What's up with the Mulch Piles around Phil's Trailhead? Beginning Wednesday, April 15, 2020, the Deschutes National Forest will temporarily close the gate on Forest Road 4604 near the Phil's Trailhead in Bend, Oregon to accomplish restoration work in two decommissioned gravel pits near the road. Since 2014, the 5-acre Skyliner 1 pit directly south…Read more
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Central Oregon Forests to postpone all prescribed fire ignitions Posted Thursday, March 26, 2020 Due to the seriousness of COVID-19’s impact locally and in our region, the Deschutes National Forest has suspended all prescribed burning until further notice. This decision to temporarily postpone ignitions will prevent any effects from smoke that might further worsen conditions…Read more
Prescribed Burning locations across Central Oregon With the arrival of favorable weather conditions, fire managers on the Deschutes National Forest will begin igniting prescribed burns and handpiles across our area over the next few weeks. This will include several high profile burns around Sisters, Bend, La Pine and Sunriver, Oregon. The use of prescribed fire…Read more
Why are Bend-area trails closed for winter range? Contributed by Lauri Turner, Wildlife Biologist The Deschutes National Forest is an economic engine for our region, a source of clean and abundant water, and an outdoor playground. We live, work and play here but as our recreation through the forest and trail development continues in surrounding…Read more
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