What is Liberty Hill?
Located in Columbia County, Liberty Hill lies in the foothills West of the Columbia River and North of the city of St. Helens, Oregon. Currently the land is owned by Weyerhaeuser and has been leased to Knife RIver for purposes of quarry expansion for basalt aggregate.
Over 200 acres in size, key features include several acres of intact camas meadow, creating a swath of blue across the entire Eastern bluff every Spring. Vernal pools, seasonal streams and waterfalls support a wide variety of wildlife and plant species, many of which are in decline throughout the Pacific Northwest. Oregon White Oak that grows in clusters throughout the site make up the backbone of this unique ecosystem that was gently shaped over many hundreds of years through historic "low intensity burns" by the Chinook and the areas other tribes who once foraged and hunted at the site.
Who are the Friends of Liberty Hill?
We are a group of concerned citizens in and around the Northwestern Oregon region, brought together through a shared love and concern for this very special place threatened by basalt mining well as development - two things that could easily occur elsewhere without grave impacts. Please explore our website to learn of this imperiled areas unique features and why its preservation is so important.
Looking North on the old wagon road on Liberty Hill during peak camas bloom in April.