Who is UDRC?
The Upper Deschutes River Coalition was created in 2003 to enable communities along the Upper Deschutes River to work together to resolve natural resource issues in this sensitive, fire-prone area. With 29 individual neighborhoods dispersed among four rivers and a rich forestland, the Coalition provides one collective voice to accomplish more than one neighborhood could achieve alone. In 2019, the organization was renamed “Upper Deschutes River Communities”.
The UDRC area is located between Sunriver and La Pine, Oregon adjacent to US Forest Service and BLM public lands. The total area is 102 square miles (65,510 acres including 57,200 USFS and BLM and 12,000 private lands) rich with ponderosa & lodgepole forests, meandering rivers and diverse wildlife. In 2018 there were 6,453 lots in the planning area – 1⁄2 to over 40 acres in size. Dispersed among those lots are 3,488 structures with a resident population of 8,720. Approximately half of the private lots are vacant, with no structures.
Caldera Springs, Crosswater, DRRH 6 (pending), Fall River Estates, Oregon Water Wonderland I, River Forest Acres, River Meadows, Spring River, and Wildriver are nationally recognized as Firewise communities. Through grant funding, the UDRC has invested over $576,000 for hazardous fuel reduction projects on private properties, $44,000 for environmental projects, and $53,000 for educational projects. The 2018 Upper Deschutes River Community Wildfire Protection Plan documents priorities for hazardous fuels treatments on public and private lands.
The UDRC collaborates with partners including US Forest Service – Bend Fort Rock District, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry, Deschutes County, Project Wildfire, Deschutes River Conservancy, Sunriver Anglers, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, La Pine Rural Fire District, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the National Forest Foundation.