Campaign Match a Success

Jan 10, 2017
The Land Trust is pleased to announce that we've met the $450,000 challenge grant for the Campaign for Whychus Creek! Our goal was to raise the final $100,000 by December 31st and we did it! Huge thanks to all of you who made qualifying gifts!


The Land Trust is pleased to announce that we've met the $450,000 challenge grant for the Campaign for Whychus Creek! Our goal was to raise the final $100,000 by December 31st and we did it! Huge thanks to all of you who made qualifying gifts!

The Land Trust first announced the challenge grant in the fall of 2015. Since then, more than 400 donors have chosen to support the Campaign for Whychus Creek. All funds will be used to conserve and care for lands along Central Oregon's Whychus Creek.

"We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Oregon family foundation that stepped up to match the community's efforts in this Campaign for Whychus Creek. This particular family has deep roots in Oregon with a vision to protect it as a legacy for future generations. We also owe our thanks to all of our supporters who have thus far donated to the Campaign. Your gifts have truly made a difference! As we near the end of our Campaign in June, we hope everyone will choose to get involved," said Brad Chalfant, Deschutes Land Trust Executive Director.

Launched in the fall of 2014, the Land Trust’s goal for the Campaign for Whychus Creek is to finish protecting the highest quality wildlife habitat along Whychus Creek, ensure the permanent care of those lands for generations to come, and engage the community along the way. In the 2 ½ years of the Campaign, the Land Trust has protected two new parcels of land along Whychus Creek and continued to care for the more than 2,200 acres already entrusted to them.

The 480-acre addition to Whychus Canyon Preserve was acquired in October 2014. It protects two miles of Whychus Creek and secures important habitat for salmon and steelhead, deer and elk, eagles and songbirds. Whychus Canyon Preserve is located between Sisters and Redmond and offers seasonal public hiking access to Whychus Creek. Public access to the 930-acre Preserve is at the Whychus Canyon Preserve kiosk off of Goodrich Rd.

Aspen Hollow Preserve was acquired in April of 2015 and protects another 58 acres of land along Whychus Creek near Sisters, Oregon. The Preserve includes ½ mile of Whychus Creek, unique columnar cliffs, and pine and aspen stands. The property is home to a variety of wildlife species including salmon and steelhead, mule deer, rocky mountain elk, golden eagles, spotted bat and numerous songbirds.

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