Wagner, Stafford ranches preserved for river habitat restoration

Methow Valley News, July 03, 2019

By: Don Nelson

The historic Wagner Ranch on East Chewuch Road and the smaller Stafford Ranch on Highway 20 near Mazama have been purchased by the Western Rivers Conservancy to be preserved and managed for fish habitat restoration efforts in the Methow Valley.

The Western Rivers Conservancy is a Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit that buys and permanently protects land throughout the Western states. The organization typically purchases the properties with the intent of turning them over to another entity for management — “the best long-term steward available,” according to the conservancy’s literature.

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