We are thrilled to announce that California’s renowned fish biologist and WRC board member, Dr. Peter Moyle, has been named Fly Fisherman magazine’s 2020 Conservationist of the Year!
Peter has devoted his life to protecting California’s rivers and fish and going to bat for both for 50 years. His work has had an impact on streams and fish throughout California and the world.
Rising from the glaciers of Mount Rainier and flowing into the South Puget Sound, Washington’s Nisqually River is an anomaly in more ways than one. It’s the only river in the nation that is book-ended by a national park in its headwaters and a national wildlife refuge at its delta (Mount Rainer National Park up top and the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge at the mouth). Though suburban development encroaches from the nearby cities of Olympia and Tacoma, the Nisqually also remains a relatively wild stream, undeveloped along much of its length—both rarities for Puget Sound rivers. And the Nisqually River mouth is the largest undeveloped delta in Puget Sound.
In the arid, far reaches of southeast Oregon and northern Nevada, Western Rivers Conservancy is embarking on a game-changing effort to recover one of the West’s most endangered fish: Lahontan cutthroat trout.
Each fall on the Big Sur coast, steelhead swim from the ocean surf and enter the Little Sur River to spawn beneath some of the southernmost redwood forests in the world. In this majestic and critically important place, Western Rivers Conservancy is partnering with the Esselen Tribe of Monterey County to protect a mile of the Little Sur River and return ancestral lands to the Esselen People.