Hells Canyon Preservation Council

Protecting, restoring and connecting native habitats in the Greater Hells Canyon Region since 1967

Leon Werdinger Photography

Above image © Leon Werdinger Photography.  Site header image by Pete Sandrock.


Hells Canyon Preservation Council protects and restores the natural treasures of the Hells Canyon-Wallowa and Blue Mountain ecosystems. From the remote splendor of Hells Canyon and the Seven Devils to the rolling highlands of the Zumwalt Prairie, from the winding watersof the Grande Ronde to the crystalline lakes of Eagle Cap, from the protected breaks of the Wenaha-Tucannon to the rugged summits of the Elkhorns, we envision inspiring wildlands and pure waters where native species thrive in harmony with prosperous rural communities.


Just for fun:  Pete Seeger in Hells Canyon

Pete Seeger pointing to flag

This slideshow of Pete Seeger and friends tells a tale of the good old days in Hells Canyon.  It captures that raw, enduring love of wild places – a main reason this organization came to be and why we’re still going strong!

See the show here:  Pete Seeger in Hells Canyon 1972 

They rafted, they protested, they partied.  In the company of Pete Seeger were two of America’s premier mountaineers, Lute Jerstad and Willi Unsoeld, and Larry Williams, who is one of the founders of Oregon Environmental Council, a Hells Canyon member, and the creator of the slideshow.  He took the photos, recorded the live music on the river, and shared it with us.  Many thanks, Larry!  This gem is 18 minutes, so put it on your screen at a dinner party, or listen to the soundtrack while you browse the web.


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