At the end of September, the Conservation Alliance held a forest restoration work party called The Backyard Collective at the Land Trust’s Metolius Preserve. Several local Conservation Alliance business members volunteered along with Conservation Alliance grantees, the Oregon Natural Desert Association, Central Oregon Landwatch, and of course, the Deschutes Land Trust.
Feedback from the event was positive, with participants telling us that they had a wonderful experience and that they were amazed to find out that a place as lovely as the Metolius Preserve was open to the public for hiking, mountain biking and general wandering to enjoy and appreciate nature.
The Metolius Preserve in particular has so much going on, due to its size, location and ecological significance. For example, the Metolius Preserve was a featured stop on the Oregon Society of American Foresters forest restoration conference held October 12-14. Due to the innovative forestry restoration projects the Land Trust has undertaken with Darin Stringer of Pacific Stewardship, conference participants were able to explore recently restored sections of the forest and learn about the process of forest assessment, design, and implementation that is intended to restore the forest to more historic conditions.
ongoing project at the Metolius Preserve involves the creation of
snags for cavity-nesting birds (specifically white-headed woodpeckers).
Matt Orr, an OSU Cascades Professor, has his students participate in
data collection and monitoring of the snags, which were created using a
variety of methods. The ultimate goal is to determine what types of
snags the woodpeckers prefer for foraging and cavity-building so that
other management agencies can efficiently restore habitat specifically
for the white-headed woodpecker.
Last week Amanda and Matt took several Land Trust volunteers and stewards out to the research sites to teach us more about the ongoing forestry projects. While we were there we were able to test out our new Flip video cameras. Who knows, one day in the near future, you may be able to take a virtual tour of our Preserves. Of course, being out there in person is always best!