Hindman Springs Restoration Project

The Land Trust has embarked on a multi-year project to restore the Hindman Springs portion of Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Projects include historic preservation and interpretation and native plant restoration.


The Hindman Springs Preservation and Restoration project is a multi-year project to preserve and restore this historic portion of Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Our goals:

  1. Native plant restoration: The Hindman Springs portion of the Preserve was an active ranch and homestead for nearly 150 years. We are currently working to restore some of the native plants that would have historically been around the springs. The first step: solarize the weeds! Then, we plant native plants! Solarization and planting are ongoing from 2019-2021.

  2. Hindman Springs Trail upgrade: We removed the old bark-chipped trail and replaced it with a gravel trail. In addition, we replaced the footbridge over the springs. This work was completed in August of 2017. Learn more.

  3. Historic resource preservation: The Hindman barn and homestead are the only remaining structures from one of the historic stopping places along the Santiam Wagon Road. We stabilized the Hindman Barn and preserved the remaining portion of the Hindman home. Barn stabilization and Hindman home work were completed in January of 2018. Learn more.

  4. Historic resource interpretation: We developed a new historic interpretive trail at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve! Interpretive signs and a self-guided brochure tell the story of Hindman Station and the Santiam Wagon Road. Learn more.


Many thanks to the Oregon Community Foundation Historic Trails Fund, the Roundhouse Foundation, the Laird Norton Foundation, East Cascade Audubon Society, and private donors for making the Hindman Springs Area Preservation and Restoration possible.
 

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