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WRC Buys dramatic bend of Idaho's Salmon River

Dec 18th, 2012  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

WRC Buys dramatic bend of Idaho's Salmon River

Hallowed among waterways of the West, Idaho’s Salmon River is the longest, cleanest and wildest river of its size in the region. Its name pays homage to one of the toughest anadromous salmon journeys anywhere — a 900 mile trip from the Pacific Ocean over numerous Columbia and Snake River dams and ending in Idaho’s vast mountain country, much of it protected within the largest wilderness area in the Lower Forty Eight.

Western Rivers Conservancy is...

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Purchase on Nason Creek Boosts Restoration Effort in Salmon Country

Dec 18th, 2012  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

Purchase on Nason Creek Boosts Restoration Effort in Salmon Country

As stunning fall colors washed over Central Washington’s salmon country, Western Rivers Conservancy protected a major source of clear water for the Wenatchee River: Nason Creek.

With superb habitat for spring Chinook salmon, steelhead and bull trout, Nason Creek has been the focus of several restoration efforts to improve the health of the greater Wenatchee system.

WRC recently purchased 648 acres near Leavenworth and conveyed the land to be part of the...

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North Santiam River: Unmatched Willamette Valley Habitat Conserved

Dec 18th, 2012  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

North Santiam River: Unmatched Willamette Valley Habitat Conserved

Near the town of Stayton, Oregon, a remarkable reach of the North Santiam River runs through threatened salmon habitat that was slated for gravel mining until Western Rivers Conservancy (WRC) purchased the land last year. This stretch of the river is critical to recovering the Chinook and steelhead that once ran plentiful in this stream, from its source on Mount Jefferson to the Willamette River.

Here, the finest remnant of natural habitat in the entire...

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Conserving a Premier Hiking Destination and Salmon Stronghold in California

Jun 1st, 2012  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

Conserving a Premier Hiking Destination and Salmon Stronghold in California

In the northern Sierra Nevada foothills, Deer Creek winds through more than 50 miles of chaparral, blue oak groves and grassy hills. A haven for fish and wildlife, it is significant for its dam-free length, undeveloped stretches and breathtaking scenery. Deer Creek is also one of the precious few rivers that hold hope for restoring the Sacramento River’s endangered salmon and steelhead runs.

In March, Western Rivers Conservancy (WRC) conveyed 600 acres along Deer Creek to...

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Expanding a National Conservation Area in Colorado's High Desert

Jun 1st, 2012  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

Expanding a National Conservation Area in Colorado's High Desert

In June, Western Rivers Conservancy (WRC) successfully conveyed 400 acres along Colorado’s Gunnison River to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), permanently protecting a property that was threatened by gravel mining and real estate and expanding the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (NCA).

One of the great tributaries to the Colorado River, and the second largest river in Colorado, the Gunnison sweeps past rocky bluffs, desert slopes and riparian thickets of...

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