Trusting the Land Blog

Welcome to Trusting the Land--musings on land and place in Central Oregon. Featuring staff and volunteers from the Deschutes Land Trust.

Hiking Lightly on the Land

Apr 22, 2022
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.

Saving Skyline Forest

Apr 11, 2022
For nearly 20 years that has been the rallying cry at the Land Trust in our long effort to permanently conserve the 33,000 acres of forest land that runs along the base of the Cascades from Bend to Sisters. So why haven’t we saved it yet?

Fencing to Help Wildlife Thrive

Apr 05, 2022
Barbed wire seems like a part of life in Central Oregon, but there are alternatives! Learn more about the ways we can all help create conditions that ensure wild animals can move more freely throughout their historic range.

Early Spring Hikes for Wildflowers

Mar 30, 2022
Wildflower season in Central Oregon stretches from March-August. It starts in the sagebrush grasslands of the high desert and moves to our Cascade alpine meadows by late summer. Here are three hikes to celebrate the early wildflower season!

Early Spring Wildflowers to Welcome

Mar 24, 2022
March and April are the season for early spring wildflowers—those first bursts of color that dot the landscape. Look for these in our sagebrush grasslands where the snow melts first and the soil has warmed enough to encourage new growth. Here are five flowers to watch for this season.

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.