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Celebrating an Extraordinary Year of Conserving the West's Great Rivers

Dec 1st, 2011  |  Written by Western Rivers Conservancy

Celebrating an Extraordinary Year of Conserving the West's Great Rivers
Photos by: David Jensen, Rick Hiser, USFWS and Rich Durnan

At Western Rivers Conservancy, we believe that to conserve a river, you first have to think in terms of “forever.” It’s clear that our supporters believe this as well. With your help, 2011 was an extraordinary year for river conservation. WRC permanently protected more than 40,000 acres and 54 river miles along six of the finest rivers in California, Colorado, Oregon and Utah.

Highlights of our accomplishments include:

Conserving 16,000 acres along 16 miles of the lower John Day River to create Oregon’s newest state park, Cottonwood Canyon. The park is scheduled to open in 2013.

Protecting 22,237 acres and more than 34 square miles of land along the lower Klamath River in order to re-create California’s Yurok Tribal homeland and restore the river’s historic salmon runs.

Expanding an internationally important bird stop-over on the Central Flyway by conveying 580 acres to Utah’s Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

Preserving 617 acres of critically important habitat along Colorado’s Gunnison River for rare, desert, warm-water fish.