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River protection: who is protecting the western river catchment areas?

River conservation projects in the United States are important because our rivers are vital habitats for endangered fish and wildlife, serve as centerpieces for our communities, and are preferred locations for boaters, anglers, and hikers.

Knowing this, you might be wondering what river conservation organizations are helping to protect these precious watersheds? One of these organizations is the Western Rivers Conservancy. The Western Rivers Conservancy is helping by using one of the most effective tools for river protection and conservation – land purchase. Fish populations, which include trout, steelhead and salmon, live in these western river systems and benefit from these land acquisition measures.

The projects of the Western Rivers Conservancy have created permanent sanctuaries for fish and wildlife. Some examples of these river protection achievements are:

  • Bear River in Utah
  • Smith River in California
  • South Fork Trinity California
  • Skagit River in Washington
  • Salmon River in Idaho
  • Madison River in Montana
  • Sandy River in Oregon
  • Beaver Creek in Washington
  • Sams River in Washington
  • Fossil tributary in Arizona
  • Elk River in Oregon
  • Willamette River in Oregon
  • Mill Creek, Missouri
  • Greer Spring in Missouri

Aside from these accomplishments, the Western Rivers Conservancy is creating a 47,000 acre salmon sanctuary and tribal forest sanctuary on the lower Klamath River in California through the organization’s largest acquisition ever. Conservation initiatives like the Klamath River Project will help ensure recreational opportunities for future generations.

The next time you renew your fishing license or throw your fly line at a trout stream, think about how these river conservation organizations are helping to protect the fishing experiences you love.

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