New Years at Whychus Canyon

Jan 03, 2011
On New Years day each year I like to look back on my past efforts from the year before. What better way to celebrate 2010 than by going out to a place where I spent so much of the year...


The Land Trust is very pleased to announce the acquisition of Whychus Canyon Preserve! This 450 acre gem near Sisters is our newest Community Preserve that not only protects outstanding wildlife habitat but also provides a place for you to hike and bird. Before the Preserve officially opens this summer, we thought we'd give you a sneak preview as seen through the eyes of Land Trust volunteer Mary Crow:

MC. WC animal tracks
MC. WC animal tracks
MC. WC animal tracks


On New Years day each year I like to look back on my past efforts from the year before. What better way to celebrate 2010 than by going out to a place where I spent so much of the year—Whychus Canyon Preserve. So, my husband Geoff and I loaded up our ski equipment and drove out to Whychus Canyon for a New Years journey. 

As we skied into the Preserve, we were astounded by the peace, tranquility, and beauty that greeted us. On this busy holiday, when ski slopes are packed, and nordic trails are like highways, we found a secluded wonderland, where the wildlife roamed freely and were unbothered by the human celebrations. 

The fresh snowfall made the animals tracks incredible. And there were so many—more than I've ever seen at one time. I hope you can make time to get out there and see this for yourselves. It will nourish your soul!

Because of the Land Trust and your amazing efforts to secure this land, we have so much to be thankful for this New Years Day! 

Happy New Year!
Mary Crow