Slash pile burning along Hwy 97

 Newberry division plans to continue burning piles at the following locations today. Smoke and fire will be visible to the public along Hwy 97 between Vandervert and State Rec Roads.
Lavacast 70 – 77 Acres – Highway 97 between Vandervert and State Rec Road, east of Hwy 97.
Lavacast 72 – 67 Acres – Highway 97 between Vandervert and State Rec Road, west of Hwy 97.

USFS Lex Vegetation Management Project Environmental Assessment

The Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District on the Deschutes National Forest has the Lex Vegetation Management Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) available for 30-day comment. The attached letter provides a brief summary of the project and information on the official 30-day public comment period.  The EA may be accessed at the Deschutes National Forest website at: A copy of this EA is available by request at the address on the letter, or by contacting the project leader.

Anyone wishing to obtain additional information on the project should contact Alicia Underhill by email, or by phone at (541) 383- 4012.

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 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