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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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Returning Water to the Scott for Imperiled Coho Salmon

Jul 5th, 2017  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

Returning Water to the Scott for Imperiled Coho Salmon

Building on our work in California’s Klamath River basin, Western Rivers Conservancy has embarked on an effort to improve stream flows within the South Fork Scott, the largest, cleanest and coldest tributary to the Scott River. The Scott flows to the Klamath and is the state’s single most important stream for native coho salmon, which are threatened or endangered throughout California and Oregon.

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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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A River in the Redwoods of the Big Sur Coast

Jan 18th, 2017  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

A River in the Redwoods of the Big Sur Coast

Amidst the world’s southernmost naturally occurring redwoods, and within earshot of the waves of the Big Sur coastline, Western Rivers Conservancy has taken crucial first steps to conserve a 1,200-acre ranch along the Little Sur River.

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Conserving a Riverland Oasis in the Mojave Desert

Mar 10th, 2016  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

Conserving a Riverland Oasis in the Mojave Desert

In southern California, Western Rivers Conservancy has purchased 1,640 acres along one of the Golden State’s most imperiled streams: The Mojave River. In a region stressed by ongoing drought and where residential development continues to chisel away at sensitive desert habitat, the Mojave River is a lifeline. It provides the only significant corridor of riparian habitat in the western Mojave Desert.

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