15 Things our Supporters Made Possible in 2017

Nov 14, 2017
Thank you for making 2017 an amazing year for land conservation!

We love our community of supporters! You continually inspire us and have helped make 2017 an amazing year for land conservation. What did your support do? You:

  1. Conserved Willow Springs Preserve. The Land Trust acquired the 130-acre Willow Springs Preserve thanks to the Campaign for Whychus Creek in April 2017. It includes one mile of Whychus Creek, aspen stands, and cottonwood forests.
  2. Worked to protect Aspen Valley Ranch. The Land Trust is working to conserve a working cattle ranch near Post, Oregon that provides important winter range for deer and elk, habitat for pronghorn and sage grouse, and is a key wildlife migration corridor.
  3. Built a new trail at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Our new crushed gravel trail around Hindman Springs offers a much better surface for walking and includes a new bridge over the small springs.
  4. Planted 5,600 additional native plants at Whychus Canyon Preserve. As the creek restoration at Whychus Canyon Preserve enters its second year, we bolstered the new native plant communities by adding more trees, shrubs, and wildflowers.
  5. Completed the Campaign for Whychus Creek. You showed your love for Central Oregon’s Whychus Creek during our three-year Campaign for Whychus Creek. Together we made great strides, and we continue to work towards a fully-protected Whychus Creek.
  6. Piloted a Trail Ambassadors program. Thanks to amazing volunteers, the Land Trust rolled out a new Trail Ambassador program to help promote the safe, responsible, and enjoyable use of trails.
  7. Participated in Oregon’s first Walk the Land Day. To celebrate the first Oregon Walk the Land Day—a day to explore, discover, and celebrate Oregon lands that are protected forever—the Land Trust hosted several free walks and hikes.
  8. Built a new trail and kiosk for Indian Ford Meadow Preserve. A new informative kiosk at Indian Ford Meadow Preserve helps visitors learn more about the area, while an addition to the Founder’s Trail allows for a closer view of the willows and Indian Ford Creek.
  9. Hosted the Nature Night speaker series. A successful monthly Nature Night series was offered January-March and then followed by an excellent encore Nature Night in September.
  10. Joined the East Cascades Oaks Partnership. The Land Trust is now part of a group focused on conserving and restoring Oregon white oak woodlands east of the Cascade range.
  11. Kept wildlife wild. Dedicated volunteers monitoring wildlife cameras have helped us see the amazing variety of wildlife that use our Preserves on a regular basis—from cougars to elk, black bear, bobcats, and turkeys.
  12. Welcomed the community to our Preserves via our Walk + Hike program. During a season filled with wildfire smoke, more than 700 adults and children took advantage of breaks in the haze to experience nature through the Land Trust’s free Walk + Hike program.
  13. Installed new signs at the Metolius Preserve and Whychus Canyon Preserve. Visitors can now navigate our two flagship Preserves more easily with our extensive new trail system.
  14. Helped create the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program. This new legislation was created to help farmers and ranchers conserve working lands and the fish and wildlife habitat they support. Staff of the Land Trust, as part of the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts, worked for more than two years with the Governor’s Office and others to develop this legislation.
  15. Offered hikes at Aspen Hollow Preserve. This year, the Land Trust offered free, guided hikes at Aspen Hollow Preserve for the first time. Our community was excited to observe a golden eagle nest from afar, explore the geology of the area, and learn more about the Preserve.

We can’t say it enough—thank you, thank you, thank you! We look forward to working with you towards a successful 2018 and beyond!