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A look back: the 1980s

Celebrating 50 years in Oregon

In 1980, we purchase the 22,636-acre Sycan Marsh Preserve — a project bigger than anything done before. Mark Stern, now our conservation director for the Klamath Basin, surveys early plant transects, above.

In 1981, the Conservancy begins managing parts of Willow Creek — the ecologically richest remnant of native wet prairie in the southern Willamette Valley and home to important species like the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly, above.

A sanctuary for rare wildflowers, this flat, gravely outwash plain at Oregon’s Agate Desert Preserve — purchased in 1987 — is abundant with prairie grasses and a showy display of spring wildflowers.

Russell Hoeflich arrives from directing New York's Shelter Island Chapter to join us as Oregon state director in 1987, ushering in an era of rapid growth in conserved land and institutional development that continues to this day.

Covered with forest, grasslands and bogs, Eight Dollar Mountain—acquired in the 1980s—supports the heaviest concentrations of rare plants in Oregon and outstanding examples of serpentine soil communities.

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