History of Rhododendron
In the Autumn of 1998, the Cascade Geographic Society purchased the 14.5
acres in the Village of Rhododendron known as "Rhododendron
Meadow". This area, which had never been developed, was going to be
turned into condominiums, in spite of the fact that this acreage contained
protected federal and state wetlands. The existing zoning of the property
unfortunately would enable development to occur.
The Cascade Geographic Society had to mortgage "everything but their
souls" in order to purchase "Rhododendron Meadow". Because this
wetland area was zoned for development, purchasing the property was the only way
to protect both the acreage and its heritage resources.
"Rhododendron Meadow" became part of our "Sanctuary
Lands Program". This program was established by the Cascade Geographic
Society for the protection of fish and wildlife and their habitats (including
Winter Range for big game), wetlands, and riparian areas, as well as cultural
and historic resources.
Education was another objective for preserving "Rhododendron
Meadow". Its unique resources, consisting of wetlands, riparian areas,
streams like Henry Creek, Little Henry Creek, and Meadow Creek, as well as the
adjacent Whiskey Jack Creek, not forgetting its fish and wildlife habitats, its
segments of the Oregon Trail, and Native American cultural sites, make for an
ideal outdoor classroom.