We are fortunate enough to get one of the best last days of summer possible. As everyone arrives at the Frisbee ranch, the sunshine and clear mountain views set the mood for a lovely afternoon enjoying nature and good company.
Thirty years ago, when Paul was living at this very ranch, he heard about a proposal to pipe Whychus Creek and clear-cut its banks.
The area where the destruction was slated to take place is alongside a rushing creek in gorgeous canyon country, abundant with wildlife and a secret spot where locals spent time in the forest.
It was unimaginable to think that it would all be gone soon. Paul walked the land and made a promise to one of his favorite old growth trees: he would save its life.
Today, we are able to visit that tree and breathe in its surroundings thanks to the work of one person who made a difference. For the past thirty years, Paul has continued to work to protect Central Oregon’s land, water, and wildlife.
We return to the ranch to find burgers (and veggie burgers!) on the grill and cold Ninkasi and Worthy Brewing beers in the cooler.
The sun sets behind the mountains, and we feel lucky that Central Oregon LandWatch is here to protect our forests and high desert, our rivers and springs, and our fish and wildlife.
Beer provided by Ninkasi Brewing Company and Worthy Brewing. Thank you to Safeway, Trader Joes and Natural Grocers for their sponsorship of this event.