On September 28th, the Deschutes Land Trust led 40 volunteers from Conservation Alliance member organizations in a work party at Bull Springs on Skyline Forest. Projects for the day included Aspen release work, trail maintenance and deconstruction, litter removal and stream-side restoration work.
Volunteers included employees from Ruff Wear, Inc and Quick Feat International as well as Deschutes Land Trust board and staff. Brad Chalfant, Executive Director of The Deschutes Land Trust, had this to say about volunteer efforts:
“The Deschutes Land Trust has been working since 2005 to protect the big private timberlands on the east side of Oregon’s Cascades mountains. It’s been an uphill battle, since most people assume these lands are national forests and not at risk of development. The Conservation Alliance has helped us create a voice for these lands before they get broken up and sold off for development. Together we’ve made real progress and in the last year have seen the creation of Oregon’s first new state forest in 40 years. However, there’s a lot more work to do and the Conservation Alliance’s Backyard Collective just gave us a great new trail to help educate citizens, public officials and funders to create the momentum to make Skyline Forest a reality and permanently conserve another 66,500 acres of threatened forest.”
The Land Trust has been working since 2005 to acquire Skyline Forest from Fidelity National Timber, its current owner. With the landowner’s permission, we lead hikes, mountain bike rides, historical tours, and horseback rides on the property to raise community awareness of our work to acquire the property. Hosting our first official work party on Skyline Forest with Conservation Alliance members was a great example of our intention to make Skyline Forest a community forest—preserving recreational opportunities, restoring the land, and protecting Bend’s backyard for future generations.
On Tuesday, the Deschutes Land Trust led 40 volunteers from Conservation Alliance member organizations in a work party at Bull Springs on Skyline Forest. Projects for the day included Aspen release work, trail maintenance and deconstruction, litter removal and stream-side restoration work.