Last week, Western Rivers Conservancy successfully conserved the last unprotected reach of Fossil Creek, one of two Wild and Scenic Rivers in Arizona. Known for its spectacular travertine pools and crystal-clear aquamarine water, Fossil Creek is a haven for fish and wildlife and a mecca for people who come to escape the heat by taking to the banks and pools of this stunning desert river.
Western Rivers Conservancy protected another 120 acres of fish and wildlife habitat along Oregon’s Sandy River last month. With the completion of this project, WRC has now conserved over 4,500 acres along the Sandy and its tributaries, helping ensure that Portland’s backyard river stays healthy for generations to come.
Summer is here, which means more time outside with friends and family, more campfires and, most importantly, more time on the river. With this in mind, WRC and our friends at Fishpond want you to show us what rivers mean to you by participating in our #TheRiverAndMe photo challenge.
Idaho’s Salmon River plays host to one of the greatest fish migrations on earth, a journey of more than 900 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains. As if distance weren’t enough, humans threw in eight dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, which salmon and steelhead must navigate before they even reach the Salmon River. After their epic journey, these fish finally reach their natal streams in the headwaters of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Up here, the snowcapped Sawtooths tower over small tributary streams that provide crucial habitat for chinook and sockeye salmon, steelhead and bull trout.
In southern California, Western Rivers Conservancy has purchased 1,640 acres along one of the Golden State’s most imperiled streams: The Mojave River. In a region stressed by ongoing drought and where residential development continues to chisel away at sensitive desert habitat, the Mojave River is a lifeline. It provides the only significant corridor of riparian habitat in the western Mojave Desert.