About Us

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Elk River in SW Oregon, photo courtesy of Tim Palmer

Born from a commitment to protect Oregon's free-flowing rivers, the Oregon Rivers Council was founded as a statewide non-profit organization in 1987 with a volunteer staff.

By 1993, we had become the Pacific Rivers Council (PRC), reflecting our expanded sphere of influence in aquatic conservation. Today, more than twenty years after its inception, PRC is one of the most influential river conservation groups in the country. Our mission is to protect and restore rivers, their watersheds, and native aquatic species.  We do this for the benefits that healthy watersheds provide to present and future generations – and for the intrinsic virtues of rivers themselves.  We have expanded the geographic scope of our work to include Oregon, Washington, Northern California, Montana and Idaho.

PRC now employs seven professionals and numerous contractors with technical expertise in a variety of fields. Our 14-member Board of Directors comprises leading scientists, economists, and business, government and policy specialists. With a budget of approximately $550,000 and offices in Oregon and Montana, PRC has received national acclaim for its innovative river protection and restoration approaches.

The integrity of aquatic systems depends on the ecological health of the entire landscape and, in turn, healthy aquatic systems benefit the basins they drain. This relationship between land management activities and watershed health underlies all of PRC's work. Our projects are based on the recovery strategy of protect the best, restore the rest, as the first step towards natural resource management based on conservation biology. PRC promotes the protection of the best remaining aquatic habitat, or refuges, to provide anchors for restoration of more degraded systems.

Advocating a whole watershed approach to land management, PRC fills a unique niche in the conservation community. Our collaboration with scientific and academic communities is bridging the gap between aquatic science and environmental policy. By convening scientific panels and sponsoring research to address crucial aquatic conservation issues, we have established a respected reputation as a credible, effective advocate for the protection and restoration of aquatic resources throughout the nation.

In 2012, Pacific Rivers Council turned 25 years old! You can read about our successes since 1987, including everything from passing the Omnibus Wild and Scenic designation for 40 rivers in Oregon, to creating a Salmon Safe certification for agricultural products here.

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We are so excited to be the recipients of a Meyer Memorial Trust capacity grant to bump up our communications work! In the next year, you will see Pacific Rivers Council get a new look, and a new website! So stay tuned for some exciting changes!

The Roseburg News Review published an article on our canton creek program October 9. learn more about our great work in the umpqua area of oregon

Did you see PRC's Executive Director, john kober, in the news last month?

He and a prominent natural resources economist, Ernie Niemi, wrote and had published an opinion piece in the Oregonian that attempts to dispel some myths about counties in Oregon with historically large timber revenues. Read the article here

Coho still struggling on umpqua


PRC Statement on Senator Wyden's O&C Act

Read PRC's press release here

Read Senator Wyden's O&C Act of 2013 here

See the maps from Senator Wyden's O&C Act of 2013 here


Hot off the press! PRC Advisor, Jim Lichatowich just published Salmon, People and Place: A Biologists Search for Salmon Recovery (OSU Press 2013)
Read more here

Oregonian: Environmentalists press their case to limit logging on O&C forests in Oregon -Read the article here

Clean water advocates call on Senator Wyden to prevent clearcuts, toxic herbicides on O&C lands - Read the press release here

PRC, Ernie Niemi publish economic analysis that compares conservation and timber values produced on O&C lands - Read more here

Oregonian: Do Oregon's clear-cut and pesticide buffers protect drinking water from creeks, rivers? - Read the article here

PRC submits comments on Oregon Health Authority report on pesticide use in Triangle Lake area - Read more here

PRC and partners release aquatic recommendations for O&C Lands - Read the paper here

PRC responds to proposed framework by Senator Wyden for O&C legislation - Read the press statement here 

SF Chronicle: High court to rule on forest plan challenge - Read the article here

PRC responds to Supreme Court decision to review ruling on Sierra Nevada Forest Plan -Read the press statement here

PRC and conservation partners deliver letter to the Oregon congressional delegation on the Governor's O&C Panel - Read the letter here

Oregonian publishes editorial by Executive Director John Kober and allies at Pew Environment Group and Wild Salmon Center calling for balanced solutions from Governor Kitzhaber's O&C panel - Read the Oregonian article here

Executive Director John Kober nominated to panel by Governor Kitzhaber to recommend O&C solutions - Read the Governor's announcement here

PRC publishes recommendations for conservation of freshwater ecosystems on Sierra Nevada National Forests - Read the report here

PRC submits comments to the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission on petition to initiate rulemaking to adopt recommended pesticide regulations - Read More

PRC submits comments on the Sandy Hatchery Draft Environmental Assessment prepared by NMFS - Read More 






Legacy Rivers

 Grave Creek at Rogue River Bridge

Pacific Rivers Council is embarking on an ambitious program to identify, build support for, and gain permanent protection for some of our nation's healthiest rivers and watersheds. We call these our Legacy Rivers because they are worthy of recognition, celebration, protection and restoration as part of our freshwater heritage.

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Pacific Rivers Council is a proud partner of Salmon Safe. Read more about Salmon Safe's inception and find out how we work together to ensure a clean and healthy habitat for northwest salmon. www.salmonsafe.org

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