Giving Thanks for Land and Water

McKenzie River Trust is collecting love letters to the lands and rivers of Oregon. We invite you to join us in reflection and appreciation of all our natural world provides. From the mountains and coastlines, rivers and swamps, lands far away, and birds in the backyard, join us in honoring all that our natural world provides.

10 Backyard Birds to look for this Winter

As we hunker down for the darker days ahead, overwintering birds bring delight as they gather the seeds and bugs of fall to sustain them through the coming cold. Here’s our winter backyard bird list for you to enjoy!

Art in Birds at Green Island

In the spring of 2021, local artists and bird enthusiasts Dennis Arendt and Shel Neal brought a little extra life to Tree Swallow bird boxes out at Green Island. Building on a decade long project to provide nesting habitat for this migratory bird, the 16 new painted boxes celebrate art and nature.

McKenzie River Trust Earns National Recognition

One thing that unites us as a nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 1989, McKenzie River Trust, has been doing just that for the people of western Oregon. Now McKenzie River Trust announced it has renewed its land trust accreditation – proving once again that, as part of…

In Memory of Barry Lopez, 1945-2020

Barry Lopez at the McKenzie River, photo by Tim Giraudier/Beautiful Oregon

Barry Lopez made his home in the McKenzie Valley, upslope and in line of sight with the river. He wrote and spoke eloquently on behalf of the McKenzie River Trust and the broader efforts of caring for land, water, and people. He was a dear friend and mentor, from whom we learned and with whom we could…

Celebrate Giving Tuesday with McKenzie River Trust!

Give Now! Give today and your gift will be matched dollar for dollar! Giving Tuesday is a global movement to encourage each other to give to our favorite charitable causes during the holiday season. Hundreds of millions of people have come together on this day for the last few years to raise money for causes…

Presenting Habichats: Habitat Speaker Series

McKenzie River Trust is excited to present HabiChats – a virtual speaker series that explores some of Oregon’s plant and animal species and local restoration efforts with partners and local experts.  These events are free, but do require registration. Forest Treasures: Finding and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms DATE:  Thursday, September 24, 2020  TIME:  7pm via Zoom…

Lane County Wildfire Information and Relief

DONATE NOW We are directing all donations to the United Way of Lane County’s Wildfire Response Fund at this time.  Volunteer Your Time We know that you want to give back to the community. McKenzie River Trust’s volunteer page offers multiple avenues for you to support community response efforts and we hope you will join…