Sometimes to save a river, you have to buy it.
In an effort protect critical salmon habitat and prime open space in Washington's scenic Methow Valley, WRC conserved two ranches, one on the Chewuch River and another on the Methow, pictured here.
In an effort protect critical salmon habitat and prime open space in Washington's scenic Methow Valley, WRC conserved two ranches, one on the Chewuch River and another on the Methow, pictured here.
Photography | Ellen Bishop
John Day River
Looking down the John Day River canyon, downstream of Thirtymile Creek, where WRC protected a critical boating access site and over 16,000 acres of riverlands.
Photography | Tom and Pat Leeson
In 2018, WRC created the San Luis Hills State Wildlife Area in partnership with Costilla County, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and others, protecting 17,019 acres of prime wildlife habitat and 4.5 miles of the upper Rio Grande.
In 2018, WRC created the San Luis Hills State Wildlife Area in partnership with Costilla County, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and others, protecting 17,019 acres of prime wildlife habitat and 4.5 miles of the upper Rio Grande.
Photography | Russ Schnitzer
Klamath River Blue Creek
Blue Creek flows cold and clear from high in the Siskiyou Mountains of northern California and meets the Klamath River 16 miles upstream from the mouth. It is the first source of cold water that salmon and steelhead encounter on their migration inland and provides these fish a critical cold-water refuge so they can complete their journeys inland to spawn. It is the lifeline to the Klamath River in the heart of the California redwoods.
Photography | Dave Jensen
Featured Project 01

John Day River

The John Day River looms large in the minds of conservationists and river enthusiasts. It is the Pacific Northwest’s longest undammed river and one of the longest Wild and Scenic River corridors.
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Featured Project 02

Snake River

Western Rivers Conservancy had the rare opportunity to conserve four miles of the Snake River and to protect some of the most important bighorn sheep habitat in the Pacific Northwest.
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Featured Project 03

Upper Rio Grande

In the heart of Colorado’s high San Luis Valley, Western Rivers Conservancy is working to protect tens of thousands of acres of fish and wildlife habitat along the Rio Grande and key tributaries like the Conejos and Rio de Los Pinos.
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