This is the third in a series of posts about the Deschutes Land Trust staff. Meet Lisa Bagwell, our Development Assistant:
TTL (Trusting the Land): Let’s pretend that one of our members decides to throw a gala benefit pot-luck to raise money for the 15th Anniversary Campaign. What would you bring to the feast?
Lisa: My husband and I recently took a cooking class at the college, so I would like to try something I learned there. Probably a quinoa salad, that includes fruits and veggies and yummy fresh flavors.
TTL: Tell us a few details about what touches you the most in 3-4 of your favorite Land Trust protected places.
Lisa: Camp Polk Meadow was the first preserve I visited, even before I started working at the Land Trust. My puppy, Sierra, and I walked the trail, watching the birds and enjoying the smells and sounds of nature. The birds were very active and entertained us. I was also fascinated with the history and the leaning old Hindman barn.
Rimrock Ranch is a special place. Not only for its natural beauty, but because Gayle is such a warm, welcoming, and generous soul. I want to climb into her teepee beside Whychus Creek and never leave! It’s a perfect serene spot.
The bird walks I’ve enjoyed there with Norma are my most memorable. Her knowledge and passion for sharing and educating is contagious and inspiring. She is a joy. I’ve experienced the most wildlife there of all of our protected places ~ more birds that I can recall or name, but I do remember a couple of bald eagles that were incredible to watch. Bats and a young rattlesnake made an impression, as well.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Thomas Preserve. For the last four years, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to help lead a group of folks to our small island on the upper Deschutes. Paddling slows everything and everyone down, and we’re able to really talk and connect with folks.
TTL: If the magical Save the Land Fairy dropped down, waved her wand and said, “You get one wish from me. What is it?” You would wish for:
Lisa: Well, of course, I’d wish for her to give Whychus Canyon and Skyline Forest to the Land Trust permanently protect, as well as other important natural habitats for wildlife and to preserve special places throughout Oregon, but I would also want to think globally. If I’ve got Save the Land Fairy at my disposal, my wish would need to be as far-reaching as possible. I would ask her to truly inspire people to get outside, experience the natural beauty that surrounds them – wherever they are in the world – and to be touched so deeply that they couldn’t help but feel real ownership and URGENCY that is required to save our natural world. Save the Land Fairy will work with Mother Nature to cast her spell on everyone to do their part to cherish and protect the land and all that is living by learning and adopting a way of living that will sustain and flourish all life in harmony. (That isn’t too much to ask, is it?)
TTL: What's the form and essence of your work with the Land Trust?
Lisa: I have the nickname of “Data Queen” at the Land Trust, but my responsibilities are wide and varied.
TTL: How did you come to work at the Land Trust?
Lisa: I moved back to Oregon with my husband in early 2007. Our whole goal in moving here was for quality of life, which for us includes being outdoors. So much of our lives are spent at work, I wanted to spend my time and energy with an organization who's work and mission I value and where the role I play within that organization is meaningful and rewarding. I was hoping to use my background teaching to help connect our next generation with the outdoors.
TTL: This may be redundant, but tell us a little more about why you love the Land Trust.
Lisa: I love what the Land Trust stands for and the impact we make in this community. I enjoy my job most when I can get outside and share our common goal and love of nature with members and volunteers. We have very special people who support the Land Trust and making those connections is what inspires and touches me. My greatest joy has been the life-long friendships I’ve made here.
TTL: And the recipe for what you'd bring to the hypothetical potluck...
Lisa: The cooking class I took was focusing on whole foods and to learn the components of a dish and how to put them together without a recipe. We made a quinoa salad with the following ingredients:
orange juice (1 orange)
salt "to fit"
red quinoa, cooked in infused water
chopped roasted almonds
Note: The real salad was brought to a real potluck. It was spectacular! ~Trusting the Land