Land Trust recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

Oct 20, 2017
The Land Trust is presented several volunteer awards at our 2017 Open House. Read on to learn more about our Volunteers of the Year and our Lifetime Achievement Award winners!

The Deschutes Land Trust presented three Central Oregonians with Volunteer Awards at its annual Open House on October 18. Paul Edgerton, Joan Amero, and Carol Moorehead were honored for their dedication to conserving land in Central Oregon.

Joan Amero and Carol Moorehead were honored as Volunteers of the Year. This award is given annually to Land Trust volunteers who have provided outstanding service in the last year.

Joan Amero began volunteering for the Land Trust in 2016. A new transplant to Central Oregon, Joan decided to get to know the area by devoting countless hours to giving back. Towards that end, Joan joined the Weed Warriors to battle invasive weeds and volunteered for Land Trust events, but it was volunteering to take photos that grabbed her interest and took hold! With camera in hand, Joan has attended dozens of Land Trust hikes and other events taking photos of people and place. In all, Joan volunteered nearly 200 hours last year—a truly astounding number! Joan was presented with one of two 2017 Volunteer of the Year Awards.


Carol Moorehead has been a Land Trust member since 2000 and a volunteer since 2012. A retired Dean at COCC, Carol has a passion for the natural world that led her to become a Land Trust Walk + Hike leader. A botanist at heart, Carol leads wildflower walks, and also enjoys longer hikes that explore the far reaches of Land Trust protected lands. Regardless of the topic, her hikes consistently delight and inform participants! Carol has also dedicated her time to help with Land Trust events, work parties and creating baseline plant inventories! It is for these reasons—and so many more—the Land Trust chose Carol as one of our 2017 Volunteers of the Year.

 

The Land Trust also presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award to Paul Edgerton to recognize the enormous amount of time and energy he has donated to the Land Trust over the years.

Paul Edgerton has been a Land Trust member and volunteer since 2003. A retired biologist and research ecologist, he possesses a staggering wealth of information about all things “nature.” Over the years, Paul has dedicated his time as a hike leader, helping with Land Trust events and special projects, and as a consultant for stewardship of our Preserves. To walk with Paul through the woods is to participate in an adventure, a journey full of wonderful stories and musings, and to feel like you’re really opening your eyes, your heart, and your mind to everything around you. The Land Trust has been extremely fortunate to have Paul as a volunteer for so many years and that is why we chose to recognize him with our 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.


Volunteers donated more than 5,300 hours to the Deschutes Land Trust during the past year. In the process, they’ve improved wildlife habitat, sunk roots in the community and made a commitment to helping others experience the best of Central Oregon. The Land Trust is truly indebted to the community of volunteers who support land conservation in Central Oregon. Congratulations to Joan, Carol, and Paul for their outstanding contributions!

Learn more about how you can volunteer for the Land Trust.