Access to some of Central Arizona’s most treasured wild trails, streams and outdoor recreation areas was preserved this week thanks to a partnership between Western Rivers Conservancy and the Tonto National Forest.
For his significant contributions in establishing two new conservation areas in the San Luis Valley, Dieter Erdmann of Western Rivers Conservancy was awarded a prestigious national land protection award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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. In time, the land with over 39 protected wildlife species will also benefit nearby communities.
Western Rivers Conservancy 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.
In Colorado’s San Luis Valley, Western Rivers Conservancy (WRC) and the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust (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.
Today, in a crucial next-step in the effort to conserve a forested mountainside above Lake Wenatchee and Nason Creek, Western Rivers Conservancy successfully purchased the popular Nason Ridge property from the Weyerhaeuser Company.