Our story

Southern Oregon’s Rogue River region is renowned for its unique and varied landscape. Situated between the rocky coast and the Cascade Mountain range, a network of meandering streams combines with towering pine trees and naturally fertile soils to create one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world.

 

Our Mission, Our Vision

Our work is complex, but our mission is simple: to protect and enhance precious land in the Rogue River region to benefit our human and natural communities.


We envision a vast network of conserved lands spanning the region, connecting people to nature, and enhancing the quality of life for all who live or visit this special corner of the Pacific Northwest.

We share a deep love for this land. It surrounds us every day, from the ridges of the Siskiyou Mountains to the verdant valleys of the irrepressible Rogue River. This is our home, our backyard, our hiking trails and fishing holes. It’s the forests and farmlands that have sustained our livelihoods for generations. It’s a place we cherish, and we are committed to keeping it in the public’s trust for many generations to come.


Our History

Nearly 40 years ago, amidst a burgeoning population and rising real estate prices, a grassroots effort of concerned individuals foresaw the need to engage the community in protecting rural lands that were at risk of losing their natural values.

Founded in 1978, Southern Oregon Land Conservancy was created to ensure the natural wealth of the wild and working lands of the Rogue River region endure forever. As the state’s first regional, nonprofit land trust, we began working with local landowners to create  conservation easements— a conservation approach to safeguard their lands in perpetuity. What began small has grown into 10,000 acres of protected lands across the Rogue River region.
  
Today, Southern Oregon Land Conservancy continues to fulfill its original mission by connecting people, nature, and communities. Our nationally accredited organization serves as a leader among regional land trusts, through its approach to community involvement and successful conservation track record.


Banner image: Roosevelt elk cooling down in the Rogue River, Rogue River Preserve. Thomas Craig photo.

Western Meadowlark. Frank Lospalluto photo.

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