Thornburgh and the Land Trust

Mar 16, 2022
As you may have heard, the Oregon Department of State Lands is reviewing a request to sell 400 acres of Common School Fund land to the developers of Thornburgh Resort. Learn more about the Land Trust's view of the project.

by Rika Ayotte

As you may have heard, the Oregon Department of State Lands is reviewing a request to sell 400 acres of Common School Fund land to the developers of Thornburgh Resort. As a conservation organization, we have heard from our community members who have questions about this transaction and ways to get involved.

Like most of you, we are watching with concern the fast pace of growth and the impacts of climate change on Central Oregon. As a Land Trust, we play a unique role in addressing these challenges—we conserve and care for lands that we all need for clean air and water, and healthy human and natural communities.

In cases like Thornburgh, where development is already in motion, one of the most important things we do is to provide private landowners with tools and opportunities to conserve their land (or a portion of their land) for the benefit of people and the natural world. It’s possible that this could take the form of land preservation agreement with the developers of Thornburgh to conserve natural resources and wildlife habitat and protect scenic views. While we haven’t begun these conversations, we as the Land Trust must maintain trusting and productive working relationships with all parties involved in order to keep the door open.

The Land Trust will continue to watch as our community engages in discussions and debates about the future of Thornburgh Resort. As the conversation evolves, we stand ready to facilitate compromise in the name of conservation and to make sure that our community’s conservation values can continue to be integrated as we grow.


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