Before there was ever a Deschutes County or City of Bend, there was a 70-acre ranch established in the 1890’s near Dillon Falls that was primarily used for cattle. Today, the U.S. Forest Service owns that land and crews are restoring it back to the wildlife sanctuary that it once was.
The impact of the Milli Fire that threatened the residents of Sisters over the summer is still being felt in the Deschutes National Forest.
On Thursday, Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker got a chance to tour the damaged areas of the wilderness, where crews are working on reopening the Old McKenzie Highway.
The U.S. Forest Service-Deschutes National Forest and U.S. Forest Service – Willamette National Forest are considering a plan to limit access to five different wilderness areas in the Central Cascades as concerns grow about the impact of a spike in tourists during the last decade.
Families and outdoor enthusiasts across Central Oregon were disappointed when the U.S. Forest Service first announced the closure of the Cultus Lake Campground for the summer. Scores of dead and diseased trees posed a safety hazard for campers, and initially, the Forest Service said crews had to wait until the end of the Northern Spotted Owl’s breeding season to start the removal operation.
As Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson reports, the Forest Service heard the complaints and came up with a new plan to “clear the way” for a possible re-opening of the campground this summer.
It’s that sinking feeling you get when you’re driving through town and you see a giant plume of smoke in the distance. It happens a lot around this time of year, and so far, prescribed burns have been the source of that smoke.
Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson introduces us to volunteer interpretive rangers who help create a memorable experience for tourists and locals who visit our forests and monuments.