VANCOUVER, Wash. Emil and Dory Brooking want people to see the Columbia River from their land forever.
They've signed a conservation easement to ensure their eight acres along the north bank of the Columbia River will remain open to the public indefinitely.
"We just watched so much of our open space disappear," said Dory Brooking, 78, as chattering geese flew over the river Thursday afternoon. "We have a choice, and we don't want this open space to disappear."
The property, between Vancouver and Camas with a dramatic view of Mount Hood, has multimillion-dollar homes on either side of it.
The Brookings' decision to work with Columbia Land Trust and sign the easement means that the couple and their family forgo the payoff from selling the land for a housing development.