By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 5, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The nonprofit McKenzie River Trust has completed the purchase of more than 150 acres of land near Blue River to help protect water quality and salmon habitat.

The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/gH6X7t ) that the trust purchased the land for $775,000 to help with conservation of the McKenzie River, which provides drinking water to the Eugene Water & Electric Board.

The electric board commissioners authorized a $250,000 grant for restoration of the property and have agreed to match up to $500,000 of money the trust raises through a fundraising campaign.

The trust and land owner Rosboro, a Springfield forest products company, are also in talks for the purchase of an additional 110 acres across the river.

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