The Great Outdoors: Snowmobile Adventures

Snowmobiling has long been one of the favorite sports for outdoor enthusiasts in Central Oregon, but one longtime advocate says you can’t take the sport for granted because it all depends on the availability of public spaces.

For this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes us snowmobiling around Paulina Lake.

Thanks Brian for that report and a special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: The Oregon Trail of Dreams Sled Dogs

In this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes us on a special ride through the woods with some help from four-legged friends.

Thank you Rachael and Nick at Oregon Trail of Dreams. The organization also has an adoption program for their dogs. When a dog reaches eight years of age, they become eligible for adoption and you can contact the Oregon Trail of Dreams for further information.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night.

The Great Outdoors: Boyd Cave Tour

You don’t have to drive far to enter another world in Central Oregon underground.

For this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes us on a tour of Boyd Cave.

Thanks Brian for that report and a special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: Accessible Adventures in the Pacific Northwest

He’s a man on a mission to get more physically-challenged people into the great outdoors through his organization, Wheelchair Destinations. In this week’s Great Outdoors segment, Brian Jennings introduces us to John Williams, a man stricken with polio at a young age who is now helping others overcome obstacles to enjoying the wilderness.

Tune in every Wednesday night for another new edition of the Great Outdoors where we explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: Deschutes River Cleanup

The Deschutes River is undeniably the crown jewel of Bend, bringing visitors and new residents to our city because of the recreational and fishing opportunities it provides. For this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings introduces us to the army of volunteers who protect that jewel and keep it clean and shiny for the rest of us.

Tune in every Wednesday night for another new edition of The Great Outdoors where we explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge

It could be one of the best-kept wildlife secrets in Oregon. For this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes us to the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in southeastern Oregon.

Join us every Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon for another edition of Great Outdoors where we explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state.

The Great Outdoors: Wallowa Lake

In this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes us on a fishing trip to Wallowa Lake for a history lesson, among other things.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Camp Abbot Trading Company in Sunriver, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: Rim Butte OHV Jeep Trails

They are known as rock crawlers–highly modified four-wheel vehicles that seemingly can go almost anywhere.

For this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes us to a new trail in Central Oregon where four-wheel drivers can test their skills.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Camp Abbot Trading Company in Sunriver, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: Wolves in Oregon, part 2

With wolf populations in Southern Oregon on the rise, area ranchers are starting to deal with some of the same issues ranchers in Northern Oregon have dealt with since the wolves were reintroduced to the Pacific Northwest.

However, pro-wolf advocates say it’s too early to delist wolves in the western part of the state and the ranchers’ complaints are overblown.

Eric Fernandez of Oregon Wild said that thousands of cows a year die of natural causes, including cold weather and simply getting lost, compared to the roughly 60 lost to wolves. Ranchers are also reimbursed by the state when they lose cattle to wolves, according to Fernandez.

While there were four cows killed in Klamath County last year, no cows were killed this season, and both wolf advocates and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said wolf populations are still recovering and it is too early to consider delisting in the western part of the state.

“We’re in a recovery phase where we’re trying to grow the population,” said John Stephenson of Oregon Fish and Wildlife in Bend, “but we’re not going to stay in that phase forever. We’ll transition as the population reaches kind of the management levels we want it at.”

This is similar to how wolf population were handled in the rocky mountains and Idaho, according to Stephenson.

The state is currently considering alterations to its current wolf management plan, but advocates say it’s too early to consider hunting as a viable way to control wolf populations.

“With 112 wolves in Oregon I think it’s way too early to even start thinking about having a hunt,” said Fernandez. “Imagine if we had 112 salmon left in Oregon or 112 elk or 112 bald eagles, we’d be in serious panic mode.”

Despite push back from wolf advocates, Stephenson said the wolf populations are getting closer to the point that they will be delisted, despite recent issues with some of the collared wolves being killed by poachers.

Central Oregon Daily’s Brian Jennings continues to look into the issue of wolves in Oregon for this week’s Great Outdoors, sponsored by Camp Abbot Trading Company in Sunriver.