Giving thanks: Reflecting on 2010

Nov 22, 2010
Land Trust staff wax poetic about things they are grateful for in 2010.

Thanksgiving is a time to remember the things we have to be grateful for. It's our special time to give thanks... not just for the obvious, like food, but for the thousands of fortunate moments, the multitude of blessings that we receive each year.  Wondering what some of the Land Trust staff are thankful for this year?  Here are some of the things for which we are thankful.  Please share the things you are thankful for in the comments section below!

Brad Chalfant, Executive Director

I’m grateful for the generosity, passion and dedication of our staff, board, volunteers and supporters.  Collectively, we have the power to shape the future, but none of that happens without everyone truly pulling together.

Sarah Mowry, Outreach Manager

I am grateful for:

•    Our outstanding, dedicated, awesome, wonderful volunteers! They make our work so much easier and more enjoyable.

•    The seasons and how they make our protected lands beautiful and jaw-droppingly gorgeous at all times of year.

•    Long term thinking: to see that protecting a place 10 years ago (Camp Polk) would eventually lead to a major restoration that will 10 years from now be a healthier place for fish and wildlife.

•    The Land Trust staff for their dedication, determination, and smiles.

•    Wild places: whether it’s a small parcel protected or a large forest like Skyline, I am thankful that these places exist and will continue to bring wild into our daily lives.

•    Little people…with whom I get to pause and ogle the stars or explain why the woods aren’t scary!


Lisa Bagwell, Development Assistant 

I am filled with gratitude for my husband, Gary, and faithful furry companion, Sierra, our families, and our cherished friends.

I am thankful for our dedicated members and volunteers who support the Land Trust.


Amanda Egertson, Stewardship Director

I’ve been working for the Land Trust for close to seven years now and I continue to be grateful on a daily basis for my place in this amazing and inspiring community of staff, volunteers, partners, and members.  This year, I’m most thankful for all the work that has been done to protect the proposed Whychus Canyon Preserve.  I’ve fallen in love with the property in the past few months and look forward to the future stewardship of its forests, stream, and amazingly rich native plant community.

Personally, I’m thankful for my family!  Lucy and Eli entertain me endlessly with their toddler antics and humor – despite their occasional, seemingly random tantrums. One of my most favorite things about them this year has been watching their sibling bond deepen – they hug each other every night before going to bed, and every morning as soon as they wake up.  And when one of them is having a rough time, the other one brings stuffies, blankies or whatever they think will help soothe.  It does good things for mommy’s soul. 


Karyn Verzwyvelt, Outreach Assistant

I am grateful for my time here at the Land Trust—all my coworkers, our supporters and the big projects in the works that will have a positive impact on the future of Central Oregon.

I am grateful for my family and friends, for time outside, the proliferation of trees and trails in Bend, and the mountains which greet me most mornings as I ride to work or school.  I am grateful for my oldest cat and my newest relationship.  I am grateful for commutes by bike and the zingy-tingly happiness from pedaling my way home each day.

I must also express my appreciation for dark chocolate, red wine and bleu cheese, fresh eggs and ripe Oregon berries.  My mouth would not be as happy without you.  And finally, I am beyond grateful for the impact dance has had on my life, my dance partners and friends, collaborators and fellow enthusiasts.  You all make life so much richer!