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"As climate change threatens a California tribe’s ‘Jerusalem and Mecca,’ a model deal could save the day"

Nov 1st, 2017  |  Written by The Sacramento Bee

This article ran in the November 1, 2017 edition of The Sacramento Bee.

By Jane Braxton Little, Freelance Writer

Before rushing to join the Klamath River, the waters of Blue Creek pause in a turquoise pool beside a bed of stone-gray cobbles. Salmon pause here, too – coho and fall Chinook, basking in the cool-water refuge to rally for the upstream swim to spawning grounds.

The journey up Blue Creek takes them past groves of redwoods and Douglas firs, over boulder-strewn cascades in a 4,000-foot climb to the misty Siskiyou Mountains. This ascent leads to what Yurok People call the “high country,” a hallowed place where they have gone for millennia to gather medicinal and ceremonial plants, and to commune with the sacred.

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Almost There! WRC Makes Final Purchase to Save Blue Creek

Mar 27th, 2017  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

Almost There! WRC Makes Final Purchase to Save Blue Creek

In northern California, Western Rivers Conservancy has purchased the final 8,582 acres in our effort to forever protect Blue Creek, the lifeline of the Klamath River. This extraordinary step puts us within striking distance of completing the Blue Creek Salmon Sanctuary and Yurok Tribal Community Forest, a 73 square-mile preserve in the heart of redwood country. WRC is now working to convey the land to the Yurok people for permanent conservation.

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Blue Creek Sanctuary One Step Closer to Completion

Mar 10th, 2016  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

Blue Creek Sanctuary One Step Closer to Completion

Thanks to a generous show of support during our 2015 crowdfunding campaign and a $1 million grant from the Kendeda Fund, Western Rivers Conservancy is one step closer to saving Blue Creek! The contributions allowed us to purchase another 562 acres of coastal temperate rain forest in the heart of the California redwoods. This is exciting headway in our effort to bring the final 10,000 acres of land into the 47,000-acre Blue Creek Salmon Sanctuary and Yurok Tribal Community Forest.

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Help Us Save Blue Creek

Nov 3rd, 2015  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

Help Us Save Blue Creek

This week, WRC launched a crowdfunding campaign to Save Blue Creek and complete a cold-water salmon sanctuary in the heart of the California Redwoods. We’re in the homestretch of conserving 73 square miles of land in partnership with the Yurok Tribe to save this all-important tributary to the lower Klamath River. Now, we need your help to bring this project to the finish line! To watch the video we made about this rare and wild place go to www.savebluecreek.com. Please donate to the campaign and, most importantly, help us spread the word through email, Instagram and Facebook. Together we can Save Blue Creek!

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Globally Important Sanctuary Expanded in Klamath-Siskiyou

Apr 8th, 2015  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

Globally Important Sanctuary Expanded in Klamath-Siskiyou

Western Rivers Conservancy pushed ahead this month in our effort to create a major cold-water salmon sanctuary in the heart of the Klamath-Siskiyou, one of the earth’s biodiversity hotspots. We successfully completed our third land acquisition on the Klamath River and Blue Creek, which brings us three-quarters of the way toward conserving 47,000 acres in partnership with the Yurok, California’s largest Native American tribe. The acquisition adds 6,479 acres of vital forest and riverland to the Blue Creek Salmon Sanctuary, as well as extensive forestland to the recently created Yurok Tribal Community Forest.

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