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Haven in Hells Canyon

The Nature Conservancy recently bought 27 parcels of land — more than 10 square miles — in the heart of the rugged Hells Canyon National Recreation Area in Eastern Oregon. © Vic Coggins/ODFW

Destined for public ownership within the national forest, the new parcels are a gateway to hundreds of thousands of acres of biologically important lands. © Derek Johnson/TNC

Fourteen key fish and wildlife species, including Oregon’s largest Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep herd, occupy this area. © Vic Coggins/ODFW

The 27 land parcels, totaling 6,673 acres, are private inholdings surrounded by National Forest, concentrated mainly along seven miles of the Imnaha River and six miles of tributary creeks. © Rick McEwan

Public ownership would ensure public access for fishing, hunting and hiking on lands previously closed to the public. © Rick McEwan

Volunteers, like this group on horseback, do area restoration work including fence repair or removal, facilities maintenance and weed removal. © Hector del Castillo/courtesy of ODFW

The streams and their floodplains on the 27 parcels provide habitat for Snake River steelhead, Snake River Chinook salmon and bull trout, all federally listed as threatened species. © Rick McEwan

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