The Land Trust is happy to announce this year's Cottonwood Circle inductees.

Land Trust Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

Nov 05, 2021 by Jana Hemphill
The Land Trust recognizes volunteers who have joined the Cottonwood Circle and thanks all of those who helped out this year.

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The Deschutes Land Trust is pleased to announce four new inductees into the Cottonwood Circle. The Cottonwood Circle is an elite group of individuals who have volunteered for 10 or more years with the Land Trust. The Cottonwood Circle is named for the majestic black cottonwoods that line Whychus Creek at several Land Trust Preserves.

Today, cottonwoods are rare in their distribution across Central Oregon. It is this rarity, like the volunteers who stick with us for 10 or more years, that inspires us to honor and revere these special trees and special people that are integral to a healthy landscape, a healthy land trust, and a healthy future. This year's Cottonwood Circle inductees are Derek Loeb, Daniele McKay, Carol Moorehead, and Mary Yanalcanlin.

“These outstanding volunteers really exemplify the dedication and expertise of the the Land Trust's volunteer family. We are so fortunate to have so many volunteers who donate their time year after year for the projects they love. We are especially grateful this year to all our volunteers for sticking with us during challenging times! It is these exceptional people who make it possible for the Land Trust to conserve and protect the best of Central Oregon,” said Sarah Mowry, the Land Trust’s outreach director.

In addition, we'd like to thank all of our community members who lended a hand this year, whether it was pulling barbed wire, taking photos, helping in the office, or planting native vegetation. We couldn't do this work without you by our side!

Congratulations again to Derek, Daniele, Carol, and Mary for their outstanding contributions!

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