How we began
Two whitewater rafting guides — Bob Doppelt and Rick George — had witnessed the destruction of Oregon’s rivers first-hand, and started Pacific Rivers (then Oregon Rivers Council) in 1987.
Pacific Rivers went on to:
- Help pass the largest Wild and Scenic Rivers legislation in the lower 48 states.
- Became the first to advocate for protecting salmon throughout their range, not just in isolated locations.
- Among the first to realize how much rivers are harmed by roads.
Pacific Rivers has led the way in:
- Protecting rivers, clean water, and fish in the landmark Northwest Forest Plan.
- Launching one of the world’s longest-running stream monitoring programs.
- Revealing the economic benefits of watershed protection.