Watershed Protection Overview

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The Smith River Alliance works to secure permanent protection of the Smith River watershed (view a large map) using a number of strategies.  One method of protection involves purchasing key strategic forest, wetland and public access parcels from willing sellers. We manage, donate or sell this land to public agencies.

SRA works independently and with partner organizations, developing public support and funding for projects like Mill Creek and Goose Creek. Current projects that exemplify SRA’s commitment to protecting threatened landscapes include Hurdygurdy Creek and the Lake Earl Wildlife Area.

Designated Wild and Scenic rivers, forests and wildlife areas within the Smith watershed are sometimes threatened by development, mining, and bad public policies. An example of an SRA protection initiative is the campaign to prevent strip mining in the headwaters of the North Fork Smith and efforts to secure lasting protection for the Buck Creek watershed.

Visit our Restoration Projects and Fish Monitoring pages to learn more about how science and stewardship support sustainable conservation of the watershed.

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