The Current Magazine Spring 2015 - Page 11

About The Wildlands Conservancy

The Wildlands Conservancy, a 501(c)3

public benefit corporation, owns and

operates California's largest

nonprofit nature preserve system. TWC

properties include 12 magnificent

landscapes spanning over 145,000

acres of diverse mountain, valley,

desert, river and ocean front properties. The Wildlands Conservancy also funded the largest conservation land gift to the American people in U.S. history - over 560,000 acres in the California desert.

TWC purchases and restores landscapes and builds national park quality visitor facilities that are open to the public at no cost. For the last ten years, TWC has been California's nonprofit leader in providing free outdoor education programs, servicng over one million children.

Eel River Estuary Preserve

Bounded by the Eel River on the north, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Wildcat hills to the south, the 1,255 acre Eel River Estuary Preserve is a place of unparalleled beauty. A tantalizingly infeasible restoration priority to the State of California for decades, the Preserve – thanks to the Wildlands Conservancy – now offers an historic opportunity for enhancement within one of California's most valuable and productive coastal estuaries.

The Wildlands Conservancy purchased the Eel Preserve in 2008 with private funds, and now in partnership with CalTrout, the Coastal Conservancy and the Department of Fish and Wildlife, have embarked on this vital resource enhancement project. TWC also owns and manages the 5,832 acre Spyrock Reserve, with five miles of river frontage on the National Wild and Scenic main-stem Eel River.