The Deschutes Land Trust has been awarded a $50,000 Challenge Grant from the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund. The grant will support the Land Trust’s recently launched 15th Anniversary Campaign. The Land Trust initiated the 15th Anniversary Campaign to launch the next 15 years of great land conservation in Central Oregon. The grant provides a one-to-one match for new Five River Society level annual gifts, up to a total of $50,000.
“It’s an exciting opportunity and we’re grateful that the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund recognized the importance of providing an incentive like this,” said Brad Chalfant, Executive Director of the Deschutes Land Trust. “We have some truly ambitious projects underway that will create new regional trails, protect scenic views, and essential habitat for fish and wildlife, including the acquisition of the Land Trust’s newest preserve, the 450 acre Whychus Canyon Preserve. However, since projects like Whychus Canyon and Skyline Forest take years to develop, strong community support and annual gifts of every size are critical to making these projects happen.”
“The Land Trust’s 15th Anniversary Campaign comes during an economically challenging period, but also a period of great opportunity. The Land Trust typically works quietly and patiently with landowners for years to conserve key properties. When a landowner in ready, it’s essential that the Land Trust seize these once-in-a-generation opportunities,” said John Casey, the campaign co-chair.
The Maybelle Clark Macdonald Challenge Grant will increase the Land Trust’s capacity as an organization to protect and manage important local lands for future generations. The Deschutes Land Trust conserves land for wildlife, scenic views, and local communities. Since 1995, the Land Trust has protected more than 7,750 acres in Central Oregon. For more information on the work of the Deschutes Land Trust, how to visit a Land Trust Preserve or contribute to the Land Trust’s 15th Anniversary Campaign, contact us at (541) 330-0017 or visit www.deschuteslandtrust.org.