As we prepare for the May 30th Dedication of the new portion of the Preserve, learn a little more about the addition and how it adds up to a better future for Central Oregon:
+ 480 acres preserved: The addition doubles the size of Whychus Canyon Preserve and connects it with Land Trust-protected Rimrock Ranch.
+ 2 additional miles of Whychus Creek conserved: A continuous stretch of six miles of Whychus Creek is now preserved forever.
+ Opportunities to restore Whychus Creek: Conserving the addition opens the door for large-scale stream restoration projects, similar to the award-winning work at the Land Trust’s Camp Polk Meadow Preserve.
+ Important salmon and steelhead habitat: Whychus Creek provides important habitat for the salmon and steelhead returning to Central Oregon. The addition preserves two miles of the critical habitat these fish need to thrive.
+ 2 meadows: Meadows are rare on Whychus Creek. It’s a creek that usually cascades down narrow, rimrock canyons. Once restored, these meadows will be green sanctuaries for fish and wildlife in our arid landscape.
+ Cottonwood forest: The towering cottonwood trees at the addition are now preserved forever. These special trees only grow in floodplains along creeks of Central Oregon, and we’re proud to preserve this forest and ensure its health forever.
+ Homes for deer, elk, bluebirds, and spotted bats: The addition is home to a variety of wildlife. By protecting the habitat that songbirds, elk, eagles, and spotted bats rely on, we’re making a better future for wildlife in Central Oregon.
+ An amazing place for you to explore: You’ll be able to enjoy and explore the addition on an extended hike from Whychus Canyon Preserve (see the trail map), at the May 30th Dedication, or on a guided hike this fall.
Whychus Canyon Preserve Addition:
2 miles of whychus Creek + 480 acres + 100s of trees + 1000s of critters = 1 amazing place for you to get to know AND a better future for Central Oregon