Great Outdoors: Steens Mountain Cow-Free Wilderness Area

If you’ve ever been out to the Steens Mountain area in southeast Oregon, you know how pristine it appears today, but it didn’t get that way without help.

For this week’s Great Outdoors, sponsored by Camp Abbot Trading Company in Sunriver, Brian Jennings looks at a federal program to create a cow-free zone in the area and return to the land to the healthy grazing spot that it once was.

The Great Outdoors: Teaching Hunting and Fishing to Girls

For generations of Central Oregonians, hunting and fishing can be a rite of passage for young boys. However, today young girls are showing they can do everything the boys can do, and more.

For this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings introduces us to a couple of parents who are encouraging young girls to learn the finer points of hunting and fishing in Central Oregon.

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: Meet Photographer James Parsons

Even when you’re working with the natural beauty of Oregon, the eye of a professional can turn a beautiful scene into a breathtaking picture. In this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings introduces you to landscape photographer James Parsons to learn some of the tricks of his trade.

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 and Thursday afternoon on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: Great Old Broads for Wilderness

They’re the kind of women who actually don’t mind being called “broads.” For this week’s Great Outdoors segment, Brian Jennings introduces us to the Central Oregon chapter of the Great Old Broads for Wilderness.

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.

Pacific Crest Trail Closures Force Hikers to Take Alternative Route

This summer’s wildfires are also having an impact on some people who are trying to scratch a trip of a lifetime off their bucket lists and you may have noticed an increase in the number of hikers walking along Highway 97 in recent weeks.

Central Oregon Daily’s Tim Wehde noticed it too, and he went with Chris Biggs to talk to some of those hikers.

The Great Outdoors: Off-Highway Vehicles and the Ochoco Trails

The U.S. Forest Service is looking at opportunities to give access to off-highway vehicles to the trails of federal wilderness areas, but the latest proposal in the Ochoco National Forest is drawing a lot of criticism. In this week’s Great Outdoors segment, Brian Jennings looks at the ongoing debate between opening public lands to motorized recreation and preserving them for the wildlife that live there.

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 and Thursday afternoon on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: Washington Family Ranch

For nearly a century, folks in Wasco and Jefferson counties knew the muddy ranch for the sheep and cattle that were raised on it for the Prineville Land and Livestock Company. However, in the 1980’s everything changed when a cult took over the property and embroiled the ranch and the nearby town of Antelope in four years of controversy.

For this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes us to Wasco County where that same ranch is now being used to inspire children.

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: Restoration of Vandalized BLM Land

For our weekly Great Outdoors series, Brian Jennings usually takes us on a journey into the wilderness to discover the wonders of Central Oregon, but tonight he shows us the darker side of what’s happening on our public lands.

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: Rimrock Dig

For almost a century, the dominant theory in archaeology claimed that the first people to live in North America came via a land bridge across the Bering Strait, from what is now Asia to Alaska and down into the continental United States.

However, in this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes us to a new dig site just east of Bend that is debunking that theory and showing that Native Americans were here long before others migrated from Asia.

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.