Best wishes

Dec 09, 2016
We bid farewell and best wishes to two great partners of the Deschutes Land Trust: Doug Decker and Alan Unger.

By Brad Chalfant

As with all organizations, notable individuals jump into our work and eventually move on to other things. With the end of the year closing in on us, we wanted to note a couple of people who’ve had a big impact on our work and are now moving on to new chapters in their lives.

Doug Decker
Unless you’re a forester or a private landowner with forests, Doug Decker’s name might not be familiar. However, for those of us who manage and work to conserve forests in Oregon, Doug Decker has been a great friend and partner. In October, Doug retired as Oregon’s State Forester, a position he’d held since 2011. During that time, Doug was a relentless champion of conserving working timberlands, including strong support for the Land Trust’s quest to conserve Skyline Forest. While the Land Trust continues to pursue Skyline Forest, Doug led the state’s successful effort to turn 70,000 acres of the old Gilchrist Tree Farm into Oregon’s first new state forest in more than 40 years. Though we’ll miss Doug’s role at ODF, we wish him all the best in retirement.

Alan Unger
Closer to home, the recent election concluded the final term of Deschutes County Commissioner Alan Unger. A lifelong resident of Central Oregon, Commissioner Unger took a strong and active interest in a variety of natural resource issues, particularly those involving collaboration and partnership. His involvement with the Deschutes Forest Collaborative, the Deschutes Basin Working Group, the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council and the Land Trust’s effort to permanently conserve Skyline Forest was invaluable. On so many levels, our forests and rivers are the better for his advocacy and we’re confident that he will continue working for community collaboration and thoughtful natural resource conservation once he leaves office. Thank you, Commissioner Unger.