The Deschutes Land Trust has recently received inquiries regarding our organization's position on HB 3536 and associated processes regarding the future of the Aspen Lakes and related properties near Sisters. The Deschutes Land Trust is not involved in this legislation and has not taken a position in support or opposition.
Where possible, the Land Trust refrains from taking positions on land use issues. We work cooperatively with private landowners to conserve their properties, and our success depends on landowner trust. While we support conserving our natural resources through thoughtful land use planning, advocating for one position or another could undermine our cooperative conservation efforts.
With that background, the Land Trust's position on HB 3536 and related issues is as follows:
- We neither support nor oppose HB 3536 or any related processes.
- We have not participated in the development or debate of HB 3536 or any related processes.
- We have a strong interest in conserving lands along Whychus Creek, including portions of the Aspen Lakes properties, but we have had no discussions with any entity about receiving land, conservation easements, or conservation funding under HB 3536.
- We are always available to discuss our conservation goals and methods to the extent that information is useful to the community's consideration of these proposals.
~ Brad Chalfant, Executive Director