Big Creek Conservation Easement


Size: 29.5
Acquired: April 2017
Location: Big Creek Watershed, Central Oregon Coast
How it was Protected:

The Big Creek Conservation Easement was created in 2003 by the Central Coast Land Conservancy (CCLC). In 2017, CCLC transferred the easement to McKenzie River Trust for long-term stewardship.

Flowing from the headwaters of the Rock Creek Wilderness, the Big Creek Conservation Easement boasts five perennial streams, protected forever on Oregon's central coast.

About the Property

Adjacent and contributing to the 80,000-acre Rock Creek Wilderness on Oregon’s Central Coast, this small parcel includes the protection of 4 tributary streams to Big Creek, which also runs through the property. Neighboring Rock Creek Wilderness is a globally important bird area where endangered Marbled Murrelets make their nests. 

Creeks including House, Panther, Marsh, and Clearcut all flow into Big Creek here as it makes its way to the Pacific Ocean. These small streams and tributaries support important fish species including Oregon Coastal Coho, Steelhead, and Sea Run Cutthroat. 

At the waters’ edge, a lush second-growth riparian forest casts shade. The forest here is dominated by Red Alder with a mix of Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock, Big Leaf Maple, and Cedar. Diverse native undergrowth provides important cover and forage for the many animals who call this place home.