Deschutes Land Trust purchases land along Whychus Creek

The Source Weekly reports on the recent purchase of Willow Springs Preserve.
The Source Weekly

The Deschutes Land Trust has purchased 130 acres of land along Whychus Creek near Sisters, as part of the organization's ongoing campaign to restore and enhance the creek and its floodplain. The purchase, part of the new Willow Springs Preserve, includes close to one mile of waterfront along Whychus Creek.

In addition to donations, DLT was able to purchase the land by leveraging funding from nonprofit funder Craft3.

"Early donors to the Campaign provided the essential private funding which allowed us to work with partners to quickly secure the property," said Brad Chalfant, DLT executive director, in a Tuesday release. "The Campaign is now in the final months and we need the community to continue stepping up, donating to the Campaign and helping us achieve this important community vision."

DLT is currently developing a management plan—which includes community use and restoration—for the Willow Springs Preserve. In the meantime, the public can access the Preserve through guided tours. Visit deschuteslandtrust.org/hikes for more information.

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