Willamette River Initiative

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The Nature Conservancy

Contact Name: 
Dan Bell, Willamette Basin Conservation Director & Leslie Bach, Director of Freshwater Programs

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is an international non-profit conservation organization working to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. In the last 50 years, the Nature Conservancy has worked to protect more than 505,000 acres of critical habitats in Oregon with support from 20,000 member households.

TNC is working to restore and protect unique and endangered habitats in the Willamette Valley, including bottomland and upland prairies, oak woodlands and savannas, floodplain forests, and prairie and shrub wetlands. Funding from WRI helps support TNC's work at the confluence of the Middle and Coast Forks of the Willamette, the dynamic site east of Eugene where the mainstem Willamette River begins.