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Michelle McSwain joins the Deschutes Land Trust Board of Directors

Feb 26, 2020 by Sarah Mowry
A Prineville resident, Michelle brings unique skills, expertise, and passion for conserving land in Central Oregon to the Land Trust's Board of Directors.

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The Land Trust announced today that Michelle McSwain of Prineville has joined the Land Trust’s Board of Directors. She brings unique skills, expertise, and passion for conserving land in Central Oregon to the Land Trust.

Michelle McSwain. Photo provided.
Michelle McSwain. Photo provided.
Michelle McSwain has lived in Prineville since 1997. She has 30 years of experience as a hydrologist for the BLM and Forest Service. She finished her career at the Prineville BLM as the Assistant Field Manager leading the programs of Range, Fisheries, Hydrology, Wild Horse and Burros, Burned Area Rehab, and GIS. Michelle currently volunteers as a member of the Ochoco Forest Restoration Collaborative and with the SMART reading program at Crooked River Elementary.

Michelle noted, “With climate change and continued growth in our region, it is imperative to conserve, restore, and protect land and water for species dependent on these natural areas and for future generations to enjoy and cherish. As a board member of the Deschutes Land Trust, I am eager to continue the Land Trust’s conservation legacy of preserving and restoring health to our lands and waters.”

“The Land Trust is quite fortunate to have Michelle join our Board of Directors,” said executive director, Brad Chalfant. “She brings a deep understanding of our local rivers, streams, and natural resources to the Land Trust Board. Since the Land Trust holds and cares for land forever, a key role for our board is to strengthen the connection between the community and the lands we protect. We look forward to having Michelle’s help as we continue building partnerships in Prineville and Crook County. We’re thrilled to welcome her to the Land Trust Board.”