Skyline Forest Updates

Updates on the Deschutes Land Trust's Skyline Forest project.

July 2008

More details on the State's involvement in protecting lands including Skyline Forest emerge. Read the Bend Bulletin article. The Bulletin later publishes an editorial recommending that the State discuss it plans with forest neighbors. 

June 2008

Oregon Department of Foresty announces their intent to partner with others to conserve lands formerly owned by Crown Pacific. Skyline Forest is the most prominent piece of nearly 270,000 acres of timberlands formerly owned by Crown Pacific and now controlled by Fidelity National Financial. Read the Bend Bulletin article on the subject. 

May 2008

Owners of Skyline Forest, Fidelity National Timber, suggest that they are willing to submit their proposal to develop a portion of Skyline Forest for an independent assesment. The assesment will compare Fidelity's propsal to develop 1,500 acres and permanently protect 31,500 acres with the impacts that would result from putting the property back on the market. 

Februay 2008

The Land Trust applies to the Oregon Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service for the first phase of a $5 million Forest Legacy grant. Funds would be used to protect Skyline Forest. If Skyline is donated to the Land Trust, the Forest Legacy funds could be utilized to permanently endow management of public recreation on the forest or if the property goes to auction, the funds would go toward a purchase. 

July 26, 2007

Local cyclists to ride from Sisters to Prineville to show support for the Land Trust’s Skyline Forest project. The ride is part of a two-week bicycle tour called Hybrid.Pedal, sponsored by KEEN, Inc. and created to generate awareness for The Conservation Alliance and its grantees. The Land Trust's Skyline Forest project is one of the Alliance's grantees.

March 27, 2007

The Land Trust obtains commitment from the owner of Skyline Forest to work with the Land Trust and the community to explore conservation opportunities for Skyline Forest. Read the full press release.

July 28, 2006

The Deschutes Basin Land Trust achieved a major milestone yesterday in its effort to create Skyline Forest, when the country’s first Community Forest Authority (CFA) met to formally organize and establish itself. 

July 21, 2006

The Land Trust has received a $15,000 grant from the Bend Foundation to help cover initial transaction costs of acquiring Skyline Forest.

May 22, 2006

Land Trust has been advised that the expected auction of the 33,000 acres Skyline Forest has been postponed.

May 11, 2006

Deschutes County Commissioners Bev Clarno, Dennis Luke and Mike Daly selected four representatives and alternates to serve on a Community Forest Authority.

March 13, 2006

The Deschutes Basin Land Trust announced today that it has received a $50,000 challenge grant to help fundraise for the initial transaction costs of acquiring Skyline Forest, the 33,000 former tree farm between Bend and Sisters that the Land Trust hopes to conserve.

February 10, 2006

Applications are now being accepted for the Community Forest Authority (CFA). Committee members will oversee the financing details of the forestry bonds.  The CFA is seeking four members, two from the local business community and two from the local conservation community.  

December 21, 2005

Community Forest Authority approved!  In a strong show of support, more than 150 people attend the Community Forest Authority (CFA) hearing.  Commissioners unanimously agree to establish the Forest Authority, marking a critical way point for the Land Trust's bid to acquire and conserve Skyline Forest.  The CFA bonds will provide a significant portion of the funding for the Skyline Forest acquisition. 

December 15, 2005

The Land Trust asks Sisters City Council for their support in conserving Skyline Forest.  The Council unanimously agrees.

December 7, 2005

The Land Trust asks Bend City Council for their support in conserving Skyline Forest.  The Council unanimously agrees.

November 7, 2005

The Land Trust presents Skyline Forest petitions to Deschutes County to formally request a hearing to create the Community Forest Authority.

October 10, 2005

With signatures collected, the Land Trust is working to set a date for presenting the petitions to the County. The Land Trust has also been working with County staff to address their technical questions about establishing a Community Forest Authority.

In other Skyline Forest news, The Land Trust is working to set up the structure for a subsidiary (owned by the Land Trust) that would actually hold Skyline Forest once it is acquired. And last, but certainly not least, the Land Trust is working to raise the initial funds necessary to begin the acquisition process.

September 9, 2005

Save Skyline Committee signature collection drive wraps-up. Roughly 2,700 signatures are collected. The Committee hands the petitions over to the Land Trust for presenting to the County.

August 18, 2005

Local citizens form the Save Skyline Committee to collect signatures and petition Deschutes County to establish a Community Forest Authority. The Community Forest Authority is a critical step in the Land Trust’s effort to acquire Skyline Forest as it provides a funding mechanism. Neighbors begin circulating petitions and local businesses help by placing petitions in their store.

July 28, 2005

The Land Trust announces its intent to work to conserve Skyline Forest.

July 14, 2005

Governor Kulongski signs Community Forest Authority Act into law. Local governments can now create forest authorities as a means to preserving local forestland. State Representative Chuck Burley and State Senator Ben Westlund are instrumental in bringing the legislation forward.