McKay Creek at Ochoco Preserve. Photo: Jay Mather.

Ochoco Preserve Expands

Aug 09, 2018 by Jana Hemphill
The Land Trust recently completed our acquisitions for Ochoco Preserve with the purchase of an additional 33 acres.

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Ochoco Preserve has gotten a little bigger! The Land Trust recently completed our acquisitions for the Preserve by adding 33 additional acres. The acquisition allows both sides of McKay Creek and its confluence with the Crooked River to be part of the Preserve.

Creek and river confluences are biological "hot spots" where habitat and wildlife diversity is greater. The confluence of McKay Creek provides important habitat for a variety of species, including returning Chinook salmon and steelhead.

This addition makes Ochoco Preserve a combined 185 acres. Ochoco Preserve was created by the Land Trust in 2017 and is home to a host of wildlife species including salmon and steelhead, a variety of amphibians, and many species of water birds and songbirds.