Forests

USFS: Twin Vegetation Management and Restoration Project

The Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District is initiating the Twin Vegetation Management and Restoration Project, encompassing approximately 40,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service managed lands on the Deschutes National Forest. The project area is located south and southwest of Bend, Oregon and includes the areas surrounding Wickiup and Crane Prairie Reservoirs, North and South Twin Lakes, and Browns Mountain and Round Mountain Late Successional Reserves (LSR). The District would like to share our plans for managing vegetation, fuels, and recreation along with improving habitat within the project area. A summary of the actions proposed and information on how to provide comments is located on the Deschutes National Forest website and may be accessed at: www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50983.

Anyone wishing to obtain additional information on the project may contact Alicia Underhill by email aunderhill@fs.fed.us or by phone at (541) 383-4012.

USFS Upper Deschutes River WUI Fuels Reduction Project Maps

Thinning work by the contractor T2 Inc. has started in December 2018 on Forest Service land between Spring River and Sunriver. Click on the links below to view detailed maps.

Overview and Detailed Maps

Overview Map Warning: large file!
Spring River, DRRH 1-5 area
DRRH 9, River Meadows, Cougar Grove area
OWW I, Beaver Rd. District, Lazy River – Huntington Rd. area
South Century Drive area
Fall River Area

Map Legend

  • ITM: Individual trees marked
  • LTM: Leave trees marked
  • Grey Fill: Areas to protect

Pandora moth returns to Central Oregon

What is causing recent defoliation of pines in forest areas to the west and south of Bend?

This defoliation is caused by the Pandora moth, Coloradia pandora (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae), which is a native defoliator of pine forests in the western United States. Outbreaks have occurred commonly in central Oregon.

Article by Robbie Flowers, PhD, Forest Entomologist, USDA Forest Service

USFS Upper Deschutes River WUI Fuels Reduction Project Schedule

Haner Park, Wild River, and the non-commercial thinning units adjacent to Ponderosa Pines: Small tree thinning and piling completed by November 2017, pile burning and brush mowing to follow. Thinning remaining units near Ponderosa Pines will likely begin in 2018.

UDR units near Spring River, DRRH, River Meadows, Sundance, Stage Stop, Cougar Grove, Fall River and Lazy River: Work starting sometime this Summer with commercial harvest, small tree thinning and brush mowing completed prior to summer 2019.  Prescribed underburning to follow in 2020-2021.

ODF crews, Forest Service fire personnel, DOC and some great volunteers (thank you River Meadows!) have already completed thinning and piling in most of the smaller units.

Click for Project Documents

Alex Enna
Bend-Ft.Rock Ranger District
Deschutes National Forest

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