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

Thank you spring 2015 volunteers!

This spring, one hundred and thirty volunteers helped plant 3,850 native trees and shrubs including pacific willow, elderberry, ninebark, and thimbleberry. Our volunteers were as busy as beavers removing mats…

Celebrate American Wetlands Month: Explore! Learn! Take Action!

This May marks the 24th anniversary of American Wetlands Month, a time when federal, state, tribal, local, non-profit, and private sector organizations celebrate the importance of wetlands. The month long…

8th grade scientists in Coos Bay love their amphibians

Master Watershed Stewards from Marshfield High School spent two afternoons this winter learning about amphibians and being trained to identify and monitor their presence based on adults and egg masses surveyed in…

Love water on World Water Day–March 22, 2015

In celebration of  World Water Day on Sunday March 22, please join The Wetlands Conservancy in our work to conserve and restore the Oregon wetlands that are vital to the…

Old Christmas trees provide habitat for juvenile salmon

The Wetlands Conservancy teams up with local fishing groups and ODFW to help juvenile salmon and steelhead. Toledo, Oregon- 2/22/2015 After a record breaking year for salmon returns, local fishermen…

Water quality project by our international volunteer, Ana Blandon

This past Saturday marks the close of a wonderful partnership with Mount Hood Community College’s SEED (Scholarships for Education and Economic Development) program.  The students from this program have volunteered at our Gresham…

Native planting season has launched!

February 7, 2015 was our very first planting day of the year!  We partnered with the City of Tualatin for a great productive work day.  About 400 live stakes of red osier…

Spring amphibian surveys are underway!

This spring, with the help of amphibian expert Katie Holzer, our urban land stewards Megan and Kaegan have launched an amphibian survey program to monitor amphibian populations on six of…

LightHawk Volunteer Pilot Tony Carson Flies for 2014 King Tide Project

This year the December King Tide (highest tides of the year) followed several days of big storms. On December 22, TWC GIS Analyst John Bauer, Photographer Ben Friedle and LightHawk…

King Tides

It was a cloudy/hazy day and the Dec 22, 2014 king tide mission was nearly aborted, but the clouds broke through and TWC staff John Bauer, photographer Ben Friedle of…