Central Oregon LandWatch is the ONLY watchdog organization protecting wildlife habitat and migration corridors in rapidly growing Deschutes County.
After the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals ruled in favor of wildlife earlier this year, Deschutes County went back to court to challenge their ruling. In a recent ruling from the Court of Appeals, LUBA's decision was affirmed, upholding protections for wildlife in the deer winter range!
Last year when Deschutes County proposed amending the code to weaken winter range protections, LandWatch's members and allies, including the friends of the Tumalo Wildlife Corridor, voiced their strong support for protection of winter range habitat and the species that depend on it.
The Metolius Basin was once threatened by clearcuts and destination resorts, but thanks in large part to our Executive Director Paul Dewey's unwavering defense of the area, it is now protected as an Area of Critical State Concern (ACSC).
We are celebrating Earth Month this year by putting the spotlight on Oregon Land Use Planning Goal 5! Goal 5 is important because it protects natural resources, scenic and historic areas, and open space-- what's not to love? Without Goal 5, protection of Central Oregon's precious places and the people and wildlife they sustain would not be possible.
As part of this celebration, we are unveiling a very special piece of art that we know our fellow land use nerds will love and appreciate. The "I ❤️ Goal 5" image was hand drawn by local artist, advocate, angler and Natural Resources expert Corrine Oedekerk to help support LandWatch's work and help you start conversations about Goal 5!
If you love Goal 5 as much as we do, join the front lines of defense by becoming a member or renewing your membership this month and add on $5 for Goal 5 to receive this beautiful "I❤️ Goal 5" sticker in the mail with your thank you letter. It's the perfect adornment for your reusable water bottle!
Earth Day Celebration
Join us in the celebration by visiting our booth and parklet at the Environmental Center's upcoming Earth Day Fair and Parade.