A Key Tool to Protect Special Places
One of the McKenzie River Trust’s key tools to protect land is to purchase property with outstanding conservation values and own it outright. We work with all types of landowners who are interested in protecting the fish, wildlife, and the clean water that are so important to western Oregon.
Our projects help ensure that our drinking water remains clean and that the special places we value are ecologically healthy and rich with diverse native species. We also enhance the conservation values of our owned properties by restoring habitats that define our region: wetlands and estuaries, healthy river systems, oaks savannas, and native prairies.
All our owned properties require land stewardship. For example, we remove invasive weeds and work with neighbors to manage property boundaries. The McKenzie River Trust does not shy away from complex projects that require substantial investments in restoration.
Frequently, as part of the land transaction that protects an owned property, a third party organization purchases a conservation easement on the property as well. The easement restricts activities that would negatively impact the conservation values, and the partner works with us regularly to ensure there are no easement violations, just as we meet annually with landowners for each of the easements we own. In this way, third party conservation easements offer an additional layer of protection for fish and wildlife habitat and clean water.
Partners who have helped protect our owned properties include:
- Bonneville Power Administration
- Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
- Meyer Memorial Trust
- Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
- US Fish and Wildlife Service
- US Forest Service
- Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
- Doris Duke Charitable Trust
- The Nature Conservancy
- Oregon Community Foundation
- Oregon Department of State Lands
- Eugene Water and Electric Board