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McKenzie River Trust

Location: 
Based in Eugene; serves eight watersheds in western Oregon
Contact Name: 
Joe Moll, Executive Director

The McKenzie River Trust (MRT) is a nonprofit land trust that protects and cares for special lands and the rivers that flow through them in western Oregon. MRT was formed in 1989 to protect critical habitat and scenic lands in the McKenzie basin. In the year 2000, they expanded their service area to include the watersheds of the Long Tom, Upper Willamette, Coast and Middle Forks of the Willamette, Umpqua, Siuslaw, and coastal streams and lakes from Reedsport to Yachats.

The McKenzie River Trust has worked with landowners and diverse partnerships to protect, forever, over 3,650 acres of special lands in western Oregon. MRT acquires land through donation, purchase and conservation easements to provide the greatest assurance that sensitive lands are protected in perpetuity. The Trust currently owns and protects over 1,800 acres in western Oregon. These lands are protected and managed by the Trust for clean water, fish and wildlife habitat, and productive natural landscapes. The Trust also holds conservation easements on over 1,750 acres of privately owned property. Conservation easements are tailored to each landowner’s needs, rewarding stewardship of natural resources with both protection and financial incentives.