From the early 1900s, the Basin has been under constant threat from logging and development. It has taken the perseverance and determination of its original guardians and community supporters to fight for its preservation.
How do you give a Valentine to an old growth ponderosa pine with its orange-yellow bark, to a riffle of water from a spring, to a silent and watchful owl, or to a cougar whose track you see in the snow? How can we give a valentine to the Metolius?
Next year will be the 10-year anniversary of the Metolius Basin's designation as an Area of Critical State Concern! The Metolius is the first and only area in Oregon to receive this designation which has kept it safe from harmful large-scale developments.
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.