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					Deschutes River Conservancy Receives Donation from North Rim Fund

Oregon Community Foundation’s North Rim Deschutes River Fund makes
significant contribution to assist the DRC in its important mission for
river health.

Bend, Oregon, June 05, 2012 -- North Rim today announced that it has
awarded a $20,000 grant to the Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) from The
North Rim Deschutes River Fund at The Oregon Community Foundation. The
money will be used for vital operating funds for the non-profit group, as
it continues to pursue its mission for restoring streamflows and
improving water quality in the Deschutes River.

Tod Heisler, executive director for the Deschutes River Conservancy in
Bend, Oregon said, “We are delighted that the North Rim Fund of the
Oregon Community Foundation continues to support our work restoring
streamflows in the Deschutes River. With their help, we have achieved a
five-fold increase in Deschutes River flows – water that is so critical
to wildlife, fish and the quality of life for Oregonians throughout the

The DRC is actively working with irrigation districts and other partners
to allow more water, which was historically diverted through irrigation
canals, to remain instream in the Deschutes River Basin. As a result of
their work over the last 16 years, this section of the Deschutes River
has seen a five-fold increase in streamflow during the hot summer months.
The improvement to the health of the river, as well as to the resident
fish and wildlife, has been dramatic. Similar stories are in progress
throughout the Deschutes Basin’s rivers and streams, including the
Crooked River, Whychus Creek and other sections of the Deschutes.

To support the work of organizations like the DRC, the North Rim
Deschutes River Fund at The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) was created
through the donation of a percentage of all North Rim homesite sales
dollars. The fund has garnered nearly $800,000 since its inception in
2004. A board of directors, comprised of individuals from the North Rim
Homeowners Association, consults and advises on the allocation of monies
in the fund.

About North Rim
At the northern tip of Awbrey Butte inside the city limits of Bend,
Oregon, lies the private and serene park-like setting for the community
of North Rim. With dramatic views of the Deschutes River, snow-capped
mountain peaks and the high desert landscape, North Rim features one-acre
and larger homesites within Bend, Oregon city limits. Developed by Brooks
Resources Corporation, this 200-acre community maintains surroundings
that blend into the natural landscape and preserve the unique character
of the high desert. The spectacular homeowners’ lodge, designed by
renowned architect Thomas Hacker, is the focal point of the community,
giving residents a special place to meet and relax. Residents will
appreciate the stunning views and numerous trails that lead through the
development to the Deschutes River and its extensive trail system.
About Deschutes River Conservancy
The DRC is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that was founded by the
Environmental Defense Fund, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs
Reservation and local irrigation districts. In the past sixteen years,
the DRC has built a strong foundation for collaborative work in the
Deschutes Basin. The organization’s mission is to restore streamflow and
improve water quality in the Deschutes Basin. The DRC objectives are to
meet or exceed state water quality standards and to restore the natural
hydrograph to the extent environmentally, socially and economically
feasible in the Deschutes River and its tributaries. The Deschutes River
Conservancy is a nationally recognized leader in river restoration and
has set the bar for achieving results through

Marie Melsheimer
North Rim
409 NW Franklin Avenue
Bend, Oregon, 97701

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