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Metolius Preserve

The 1240-acre Metolius Preserve near Suttle Lake was acquired by the Deschutes Land Trust in 2003. The land supports a diversity of trees and wildlife species, including ponderosa pine, western larch, cougar, beaver, badger, mule deer, and forest-dependent bird species. The preserve also contains a three-mile stretch of Lake Creek. In 2008, the Land Trust partnered with the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council to remove a culvert and improve fish habitat. Volunteers and students helped replant the area.

Other current projects include promoting the growth of large trees, which provide important habitat for white-headed woodpeckers, forest thinning, setting prescribed fires, and planting vegetation in closed areas. The Metolius Preserve partners with several educational groups, including Oregon State University-Cascades, Wolftree, and the University of Oregon. Students are able to view wildlife and plant species on the self-guided Becky Johnson Interpretive Trail, or help the preserve staff with bird surveys.


Deschutes Land Trust. Metolius Preserve.