Deschutes Land Trust, Priday Ranch forge agreement

The Madras Pioneer shares the Land Trust's new conservation project, Priday Ranch.
By Holly Scholz
The Madras Pioneer


The Deschutes Land Trust has established a new conservation project on 4,500 acres north of Madras in Jefferson and Wasco counties.

"Priday Ranch is one of the signature properties of Central Oregon, long recognized for its outstanding natural values," said Brad Nye, the Land Trust's conservation director. "It includes 10 miles of steelhead spawning streams, making it important to the survival of Deschutes River wild steelhead. Priday Ranch's rugged topography is also home to nesting golden eagles, mule deer, and Rocky Mountain elk, and will remain an important refuge for plants and animals in a warming climate..."