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.
Oct. 15, 2013: West Hayden Island annexation debated by City Council. Details.
July 22, 2013: Action alert – please write City Hall today and tell them no development on West Hayden Island. Details.
July 10, 2013: Portland Audubon has issued a statement on the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission's 7-3 vote on the West Hayden Island Annexation and Mitigation Package. Read Audubon's statement.
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
Documentation and Media
Key documentation about West Hayden Island annexation and rezoning, and media highlights and press releases about West Hayden Island.
Letters opposing development of West Hayden Island or highlighting concerns with West Hayden Island annexation and rezoning plans.
Read Portland Audubon conservation director Bob Sallinger's latest updates about West Hayden Island.
History and Natural Resources Summary
West Hayden Island is arguably one of the most valuable pieces of unprotected habitat left in the Portland metropolitan region. Read an account of the area's natural resources, view a map showing West Hayden Island in the context of nearby natural areas, and learn more about the Port's previous attempt to annex and rezone West Hayden Island.