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.
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!
All of us at Western Rivers Conservancy are proud of the progress we made in 2015 working to save the great rivers of the West. We could never have done it without your help.
We created this slideshow of ten rivers we worked to conserve in 2015 as our way of saying thanks, to all of you who have ever supported WRC. We hope it gives you the same sense of pride that we feel—and that it serves as inspiration for the year to come.
The Associated Press picked up the recent story about our work on the John Day River at Thirtymile Creek. This is an exciting project on what is truly one of the great rivers of the West.
"A conservation group has bought a second large ranch along the John Day River in Central Oregon that could eventually provide public access to a remote, scenic part of the state.
The Western Rivers Conservancy bought the Murtha Ranch at Cottonwood Canyon in 2008 and then sold it to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for what’s now the second-largest state park, at 8,000 acres.
The organization recently bought a ranch 40 miles upstream, at Thirtymile Creek in Gilliam County, near Condon."
Terry Richard at The Oregonian wrote a great story about our continued work on the John Day River—and its value for fish, wildlife and anglers, hunters, hikers and other recreationists.
"Western Rivers Conservancy has done it again.
The Portland-based land conservancy, which made Oregon's Cottonwood Canyon State Park possible, has bought another large ranch on the John Day River of east-central Oregon.
Western Rivers recently completed purchase of the Rattray Ranch on Thirtymile Creek in Gilliam County near Condon. The ranch had been owned for three generations by the same family that homesteaded in the 1880s, passing it down to the six sisters who sold it."