Conserving Whychus Creek: a home builder's perspective

Jan 21, 2015
Land Trust supporter and Sisters business owner Chuck Newport talks about the economic benefits of protecting and restoring Whychus Creek at places like Camp Polk Meadow Preserve.

"People know that the restoration of Whychus Creek at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve helps fish and wildlife habitat and increased streamflow. But it also has real economic benefits for Sisters, Central Oregon and homebuilders like me." 
~Chuck Newport, Construction Management Services

The Land Trust is currently in the midst of the Campaign for Whychus Creek, a multi-year effort to conserve and protect Whychus Creek. Here  Land Trust supporter Chuck Newport lends his voice to Whychus Creek and talks about the economic benefits of conserving Whychus Creek.

When people think of conservation projects, they think of helping fish and wildlife habitat, stream restoration or protecting farm or forest lands. What’s less obvious is the additional economic benefits realized by local businesses and economies. That’s certainly been my experience with the restoration of Whychus Creek.

I’ve done some pretty extensive remodeling on projects that overlook the Land Trust's Camp Polk Meadow Preserve, and I think the meadow's conservation and restoration has been an important contributing factor. The improved view afforded by the restoration is one of the big reasons the homeowners decided to remodel their homes. Before the restoration, the creek would run dry in the summer and turn everything brown. Today, the homeowners look across a permanently protected meadow that’s full of aspen and green willows and framed by the mountains--it’s pretty spectacular.

And the restoration project didn’t just improve the view for a few homeowners. It has provided numerous educational and volunteer opportunities, enhanced the Sisters community, and benefited the local economy. Supporting conservation projects like this one is a terrific win-win for Central Oregonians. 

~ Chuck Newport

Whychus Creek flows through Camp Polk Meadow Preserve.
Whychus Creek flows through Camp Polk Meadow Preserve.