This is the fourth in a series of posts about the Deschutes Land Trust staff. Meet Sherry Berrin, our Land Steward...
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?
Sherry Berrin: Probably brownies from a box–don’t have much time to cook these days! Plus they’re yummy!
TTL: Tell us a few details about what touches you the most in 3-4 of your favorite Land Trust protected places.
Sherry: I think with all the properties I get to visit, it’s a feeling of solitude. Whether you’re at the Metolius Preserve where you likely won’t see anyone or at Camp Polk Meadow with houses all around the rim, I always have a sense of being away from roads, people, and noise.
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:
Sherry: People to really understand the value (ecologically and socially) of undeveloped land. Whether they actually can access a property or not, I wish people would just get it.
TTL: What's the form and essence of your work with the Land Trust?
Sherry: As the Land Steward I get to be outside a lot. I’ve become the “weed queen” and have somehow gotten to develop most of our noxious weed management plans and implement these plans as well. I also get to work with landowners who have protected their properties through conservation easements doing our annual monitoring or helping them develop management plans for their places.
TTL: How did you come to work at the Land Trust?
Sherry: As a temporary employee filling in for Amanda on her first maternity leave. It came at a perfect time of transition for me as I was deciding whether or not to continue with law school.
TTL: This may be redundant, but tell us a little more about why you love the Land Trust.
Sherry: It gets me out to places that aren’t always available to other people and I get to meet people who get it (see above!).
TTL: And the recipe for what you'd bring to the hypothetical potluck...
Sherry: It’s on the box! Pour mix in bowl, add water, oil, and eggs. Mix and pour into pan –cook at specified heat for specified time!