BEND- The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland are excited
to announce a newly formed partner organization called “Discover Your Forest,” which will focus on
stewardship of the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests.
Discover Your Forest is a non-profit focused on helping the forests by managing volunteers, providing
educational and visitor information, marketing, fundraising, and working with the Deschutes Children’s
Forest to provide conservation education opportunities for Central Oregon youth.
Laura Furguson, a 20-year resident of Central Oregon, is the first Executive Director of Discover Your Forest.
She brings 30 years of experience in marketing for businesses and marketing and fundraising for non-
profits to her position. She was the founding Executive Director for Working Wonders Children’s Museum
and is passionate about what Discover Your Forest can bring to youth in Central Oregon through education
and outdoor experiences.
Furguson has a teenage son and daughter and spends her time in the outdoors going hiking, rafting,
kayaking and camping. She also volunteers her time to bring educational opportunities to children in
developing countries and serves as a board member of the Deschutes Children’s Forest.
“I am very excited and honored to serve as the Executive Director for Discover Your Forest. I want to
inspire locals and visitors alike to get outside to enjoy, better understand and care for their Central Oregon
National Forests. I want to encourage volunteerism and stewardship in the Deschutes and Ochoco National
Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland.”
Furguson already is actively engaged in Discover Your Forest and can be contacted via e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or called at 541-383-5593(office)or 541-815-