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WRC Buys Top Priority Creek for Salmon and Steelhead

Feb 20th, 2014  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

WRC Buys Top Priority Creek for Salmon and Steelhead

This month, Western Rivers Conservancy purchased a reach of Oregon’s Catherine Creek, a critical salmon- and steelhead-bearing tributary of the Grande Ronde and Snake rivers. The stream reach that passes through the 545-acre property that WRC acquired holds some of the most important spawning and rearing habitat in the Columbia Basin—habitat with tremendous restoration potential.

The spring Chinook and...

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Returning Flows to a Prized Colorado Trout Stream

Feb 20th, 2014  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

Returning Flows to a Prized Colorado Trout Stream

Since 2012, Western Rivers Conservancy has been working to reestablish year-round flows on the Little Cimarron River, an outstanding Colorado trout stream and tributary of the Gunnison River. Last month, we took a major leap forward in our effort to realize that vision when we conveyed the water rights from a farm we purchased to Colorado Water Trust (CWT).

The Little Cimarron is a gem of a stream, flowing 25 miles...

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A River of Hope for Klamath River Salmon

Feb 15th, 2014  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

A River of Hope for Klamath River Salmon

Great news from the Klamath River! Western Rivers Conservancy took a major step forward in our effort to create a salmon sanctuary on California’s Redwood Coast. The heart of this effort is Blue Creek, the largest and most important tributary on the lower Klamath and a cold-water lifeline for returning salmon and steelhead. In early December, we closed on an 8,489-acre land acquisition that will conserve half of the lower...

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Success on the Yampa River

Jul 24th, 2013  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

Success on the Yampa River

Public access to Colorado's Cross Mountain Canyon and the vast Cross Mountain Wilderness Study Area is now guaranteed for good. This summer, Western Rivers Conservancy conveyed a ranch on the Yampa River, some 90 miles west of Steamboat Springs, to the Bureau of Land Management. The acquisition permanently conserves 2.5 miles of the Yampa River and places 920 acres at the very entrance to the canyon into public hands.

Bordering the ranch to the northeast, the...

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Improving Odds for Native Fish in Oregon

Jul 24th, 2013  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

Improving Odds for Native Fish in Oregon

Early this summer, Western Rivers Conservancy completed a successful conservation effort on the North Santiam River, bolstering hopes that salmon and steelhead may one day approach their former abundance in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

In June, WRC conveyed a former farm on the North Santiam to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. The project conserves over two miles of river and side-channel habitat and forever safeguards one of the largest tracts of native riparian...

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