Healing and Loving the Land

The Source Weekly naturalist Jim Anderson highlights the Land Trust's efforts to preserve parts of Central Oregon for wildlife... and future generations
By Jim Anderson
The Source

 

Several years ago, while conducting some fence lizard business at the Deschutes Land Trust's Metolius Preserve, I ran into Amanda Egertson, the land trust's stewardship director. She was conducting a restoration project on the preserve with a vigor I found remarkable—planting grass over and over and over, day after day.

Jim Anderson holds a baby golden eagle in the Diablo Mountain Wilderness Study Area. - SUE ANDERSON
Jim Anderson holds a baby golden eagle in the Diablo Mountain Wilderness Study Area. - SUE ANDERSON
The Metolius Preserve was once a picnic ground for the old Brooks-Scanlon Lumber company in Bend. In that capacity the land was trampled and most of the native ground cover was no longer there, and what was had been eaten down to nubbins by deer and elk. In spite of this degradation, three species of native lizards are living there, including sagebrush, fence and horned lizards...