Building a Land Trust for the next 25 years

Jun 11, 2020
During our 25th anniversary, the Land Trust looks forward to our next 25 years.

By Brad Chalfant

This year the Land Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary. As a founder and the organization’s only executive director for the past 25 years, I’m proud and yet humbled by all that we have accomplished. With your support, we’ve worked closely with the community, private landowners, and a long list of partners to conserve and restore land throughout Central Oregon, while also helping to build a stronger sense of community and conservation ethic. 

As Central Oregonians look to the future and the coming 25 years, we know there will be growth and changes to our quality of life. I am convinced we can help navigate those changes, if we work together and find our shared values. Today, with the Land Trust’s work more important than ever, we need to pursue more ambitious projects that protect our precious natural resources, as well as seek deeper engagement with a more diverse community.

To help build the Land Trust of the future, I’m moving into a new role at the organization, as Founding Director, in order to focus on fundraising, key external relationships, and conservation initiatives. My goal with this new role is to build the support the Land Trust needs to conserve and care for the land Central Oregon will need in the decades to come. Ann Richardson, formerly of Sisters Folk Festival, has agreed to step off our Board and assume day-to-day operational management as Interim Managing Director. Knowing Ann for close to 20 years and having watched her work in the community, I couldn’t have a better partner in this endeavor. In line with our succession planning, when the time is right, our Board of Directors will launch a national search for the next executive director.

Looking ahead, the Land Trust has much to be excited about, including an announcement in the coming weeks on an awesome new project that will help us launch into the next 25 years of landscape-scale conservation.Your support has made our past successes possible and I hope I can count on your continued support in my new role as founding director. I look forward to the future and hope you’ll join me in this journey.

~Brad Chalfant