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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PRC Statement on Senator Wyden's O&C Act of 2013
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
We sadly announce that PRC Board Member, Bob Anderson, died in a car accident in Tanzania-this month.
Bob Anderson, died in a tragic car accident on a recent trip to Tanzania celebrating his 70th birthday. The accident occurred two days after Bob and his wife Grace climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. PRC and the conservation community have lost a true environmental hero and we are deeply saddened by his passing. "Bob's contributions to protecting the environment and special places are too long to list. Along with his many years of service to PRC, Bob led the fight to stop the damming of the Yellowstone River, he was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, and a leader and advocate for renewable energy," said John Kober, PRC's executive director. "Bob accomplished so much in life, and he maintained an infectious enthusiasm and optimism that were part of his charm. We will miss him."
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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
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.