On the lower John Day River, Western Rivers Conservancy has purchased the McDonald’s Ferry Ranch in an effort to conserve thousands of acres of native grasslands and sagebrush-steppe, protect three miles of the John Day, improve recreational access, and set the stage for rejuvenating a tributary stream that once teemed with spawning steelhead.
In the arid, far reaches of southeast Oregon and northern Nevada, Western Rivers Conservancy is embarking on a game-changing effort to recover one of the West’s most endangered fish: Lahontan cutthroat trout.
Great news! Western Rivers Conservancy successfully delivered permanent public access to the John Day River at Thirtymile Creek, at the heart of the John Day Wild and Scenic River canyon! Most importantly, the effort conserved the lower nine miles of Thirtymile Creek and 10 miles of the John Day River.
This spring, we’re bringing together two of our favorite things: craft beer and river conservation! Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is brewing a specialty IPA with climate-friendly barley grown by WRC on Rattray Ranch at Thirtymile Creek, in eastern Oregon. WRC bought the ranch in 2014 to deliver public access to the John Day River, at the heart of one of the most spectacular Wild and Scenic River corridors in the West. The session-style IPA will be called River Ride, named for the ranch’s premier location midway along the remote, 70-mile float down the lower John Day River canyon.
Success! Western Rivers Conservancy just added 117 acres to Cottonwood Canyon State Park in Oregon! On March 22nd, we transferred the former Kirkpatrick Homestead to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, significantly improving the park’s ability to manage a remote boating access site, roughly 10 miles downstream of the park’s main entrance.