Thankful for Whychus Creek

Nov 17, 2016
Whychus Creek means many things to many people. Read why our community is thankful for this special creek.

Hiker along Whychus Creek. Photo: Tyler Roemer.
Hiker along Whychus Creek. Photo: Tyler Roemer.
Thanksgiving is around the corner, and that means contemplating this past year and all the things we are thankful for. As we head into the final year of the Campaign for Whychus Creek, we’ve been thinking a lot about why we’re thankful for this particular creek. For some of us, we’re thankful for the beauty of the creek that winds through the canyons and meadows, touching so many lives along its path. Others are thankful for the creek's subtle reminder that we all need water to survive – humans and wildlife.

We are not the only ones contemplating why we are so thankful for Whychus Creek. Here’s why others in the community are thankful for Whychus Creek:

  • “[Whychus Creek] is a special waterway in a special part of the world. I like to hike and bike by it whenever I’m in Sisters. I’ve been in its canyon and traced by map its mountainous origins. I guess I just connect to its beauty and varied path from glacier through forest, town, and canyon.” – Laura Lockwood-McCall

  • “Whychus [Creek] shows me the wild and gentle sides of nature existing together. It provides a serene spot for quiet reflection in a chaotic world.” – Christopher Cassard

  • “[Whychus Creek] is a place to embrace nature and reflect on its incredible potential and beauty.” – Diana Pierce

  • “Whychus Creek is a living symbol of renewal. I grew up knowing it as Squaw Creek, dead in the summer. I have seen it be restored to a living, thriving system that is returning to its roots as the crossing place (Whychus), and supporting the current users in a creative and novel manner. The creek and its new champions, including the Deschutes Land Trust, have made steps towards a future for the creek that relies on the past, yet respects the present. The creativity required for this transformation is a model for all Oregonians.” – Ken and Linda Bierly

  • “I heartily support the Deschutes Land Trust’s Campaign for Whychus Creek because relatively few of the region’s landscapes are being managed for ecological integrity, protecting our native flora and fauna. In the future, these sanctuaries of quiet solitude and refreshment for the human soul will become ever more cherished.” – Al St. John

Please help us complete our goal of protecting Whychus Creek. Support the Campaign for Whychus Creek now through the end of the year, and an anonymous Oregon family foundation will match your gift—doubling your impact! Together, we can make a huge difference. And that’s something we can all be thankful for.