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WRC Expands “Chahalpam” for Imperiled Fish and Wildlife

Apr 29th, 2014  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

WRC Expands “Chahalpam” for Imperiled Fish and Wildlife

This spring, Western Rivers Conservancy continued an exciting project on Oregon’s North Santiam River that will complete an assemblage of protected riverlands for the benefit of salmon, steelhead and other imperiled Willamette Valley wildlife. In March, we committed to purchase another crucial property along the North Santiam that will add a unique expanse of closed-canopy riparian forest and rare wetlands to the much larger...

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Recovery Efforts Continue on Key Salmon Stream

Apr 29th, 2014  |  Written by Rachel Roscoe

Recovery Efforts Continue on  Key Salmon Stream

This February, in an effort to restore some of the highest-priority salmon and steelhead habitat in the Grande Ronde, Snake and Columbia River basins, Western Rivers Conservancy purchased a unique reach of Oregon’s Catherine Creek. Flowing 32 miles from the Wallowa Mountains to the Grande Ronde, Catherine Creek is particularly important for threatened spring Chinook, which spawn in the upper reaches of the creek, where we are focusing our efforts. The stream reach that passes through the 545-acre property also provides critical habitat for bull trout and summer steelhead.

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Ten-Year Anniversary of the Hoh River Project

Apr 29th, 2014  |  Written by Rachel Roscoe

Ten-Year Anniversary of the Hoh River Project

The Hoh River is one of the most beautiful and biologically diverse river corridors in the country. Ten years ago, WRC set out to purchase and conserve all the unprotected riverlands between Olympic National Park (which protects the headwaters and upper river) and the Pacific Ocean. The result is a nearly unbroken riverland sanctuary for fish, wildlife and people reaching from the headwaters to the coast. In partnership with the Wild Salmon Center, WRC created the Hoh River Trust, which now manages the land to ensure this majestic river remains healthy for fish and wildlife and open to the public. Here’s to another 10 years!

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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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