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Mckenzie river trust helps people protect and care for the lands and rivers they cherish in western oregon

Protecting Special Lands

Total Acres Protected by McKenzie River Trust
Acres Rematriated (Returned to Tribal Ownership)
Acres Transferred to Public Lands (County, State, Federal Ownership)

Latest News

Lessons from a Beaver on International Beaver Day

Beavers have important lessons to teach us about how to care for the living rivers in our backyard. As we celebrate the start of the 54th annual Earth Month, we also celebrate one of our area’s most incredible caretakers of land and water, the North American Beaver.

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A Living Legacy at Sweet Creek Forest

When Mat Purvis moved to Oregon in the early 1970s, he was excited to spend more outdoors. Growing up in urban Atlanta, Mat was accustomed to camping, hiking, and fishing but had always dreamed of owning a wilderness property. As a young physician with spare time, Mat leapt at an opportunity to pursue his dream when a colleague offered to sell him a tract of forest
on Sweet Creek.

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430-acre Yakona Nature Preserve & Learning Center protected forever!

Local conservation organizations Yakona Nature Preserve and McKenzie River Trust have partnered to permanently protect 430 acres on the Yaquina River estuary. Founded by longtime Newport residents JoAnn and Bill Barton, Yakona Nature Preserve & Learning Center offers educational programming, community events, and guided access to the historic site. This month, the area was permanently protected through a conservation easement with McKenzie River Trust, ensuring the site’s future remains focused on serving the community through conservation, education, and building cultural connections.

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Where We Work

Owned Properties

Properties we own and protect outright

Conservation Easements

A joint project between MRT and the landowner that works to protect the property forever.

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