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Land use -- Planning -- Oregon -- Bridal Veil, Bridal Veil (Or.) -- Environmental conditions, Restoration ecology


Founded in 1972, the Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national non-profit organization that works to protect land for its natural, scenic, and recreational values as parks and open space. One way that TPL accomplishes this is through holding property temporarily until the land can be permanently protected by a government agency or a community land trust.

In 1990, TPL purchased a 34-acre property located near Bridal Veil Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. The Bridal Veil mill site property has a lengthy history dating back to 1886. The site was first used for a paper mill. Later, a milling operation received rough-cut timbers from a lumber mill high in the surrounding forests and remilled it into a finished product. It was then transported to market by boat or train . Over the next century the site would see different owners and uses, mainly related to mill operations. Since 1990, the land has remained largely unused and under the ownership of TPL.

In keeping with its mission, TPL wants to see the Bridal Veil mill site transferred to an owner that would ensure its restoration and preservation. Students enrolled in the 2002 Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) Workshop at Portland State University (PSU) worked with TPL to develop a future vision for the site. This document presents one possible restoration plan that incorporates unique features of the site for the enjoyment of those who live in and visit the area.

The restoration plan reviews the existing conditions, examines opportunities and constraints, considers the regulatory guidelines, and offers specific strategies for the site's restoration. The plan incorporates natural, scenic, recreational, and historic elements. It is hoped that those who ultimately own the property and who are entrusted with its welfare will look at this document, use the research that has been compiled, and consider the proposed restoration plan that has resulted from this effort.


Client: The Trust for Public Land


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bridal_veil_brochure.pdf (2646 kB)
Bridal Veil Restoration brochure

bridal veil mill site proposal.pdf (905 kB)
Alternatives for Restorations