Meet our Supporters

Our members come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but all share a passion for the outdoors and a desire to protect Central Oregon's beauty for future generations. Listed below are just a few of their stories and why they support the Deschutes Land Trust.

The core of the Deschutes Land Trust's community has--and will always be--our members. Members provide the annual support--financial and moral--we need to protect the most important lands in Central Oregon. In 1995, when the Land Trust was founded, we had seven members! Today, nearly 1,500 members believe in and support land conservation as a way to chart a more sustainable future. Find out who they are in our latest Annual Report. Then, read a few of their stories:


John and Joan Casey

John Casey always keeps his childhood in mind when he thinks of the future of Central Oregon. In his fifty years of living in southern California, John saw lots of change including growing communities and disappearing natural areas. Upon moving to Bend in 1995, John and his wife Joan got involved with the Land Trust so they could play an active role in what Central Oregon would look like in 50 more years.

"The appeal of the Land Trust is that we can work to save some of the special places--and in a non-political way with willing landowners," stated John. Read more.


Laura and Ron Fritz

Laura Fritz first learned about the Deschutes Land Trust from her parents, who had a second home in Central Oregon and were Land Trust supporters. "My parents loved the beauty of Central Oregon and wanted to contribute to preserving it, and we do too!," says Laura.

"In fact, the outdoors are a big part of why we moved to Central Oregon. We spend lots of time in the woods running, biking, hiking, or walking our dogs. That's why we support the Land Trust--to help preserve the great outdoors for future generations and for its non-human inhabitants," says Laura. Read more.


Kim and Steve McCarrel

When Kim McCarrel was a child she lived in a rural area outside of Salt Lake City. There, she could walk her dog through the hills for hours and never see another person. "I loved that place, and it never occurred to me that it could ever change. Then, when I was in college, the area was subdivided.

The sagebrush, scrub oak, and cottonwood trees I cherished were replaced by houses, roads, and sidewalks. I felt devastated at the loss, and it convinced me that development is not always the highest and best use for a piece of land," Kim recalls. Read more.


John and Heather Sterling

John and Heather Sterling first got involved with the Land Trust 15 years ago when the Metolius Preserve was poised for acquisition. "At the time, we felt fortunate to live in a community that supported an organization that could quickly jump on acquisition opportunities like the Metolius Preserve," says John.

"We feel strongly that Central Oregon communities need to do all we can to protect our special lands, both public and private. The Land Trust represents our community's commitment to preserving important private lands, which are a crucial part of the matrix of open space we enjoy every day here in Central Oregon," says John. Read more.


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Learn about the many ways you can support the Deschutes Land Trust, including monthly giving, volunteering, joining the Five Rivers Society, and more!


Note: "Members" refers to financial supporters of the organization, rather than as defined by the Oregon Non Profit Corporate Act.