In March 2021, the McKenzie River Discovery Center was awarded $19,054 by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), Restoration & Enhancement Board to repair and restore the historic hatchery rearing pond into a Community Fishing Pond.
This year, MRDC formed a board of members that continues to build strategic partnerships and explore ways to fund the project. They were granted additional staffing and a fund of $235,000. to be paid over the next three years to hire a full time executive director to oversee the development of the center. With MRDC’s forward-thinking initiatives, a website and facebook page is in production, making headway to reach other potential fundraisers and visitors to support their cause.
We sometimes take our environment for granted.
Behind every boulder in the mountains, the age of trees and the eras of life it endured, or the stream path of a river, is a rich story to be told. We often forget our interconnectedness with the land we walk on, and our dependence on natural resources. We need to recount the history of the land.