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Skyline Forest

About the Deschutes Land Trust's Skyline Forest project.
Skyine Forest Aerial view
Aerial View of Skyline Forest. Photo: Aerial Images.

The Land Trust is currently working to conserve a massive block of land near Bend and Sisters, Oregon called Skyline Forest. This 33,000 acre former tree farm was historically known as the Bull Springs Tree Farm, and is one of several commercial timberlands in central Oregon threatened with conversion to residential development. 

Surrounded by state and federal lands, Skyline Forest contains important wildlife habitat, tremendous recreation opportunities and protects the scenic green foothills that set off the Central Oregon Cascades.  If protected, Skyline Forest would be the Northwest’s largest community forest devoted to sustainable production of forest products, jobs, wildlife, scenic views, and recreation.

Skyline Forest is currently owned by Fidelity National Financial, through a holding company and these owners are engaged in long-term discussions with the Land Trust on the future of Skyline Forest.  Skyline Forest is not yet protected. 

Winter range closure notice: Each winter the Tumalo Winter Range Cooperative Closure closes Skyline Forest to motorized vehicles from December 1st through March 31st.  Learn more here.

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