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Coronavirus Information

2020 UDRC Wildfire Defensible Space Programs

This year Upper Deschutes River Communities continued providing financial assistance for property owners to create and maintain defensible space for wildfire risk reduction. The Defensible Space Reimbursement program distributed $18,000 to 36 applicants. The Low-income Senior Defensible Space program paid $2650 to contractors for fuels reduction work for 4 homeowners. The UDRC is grateful for grant funding from the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund, First Interstate Bank, and Burlington Northern Railway for our defensible space programs.
To help with our operating expenses, please consider a tax-deductible donation to the UDRC. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has a provision allowing people to deduct up to $300 from their adjusted gross income on their tax return for charitable contributions. To make a donation click on Donate. Thank you for your support.

UDRC Area Forest Service Projects

Visit the UDRC Forests page for links to Forest Service projects in the UDRC area.

American Red Cross Oregon Wildfires Fund

Donations to the American Red Cross Oregon Wildfires Fund will directly help those affected by the devastating wildfires across Oregon. Click on Oregon Wildfires Fund to make an donation.

Sunriver Women’s Club COVID-19 Nonprofit Emergency Fund

The Sunriver Women’s Club is initiating a new COVID-19 Nonprofit Emergency Fund for nonprofit agencies serving South Deschutes County. This fund sponsored by SRWC will help nonprofits continue serving Southern Deschutes County residents during this difficult time, ensuring they have the resources to provide basic necessities to our community. Click here to donate.

UDRC Defensible Space Reimbursement Program expanded to include La Pine CWPP area

This program is closed for new applications in 2020. Applications will be accepted beginning January 2021. The UDRC will help property owners within the Upper Deschutes River and La Pine Community Wildfire Protection boundaries outside of Sunriver with the cost of creating or maintaining defensible space for wildfire risk reduction. The UDRC will reimburse your expenses for licensed fuels reduction contractors or rental equipment up to $500 maximum. One application from a property owner will be accepted each year. To qualify for this program click here for the online application form.

UDRC Low-income Senior or Disabled Defensible Space Program

UDRC has partnered with Council on Aging of Central Oregon to provide free wildfire fuels reduction services for low-income senior or disabled homeowners in South Deschutes County. Click here for a printable flyer describing the program. To apply for the Senior Low-income Defensible Space program, click here for the mail in application form with age and income requirements or call Council on Aging at 541-678-5483 to request the application form.

Forests of Eastern Oregon Webinar Series

Free webinar series Forests of Eastern Oregon from OSU Extension Service. Key features of our Eastern Oregon forest types, how site conditions and location impact forest plant communities, how to identify prominent tree species, and details on about what conditions help them thrive.
The webinars will be held on selected Thursday evenings (6:00 to 7:15 p.m.) starting July 30, 2020, and running through December 3. To register click here.

Firewise Workshops – A Community Approach

We have recently completed a 3 part workshop covering Firewise Basics, Outreach Strategies and Community Project Planning. These workshops were held online with guest speakers including subject matter experts from our local communities and agencies throughout Deschutes County. The purpose of these workshops were to make connections across Firewise sites, share ideas and lessons learned. As an outcome of these workshops a network of support and resources were created to help Firewise sites succeed in their efforts. Click here to view the workshop videos and resources.