Success! Western Rivers Conservancy just added 117 acres to Cottonwood Canyon State Park in Oregon! On March 22nd, we transferred the former Kirkpatrick Homestead to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, significantly improving the park’s ability to manage a remote boating access site, roughly 10 miles downstream of the park’s main entrance.
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.
In Colorado’s San Luis Valley, Western Rivers Conservancy is forging ahead with an exciting project near the city of Alamosa that brings community, conservation and wellness together on the banks of the Rio Grande. This winter, the project received a critical funding boost from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), which ranked it its top-priority Open Space Project in 2018.
This spring, we’re bringing together two of our favorite things: craft beer and river conservation! Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is brewing a specialty IPA with climate-friendly barley grown by WRC on Rattray Ranch at Thirtymile Creek, in eastern Oregon. WRC bought the ranch in 2014 to deliver public access to the John Day River, at the heart of one of the most spectacular Wild and Scenic River corridors in the West. The session-style IPA will be called River Ride, named for the ranch’s premier location midway along the remote, 70-mile float down the lower John Day River canyon.