Little Sur River

Conserving a river in the redwoods of the Big Sur coast

Western Rivers Conservancy is working in partnership with the Esselen Tribe of Monterey to conserve a 1,200 acre ranch along the Little Sur River, in the heart of Big Sur. Photo by Kodiak Greenwood.

The Little Sur River flows from the Ventana Wilderness in the Santa Lucia Mountains to the Pacific, coursing through a deep gorge, shaded by redwoods, on the property we are working to conserve. Photo by Doug Steakley.

The property that WRC is working to protect is home to large madrones (pictured), extensive chaparral shrublands, beautiful old oak trees and old growth redwoods. Photo by Kodiak Greenwood.

The Little Sur River was identified as key part of the Big Sur Stronghold for threatened South-Central California Coast steelhead, which migrate each year from the Pacific Ocean into the Little Sur. Conservation of the river is critical to the protection of this imperiled fish. Photo by Pat Clayton.

A view out to the Pacific Ocean from the property that Western Rivers Conservancy is working to protect in partnership with the Esselen Tribe. This will be the first land ever returned to the Esselen People. Photo by Kodiak Greenwood.

Lupines bloom on a hillside with Pico Blanco in the background. The Little Sur River flows through the valley below. Photo by Doug Steakley.