The McKenzie River Trust is a nonprofit land trust formed in 1989 to protect critical habitat and scenic lands in the McKenzie basin. In the year 2000, we expanded our service area to include the watersheds of the Long Tom, Upper Willamette, Coast and Middle Forks of the Willamette, Umpqua, Siuslaw, and coastal streams and lakes from Reedsport to Yachats.
Throughout our history, the McKenzie River Trust has worked with landowners and diverse partnerships to protect, forever, nearly 5,000 acres of special lands in western Oregon.
The McKenzie River Trust acquires land through donation, purchase and conservation easements to provide the greatest assurance that sensitive lands are protected in perpetuity.
The Trust currently owns and protects over 2,200 acres in western Oregon. These lands are protected and managed by the Trust for clean water, fish and wildlife habitat, and productive natural landscapes. The Trust also holds conservation easements on over 2,300 acres of privately owned property. Conservation easements are tailored to each landowner’s needs, rewarding stewardship of natural resources with both protection and financial incentives.