2022 Blog Posts

Hiking Lightly on the Land Hiking Lightly on the Land

One of the best parts about living in Central Oregon is our abundance of trails for walking, hiking, running, and riding. Check out these tips to give back to the trails you love by making your next outing a little lighter on the land.

Encouraging a Sense of Wonder in Children Encouraging a Sense of Wonder in Children

Spring is here and with it comes a renewed urge to get outside and play. Sadly not everyone has the opportunity to get outside and explore on a regular basis and more often than not it is our children who are missing out. Here's how we can help children get outside and explore the wonder of nature.

Save Water, Plant Native! Save Water, Plant Native!

Water—or lack thereof—is a hot topic these days. The situation in Central Oregon is especially dire for farmers, ranchers, and those that depend on water for their livelihoods. So, what’s the average person to do to help? Plant native!

Land Trust Hikes for Kids Land Trust Hikes for Kids

The weather is warming and trails are drying out. It’s time to plan some family hikes that are fun for everyone!

Saving Skyline Forest Recap Saving Skyline Forest Recap

Executive director Rika Ayotte gave a virtual presentation on the Land Trust's efforts to save Skyline Forest. Watch a recording of the event and find out more details about what the Land Trust is working on right now.

The Great Arctic Returns The Great Arctic Returns

The great Arctic (Oeneis nevadensis) butterfly will be back in abundance this year! Learn more about this beautiful native species.

The Importance of Wetlands The Importance of Wetlands

More than a third of endangered and threatened species in the US live exclusively in wetlands and around half of North American bird species nest or feed in wetlands. Learn more about this important part of our natural world.

Digging into Indigenous History for History Month Digging into Indigenous History for History Month

May is Historic Preservation Month, and as a college history major, a former history museum director, and a current history nerd, this is something I care deeply about. Over the past year, however, my understanding of our nation’s history and my part in it has been transformed.

May and June Wildflowers to Enjoy May and June Wildflowers to Enjoy

The high desert is alive with the color of wildflowers in May and June. Soak in this brief season of green, gold, purple, and white with these native species.

Spring Wildlife Wanderings Spring Wildlife Wanderings

From a family of cougars to river otters to a beaver couple, enjoy the latest slideshow of wildlife photos and videos from Land Trust Preserves and beyond!

How You Can Help Prevent Wildfires How You Can Help Prevent Wildfires

Did you know a large number of wildfires in Oregon are actually caused by humans? Help be part of the solution by knowing what you can do to prevent wildfires!

Five Ideas for Summer Fun with Your Kids Five Ideas for Summer Fun with Your Kids

School is officially out for the summer! As you head into the long, slow days of fun in the sun, you might find you need a few ideas for how to get the kids outside connecting with our forests, meadows, rivers, and canyons. Check out our list of ideas.

Pollinator Plants to Grow Pollinator Plants to Grow

This week is National Pollinator Week--a week to celebrate these critical critters and do what we can to help them. One great way to help boost the number of native pollinators we have in Central Oregon is by adding some native, pollinator-friendly plants to your yard or balcony.

Butterflies of Central Oregon and their host plants Butterflies of Central Oregon and their host plants

Warmer weather and blooming flowers bring out a wide variety of butterflies making them easy to spot and watch. It’s the bright colors that catch many people’s eye, but did you know that all butterflies are also deeply connected to the land around them?

Kestrel Monitoring, Not for the Faint of Heart Kestrel Monitoring, Not for the Faint of Heart

The temperature on the dashboard of the car hovered at 99. It was one of those early summer days when anything above 80 seems extreme, and you’re sure the rattlesnakes will be sunning themselves everywhere you look. Perfect time to tag along on a kestrel banding expedition!

Ahmad Koya Shares Internship Highlights Ahmad Koya Shares Internship Highlights

The Land Trust welcomed Stanford intern Ahmad Koya to our team back in June. Ahmad has been helping with the Land Trust's effort to permanently protect Skyline Forest. A month into the internship, we caught up with Ahmad to hear how his time with the Land Trust is progressing.

Super Bugs in our Water Super Bugs in our Water

Our streams and rivers in Central Oregon are full of life. Some of these stream inhabitants, like macroinvertebrates or water bugs, possess a super power--they can tell us about the health of our local streams and rivers.