Don't shortchange national conservation fund

Executive Director, Brad Chalfant, shares about the Land Trust's connection to the Land and Water Conservation Fund in the Guest Column of the Bend Bulletin.
By Brad Chalfant and Allison Miles
Bend Bulletin

 

Our nation’s most important conservation program is at risk. That’s the bad news.

The good news is, the fix is simple and inexpensive.

Call us biased, but we think Central Oregon is the most beautiful part of Oregon, maybe the nation.

We’re not the only ones who seem to think that. People come here in droves — some for days, some for the rest of their lives — because of our access to world-class outdoor spaces. And this is great for Central Oregon’s economy. In 2017, the Outdoor Industry Association reported that 69% of Oregonians engage in outdoor recreation, generating $16.4 billion in consumer spending and 172,000 jobs statewide. Recruiters for growing industries like health care and technology use Oregon’s reputation as an outdoor recreation paradise as one of their lures...