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.

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


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