Current Projects

The Land Trust is constantly working on new land conservation projects in Central Oregon. At any given time we may be working to conserve a farm or ranch, habitat for native fish or wildlife, or lands important to local communities.


The Land Trust is constantly working on new land conservation projects in Central Oregon. At any given time we may be working to conserve a farm or ranch, habitat for native fish or wildlife, or lands important to local communities. Some of our key project areas include:

Whychus Creek at Whychus Canyon Preserve. Photo: Land Trust.
Whychus Creek at Whychus Canyon Preserve. Photo: Land Trust.
Back to Home Waters: The Land Trust helps to coordinate protection and restoration efforts that support the reintroduction of salmon and steelhead to the upper Deschutes River region. One of our highest priorities is Whychus Creek, where we have protected more than 3,200 acres of land and restored several sections of the creek to a more natural, meandering path. Learn more about Back to Home Waters.

Working Farms, Ranches, and Forests: One of the Land Trust's core focus areas is working collaboratively with landowners to conserve working farms, ranches, and forests while protecting wildlife habitat. Keeping large farms, ranches, and forests intact can protect wildlife migration corridors for animals like Rocky Mountain elk, pronghorn, and deer. Learn more about this work, including our efforts to conserve and protect the 33,000-acre Skyline Forest.

Monarch butterfly at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Photo: Jay Mather.
Monarch butterfly at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Photo: Jay Mather.
Monarch Butterfly Conservation: The Land Trust recently started a new program to help protect monarch butterflies and their habitat. Our main goals include conserving land so monarchs have the habitat they need to survive, planting native milkweed at our protected lands and in our neighborhoods and public spaces, and educating the community on the monarch butterfly and how they can help.  Learn more about this work.

Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: We are increasingly seeing the effects of climate change both locally and on a global scale. The Land Trust has created and implemented a climate change strategy as we acquire new land, manage the land we already protect, and engage the community in our work. Learn more about our efforts.

Engaging our Community: We work to inspire the community and to help others be connected to and engaged with the land and land conservation so that together we can build a sustainable future for Central Oregon. We encourage you to get involved in our work, whether it's by volunteering, becoming a member, or signing up for our monthly e-newsletter.


Past projects include:

The Campaign for Whychus Creek: A three year community campaign phase to complete the Land Trust's core conservation strategy for Central Oregon’s Whychus Creek. Find out more.


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