We have a special match challenge for Giving Tuesday! Support our lands and waters this #givingtuesday with a gift to McKenzie River Trust.
Giving Tuesday is a global movement that encourages people to do good. Hundreds of millions of people have come together on this day for the last few years to raise money for causes they care about.
A gift to McKenzie River Trust means investing in work to protect lands and rivers people cherish in Western Oregon. We protect and steward the lands and rivers that support healthy communities. We connect those who are upstream to the lands and rivers affected by their choices. We restore river meanders and floodplain forests where we can. With your support, we work with landowners who share this vision to sustain the special places around us.
We’re celebrating 30 years of local conservation. We’d love your help funding the next 30 years
This month marks 30 years of land and river conservation in Western Oregon at McKenzie River Trust. we wanted to mark the occasion with a graphic showcasing some of our accomplishments over the last 30 years. Do you have a memory you’d like to add? Let us know in the comments!
Our 30 Year Milestones
1989 Tom Bowerman and Bob Doppelt bring together concerned citizens interested in protecting
and preserving the McKenzie River’s pristine quality for future generations.
1999 MRT expands its service area to include all of Lane County
and parts of Douglas County with
community support. Kurt Hupé joins MRT as the first executive director.
2002 ODFW biologists find Oregon chub at the Big Island property. It’s the first time in over 100 years the chub is seen in the McKenzie River watershed.
2014 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove the
Oregon chub from the Endangered Species List — the first fish ever to be
delisted due to recovery.
2007-08 The Trust protects more than 400 acres with five landowners
in the Tenmile Creek watershed north of Florence.
1991 EWEB collaborates with Tom Bowerman to mitigate the impact of
Leaburg Dam. MRT protects its first land, buying the Smith Forest in fee
title. George Grier and Cynthia Pappas donate MRT’s first conservation
easement on Big Island near Springfield.
2003 The Green family sells the Trust 865 acres where the McKenzie
and Willamette rivers meet. Karen Green shares: “Before it is too late, we want
this land to be protected for all the special things it has and can offer
future generations.” The Green Island purchase ensures 1,300 contiguous
acres of land will be protected in one of the most diverse habitats in
2000-01 EWEB kicks off the McKenzie Conservancy Campaign with a $500k
grant for McKenzie watershed protection. The Trust raises another $500k from
the community to unlock the final $500k, a challenge grant from the EWEB water
protection fund first discussed in 1991.
2010 MRT secures protection for 217 acres near Mapleton on the Siuslaw
River, 92 acres on Camp Creek Road on the lower McKenzie, and a
56-acre former gravel mine next to Green Island.
2015 MRT works with the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians
to conserve 125 acres along Fivemile Creek.
2018 Over 400 people contribute to the McKenzie Homewaters
Campaign, raising $4.6 million to
repay the bridge loan used to acquire Finn Rock Reach, restore and care for the
land, and create a fund for future conservation projects.
1997 MRT secures a 20-acres tract east of Blue River in response
to local leaders’ effort to permanently protect hillside. It is the Trust’s
first conservation property beyond riparian floodplain habitat.
2015-16 MRT seizes an opportunity to
conserve Finn Rock Reach. The McKenzie riverfront property is vital for
more than 200,000 people
who rely on the McKenzie for their drinking water. The spectacular property
includes spawning ground for native Chinook salmon, the popular Finn Rock Boat
Landing, and the historic Finn Rock Logging camp.
2013 1,000+ people attend the Living River Celebration on Green
Island to commemorate ten years of conservation work.
2005 75 volunteers turn out to plant 3,400 native trees on Green
2001 Forest Care becomes MRT’s first conservation easement
outside the McKenzie watershed.
A short film to kick things off that reminds us of our common humanity and reminds us to look up every once in a while. Watch as Wylie Overstreet takes a telescope around the streets of Los Angeles to give passersby an up-close look at a new view of the moon.
The simple pleasure of a centuries old Japanese fishing technique and how it can bring us together with rivers and their inhabitants. This film hearkens back to the time in our youth when fishing gear was easily carried in one hand.
Atypical for her time, Mary Vaux defies all gender roles, mountain weather, and traditions to spark the first glaciology study in North America. Her perseverance brings her back to the same glacier for five decades.
Our National Parks Belong to Everyone. So Why are They So White?
Only 20 percent of visitors to National Parks are people of color. Learn about the troubling history of public lands and to meet the conservationists of color who are trying to change the parks’ future.
Blue carbon is captured and stored by coastal wetlands, helping to mitigate climate change. This film is about mud and the multiple benefits that estuaries provide for us. Shot in the Pacific Northwest.
Portland-based organization called Soul River, our partner through the Willamette River Initiative, who is working to bring veterans and inner city youth together around fly fishing to heal past traumas and build a community of support.
Bring Them Home
Provides important and often neglected indigenous perspective on how to manage our wildlife and natural resources. Tribal voices tell the story of how one tribe is working to bring back the buffalo.
March of the Newts
From right here in the Great Pacific Northwest, follow one of the forest’s funkiest creatures into a gangly gathering of amphibious affection… and learn how you can help protect these sensitive animals from an emerging disease.
In a city full of people trying to catch a break, one lucky man hooks into an unexpected dream that becomes the role of a lifetime, reminding him to seize each new day as a chance to do what he loves.
Discover a novel way of studying elusive carnivores – with snow! Join scientists Jessie and Tommy as they re-purpose an old technique in a way that not only revolutionizes how we study threatened species and manage our landscapes, but also highlights the importance of collaboration in conservation.
Protected: A Wild & Scenic River Portrait
Follow river paddler, author, and conservationist Tim Palmer through the enchanting waters of Oregon’s Wild Rivers Coast, which has the highest concentration of National Wild & Scenic Rivers in the US
Keepers of the Future
In a fertile floodplain, where the great river meets the sea, a peasant movement puts down roots – growing resilience
in the scorched earth of exile and war. But soon these farmers and fishers discover new, global challenges.
Lost in Light
Lost in Light is a short film on how light pollution affects the view of the night skies. Shot mostly in California, this piece
shows how the night sky view gets progressively better as you move away from the lights.