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A Greenprint for Deschutes County

If you've been living in Deschutes County for more than a few years, you've undoubtedly witnessed the impacts of growth to our region -- some good, some not-so-good. Today, we're experiencing a pause in that rapid growth. This pause won't last forever. That is why now is a good time to plan and work towards what we envision for the land we love in the 10, 20, or 50 years ahead. And that's what the Deschutes County Greenprint is all about.

What is a Greenprint?

A Greenprint is a non-regulatory vision to help communities make informed decisions about land conservation, scenic values, and recreation priorities. Components include:

  • A comprehensive overview of important natural resources, wildlife habitat, historic sites, scenic values, and potential/existing trail connections in the region
  • Maps that highlight the ecological and recreation priorities of the region, while respecting property rights and creating awareness around public access
  • An inclusive vision to foster discussion of the diverse conservation and recreation needs of the region

Why a Greenprint in Deschutes County?

  • In the past ten years, our county has experienced the most rapid growth of any in Oregon, largely due to our quality of life and the year-round recreation
  • By advancing a regional dialogue we can create a unified vision that balances growth, conservation, and recreation in Deschutes County
  • TPL and partners recognize that careful, insightful planning is essential to creating and maintaining healthy, balanced community growth

What Does a Greenprint Do?

The Deschutes County Greenprint identifies key land and water conservation projects, some of which are already underway, like Skyline Forest, Miller's Landing, and Whychus Creek. Having a community-generated vision supports local efforts to secure funding from federal, state, and private sources. Each project becomes part of a comprehensive, coordinated effort, making it more competitive for outside dollars. And the Greenprint vision may be helpful in attracting additional local dollars for priority conservation efforts.

Further, The Trust for Public Land will seek endorsement from local and state governmental agencies, engaging them in this community-wide dialogue. The Greenprint is an opportunity to create awareness and support for how land conservation contributes to:

  • Our Economy: Why people visit Central Oregon
  • Our Livability: Why businesses locate to Central Oregon
  • Our Sustainability: Why families stay

For more information or to find out how you can support the Deschutes County Greenprint, please contact:

Kristin Kovalik
The Trust for Public Land Project Manager
541-382-2092
kristin.kovalik@tpl.org

Or visit:

http://www.tpl.org/services/conservation-vision/greenprinting

Sources

A Greenprint for Deschutes County. This two page brochure describes the Deschutes County Greenprint. May, 2010.

Greenprint for Deschutes County Model. June 11, 2010.

Oregon's Playground Prepares for the Future: A Greeprint for Deschutes County Final Report by The Trust for Public Land

Greenprint Maps

  • Create Trails and Recreation Access Opportunities
    This map displays priority areas for the Create Trails and Recreation Access Opportunities goal in the Greenprint for Deschutes County. June 9, 2010.

  • Overall Conservation and Recreation Values
    This map displays the Overall Conservation and Recreation Values for the Greenprint for Deschutes County. June 9, 2010.

  • Preserve Farm and Range Lands
    This map displays priority areas for the Preserve Farm and Range Lands goal in the Greenprint for Deschutes County. June 9, 2010.

  • Protect Forest Lands
    This map displays priority areas for the Protect Forest Lands goal in the Greenprint for Deschutes County. June 9, 2010.

  • Protect Habitat and Significant Ecological Areas
    This map displays priority areas for the Protect Habitat and Significant Ecological Areas goal in the Greenprint for Deschutes County. June 9, 2010.

  • Protect Historic and Cultural Resources
    This map displays priority areas for the Protect Historic and Cultural Resources goal in the Greenprint for Deschutes County. June 9, 2010.

  • Protect Scenic Viewsheds
    This map displays priority areas for the Protect Scenic Viewsheds goal in the Greenprint for Deschutes County. June 9, 2010.

  • Protect Water Quality
    This map displays priority areas for the Protect Water Quality goal in the Greenprint for Deschutes County. June 9, 2010.

  • Restore Degraded Habitat
    This map displays priority areas for the Restore Degraded Habitat goal in the Greenprint for Deschutes County. June 9, 2010.