Conservation

conservation-imageTWC is dedicated to the protection and restoration of Oregon’s greatest wetlands. Nationally, 35 percent of all rare and endangered species depend on wetlands. As wetland habitat is destroyed, the number of species threatened with extinction increases. Gone are many of the species that inhabited these lost wetlands. This elevates the importance of the remaining wetlands. Working with local communities, including public and private sector partners, we have conserved some of Oregon’s greatest wetlands within Yaquina Estuary, Beaver Creek, Alsea Estuary, Closed Lakes Basin and the Willamette Valley. TWC owns and stewards 32 preserves that include more than 1500 acres across Oregon.

Stories of Conservation

Yaquina Oyster

Bringing Back the Oyster

The Confederate Tribes of the Siletz Indians, The Wetlands Conservancy, and Oregon Oyster Farms have partnered up to restore Olympia oysters at Poole Slough in the Yaquina Bay. By spreading…

What Does Sea Level Rise Look Like? King Tide 2018

It was a foggy December 4 morning. Luckily, the King Tide was at noon, allowing plenty of time for the fog to burn off.  For the third year, The Wetlands…

harney basin wetlands

Partnerships in Motion for the Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative (Watch the Video!)

In 2016, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board recognized the collaborative vision of a diverse group of partners and interests in the Harney Basin with a $1.6 million Focused Investment Partnership…

Beaver Tales Art Exhibit Makes Final Stop in Beaverton

To celebrate beavers and their contribution to the ecology of Oregon, The Wetlands Conservancy and The City of Beaverton Arts Program have partnered to host the final showing of the…

Harney Basin Plant studies

A Week of Harney Basin Field Work

The hot temperatures and thick cloud of mosquitoes the night before our week long Silvies River wet meadow vegetation surveys had us thinking and rethinking our field gear and strategy…

Preserving Natures Beauty: An Interview with Paul Engelmeyer

Paul Engelmeyer, TWC Coastal Land Steward speaks about the importance of protecting and preserving our coastal estuaries for the future of Oregon. Listen to the great interview! Preserving Natures Beauty…

Beaver Restoration Guidebook

The Beaver Restoration Guidebook, originally published in June of 2015, is a scientifically rigorous, yet accessible, practitioner’s guide that provides a synthesis of the best available science for using beaver…

Beaver Monitoring Pilot Gets Started

On the very first hot day of the year, 30 Portland Community College biology students put on their waders and started ducking under bushes, finding pathways through mud and wading…

Western Pond Turtle

Western Pond Turtles Found at Nyberg

After nearly a year and half of removing reed canary grass our Nyberg wetland finally has some open space!  Reed canary grass, an invasive species, can grow six feet tall…

Central Coast Tour 2017

A Very Wet Central Coast Tour

Each year as a Wetlands & Wellies auction item, Paul Engelmeyer and Esther Lev offer a tour of TWC’s central coast preserves. The tour is an all-day adventure, touring TWC properties…