In western Oregon, another great reach of Willamette Valley fish and wildlife habitat is on its way to being forever protected. We recently purchased our third property on Oregon’s lower North Santiam River, an effort that will conserve over 2.5 miles of outstanding river and side-channel habitat along this key Willamette River tributary.
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 lowland forests and wetlands of the Willamette Basin are one of the most remarkable ecosystems in Oregon. These increasingly rare forests are so lush and rich with bird and insect life that, on a warm day, you could almost mistake them for the tropics. But alas, this is Oregon. And if you were to find yourself on WRC’s newest Willamette Valley conservation project, you’d be in just such a forest, on the North Santiam River, less than an hour from the state capitol.
Our continued efforts on the North Santiam River were recently covered by the Statesman Journal. It’s well worth a read. We are very proud of our work on this outstanding tributary to the Willamette River and thankful for all the support we’ve received. We couldn’t have done it without you!
"Western Rivers Conservancy and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, in partnership with the Bonneville Power Administration and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, have completed “Chahalpam,” an assemblage of land that conserves an outstanding stretch of the lower North Santiam River, approximately three miles southwest of Stayton.
The purchase of a 91-acre farm previously owned by Bill and Dianne Tucker finishes a program already in progress.
“The Tucker property was the second of two properties that WRC conserved in partnership with the Tribe,” said Danny Palmerlee, communications director for the conservancy. “The first was the adjacent 338-acre farm, which was conveyed to the Tribe in June 2013. The Tribe renamed the property Chahalpam (meaning “Place of the Santiam Kalapuya people” in Kalapuyan). Now that we have conveyed the Tucker farm to the Tribe, it will become part of Chahalpam.”
This spring, Western Rivers Conservancy continued an exciting project on Oregon’s North Santiam River that will complete an assemblage of protected riverlands for the benefit of salmon, steelhead and other imperiled Willamette Valley wildlife. In March, we committed to purchase another crucial property along the North Santiam that will add a unique expanse of closed-canopy riparian forest and rare wetlands to the much larger...