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Residents Resist Proposed Thornburgh Land Purchase

In a nearly three hour virtual public meeting, the Department of State Lands heard from residents opposed to a proposed sale of 400 acres of state land to the developer of the Thornburgh Resort. The development would include 1000 homes, three golf courses and six man-made lakes. About 200 people attended last night’s meeting. Many voiced concern about the area’s wildlife and natural resources, public access to trails, and in a time of extreme drought, the resort’s impact on local drinking water supplies – an allegation disputed by developer Kameron Delashmutt. He said if he were to use nearly 2000 acres of land for farming he owns, he'd use a lot more water. Written comments on the proposed sale of the land will be accepted by the Department of State Lands, through March 17th. A three-member state Land Board will make a decision about the sale of the land to the Cline Buttes Tract in the coming months. A final decision regarding the land's use for the Thornburgh development is up to Deschutes County.


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