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Preventing Human-Start Fires

Preventing Human-Start Fires This Summer Contributed by our partners at Project Wildfire  Thanks to an unfortunately warm and dry spring, Central Oregon's summer temperatures are predicted to be hotter and drier than previous conditions. While wildfire season may be off to a slow start, that doesn’t mean we’re in the clear, yet. The bulk of…
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Pandora Moth in Central Oregon

Contributed by Robbie Flowers, PhD, Forest Entomologist, USDA Forest Service. What is causing recent defoliation of pines in forest areas to the west and south of Bend? This defoliation is caused by the Pandora moth, Coloradia pandora (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae), which is a native defoliator of pine forests in the western United States. Outbreaks have occurred…
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Temporary Trail Closures Deschutes National Forest

Temporary Trail Closures Deschutes National Forest [hr] Posted May 7, 2020: The Deschutes National Forest will be temporarily closing a section of the Dinah-Moe-Humm Trail from Forest Road 4180 west to the junction of Forest Road 500, north of Edison Butte Sno-Park for commercial thinning operations. This trail has been under snow until recently but…
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What is up with the Mulch Piles near Phil’s Trailhead?

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…
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