In Memoriam: Meg Campbell

Aug 30, 2019
It is with sadness we note the passing of Meg Campbell.

By Brad Chalfant

I first met Meg Campbell in 1996 at a meeting for a fledgling group of Oregon land trusts. We were meeting in Corvallis and called ourselves the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts, though it was a strictly informal group. As the Board President of the newly launched Deschutes Basin Land Trust, I was eager to learn, but daunted to realize how little I and my compatriots really understood about land trusts.

Meg Campbell stood out as both a fiercely passionate advocate for land trusts--particularly her Greenbelt Land Trust--but also as an approachable, nurturing, and reassuring voice. In a word, she was a mentor. As one of the founders of the Greenbelt Land Trust, Meg possessed a special zeal for land conservation, along with a hard-headed determination to see things through. Not content to simply offer words of encouragement and advice for a newly minted land trust, Meg's over the top enthusiasm meant she was quick to unilaterally commit the help of her son and daughter-in-law who would soon be moving to Central Oregon--an offer that would deliver one of the finest board members the Deschutes Land Trust has ever had.

Over the years, I've had numerous heroes and been fortunate to call a few my friend. Meg Campbell was one of those special people. Her passing earlier this summer reminded me of how much we owe to those who have come before us, those who have blazed trails, and those who have given so much of themselves to their communities. Meg, we'll miss you, but always cherish what you've given us.