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  • On April 14, 1987, Russ was hired as Director of the Oregon Chapter. In his first year, he helped membership grow from 6,000 to 12,000 by raising $500,000 for a membership doubling challenge campaign.
  • Real estate activity doubled and in 1989 the Oregon Chapter raised over $1 million for a capital campaign that had the goal of raising just $500,000.
  • Quote from Russ Hoeflich, 1988
  • Throughout these two years, the Oregon chapter secured 12 land acquisitions with the help of federal funding.
  • Quote from Russ Hoeflich, 1991
  • Oregon helped pass a $165 million METRO parks measure, raise property taxes to acquire 6,000 acres of natural area, including the Sandy River Gorge and Burlington Bottoms, two key wildlife habitats.
  • Quote from Russ Hoeflich, 1994
  • Oregon's Planned Giving program hit a national record with 106 planned giving inquiries and 33 new bequests. We purchased the new SE Portland office and opened an office in Ashland.
  • Quote from Russ Hoeflich, 1995
  • Russ promoted active engagement with the government to influence decisions made on natural resources and conservation investments.
  • Quote from Russ, 1996
  • We acquired the 27,000-acre Zumwalt Prairie Preserve, the Conservancy’s largest-ever single purchase in Oregon, with the help of a $5 million gift from founders of an Internet software company.
  • Quote from Russ Hoeflich, 1999
  • Oregon acquired the 23,000-acre Boardman Grasslands, home to 7 globally rare grassland communities, endangered ground squirrels and other sensitive species.
  • Quote from Russ Hoeflich, 2000
  • The Conservancy’s Heart of Oregon campaign, the largest private conservation campaign in our state’s history, raised $72 million to protect and restore 20 of Oregon’s most imperiled landscapes.
  • We acquired the Coburg Ridge Preserve, creating the largest privately-owned nature sanctuary in the Willamette Valley. Coburg is home to the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly and many at-risk species.
  • Quote from Russ Hoeflich, 2007
  • The Oregon Chapter acquired Yamhill Oaks Preserve which also provides habitats for the rare Fender’s blue butterfly and at least 27 other at-risk species.
  • Quote from Russ Hoeflich, 2008
  • We acquired the Willamette Confluence which provides habitats for 34 species of conservation concern and improves the viability of 3,500 acres of adjacent conservation lands.
  • Oregon invested $23 M in conservation and created a 5-year plan to spend $100 M over the next 5 years to protect places, improve policies and unite people to accelerate the pace of conservation.
  • Today, Oregon has over 32,000 supporters, 750 volunteers, 505,000 acres of protected land, 425 miles of protected rivers and streams and 75 employees.Thank you, Russ, for your 27 years of leadership!
  • Quote from Russ Hoeflich, 2014
A Reflection of 27 Years
As Russ Hoeflich transitions into his new role with the Conservancy's North America Forests Program, we reflect on his 27 years of success as Oregon's leader.

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