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Editorial: 400 acres of public land, in the Cline Buttes area, should not be sold for development for Thornburgh Resort

The Broadside Staff

The Broadside has recently come aware of a pressing matter that could be detrimental to our environment and wildlife. The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) is considering selling 400 acres, in the Cline Buttes area, of public land to developers of Thornburgh Resort. 

According to Central Oregon Landwatch, the resort’s proposed water usage is up to 6 million gallons per day. This warrants concern, as this will affect fish, wildlife and groundwater levels in the area. 

The Broadside does not believe this sale should occur. 

Public land should be managed for the. public good and this deal would harm Oregon’s people and wildlife.

The proposed development could add three golf courses to the rural landscape, as well as thousands of luxury homes, adding to the water consumption.

What can you do: 

  • Write in the online Public Comment Form by March 17. Must add: transaction number of potential sale 63509-Ls
  • Attend the DSL’s public hearing on March 10, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This hearing will be through zoom

For more information go to the Central Oregon Landwatch website. 

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