The Land Trust lost a former Board Member and trusted advisor on July 4th. Alice Koehler passed away at home in Portland, surrounded by her family.
For those of you who weren't fortunate enough to know Alice, she served on the Deschutes Land Trust Board from 1998 through 2002, with a strong, insightful voice and a wry sense of humor. A dedicated mother and wife, Alice managed to give an extraordinary amount of her time and energy to the land and people of Oregon, a trait that she passed on to her children. As a Board Member of the Deschutes Land Trust Alice served as a truly amazing advocate, ambassador and strategist for the Land Trust.
A 4th generation Oregonian, Alice could trace her ties to the Deschutes River back to her great grandparents who owned and operated the Bakeoven stage stop in the 1870's. Always an active outdoorswoman, Alice's health in recent years limited her ability to spend time in her beloved central Oregon.
Our deepest sympathies go out to Alice's devoted husband Peter and her family. The Deschutes Land Trust and central Oregon have lost a very special friend, but we'll cherish her memory and dedication to this place in the high desert we call home.