Comments sought on new trail plan

The Deschutes National Forest is taking public comment on a proposed trail from Bend to the planned Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway Welcome Station west of town.

The paved path would cover about four miles. The forest is also planning to connect mountain bike trails from Phil’s Trailhead and Wanoga Sno-park to the welcome center planned for the intersection of Century Drive and Forest Road 41. Construction on the welcome center should start this summer or fall, and the building should open in spring 2014.

To comment, email comments-pacificnorthwest-deschutes-bend-ftrock@fs.fed.us or write to Kevin Larkin, district ranger, Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District, 63095 Deschutes Market Road, Bend, OR 97701. Comments should be in by March 4.

— From staff reports