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2018

Mojave River Oasis Now Permanently Protected as a Haven for Native Fish and Wildlife

October 10, 2018

The 1,647-acre Palisades Ranch on the Mojave River has been permanently conserved as a haven for wildlife, thanks to the efforts of Western Rivers Conservancy, the Mojave Desert Land Trust, the California Wildlife Conservation Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Stretch of the Rio de Los Pinos Now Conserved and Open to the Public for First Time in Memory

October 1, 2018

WRC and the Rio Grande National Forest successfully completed a project on the Rio de Los Pinos that conserved 628 acres of scenic open space, including more than a mile of the river, and created new recreational access to this high-elevation trout stream.
Ten Mile Creek Ranch on Path to Conservation

August 28, 2018

Western Rivers Conservancy, a leading nonprofit dedicated to conserving outstanding rivers throughout the West, has announced its purchase of Ten Mile Creek Ranch, on the Snake River.
Partnership Conserves 91 Acres and Creates New Recreational Access to the Rio Grande Near Creede

August 8, 2018

Western Rivers Conservancy and the Rio Grande National Forest have successfully conserved 91 acres along the Rio Grande, upstream of Creede near the former Freemon General Store.
Conservation Win for Fish, Wildlife and a Family ranch on Colorado’s Rio Grande & Conejos Rivers

July 24, 2018

In Colorado’s San Luis Valley, WRC and RiGHT successfully conserved the Olguin Ranch, permanently protecting 1,168 acres of prime fish and wildlife habitat along the Rio Grande and Conejos Rivers and ensuring a longtime working family ranch stays in production.
Conservation Groups Move One Step Closer to Saving Nason Ridge for Fish, Wildlife and People

June 28, 2018

Today, in a crucial next-step in the effort to conserve a forested mountainside above Lake Wenatchee and Nason Creek, WRC successfully purchased the popular Nason Ridge property from the Weyerhaeuser Company.
The West’s Leader in Riverland Conservation Celebrates 30 Years of Saving Rivers

June 13, 2018

This month, Western Rivers Conservancy, the only organization dedicated exclusively to saving the West’s great rivers through land acquisition, is turning 30. At a time when rivers and the public’s ability to get to them are increasingly under threat, WRC’s work is more important than ever.
Conservation Groups and Local Community Forge Partnership to Protect a Cherished Landscape at Lake Wenatchee

May 21, 2018

Western Rivers Conservancy and the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust have launched an effort to permanently conserve a property of immense importance to Washingtonians and to the fish and wildlife of the Wenatchee River, Lake Wenatchee and the North Cascade Mountains.
21 Organizations across the San Luis Valley receive grants to enhance conservation, community and livability in the valley

May 14, 2018

The San Luis Valley Conservation Fund (SLVCF), a partnership between Colorado Open Lands, Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust, Western Rivers Conservancy and the LOR Foundation, announced its third round of grant awards for organizations working in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.
New State Wildlife Area in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, thanks to collaborative effort on the upper Rio Grande

April 4, 2018

In the heart of the San Luis Valley, a new state wildlife area now protects 17,019 acres of public open space along the Rio Grande, as well as outstanding habitat for fish and wildlife, thanks to the efforts of Western Rivers Conservancy (WRC) and its partners...
New Hope for the Klamath River and its Salmon

February 28, 2018

After a 10-year effort the Yurok Tribe, Western Rivers Conservancy, Opportunity Fund, and U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation, a division of U.S. Bank, successfully create a salmon sanctuary to protect the cold-water lifeline of the Klamath River.

2017

Two-Year Effort Conserves a Mile of Oregon’s North Umpqua River—Swiftwater Park Property to Stay Open For Good

April 25, 2017

Thanks to a joint effort by WRC, the BLM and Douglas County, the Swiftwater Park property spanning a mile of the North Umpqua River and the western entrance to the 79-mile North Umpqua National Recreation Trail, has been permanently conserved and will remain open to the public forever.
San Luis Valley Conservation Fund awards $511,000 to enhance conservation, community and livability in San Luis Valley

April 19, 2017

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 today its second round of grant awards for organizations working in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.

2016

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.

2015

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.

2014

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.
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