Caring for special lands
Protecting special lands is only part of the mission of the McKenzie River Trust. We also enhance and restore various habitat types within our service area. Some of these include upland prairie, like Cerro Gordo or Native Oaks Ridge. Other types include oak savanna, oak woodland, mixed bottomland oak woodland, upland conifer forest, ash forest, to name a few.
We also protect and restore wetlands, wet prairie, and floodplains. We do all this to help protect and enhance the habitats our regional, and sometimes imperiled, wildlife relies upon for survival. The wild salmon are returning to their ancestral homes thanks to restoration efforts. Oregon chub are the first fish species ever to be removed from the Endangered Species List because of restoration efforts.
Red-legged frogs, acorn woodpeckers, pileated woodpecker, western bluebird, western meadowlark, yellow-breasted chat, western pond turtle, western painted turtle, bull trout, chinook salmon, coastal cutthroat trout, pacific lamprey, western brook lamprey, rainbow trout (steelhead), and freshwater mussels are just some of the species MRT has helped protect and restore habitat for. That’s not to mention the threatened and endangered plants. Some of those include Bradshaw’s lomatium, golden paintbrush, Kinkaid’s lupine, Nelson’s checkermallow, and Willamette daisy, to name a few.
McKenzie River Trust incorporates the most up to date research from the scientific community to formulate the best planning efforts to move restoration projects forward. MRT is nimble and creative with regard to securing funding for these projects. MRT collaborates with partners to make these projects successful. Partners include local watershed councils, other land trusts, state, local, and federal agencies.