Deep in the backcountry of central Idaho, Western Rivers Conservancy is about to permanently protect a gem of a property along the South Fork Salmon River and secure a key access point into the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. In the coming months, we will conserve the second half of the South Fork Wilderness Ranch—one of the last private reaches of a near-pristine river—by purchasing the property and transferring it to the adjacent Payette National Forest.
Rising from the glaciers of Mount Rainier and flowing into the South Puget Sound, Washington’s Nisqually River is an anomaly in more ways than one. It’s the only river in the nation that is book-ended by a national park in its headwaters and a national wildlife refuge at its delta (Mount Rainer National Park up top and the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge at the mouth). Though suburban development encroaches from the nearby cities of Olympia and Tacoma, the Nisqually also remains a relatively wild stream, undeveloped along much of its length—both rarities for Puget Sound rivers. And the Nisqually River mouth is the largest undeveloped delta in Puget Sound.
Great news! Western Rivers Conservancy protected another critical salmon stream high in the Idaho Rockies—this time at the source of the Middle Fork Salmon River.
Today is a great day for our rivers, for conservation and for everyone who cherishes our incredible national heritage of public lands.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund has been permanently reauthorized!
This month, Western Rivers Conservancy launched an effort that will revitalize a series of crucial salmon and steelhead streams in the very headwaters of Idaho’s famed Middle Fork Salmon River. The project will conserve 159 acres of prime fish and wildlife habitat and allow us to return critically needed water to Knapp and Marsh creeks.