Caretakers fight transfer of Sisters nature preserve

Nature Conservancy seeks to shift control to Forest Service, welcoming public

SISTERS — The first time he drove up the road leading into Wildhaven Preserve, up … Read more

Lack of snow keeps forecasters concerned

Late-winter snow keeps Bend from setting snowless record

Long-awaited snow finally arrived in Bend in February, but it was too late, and far … Read more

Federal spending bill to tackle “fire borrowing”

Bill allows wildfires to be funded like other natural disasters, proponents say

A federal spending bill has a chance to solve one of wildland firefighting’s longstanding problems. … Read more

Shift in fire protection boundary could affect thousands of Bend properties

State charges modest fee for forestland firefighting

The Oregon Department of Forestry is contemplating a boundary shift that would affect which lots … Read more

Eastern Oregon river could provide framework for water sharing

Speaker coming to Bend carries lessons from the Lostine River

A 31-mile tributary in a remote part of Eastern Oregon could carry lessons about managing … Read more

Residents, forestry officials clash over wildfire in Sunriver

With legacy of forest living, how safe is Sunriver?

SUNRIVER — After seeing smoke from the Milli Fire rise high over Sisters during a … Read more

Study maps future of Deschutes River Basin

Open houses planned as Deschutes Basin study

After three years of planning, members of the public will have a chance to learn … Read more

Presentations on “megafires” coming to Central Oregon

Researcher to discuss past, present and future of wildfires

A wildfire season that broke records last year offered a glimpse of what Central Oregonians … Read more

More trails, neighborhood parks on the docket for park district

District to look at prioritized projects for new comprehensive plan

The Bend Park & Recreation District will take another step toward adopting a plan that … Read more

What can a common fish tell us about Deschutes River pollution?

Stickleback could be ‘canary in a coal mine’ on pollutants

A3-inch fish that has slowly infiltrated the Deschutes Basin over the past few decades could … Read more

Native birds face legal threats, in Oregon and beyond

Changes to century-old law could impact raptors, other birds in the state

Somewhat earlier than usual because of the warm weather, thousands of snow geese and trumpeter … Read more

Park district to oppose Deschutes River bridge bill, looks for compromise

Recent discussions called ‘regrettable,’ frustrate park district board

With another battle brewing at the Legislature over a potential footbridge across the Deschutes River … Read more

OSU-Cascades lab sheds light on unique mammal

Tracking pikas in hostile territory

Hikers and climbers familiar with Central Oregon’s high-elevation areas are likely familiar with the small, … Read more

Central Oregon snowpack not shaping up well

High pressure has driven storms north, left Bend with virtually no snow

Following a couple of early storms and the formation of another La Niña weather pattern, … Read more

Sundance residents take aim at ‘irresponsible’ target shooting

Near Coyote and Cabin buttes, residents complain about noise, trash, danger

Scott Robbins used to hike to the top of Coyote Butte, to the southwest of … Read more

Central Oregon may have its own wolf pack

Pair of gray wolves could be the start of a new pack

Two wolves were spotted in north Central Oregon, and there’s reason to believe they might … Read more

New fish ladder coming to Opal Springs

$10.7M project designed to help salmon, steelhead travel up Crooked River

A $10.7 million project is coming to the Crooked River, designed to help the region’s … Read more

Federal agency takes aim at wildfires in sagebrush habitat

Two-pronged plan designed to preserve habitat, protect sage grouse

With the number of large wildfires on the rise in the sagebrush steppes scattered across … Read more

Central Oregon, West Coast, brace for recycling changes

Chinese rule change could impact paper, plastic recycling in Oregon and beyond

Landfills and recycling centers in Central Oregon and beyond are bracing for a policy change … Read more

Target shooting in national forest makes some users nervous

Bikers, hikers coming to areas frequented by hunters, shooters

Even under a light layer of mid-December snow, the thousands of brightly colored shotgun shells … Read more

Bend-based organization battles feds on national monuments

Conservation group’s defense fund raises $273,000 in first year

In a year when national monuments in Oregon and across the West have come under … Read more

Where is Oregon’s most famous wolf now?

OR-7, famous for long journey, settles in as pack leader

In the approximately six years after his well-documented journey across Oregon, which included Deschutes County, … Read more

New rules, new toilets proposed for popular lake

Lake Billy Chinook subject of Oregon State Marine Board meeting

Several changes could be coming to Lake Billy Chinook, thanks to a proposal to limit … Read more

Wolf management plan draws criticism from conservation group

New draft provides ‘foot in the door’ for hunting, per Oregon Wild

Gray wolves, once forgotten in Oregon, have seen their population grow steadily in the state … Read more

ODFW puts out new wolf management plan draft

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife released an updated draft of its wolf management … Read more

Forest Service moves closer to wilderness area permit proposal

Officials expect draft decision by next summer

After eight months and more than 500 comments from Oregonians, the U.S. Forest Service is … Read more

Swan shot and killed near Sunriver

Trumpeter Swan known as Chuck another casualty

One of Central Oregon’s most beloved animals was shot and killed Thursday afternoon near Sunriver. … Read more

Deer and elk disease comes to Central Oregon

Chronic wasting disease found in carcass brought from Montana to Madras

Oregon saw its first confirmed case of a fatal and easily spread disease that affects … Read more

After resource plan, what’s next for Crook County?

Advocates, environmentalists butt heads about whether plan will change

Earlier this month, Crook County leaders passed a plan designed to give county residents more … Read more

New Forest Service ranger coming to Sisters district

Ian Reid, a Forest Service veteran, talks fish, fire ahead of new job

While he was hunting black-tailed deer in a remote part of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National … Read more

Crater Lake making progress on trail proposal

Plan calls for new trails to address spike in visitors

New trails are likely coming to Crater Lake National Park in the next several years, … Read more

Winter forecast: Not a repeat of last year

La Niña weather pattern could bring more snow

The snow over the weekend may well be the vanguard of another wetter-than-usual winter, thanks … Read more

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