Our Work

 

TWC 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

Examining Eelgrass Presence & Eelgrass Introduction in the Lower Yaquina Estuary

Eelgrass (Zostera marina) is a submerged flowering plant species that exists all over the world in coastal areas[1]. It can only exist in low wave conditions, where it forms extensive…

beaver dam

We Found Them All, Now What?

If you’ve never buckled into a pair of waders and tried to walk through a mosaic of deep channels and 10 foot tall cattails, it may be hard to imagine…

TWC and Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians Identify Common Conservation Priorities

Over the past four years, The Wetlands Conservancy has been working with The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians on research, assessments, and restoration in the Siletz and Yaquina Basins. Our…

Water and Wetlands in the Arid Harney Basin

It is been a really dry or “drought year” in Harney County, which directly impacts wet meadow plant composition and habitat quality for wildlife, cattle and water management decisions. For…

Purple loosestrife

Goodbye Purple Loosestrife

Tillamook Soil and Water Conservation District and Oregon State Parks are testing the use of Hylobius weevils to control purple loosestrife at The Wetlands Conservancy’s Doris Davis Wetland Preserve in…

mosquitoes

Mosquitoes in the Summer

Are you thinking about mosquitoes as you plan your summer adventures and outings? Do wetlands mean there will be more mosquitoes? Not necessarily. A healthy, flourishing wetland often provides many…

13th Annual Marbled Murrelet Community Science Survey

Join the 13th annual Marbled Murrelet community science survey on a spectacular stretch of Oregon’s coast near Yachats, Oregon. Training will be provided, so no prior experience is needed. This…

Nature Based Solutions: Portland’s Green Streets

In March the UN published the World Water Report, a 100 page document, showcasing the need to change our normal global water management practices to start to embrace “nature-based solutions”…

Lower Chewaucan Marsh, Marty St Louis

Chewaucan Marshes

For migratory birds, the Upper and Lower (pictured) Chewaucan Marshes in Lake County are one of the most important wetlands in Oregon.  Traditional flood irrigation of ranchers’ hay pastures spreads…

Beaver

Keeping Beavers in the System

For the last decade agencies, land trusts and volunteer groups have been working throughout Oregon to enhance our watersheds. The work has brought the return of many native species, including…