May 20, 2016

Wild Rivers Land Trust

Port Orford, Oregon

Wild Rivers Land Trust

With a loan from Craft3, Wild Rivers Land Trust completed its final step to preserve 210 acres of forestland near the Elk River, Oregon. That land is now managed alongside old-growth timber forests in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
Wild Rivers Land Trust was established in 2000 to promote land stewardship and foster the voluntary protection of open space, scenic beauty and natural resources of the Elk River, and adjacent watersheds in Curry and southern Coos Counties, Oregon.

In 2016, Wild Rivers completed the final step to preserve 210 acres of forestland near the Elk River in Curry County, Oregon. That land is now managed alongside old-growth timber forests in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest after a sale to the U.S. Forest Service.

Wild Rivers obtained the property in 2013 in a deal made possible with a Conservation Bridge Loan from Craft3. The loan was possible with capital support from Portland-based Meyer Memorial Trust. Additional support came from community donations and foundations such as Wild Rivers Coast Alliance and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

This achievement is the result of a long-term collaboration between Wild Rivers Land Trust and Craft3. The two have partnered in recent years to conserve other high priority properties in Southern Oregon, including 160-acre Purple Mountain tract in 2015 and 163-acre Kahn tract in 2004. Restoration activities such as habitat enhancement, sediment abatement and forest diversity creation are additional investments made in these properties while they are held.

Craft3’s Conservation Bridge Fund not only provides capital for conservation in Oregon, but builds capacity at land trusts. Craft3 has been proud to invest in the growth of Wild Rivers and shows the power of capital to build capacity, address community needs and preserve our natural resources.

Since 2012, Craft3 and Meyer Memorial Trust have partnered in a groundbreaking way to offer loans to conservation organizations, municipalities and private landowners to acquire sensitive lands, restore habitat and protect water quality.