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Dr. Cliff and Gay Hall win Benton County Environmental Award

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Benton County recently honored Cliff Hall, MD, and his wife Gay with the 2014 Benton County Environmental Award. This award program, in its second year, recognizes outstanding environmental contributions in the county.

In 1999 the Halls bought 80 acres of property just north of Kings Valley Charter School, with the intention of creating a nature preserve for future generations. Currently the property totals 160 acres, and the couple steward almost two miles of Luckiamute River-front. The intention and dream to create a place where native wildlife and plant life could thrive has been realized over the years through their tireless efforts and through collaborations with various government, non-profit and community groups.

The Halls have enhanced, protected and preserved the stream bed and banks of both Maxfield Creek, which runs through the property, and the Luckiamute River, as well as the property’s wetlands and upland meadows.

The fruits of their labors are evident in the wildlife that now thrives on this land. Wildlife living on or frequenting the property include ducks, nesting geese, cougars, bobcats, lynx, deer, coyotes, beavers, owls, turkeys, bluebirds, skunks and an elk herd of 70 or more which visits in the winter. (Hunting is not allowed on the property.)

The Halls have dedicated countless hours of hard work on the nature preserve, as well as building and nurturing partnerships which benefit the land, and untold amounts of financial resources to create something lasting for the community. They make their property available to community members to hike the trails and appreciate nature and they are working to permanently protect the property through a land trust with Greenbelt Land Trust.

Dr. Hall came to Corvallis in 1973 from Bethesda, Maryland and served the community as a pulmonologist for three decades. He met his wife Gay, a nurse, at the Corvallis Clinic.

Following retirement from his practice, Dr. Hall helped Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center establish its hospitalist program and served as the program director for the internal medicine residency at Good Sam. After helping to recruit the first class of residents and establish the graduate medical education program at Good Sam, Dr. Hall cared for patients of Good Sam’s palliative care program.  After multiple attempts, he is now successfully retired, allowing him more time to work with his wife on their environmental stewardship activities.  

In 2012, the Halls established an endowment with the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation to bring world-class speakers to present to Samaritan’s resident physicians.