Jim Cox, Director of Angling and Donor Relations for Western Rivers Conservancy, will make a presentation on Feb 18 entitled “Fly Fishing Oregon’s Wild and Scenic John Day River.” Since 1988 Western Rivers Conservancy (WRC) has protected lands on more than 60 rivers in eight western states.
The program will provide a few short updates WRC’s current conservation projects in California, with a major focus on fly fishing Oregon’s Wild and Scenic John Day River, the second longest free-flowing river in the West, for its world-class smallmouth bass fishery and its excellent run of wild summer steelhead. WRC was instrumental in helping create Cottonwood Canyon State Park on the John Day, the second largest state park in Oregon, and has purchased another major ranch on the John Day in an effort to protect Thirty Mile Creek, a major cold-water sanctuary for wild steelhead.
Jim joined Western Rivers Conservancy as Director of Angling and Donor Relations in 2011.
He has spent more than 30 working professionally in the nonprofit sector. Jim is a past steering committee co-chair of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, and is an active member of the Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable. He is a member of numerous conservation organizations including Trout Unlimited, Flyfishers Club of Oregon, FFI, the Native Fish Society, and The Freshwater Trust among others.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Theatre Degree from Willamette University. Jim lives in Portland, Oregon. In his free time, you can find him fly fishing for trout and steelhead on the wild rivers of the West.