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Siskiyou Field Institute to receive the assets of Deer Creek Center
Monday, June 30, 2014



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Contact: Kathy Mechling, M.D., President, Board of Directors
Siskiyou Field Institute; (541) 597-2464; kathy@clearcreekfamily.com
 
Contact: Dan Thorndike, President, Board of Directors
Southern Oregon University Foundation; (541) 857-8222; biciloco@medfab.com
 
June 26, 2014
 
Siskiyou Field Institute to receive the assets of Deer Creek Center

The Siskiyou Field Institute and Southern Oregon University Foundation announced today a change in the ownership of the 850 acre Deer Creek Center in Selma that will strengthen both organizations.

Since 2008, the two organizations have jointly owned this Illinois Valley property through a subsidiary non-profit, Deer Creek Center for Field Research and Education.  Siskiyou Field Institute and Southern Oregon University Foundation agreed recently to dissolve this subsidiary non-profit and transfer its assets to Siskiyou Field Institute.

“The Foundation’s focus is to provide scholarship money for students of Southern Oregon University,” said Dan Thorndike, President of the Southern Oregon University Foundation. “So by allowing Siskiyou Field Institute to be the sole manager and owner of this property, we will both be more focused on our core missions.  Southern Oregon University will continue to operate programs at the Center as they have done for many years, and that is the Foundation’s primary interest here.”

The Siskiyou Field Institute has offered science and natural history education on the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion since 1998, and at Deer Creek Center since 2007.  Southern Oregon University’s Environmental Education department operates Fall In The Field—the practicum part of its Master’s degree program—at Deer Creek Center.

Approximately 2,000 children and adults each year visit Deer Creek Center.

“Since the time Deer Creek Center was incorporated, Siskiyou Field Institute has served as the on-site property manager,” explained Kathy Mechling, President of the Siskiyou Field Institute board of directors. “With this change, we will be able to be manage the property more efficiently and save money by avoiding duplication: we’ll now have only one set of books and one set of insurance policies.  We look forward to realizing the opportunities made possible by this restructuring.”
 
A dozen universities currently conduct research at Deer Creek Center.  Much of this research is related to climate change.  This research will continue without change under the new property ownership.  Deer Creek Center is located at the heart of the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion, one of the most biodiverse in North America. Some of the plant species found at Deer Creek Center grow only in this ecoregion, including several rare, threatened or endangered species.

Management of this Illinois Valley property is guided by a conservation easement, held by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.
 
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