UDRC September 19, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Dean Richardson introduced guest speakers Chris Doty, Deschutes County Roads Manager, and James Lewis, Deschutes County Properties Manager. The County Roads Department is responsible for maintenance, operations, and project development of County roads. The County road system includes 700 miles of paved roads, 200 miles of unpaved roads, and 58…

UDRC August 15, 2019 Meeting Minutes

The August UDRC meeting was cohosted with the South Deschutes County chapter of the Central Oregon Trails Alliance (SoDeCO). Our guest speakers were Bob Townsend, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Central Oregon Manager; Abby Driscoll, ODOT Project Manager, Joe Welke, Deschutes National Forest Trail Crew Supervisor; Brock McCormick, Deschutes National Forest, Supervisory Wildlife Biologist.…

UDRC July 18, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Dean Richardson introduced guest speakers Alison Green, Central Oregon Wildland Fire Cohesive Strategy Coordinator and Jodie Barram, Deschutes County Project Wildfire Program Director. The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy was established by the FLAME act in 2009 to provide a framework for public, private and non-governmental land managers, communities and response…

UDRC June 27, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Monte Dammarell introduced our Deschutes County Commissioners Patti Adair, Phil Henderson, and Tony Debone. Written questions were submitted by email and the audience to conserve meeting time. Subjects covered were forest, river, safety, traffic, and development. Introductions Patti Adair became a commissioner on Jan. 7 and is busy studying County…

UDRC May 16, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Monte Dammarell introduced our speaker Chris Madison, a certified arborist and owner of Madison Tree Consulting in Bend. Jay Henderson representing Spring River Tree Service was available for questions. Jay can provide bids and referrals for tree service. Chris presented an overview of tree risk assessment. A risk assessment may…

UDRC April 18, 2019 Meeting Minutes

The April UDRC meeting featured a panel discussion focusing on the Deschutes River water flows and the efforts underway to improve the heath of the river. The panel included: Kyle Gorman, Oregon Water Resources Department, Mike Taylor, Coalition for the Deschutes, Craig Horrell, Central Oregon Irrigation District, Mike Britton, North Unit Irrigation…

Harper Bridge

For decades, South County’s Harper Bridge river access has been a popular destination for locals and visitors to access and float the Deschutes River. Its popularity, combined with a lack of formal established parking, has caused traffic congestion and parking issues on Spring River Road and has created concern over…