Oregon Walk the Land Day

Events

With 16 events sponsored by 13 land trusts, the first Oregon Walk the Land Day had something for nearly everyone.

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2017 Participating Land Trusts:

Blue Mountains Conservancy
Blue Mountain Land Trust

Columbia Land Trust
Deschutes Land Trust
Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust
Greenbelt Land Trust
Lower Nehalem Community Trust
Klamath Lake Land Trust
McKenzie River Trust
North Coast Land Conservancy
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy
Wallowa Land Trust


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Blue Mountains Conservancy - Let's start at the beginning
Jun
24
6:30 PM18:30

Blue Mountains Conservancy - Let's start at the beginning

  • End Creek Wetlands conservation easement (map)
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Join with the Blue Mountains Conservancy as they harken back to their roots with a tour of their first conservation easement, End Creek Wetlands outside of La Grande.

Ten short years ago, a group of conservationists sat around a kitchen table and debated the best way to preserve a particular parcel of private property for the long-haul.  They knew a conservation easement was the best way to protect the environmental investments and stream restoration already completed (shout out to Grande Ronde Model Watershed and partners for that AMAZING project!), but there wasn't a local land trust in existence to hold such an easement.

As they now know, this dedicated group went on to form their own 501(c)3 land trust, and Blue Mountains Conservancy was born.  

Learn more and register for the event here.

Wetlands on the End Creek conservation easement

Wetlands on the End Creek conservation easement

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Southern Oregon Land Conservancy - Dragonfly Exploration
Jun
24
12:00 PM12:00

Southern Oregon Land Conservancy - Dragonfly Exploration

Join with Southern Oregon Land Conservancy to add to their dragonfly list while learning about dragonfly biology on a gorgeous property on the Rogue River. This outing will be led by experienced naturalists who are also talented birders and photographers, Norm Barrett, Gary Shaffer, and Jim Livaudais.

Southern Oregon Land Conservancy is in the final stages of purchasing and conserving this iconic 352-acre parcel along the Rogue River. For more information on this initiative go to our Heart of the Rogue webpage.

Guides: Norm Barrett, Gary Shaffer, Jim Livaudais
Meeting Location: Meet in White City to carpool to the Preserve in Eagle Point. Exact meeting location and directions will be emailed upon registration.
Difficulty: Slow-paced walking on generally flat ground on roads, trails and off-trail. Weed seeds and ticks may be present so long pants are advised. A portable toilet is available at the Preserve.

More information and register here

The Rogue River Preserve, where the dragonfly walk will take place.

The Rogue River Preserve, where the dragonfly walk will take place.

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North Coast Land Conservancy - Circle Creek from Headland to Floodplain
Jun
24
11:00 AM11:00

North Coast Land Conservancy - Circle Creek from Headland to Floodplain

Join North Coast Land Conservancy Executive Director Katie Voelke and naturalist Mike Patterson for an exploration of the forests in the Necanicum River floodplain forest and lower reaches of Tillamook Head in their many stages: newly planted, dead and decaying, and everything in between!

They will begin at Circle Creek, one of NCLC’s largest habitat reserves and also one of the most dynamic. From there they will venture up Tillamook Head and into 340-acre Boneyard Ridge, NCLC’s newest large habitat reserve.  

All are welcome on this outing, but please register so we know how many participants to expect.

The view from Boneyard Ridge

The view from Boneyard Ridge

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Deschutes Land Trust - Metolius Preserve Hike, Metolius Preserve
Jun
24
10:00 AM10:00

Deschutes Land Trust - Metolius Preserve Hike, Metolius Preserve

Join the Deschutes Land Trust for a hike at one of their flagship Preserves, the Metolius Preserve. Hike over Lake Creek and around the northern portion of the Preserve to learn about ponderosa pines and the white-headed woodpeckers that depend on them. Keep your eye out for larch trees and then, take a break by the creek and hear how native salmon are making their return.

Learn more and register here.

Carol Wall taught cultural anthropology and linguistics for many years at the University of California, Davis where she was a professor as well as a dean and vice chancellor.

Carol Wall taught cultural anthropology and linguistics for many years at the University of California, Davis where she was a professor as well as a dean and vice chancellor.

Metolius Preserve evening light. Photo: Jay Mather.

Metolius Preserve evening light. Photo: Jay Mather.

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Blue Mountain Land Trust - Sustainable Vineyards
Jun
24
10:00 AM10:00

Blue Mountain Land Trust - Sustainable Vineyards

  • Walla Walla Community College Parking Lot (map)
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Join with the Blue Mountain Land Trust as they tour four different vineyards in Oregon and Washington in the Blue Mountain region.

BMLT is partnering with Vinea Vineyards, a network of winegrowers united by environmentally friendly and socially responsible growing practices, to organize this tour, which will highlight four vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley appellation.

At each stop you will be joined by Vinea Vineyards members who will describe the growing techniques, grape varietals grown, and the terroir effect of wine made from the fruit on each of their vineyards. You'll learn of Vinea’s dedication to sustainability and its project to develop a certification program tailored specifically to the Walla Walla Valley.
 
The tour will begin at the Walla Walla Community College Enology & Viticulture Center, with a focus on Mill Creek vineyards that are grown in deep loess soils with annual precipitation that minimizes the need for irrigation. We will also hear about the College’s Viticulture Program.

Next, you'll head to Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars, where you will learn about the mix of soil types in this Stateline area, and how the acreage supports both vineyards and orchards.

Third, you'll cross over to Oregon and visit Milton-Freewater to learn how a new appellation is established and why it is called “The Rocks.”

The tour will end at the gazebo in the Sevein vineyard complex with a view from the southern edge of the Walla Walla Valley. Here you'll toast the Valley with some terrific wines.

The tour will meet at the Walla Walla Community College main parking lot by the flagpole. Bus transportation will be provided.

Learn more and register here.

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Lower Nehalem Community Trust - Nedonna Marsh Walk
Jun
24
10:00 AM10:00

Lower Nehalem Community Trust - Nedonna Marsh Walk

Join the Lower Nehalem Community Trust and Friends of Nedonna Marsh for a guided Ecological Tour of Nedonna Marsh and learn about their work to help keep this area wild.

This is an intact remnant of the original native coast. Within this area is a native saltwater marsh, a spruce/willow wetland, and a dune area with many native plants. Coyotes, River Otters, Deer, and other wildlife make this area home, and migratory birds use it to rest and refill. Two salmon bearing streams, Jetty Creek and McMillan Creek, flow through the estuary and into Nehalem Bay.

The Marsh is privately owned and in danger of being developed. If this happens, the community will lose this special place forever. 

Learn more about this special place by registering for the walk here.

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Lower Nehalem Community Trust - Earth Friendly Gardening
Jun
24
10:00 AM10:00

Lower Nehalem Community Trust - Earth Friendly Gardening

Experience a taste of gardening at beautiful Alder Creek Farm & Wildlife Sanctuary, and join us for a morning working in our organic community garden. Learn about growing food in our unique climate and our approach to gardening together and sharing our harvest with the North County Food Bank. We garden organically for a responsible and sustainable approach to protect our environment and watershed.

All experience levels are welcome, and we recommend children come with a guardian and be old enough to work independently. We are sure to find a job for you whatever your abilities. Gardening lesson begins at 10 am. Bring your own gardening gloves if you have them and water to drink.

Learn more and register here

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Klamath Lake Land Trust - Conger Heights Hike
Jun
24
9:00 AM09:00

Klamath Lake Land Trust - Conger Heights Hike

Join the Klamath Lake Land Trust in a lovely hike on the Conger Heights Park Trail. 

Meet at Kllt Office: 212 South 9th Street, Klamath Falls

This Hike is considered "Easy to Moderate". 

Please pack your own water, lunch/snack, insect repellent, sunscreen and wear good hiking footwear. For more information and to register, see their webpage.

Conger Heights Trail, near Klamath Falls.

Conger Heights Trail, near Klamath Falls.

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Wallowa Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy - Hike the Zumwalt
Jun
24
9:00 AM09:00

Wallowa Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy - Hike the Zumwalt

Join with the Wallowa Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy of Oregon for a special guided hike through the beautiful Zumwalt Prairie Preserve, lead by local avian ecologist Andie Lueders.

You will learn about the wide variety of life that calls Zumwalt home, while keeping an eye out for elk, birds of prey, and colorful wildflowers.

Make sure to bring a lunch! 

To RSVP, email info@wallowalandtrust.org or call 541.426.2042.

For more information, visit the event website

The magestic Zumwalt Prairie 

The magestic Zumwalt Prairie 

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Friends of the Columbia Gorge - Hike Dry Creek Falls to Herman Creek.
Jun
24
9:00 AM09:00

Friends of the Columbia Gorge - Hike Dry Creek Falls to Herman Creek.

Join with the Friends of the Columbia Gorge on this moderate 4.7 mile hike from Dry Creek Falls to Herman Creek in the Columbia River Gorge.

Leader Kristin Price will lead participants on a section of the Pacific Crest Trail to this lovely, and often overlooked, secluded waterfall.

Later, you can stop at nearby Thunder Island Brewing for a drink, snack and continued conversation.

Learn more and register here.

On the Dry Creek Falls trail (photographer: Yeng Tang)

On the Dry Creek Falls trail (photographer: Yeng Tang)

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Greenbelt Land Trust - Island in the Sky Geology Walk
Jun
24
9:00 AM09:00

Greenbelt Land Trust - Island in the Sky Geology Walk

Join Greenbelt Land Trust for a walk with geologist, Robert J. (Bob) Lillie, as you take a journey up Fitton Green and through geological time. You'll learn about the forces, including volcanic eruptions, tectonic plates, and erosion, that formed Oregon’s spectacular mountains, valleys, and coastlines. Bob draws on his experience as a geology professor, park ranger, and graphic illustrator to tell the geological story of the Corvallis region and its connections to Oregon’s natural and cultural history.

Fitton Green Natural Area, sitting on a prominent grassy bald above Philomath, was acquired with funding assistance from land protection leaders and Greenbelt founders Charlie and Elsie Fitton Ross in 1988, and grew with several acquisitions over 10 years. Greenbelt Land Trust retains a conservation easement over 143 acres of the 308 acre Natural Area, and works alongside Benton County Natural Areas and Parks on the management of this important community property. 

Learn more and register here

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The Nature Conservancy - Willamette Confluence Preserve Tour
Jun
24
9:00 AM09:00

The Nature Conservancy - Willamette Confluence Preserve Tour

  • The Nature Conservancy's Willamette Confluence Preserve (map)
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The Nature Conservancy's Willamette Confluence features extensive habitats that are endangered in the Willamette Valley and includes six miles of river corridor, floodplain forest, wetlands, upland oak woodlands and native prairie.

The Conservancy is working with partners to reconnect the river to its historic floodplain across 20 ponds in this former gravel mining site.

During this 3-4 mile mostly flat walking tour, volunteer docents will lead you around the preserve highlighting the conservation efforts and natural wonders.

Learn more and register here

Photo by Rick McEwan

Photo by Rick McEwan

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Deschutes Land Trust - Kids Solstice Bird Walk, Camp Polk Meadow Preserve
Jun
24
9:00 AM09:00

Deschutes Land Trust - Kids Solstice Bird Walk, Camp Polk Meadow Preserve

Celebrate the summer solstice with the Deschutes Land Trust and Mary Yanalcanlin of East Cascades Audubon Society. Bring the kids to the Camp Polk Meadow Preserve and explore how birds celebrate the summer and the changing of the season. Learn how their feathers and food supply change while watching birds and their behaviors. Perfect for kids ages 4-10 with a grown-up in tow.

Please register here.

Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Photo: Russ McMillan.

Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Photo: Russ McMillan.

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Columbia Land Trust - Twilight Marsh (self-guided)
Jun
24
9:00 AM09:00

Columbia Land Trust - Twilight Marsh (self-guided)

  • 39488 Burnside Loop Astoria, OR, 97103 United States (map)
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Columbia Land Trust invites you to take a leisurely, self-guided trip to our Twilight Marsh property on Saturday, June 24th for Oregon Walk the Land Day. Located just eight miles east of Astoria in Cathlamet Bay, the marsh offers excellent birdwatching and a magical wetland scene in the Columbia River Estuary.

About Twilight Marsh:

The 76-acre property, conserved by Columbia Land Trust in 2008, consists of tidal wetlands in the lower Columbia River Estuary at the base of the Bear Creek Watershed. It’s named after the Twilight Creek that runs into the site. It’s just 20 miles upstream from the Pacific Ocean and a short drive from Astoria’s city limits. The marsh serves as a critical wetland ecosystem to migratory birds and federally listed species of salmon and steelhead. 

Columbia Land Trust conserved the site to protect a high-quality wetland system for salmonid rearing and migration, and to provide habitat for bald eagles and a variety of shorebirds, waterfowl, and other wetland species.  Funds to purchase Twilight Marsh were provided by the Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership-Bonneville Power Administration, and the Collins Foundation.

Learn more here

Directions:

From Highway 30, turn north onto Burnside Loop Road, located 3 miles east of where Highway 30 crosses the John Day River. Travel a few hundred yards on Burnside Loop Road and park along the road shoulder. An observation platform is located just off Burnside Loop Road. 

Columbia Land Trust's Twilight Marsh

Columbia Land Trust's Twilight Marsh

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Blue Mountains Conservancy - Wildflower Walk at Umatilla Rim Trail
Jun
24
8:15 AM08:15

Blue Mountains Conservancy - Wildflower Walk at Umatilla Rim Trail

Join with the Blue Mountains Conservancy and Susan Geer, botanist and ecologist for the US Forest Service, who will lead the hike along the stunning Umatilla Rim Trail.

You will meet at the OSU Extension Service office in La Grande, and then caravan to the trailhead. The caravan will leave at 8:15am sharp!

Wear appropriate footwear and bring water and snacks, sun gear and rainwear (just in case!). You may want to bring camera or notebook. This will be a 3-hour easy hike (though there will be uneven ground in places). Though there is no guarantee of what will be in bloom, you might expect to see flowers such as larkspur, paintbrush, arnica, bluebells, geraniums.

Learn more at Blue Mountains Conservancy. RSVP to Sarah at info@bluemountainsconservancy.org.

Umatilla Ridge trail. Photo from Umatilla Rim: Shaking up our World View

Umatilla Ridge trail. Photo from Umatilla Rim: Shaking up our World View

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McKenzie River Trust - Walk the Land Day, Green Island
Jun
24
7:00 AM07:00

McKenzie River Trust - Walk the Land Day, Green Island

Come and explore Green Island with the McKenzie River Trust, an incredible natural area just minutes from Eugene and Springfield residents live, work, and play.

The gates to the 1,100 acre Green Island will open to give you and your friends and family the time and space for exploration, recreation, and quiet reflection. Put on your walking shoes and immerse yourself in the place where the Willamette and McKenzie rivers come together.

Join hundreds of families and friends for the day's events, including tractor rides, guided walks, mountain biking, fishing, picnicking, and simply enjoying Green Island

Learn more and register here

Birding on Green Island during the celebration. Photo by Brandi Ferguson

Birding on Green Island during the celebration. Photo by Brandi Ferguson

Aerial image of Green Island provided by Marty Nill

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