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In Sawtooth Valley, a mile of a top-priority habitat for salmon, steelhead and bull trout officially conserved on Pole Creek

October 5, 2016

Western Rivers Conservancy and the Sawtooth National Forest have successfully conserved 619 acres of land along Pole Creek, one of the Sawtooth Valley’s highest priority salmon spawning streams and a key tributary to the Salmon River.
Western Rivers Conservancy and BLM conserve reach of Sandy River tributary and expand Sandy Ridge Trail System lands

October 4, 2016

WRC and the Bureau of Land Management have successfully protected 120 acres of fish and wildlife habitat along Little Joe Creek, an important salmon and steelhead bearing tributary to Oregon’s Sandy River.
Western Rivers Conservancy and Coconino National Forest conserve last unprotected reach of Fossil Creek

September 30, 2016

WRC conveyed 19 acres along Fossil Creek to Coconino National Forest. The transfer completes the Fossil Creek National Wild and Scenic River corridor and conserves the last unprotected reach of this unique mineral-laden stream.
San Luis Valley Conservation Fund awards $500,000 to enhance conservation, community and livability in San Luis Valley

July 18, 2016

The San Luis Valley Conservation Fund, a partnership between Colorado Open Lands, Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust, Western Rivers Conservancy and the LOR Foundation, announced its first round of grant awards for organizations working in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.
GOCO awards $2.8M to Western Rivers Conservancy and Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust for conservation efforts in San Luis Valley

June 21, 2016

Great Outdoors Colorado awarded a $2.8 million “Protect Initiative” grant to Western Rivers Conservancy and the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust last week to conserve more than 18,000 acres of critically important riverlands.
More than 100 years in the making, Punchbowl Falls finally becomes County Park

April 18, 2016

WRC and Hood River County conserve 103 acres at Punchbowl Falls, creating a new county park along the Hood River.


Western Rivers Conservancy and Colville N.F. Conserve Prime Wildlife Corridor and National Scenic Trail Access at Big Sheep Creek

December 18, 2015

WRC conserves 2,392 acres of wetlands, meadows and riverlands along Big Sheep Creek after conveying land to Colville National Forest.
New Fund Launches to Promote Conservation and Livability in Colorado’s San Luis Valley

November 3, 2015

Western Rivers Conservancy (WRC), Colorado Open Lands (COL) and Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust (RiGHT) are pleased to announce the creation of the San Luis Valley Conservation Fund.
Agencies, nonprofits, community and volunteers gather at Sarvis Creek to celebrate conservation of Yampa River Property

September 17, 2015

Conservation partners gather on the Yampa River to celebrate their successful conservation of the historic Hubbard Summer Camp, at the confluence of the Yampa River and Sarvis Creek.
Conservancy, Tribe Conserve More Habitat on the North Santiam River for Imperiled Willamette Valley Fish and Wildlife

January 20, 2015

WRC and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde completed “Chahalpam,” an assemblage of land that conserves an outstanding stretch of the lower North Santiam River.


A Cherished Reach of the Upper Yampa River Forever Conserved and Open to the Public

December 17, 2014

WRC, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service completed conservation of a historic property at the confluence of the Yampa River and Sarvis Creek today.
Western Rivers Conservancy Award for Sandy River Recreation Projects

October 31, 2014

The Public Lands Foundation presented the Western Rivers Conservancy (WRC) with a 2014 Landscape Certificate of Appreciation for work along the Sandy River.


Oregon’s Newest State Park Opens Next Week on the John Day River

September 18, 2013

Western Rivers Conservancy and OPRD conserve 16,000 acres along the West’s longest free-flowing river.
On the Yampa River, New Public Access and a Sanctuary for Fish and Wildlife

July 26, 2013

The entrance to Cross Mountain Canyon and 2.5 miles of the Yampa River immediately upstream have been permanently
Rare Willamette Valley Salmon and Steelhead Habitat Protected

June 5, 2013

On the North Santiam River, Western Rivers Conservancy and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde permanently conserve two miles of outstanding riverlands.
Western Rivers Conservancy Announces New President

February 25, 2013

Western Rivers Conservancy (WRC), the West’s leader in river conservation through land acquisition, announced a smooth transition
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