WRC Blog

Saving a Treasured Mountainside for Fish, Wildlife and People

Jul 27th, 2018  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

Saving a Treasured Mountainside for Fish, Wildlife and People

On Washington’s Lake Wenatchee, a 3,714-acre parcel of forested mountainside known as Nason Ridge rises above the lakeshore, surrounded almost entirely by the Okanogan National Forest. It is crisscrossed by a network of hiking, mountain-biking and cross-country skiing trails enjoyed by people from all over, and which link to an equally robust trail system in the neighboring Lake Wenatchee State Park.

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Celebrating 30 Years of Saving the Great Rivers of the West

Jul 27th, 2018  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

Celebrating 30 Years of Saving the Great Rivers of the West

This summer, Western Rivers Conservancy is celebrating 30 years of saving the great rivers of the West! After three decades, we remain the only organization dedicated exclusively to conserving the West’s great rivers through land acquisition.

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WRC Returns Water to Vital Sawtooth Streams

May 3rd, 2018  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

WRC Returns Water to Vital Sawtooth Streams

Early this spring, Western Rivers Conservancy celebrated a major success in Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley when we conserved the 369-acre Goat Falls Ranch and transferred the ranch’s water rights to the state to keep them permanently in-stream. The effort will improve flows in two critical headwater tributaries of the Salmon River and add 369 acres to the spectacular Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

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WRC Launches Next Effort on Rio Grande

Apr 26th, 2018  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

WRC Launches Next Effort on Rio Grande

In Colorado’s San Luis Valley, the city of Alamosa has been searching for a way to improve livability for its residents by connecting the community to the Rio Grande, which flows through the city’s backyard but can be difficult to access. Western Rivers Conservancy found a perfect way to do it, while simultaneously protecting a mile of the river for fish and wildlife.

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WRC Poised to Conserve Cherished Mountainside and Prime Habitat

Apr 24th, 2018  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

WRC Poised to Conserve Cherished Mountainside and Prime Habitat

In a rare opportunity in north-central Washington, WRC is tackling the needs of conservation, community and local industry by working to acquire a property to benefit all three.

Lake Wenatchee is an alpine jewel in the North Cascades and the source of the Wenatchee River, a crucially important stream for imperiled salmon, steelhead, bull trout and other cold-water fish. Immediately downstream of the lake, a stream called Nason Creek flows into the Wenatchee, injecting the river with life-giving cold water and providing habitat for multiple species of imperiled fish.

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