The Great Outdoors: Ryan Ranch Restoration Project

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.

Brian Jennings takes us to Deschutes National Forest‘s Ryan Ranch Restoration Project for this week’s Great Outdoors, sponsored by Camp Abbot Trading Company in Sunriver.

Crews Working to Reopen Old McKenzie Highway After Milli Fire

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.

U.S. Representative Greg Walden Meets with Forest Service and Public

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.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan reports, Representative Greg Walden paid a visit to the Cascade Lakes Welcome Station on Tuesday to get an update on the Forest Service’s proposal.

Forest Service to Clear Damaged Trees at Lake Campground

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.

Prescription Burn in Shevlin Park

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.

On Thursday, the Deschutes National Forest teamed up with the Bend Park & Recreation District for a prescribed burn of 48 acres in Shevlin Park, and Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there for the story.

Learning the Lay of the Land

You might see them maintaining trails or serving as hosts at campgrounds. Whatever the task, volunteers are an invaluable asset to the U.S. Forest Service and the Deschutes National Forest.

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.