This interview ran in the March 23, 2017 online edition of Portland Business Journal.
By Pete Danko, Staff Reporter
The Western Rivers Conservancy has a great tagline — “Sometimes to save a river, you have to buy it” — although it does require a quick caveat for the literal-minded reader: No, you can’t actually buy a river.
But you can buy the land that surrounds it, and that’s what the Portland-based organization does, in the process protecting river ecosystems in 11 Western states: Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.
Join us on the John Day River for a day of volunteer work!
On Saturday, April 22nd, we’re heading to Cottonwood Canyon State Park to plant, run irrigation lines and cage cottonwood cuttings. As we like to think of it, we'll be putting the 'Cottonwood' back in Cottonwood Canyon State Park.
We hope you’ll come out! We’ll get our hands dirty, have some fun and improve fish and wildlife habitat along and above the river.
This fall, Western Rivers Conservancy launched an effort to conserve a rare unprotected reach of Arizona’s East Verde River. Flowing from headwaters in the forests of the Mogollon Rim, the East Verde courses through nearly 30 miles of backcountry within the Tonto National Forest and Mazatzal Wilderness, where it finally meets the Verde River against a backdrop of sunbaked boulders and saguaro cacti.
Amidst the world’s southernmost naturally occurring redwoods, and within earshot of the waves of the Big Sur coastline, Western Rivers Conservancy has taken crucial first steps to conserve a 1,200-acre ranch along the Little Sur River.
Western Rivers Conservancy is heading to the river this Black Friday when we #OptOutside with REI and millions of others who've decided to skip the madness of the mall and hit the great outdoors. Our destination of choice, of course, is the sweet smelling, soul soothing river, where we'll hike, fish, birdwatch and maybe even do a little winter kayaking. We hope you'll do the same!
To help you decide where to go, here's an abbreviated Field Guide to WRC Rivers--places where we have acquired land to protect habitat and create and improve public river access for all! And if you like these rivers, support our efforts to do more on great rivers around the West.
See you on the river!