Central Oregon Canal historic listing

The State Advisory Commission on Historic Preservation is accepting comments listing the section of the Central Oregon Canal between Ward and Gosney Roads as historic. Attached is a comment submitted by Gail Snyder of the Coalition for the Deschutes providing some explanation of the historic registration:
Coalition for the Deschutes comment
The following attachment is a large pdf file containing information about this proposed historic listing:
Historic Listing Application

After reviewing these documents please send a letter to ian.johnson@state.or.us of the State Advisory Commission on Historic Preservation with your comments. Comments close on 10-14-2017, but since that is a Saturday, it’s important that comments be submitted today. Please feel free to personalize or paraphrase Gail’s letter if that will help you comment.

The Upper Deschutes River Coalition does not advocate a position on issues affecting our area. However, we do strongly advocate responses from all residents, landowners, and businesses in Southern Deschutes County to issues affecting our environment.

Monte Dammarell
UDRC Chairperson

Beyond Wildfire and Smoke: How can forest restoration help?

The Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project and our U.S. Forest Service partners invite you to spend an afternoon in the forest, learning and discussing the important forest restoration work going on around us and how it is helping make our communities and firefighters safer in the face of wildfires and our forests healthier for us and for the plants and animals that live there.

Itinerary: Thursday September 28, 2017

  • 1:00 pm meet at GoodLife Brewing to board the bus
  • 1:15 pm – 5:00pm Field Tour
  • 5:00 – 6:00 Goodlife Brewery Social (no-host bar, appetizers provided)

Space is limited, please RSVP by September 15, 2017.

Click here to register

Fuels Reduction slows Milli Fire

The forest ecosystems of the east Cascades of Central Oregon are complex. All of them are forests that are historically adapted to fire. Because we need stronger, healthier forests and we need to protect lives and property from fire, the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project has been working on a fuels reduction plan. That plan and active work in reduction and mitigation earlier this year helped protect the communities nearest the Milli Fire.

Deschutes River Basin Habitat Conservation Plan

The goal of developing a Deschutes River Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) is to provide sufficient, reliable water for residents and farmers while conserving fish, wildlife, and water resources.

Click here for more information.

Brushfires around Newberry Volcanic Monument

A new wildfire prompted closure of U.S. Highway 20 west of Santiam Pass and a second closure near Suttle Lake Tuesday afternoon, hours after three new brushfires erupted around the Newberry National Volcanic Monument south of Bend, one prompting evacuations of Lava River Cave and the Lava Lands Visitor Center, authorities said.

For details Click here.

Deschutes County Transportation Capital Improvement plan

At our recent Upper Deschutes River Coalition monthly meeting questions were presented to Deschutes County Commissioners Tony DeBone and Phil Henderson concerning the County’s 5-year Transportation Capital Improvement Plan. Chris Doty, Director, Deschutes County Road Department, has provided the attached list showing the anticipated revenue (capital and SDC) and the proposed projects the county intends to construct in the next five years.  This list was approved prior to the recent Transportation Funding Package passed by the Oregon Legislature – which will result in additional revenue and corresponding projects to this list.

Click to view: Deschutes County Transportation Capital Improvement Plan

Deschutes Habitat Conservation Plan public meetings

The next phase of the nearly decadelong process of creating a habitat conservation plan for the Deschutes River Basin will begin in Bend and Madras on Monday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be hosting a total of four meetings — two in Bend, two in Madras — where members of the public can learn about the process of creating a long-term plan that will meet the needs of farmers and other water users, while also ensuring that the Oregon spotted frog and other threatened species living in the basin will be protected in the future.

• 2 and 6 p.m. Monday at the Inn at Keys Cross Station, 66 NW Cedar St., Madras
• 2 and 6 p.m. Tuesday at the U.S. Forest Service headquarters, 63095 Deschutes Market Road, Bend

Bend Bulletin Article

Deschutes River Basin Habitat Conservation Plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to prepare a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to evaluate the potential impacts on the human environment caused by alternatives to the Deschutes River Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (Deschutes River Basin HCP). The Deschutes River Basin HCP is being prepared in support of a request for an Endangered Species Act (ESA) incidental take permit (ITP) or ITPs authorizing incidental take of listed species caused by covered activities.

The public scoping period begins with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register.To ensure consideration, please send your written comments postmarked no later than September 22, 2017. The Service will consider all comments on the scope of the draft EIS analysis that are received or postmarked by this date. Comments received or postmarked after this date will be considered to the extent practicable.

Public meetings: The Service will conduct four public scoping meetings: Two in Madras, Oregon, and two in Bend, Oregon. The two Madras scoping meetings will be held on August 14, 2017, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., respectively, and the two Bend scoping meetings will be held on August 15, 2017, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., respectively.

Federal Register Notice