Bells Mountain is wild, beautiful, and diverse.
They encompass a diverse array of habitats and inhabitants. Wetlands, riparian areas, mature forests, alpine meadows, and established oak savannas are all thriving and teaming with verdant plant and animal communities. Much of the land has also suffered from generations of abuse and extraction. Through educated and informed stewardship, we hope to protect and support the Land and their more-than-human inhabitants.
Stretched across the western side of what is currently known as Bells Mountain, part of the Cascade Mountain range. Located in a rural area 10 minutes outside the city of Battle Ground, WA in Clark County. These 700 acres are surrounded on three sides by State Forest lands and sit to the south of Moulton Falls State Park.
Positioned in the Salmon Creek watershed, cold water springs on top of Bells Mountain flow into year round streams across the Land. Downstream of the confluence with Rock Creek, this water system enters Salmon Creek, which winds its way southwest, eventually entering Lake River. Lake River enters the Columbia River shortly thereafter near the town of Ridgefield, WA.
Bells Mountain is about 40 minutes outside of Portland, OR and 2.5 hours from Seattle, WA.
The Flora & Fauna
The 700 acres stewarded by Bells Mountain contain diverse and bountiful plant and animal life. The Land includes wetlands, riparian habitats, mature forests, and established oak savannas that serve as home to WA candidate species of Cascade Torrent Salamanders, Pileated Woodpeckers, and Vaux's Swifts along with hundreds of other creatures. With magnificent views of Mt. Saint Helens and Mt. Adams, the land spans elevations from 600 to 2,400 feet above sea level.
Surrounded by State Forest land, portions of Bells Mountain have been largely modified by humans through logging, clearing, road construction, rock extraction, pond creation, and more. While damaging in places, the human touch also added more habitat edges and diversity to the landscape including the addition of a large meadow and several ponds.
Some residents of Bells Mountain include:
Cascade Torrent Salamander
Big Leaf Maple
The vast size of the property, variety of habitats, presence of multiple wetlands, mixed ages and species of trees, and variety of wildlife including apex predators, make this a humming and diverse property for wildlife and robust environment for ecosystem stewardship.
Throughout 2018-2019, we partnered with Cohabitats, an environmental consultancy guided by the wisdom of nature, to track and understand the wildlife at Bells Mountain. Read their reports and findings below to learn more about protecting and stewarding the Land.