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South County Trails and Highway 97 Update

The meeting is being co-hosted with the Central Oregon Trail Alliance Southern Deschutes County chapter (SoDeCO). Guest speakers will include: Bob Townsend, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Central Oregon Manager; Joe Welke, Deschutes National Forest Trail Crew Supervisor; Brock McCormick, Deschutes National Forest, Supervisory Wildlife Biologist. Topics to be discussed will include the status of new biking, hiking, running and walking trails from the southern Bend boundary to La Pine. Also updates on changes and improvements to HWY 97 and feeder routes in Southern Deschutes County.

Announcements

Upper Deschutes River Communities Receives $150,000 Grant

The Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund has awarded a grant of $150,000 to the Upper Deschutes River Communities for the reduction of wildfire fuels in the area. The grant will provide up to $1000 for fuels reduction services for senior low-income homeowners in South Deschutes County.

How to Prepare for Wildfire in Upper Deschutes River Communities

Project Wildfire has published a brochure on wildfire risk, defensible space, evacuation, and resources for Upper Deschutes River Communities. Click on CWPP brochure to view the brochure.

If your home has been assessed by the La Pine Rural Fire Protection District, you can see your wildfire risk assessment by going to Oregon Ready, Set, Go! and clicking on “My Risk: Go to the Map”. The Deschutes County Evacuation Guide outlines the levels to prepare for wildfire evacuation. The Central Oregon Fire Information website has current wildfire information from all public agencies.

Senior Low-income Defensible Space Program

UDRC has partnered with Council on Aging to provide free wildfire fuels reduction services for senior low-income homeowners in South Deschutes County. Click on printable flyer describing the program. To apply for the Senior Low-income Defensible Space program, click on application form which includes age and income requirements.

Defensible Space Reimbursement Program

Now accepting new applications for 2019. The UDRC will help landowners in the UDRC area neighborhoods with the cost of creating or maintaining defensible space for wildfire risk reduction. The UDRC will reimburse your expenses for fuels reduction contractors or rental equipment up to $500 maximum per landowner. This program is available for communities between Spring River Road and La Pine State Recreation Road including the Spring River, Haner Park, and Wild River communities. To apply for the Defensible Space Reimbursement Program, click on Application Form.