Deep in the backcountry of central Idaho, Western Rivers Conservancy is about to permanently protect a gem of a property along the South Fork Salmon River and secure a key access point into the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. In the coming months, we will conserve the second half of the South Fork Wilderness Ranch—one of the last private reaches of a near-pristine river—by purchasing the property and transferring it to the adjacent Payette National Forest.
For over three decades, Western Rivers Conservancy has been working to protect the great rivers of the West by acquiring outstanding riverlands and placing them in the hands of long-term conservation stewards. WRC has established the highest standards and practices in the industry and serves as a model for land trusts across the West.
Just beyond earshot of the crashing waves of the Big Sur coast, Western Rivers Conservancy has completed an unprecedented conservation project that establishes a sanctuary for imperiled fish, wildlife and Native American culture along Central California’s Little Sur River.
On the lower John Day River, Western Rivers Conservancy has purchased the McDonald’s Ferry Ranch in an effort to conserve thousands of acres of native grasslands and sagebrush-steppe, protect three miles of the John Day, improve recreational access, and set the stage for rejuvenating a tributary stream that once teemed with spawning steelhead.
On the western slopes of Mount Lassen, Western Rivers Conservancy has notched a critical victory for imperiled salmon and steelhead of California’s Sacramento River system. In mid-June, we permanently protected two pristine miles of South Fork Antelope Creek by conveying a 1,150-acre property to the Lassen National Forest.