated woodpeckers and western meadowlarks.  It is located next to one of the largest manufactured-home, affordable-housing communities in Oregon.

However, the Port of Portland wants to take 300 acres and convert them to a marine industrial port facility that isn't needed and which will irrevocably harm the environment and the local community. The development will clear-cut the heart out of the wildlife area and leave behind fragmented, disturbed, edge habitat, significantly increased air pollution, increased traffic congestion, and permanently damaged local communities.

This project is BAD for our economy, bad for our community and bad for the environment! It is time to say "no" to development on West Hayden Island!

Ways to Help

Follow efforts to "Save West Hayden Island" on Facebook and sign up for FAUNA emails to get the latest West Hayden Island action alerts.

More Information

Documentation and Media | Opposition Letters | History and Natural Resources Summary | Wildlife Slideshow

Blog: Read Portland Audubon conservation director Bob Sallinger's latest updates about West Hayden Island.

West Hayden Island landscape - David Redthunder
West Hayden Island landscape - David Redthunder
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