Category Archives: Guest Bloggers

Top Five Reasons to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree this Holiday Season

Top Five Reasons to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree this Holiday Season Written by Pete Caligiuri with The Nature Conservancy and Sarah Mowry with the Deschutes Land Trust. Photos courtesy of Jay Mather.  Holiday season is in the air and with it the age-old tradition of decking the halls with a beautiful Christmas tree. But rather than buy one of…
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What is with all the paint on trees?

What is with all the paint on trees? You have probably noticed something new in the forests west of Bend on your dog walks and bike rides this Fall; a lot more paint on trees. This is all part of the West Bend Project on the Deschutes National Forest, designed to restore forest ecosystems, reduce…
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How can we help migrating elk and deer?

How can we help migrating elk and deer? Contributed by Sara Gregory Fall is upon us in Central Oregon. There is a chill in the air, leaves are changing, and kids are back in school. For thousands of mule deer in our neighborhood it will be time to move from the alpine areas where they’ve…
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How forest restoration methods affect wildlife

How forest restoration methods affect wildlife Contributed by Marilyn Miller of Miller Conservation Consulting Our eyes were glued to the ground sorting through animal tracks. The date was June 17, 2011. Elk tracks, large and small ran in every direction. Then we froze in astonishment—we were looking at a paw print larger than a man’s hand,…
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