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About lands protected by the Deschutes Land Trust including Community Preserves and private protected lands.


The Deschutes Land Trust protects lands that meet rigorous conservation criteria. From important wildlife habitat, to sustainable working lands to open space for scenic enjoyment, each of our protected lands is critical to the health and future of Central Oregon. The Land Trust protects 8,200 acres in our region for today, tomorrow and for generations to come.

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We invite you to learn about our current projects like Skyline Forest, or our newest Preserve Whychus Canyon Preserve, or find out how to conserve your land or explore lands we've already protected.


Explore our Community Preserves—lands protected for native plants and wildlife but also there for you to enjoy and explore. The Land Trust owns and cares for five Community Preserves in Central Oregon: Camp Polk Meadow Preserve, Indian Ford Meadow Preserve, Metolius Preserve, Thomas Preserve, and Whychus Canyon Preserve. Find directions to our Preserves.

Learn about other conserved lands—properties that the Land Trust has also protected for wildlife, outstanding scenic views, or to preserve our natural heritage, but that remain privately owned by an individual or a public entity. At certain times, with the consent of the landowner, the Land Trust arranges tours of these properties. Learn more about Spring CreekRimrock Ranch, or Alder Springs.

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