Spring-fed streams are the rarest of rivers. Born from underground springs rather than runoff, they flow steadily year-round, with crystal-clear water that stays consistently cold. Classic “spring creeks” have gradual descents, and they meander slowly through the landscape with postcard-perfect laziness. They’re rich in nutrients, insects and bird life and provide some of the most fertile trout habitat in the West.
On California’s South Fork Antelope Creek, WRC has acquired a property with some of the best fish and wildlife habitat in and around the Lassen National Forest. The stream, which flows from the forested heights of Mount Lassen, is a tributary of Antelope Creek, one of the healthiest remaining salmon streams in the Sacramento River system.
In Sonoma County, California, Western Rivers Conservancy has set out to protect a rare swath of old-growth redwood forest and rolling oak woodlands along a critical salmon and steelhead stream: the Wheatfield Fork of the Gualala River. Flowing from the rugged slopes of northern California’s Coast Range, the Gualala River supports an abundance of wildlife at the edge of a region that has experienced significant development.
We did it! Western Rivers Conservancy permanently protected a rare stretch of California’s Mojave River as a haven for imperiled fish and wildlife.
Most of the Mojave River flows below ground, but along one very special stretch, the river is pushed to the surface by the underlying bedrock and forms a lush oasis in heart of the Mojave Desert. Thanks to your support, we just protected a critical 3.5 miles...
After a 10-year effort the Yurok Tribe, Western Rivers Conservancy, Opportunity Fund, and U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation, a division of U.S. Bank, successfully create a salmon sanctuary to protect the cold-water lifeline of the Klamath River