Mission: Preserving and sharing stories of human enterprise and the power of the water at the great falls of the Willamette River.

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May 09, 2019

Willamette Falls Locks funding in Metro Parks and Nature Bond :

On behalf of the Willamette Falls Locks Commission, we are writing to request that Metro dedicate $5 Million from your planned 2019 Parks and Nature Bond towards repair and reopening of the Willamette Falls Locks and the associated trail and park facilities at the locks…. more from:


Read the PDF here

Vancouver investor seeks to reopen West Linn paper mill

Efforts are under way to reopen the 130-year-old West Linn Paper mill, nearly two years after it abruptly closed and cast out 250 millworkers.

The surprising revival effort is being led by eclectic Clark County investor Ken Peterson…. more from:

Story by Mike Rogoway of Oregon Live

The Foundation

The Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation is a charitable organization established to raise funds for historic preservation, education, and other heritage-related programs… (read more)

Grand Ronde tribes plan to purchase closed Blue Heron paper mill in Oregon City

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde plan to purchase the shutdown Blue Heron paper mill as well as more than one mile of land along the Willamette River further upstream…. more from:

Story by Peter Talbot of Oregon Live

2019 Goals & Vision Statements

The Foundation set several 2019 goals…  supporting reopening the Locks; making progress on inventorying our collections and developing a management plan for it; and increasing awareness of the Foundation through different media forums. For each of our eleven goals, we created task forces to develop plans and bring back recommendations for implementation to the full Board. (read more)

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Important Dates:

WFHF Exec Team Meeting

    TBA for June and July


WFHF Communications Meeting:

    TBA for June and July - 6:00PM - San Blas


WFHF Board Meeting

    July 30,Tuesday 7:00 to 8:30PM - Bolton Fire Hall