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Celebrating 25 Years of Land Conservation

Apr 07, 2020 by Sarah Mowry
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Deschutes Land Trust! Explore some of the amazing things we have accomplished together and then learn more about our celebration plans!

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Deschutes Land Trust!
Together we’ve ensured Central Oregon’s meadows, forests, and canyons—all critical for wildlife and people—are protected forever. Here are some of the amazing things we have accomplished together:

  • 12,863 acres conserved! 

  • 9 Community Preserves established. Located throughout Central Oregon, our Community Preserves are places where wildlife and people can grow and thrive.

  • 7 private properties conserved via land preservation agreements with the landowners. Learn more about our privately-owned conserved lands.

  • 286,757 native wildflowers, shrubs and trees planted to help improve the health of our forests, meadows and streams.

  • 91,560 birds observed at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve via our volunteer bird survey program.

  • 1,000 acres of juniper and pine forest restored to reduce wildfire hazards and promote healthier natural systems.

  • 98,459 volunteer hours contributed to pulling weeds, leading hikes, sealing envelopes, and more! Volunteer with us.

  • 10,000 people explored our protected lands via our free Walks + Hikes and other guided outings.

  • 100+ partnerships built to be more effective in our work. Learn more about our partners.


Help us celebrate and build the next 25 years of land conservation:

  • Join us for special 25th Anniversary Outings! When our events resume, join us for outings led by staff, Board, and longtime volunteers. Tour our flagship Preserves and longer-term projects like Skyline Forest to learn about regional history, habitat restoration, community connections, plans for the future, and more. Check out the schedule of outings!

  • Join us for a special Farm to Table dinner on September 19, 2020! Unfortunately, this event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

  • Include the Land Trust in your estate plan! We are working to secure 25 planned gifts for the Land Trust in 2020! Help us build the next 25 years at the Land Trust now. Include the Land Trust in your estate plan and help chart the future of Central Oregon. Learn more.

  • Stories, costumes, beer and more fun as the year unfolds! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and use the hashtag #25years4land to help celebrate our 25th!