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New Viewing Platform for Indian Ford Meadow Preserve

Apr 22, 2024 by Sarah Mowry
The Land Trust’s first Preserve is getting some fun updates this year.

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Indian Ford Meadow Preserve was the Land Trust’s first conservation project in Central Oregon, protected in 1995. Since then, this beautiful meadow Preserve has undergone habitat restoration projects, seen new trails and facilities built, and continues to provide a haven for native plants and animals. This year, we are giving Indian Ford Meadow Preserve some much needed attention and will be updating the viewing platform at the end of the Preserve’s Founder's Trail. Improvements include:

  • Building a new viewing platform base. The original platform was built in 2005 and will be replaced with a new stone pavers that should hold up better to Central Oregon winters.
  • Updating interpretive signs. The current signs have been in place since 2007 and will be replaced later this summer with an updated look and new natural history.
  • Adding a new viewing scope. The Land Trust will be installing a new viewfinding scope see our beautiful mountains up close. This scope will be dedicated to the memory of Cal Allen. Cal was a neighbor of Indian Ford Meadow Preserve who initially helped conserve the property, and then went on to serve on the Land Trust’s Board of Directors and was a dedicated volunteer and supporter. Many thanks to the Allen Family, the Asplund Family, and Indian Meadow Water Company for helping honor Cal!

We expect the platform improvements to be complete by late May with signs installed later this summer. Preserve trails will remain open during construction, with brief interruptions to viewing platform access in late April-early May. Watch the Land Trust’s Instagram and Facebook pages for updates during construction.

Thanks for your patience as we build a better Preserve for our community!


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