Restoring Our Forests
A Forest that Needs Fire
The West Bend Project
Since 2010, we’ve been working as partners alongside the Deschutes National Forest on a $10.1 million effort to restore 250,000+ acres of forest in Deschutes County, focusing on the unhealthiest places that are putting our forests and communities at risk, including the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas west of Bend, Sisters, Tumalo and Sunriver.
Before and after restoration efforts at the SAFR project outside Sisters.
Thinning, Mowing and Prescribed Fire completed earlier this year has helped firefighters battle the Milli Fire outside of Sisters. Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project members Ed Keith and Nicole Strong recently visited an area of the Milli Fire where restoration had…More
Why Prescribed Fire Matters: Healthier forests. Safer communities Contributed by Pete Caligiuri – Forest Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy, Bob Madden – Deputy Chief of Fire Operations, Bend Fire, and Deana Wall – Fuels Program Manager, Deschutes National Forest Hey Central…More
Restoration Work in West Bend near Phil's Trail Area Popular mountain biking trails will now be open during the week You may have noticed some activity in the forests west of Bend. Restoration work (thinning, mowing, and prescribed burning) near…More
Deschutes Forest Winter Restoration Activity Forest restoration activity has been a bit quiet this winter but with snow beginning to melt and roads clearing, crews will be returning to their restoration work in the Deschutes National Forest soon! Be on…More
My Deschutes Forest Contributed by long time Bend resident, avid mountain biker and previous owner of Cog Wild, Melanie Fisher. A few years ago, I was invited to a meeting on Storm King Trail to discuss the West Bend thinning project.…More
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…More