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Sustainability. Environmental Stewardship. Historic Preservation. RLK and Company has operated Timberline Lodge since 1955. We possess a long-term commitment to people, to the environment, and to the preservation of National Historic Landmark Timberline Lodge.

Timberline Lodge has completed Tier 2 of the Oregon Sustainable Business Challenge! As a result of our commitment to sustainable practices, we have achieved Gold status.

For more information on this program administered through Travel Oregon, visit their website at: http://www.traveloregonforever.com/

We believe in protecting the places we play, and we welcome you to get involved.

national forest foundationTimberline Lodge is a proud partner with the National Forest Foundation, and through this partnership we are able to give our guests opportunities to get involved in volunteer days and travel philanthropy. The National Forest Foundation embodies the early spirit of the American conservation movement by empowering people to care for the natural resources they need and the wild places they love.

Our annual “Friends of the Forest Day” provides an opportunity for guests to volunteer here on the Mt. Hood National Forest. This past summer, trail volunteers pitched in to help with trail maintenance and applying a preservative stain to the cedar woodwork in our historic amphitheater.

Also, Timberline is a partner with the National Forest Foundation’s Ski Conservation Fund, a way for recreationalists to lend financial support for protecting the forest surrounding Timberline lodge. Every time a guest stays at Timberline, they have the option of donating $1 per room night to this fund. This money then becomes available for grants to local nonprofits to carry out restoration work on the Mt. Hood National Forest.

To learn more about the National Forest Foundation, visit their web site at www.nationalforests.org.

In anticipation of the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in November, Timberline Lodge joined other snowsports companies and pro athletes in signing the letter below

September 1, 2015

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Obama:

As you prepare for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, please know that the snowsports industry and professional athletes applaud your strong leadership on addressing climate change. Your work is critical in moving our country towards a clean energy economy, driving innovation and economic growth and helping us improve our resiliency over the long term.

The snowsports industry views climate change as an economic opportunity as well as an environmental issue. Our businesses support $62 billion in tourist-related revenue, 964,000 jobs and $4.6 billion in annual retail sales. We are united in our desire to reduce carbon emissions and transition to a clean energy future. 2014 was the warmest year in the temperature record, and 2015 is on track to surpass it. Failure to act now on climate is unacceptable, and will result in damage to the environment, tourism and the economy.

The snow sports industry is doing our part as well to address climate change. We not only advocate for a stronger climate policy, but we’ve broadly implemented clean energy and energy efficiency measures throughout our businesses.

Thank you for your efforts in Paris to secure our future through reduced carbon emissions, strong incentives for clean and renewable power and continued support of research on climate solutions. We know the stakes are high and that negotiations are difficult, but in this eleventh hour, know that the full force of winter is behind you.

Timberline Lodge




HHA_BlackHistoric Hotels of America Sustainability Champion

Timberline Lodge was awarded the 2013 “Sustainability Champion Award” by Historic Hotels of America. Award recipients were selected from nominees received from across America. The awards honor, encourage, and recognize the most exemplary historic hotels and leadership practices. Timberline Lodge was recognized for their “best practices” in the areas of collaborative environmental stewardship and historic preservation, outreach involving guests in sustainability initiatives, and for their recent partnering and sustainability certification work with Sustainable Travel International, Travel Oregon Forever and The Natural Step. Historic Hotels of America is an official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and represents the finest historic hotels across America.

Timberline Lodge and National Forest Foundation partner to support Collaborative Effort in Salmon River Historic Side Channel Restoration

Salmon River, OR. – (August 9, 2012) A significant side channel habitat restoration project on the Salmon River benefitting threatened salmon and steelhead trout and sensitive amphibian and invertebrate species will get underway this week. The project was made possible from a broad-based partnership between the USDA Forest Service, Timberline Lodge, National Forest Foundation, The Freshwater Trust, Bureau of Land Management, Sandy River Basin Watershed Council, and Sandy River Basin Partners. The restoration project will reactivate a historic side channel and add large wood to a site in the Salmon River in an effort to increase fish spawning habitat, provide refuge for juvenile fish, reduce the magnitude of floods, and increase habitat complexity for all aquatic species.

Partial funding of the Salmon River side channel restoration project is from a partnership between Timberline Lodge and the National Forest Foundation (NFF).Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark and year ‘round destination for alpine recreation is located in the heart of the Mount Hood National Forest. RLK and Company, operators of Timberline, recognize that they are operating within a cherished natural landscape valued for its natural resources as well as its scenic, historic, recreational, and economic characteristics. Timberline is proud to participate in this side channel restoration project through the NFF’s Ski Conservation Fund. The Ski Conservation Fund (SCF) provides a way for overnight guests of Timberline Lodge to make voluntary contributions to support local stewardship and restoration work on the National Forest, making it an even better place to live and play. NFF leverages additional matching funds with those guest contributions, multiplying conservation impacts and resources available to nonprofit partners like the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council to implement projects that directly benefit the Mount Hood National Forest.

About the National Forest Foundation
Founded by Congress in 1991, the National Forest Foundation works to conserve, restore and enhance America’s 193-million-acre National Forest System. Through community-based strategies and public-private partnerships, the NFF enhances wildlife habitat, revitalizes wildfire-damaged landscapes, restores watersheds, and improves recreational resources for the benefit of all Americans. The NFF’s Treasured Landscapes, Unforgettable Experiences national conservation campaign is uniting public and private partners to conduct large-scale forest and watershed restoration and revitalize ecosystem resiliency in iconic National Forest System sites around the nation. To learn more, visit us at www.nationalforests.org.