Long winter causes problems on Pacific Crest Trail

Hikers jumped to Oregon to avoid Sierras, encountered more snow

A winter that was colder and wetter than usual up and down the West Coast … Read more

Campfire restrictions coming on Friday

Fires to be limited to staffed campgrounds

Public lands managers around Central Oregon are implementing new restrictions on campfires in light of … Read more

Algae causes problems in popular Central Oregon lake

Lake Billy Chinook deals with blue-green algae outbreak

A familiar sludge-like, neon-green cloud returned this summer to cause problems at one of Oregon’s … Read more

Cultus Lake boat ramp, day use area to reopen

The boat ramp and day use area at Cultus Lake will reopen at noon Friday, … Read more

Nearby towns ambivalent about Rainbow Family gathering

Residents of Harney, Baker Counties weigh in on unpermitted gatherings

JOHN DAY — For the approximately 13,000 people who attended the Rainbow Family of Living … Read more

Rainbow Family, federal government clash on national forest land

Killing of pet adds to deep tensions

JOHN DAY — At around 8 p.m. Thursday, a green and white U.S. Forest Service … Read more

Rainbow Family, federal officials disagree on gathering’s impacts

Forest Service points to vegetation compaction; attendees predict recovery

JOHN DAY — If you spend enough time at prayer circles organized by the Rainbow … Read more

Tree removal at Cultus starts Wednesday

Officials say they misunderstood spotted-owl requirements

Crews plan to start removing hundreds of dead and diseased trees near the Cultus Lake … Read more

Motorized vehicle trails in the Ochoco National Forest draw criticism

Approval of new trails concern environmental groups

After years of preparation, the Ochoco National Forest approved a controversial plan to implement nearly … Read more

Dry weather leaves officials concerned for Fourth

Fire season started faster than usual this summer

Several weeks of warm, dry weather across Central Oregon have led to a faster than … Read more

Comment period for wilderness permit plan running out

Paid permits would be required on many trails in the Three Sisters Wilderness

An impromptu hike on the Green Lakes Trail could become a thing of the past … Read more

Managing smoke from burns in Central Oregon

Committee meets to discuss costs, benefits of approach to controlled burns

SISTERS — Controlled burns play a vital role in reducing the risk of dangerous fires … Read more

Change coming to Central Oregon irrigation districts

Three districts will hold public meetings in July

In July, three of Central Oregon’s irrigation districts will take a step toward modernization to … Read more

Bend couple keeps national monument looking clean

Married couple travels around Newberry National Volcanic Monument picking up trash

LA PINE — During the summer, thousands of people travel to Paulina Lake, nestled in … Read more

Safe passage for trout on the Deschutes

Newly installed fish ladder helps trout move freely through the river

Bend’s newest attraction is a 30-foot-high, 372-foot-long stainless steel water slide built along the Deschutes … Read more

Cultus Lake Resort owner outraged at campground closure

Forest Service says diseased trees threaten public safety

Cultus Lake Resort will remain open and has even received some additional business as a … Read more

Dead, diseased trees to close Cultus campground

Forest Service planning tree removal in fall+

The Cultus Lake Campground and Day-use area will be closed for the summer, due to … Read more

Threat of falling trees closes 40 acres near Walton Lake

Laminated root rot affects trees in the Ochoco National Forest

PRINEVILLE — When Walton Lake Campground, among the most popular camping spots in the Ochoco … Read more

State wolf management plan moves closer to completion

ODFW commissioners discuss attacks on public land and more

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has moved a step closer to finalizing the … Read more

Federal government to review sage grouse management in West

Agencies will offer recommendation on sage grouse policy

A new approach to managing sage grouse populations in Oregon and across the Western United … Read more

EPA chief joins Trump inner circle

Less than four months ago, Scott Pruitt arrived in Washington with few connections to President … Read more

Crater Lake National Park deals with water shortage

Following a call on main water source, rangers forced to truck in water

Even after one of the wettest winters in living memory, Oregon’s only national park is … Read more

Feds suspend public lands councils

Suspension of resource advisory councils makes it harder to talk about BLM lands

The U.S. Department of the Interior has suspended citizen committees that help bridge the gap … Read more

Free camping at state parks in early June

Oregon State Parks will be open to the public for free June 3 in honor … Read more

More Deschutes National Forest campsites to open Thursday

Despite the heavy snowfall last winter, visitors to the Deschutes National Forest can expect more … Read more

Deschutes Brewery backs Whychus restoration

The Deschutes Land Trust received its largest corporate donation to date from one of Bend’s … Read more

Meetings on wolf management plan spark debate

Ranchers, conservation groups continue to clash over management of wolves

After two lengthy meetings on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s updated gray wolf … Read more

Oregon monument could be reviewed by federal government

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument meets criteria under Trump executive order

More than 100,000 acres of protected scenic forestland along the Oregon-California border could be subject … Read more

Firewood cutting open in Deschutes, Ochoco forests

As of Monday, visitors to the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, Crooked River National Grassland … Read more

Harney County wildlife refuge looks to move on after occupation

With visitor center open, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge looks to put past behind it

BURNS — The rangers and volunteers stationed at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are eager … Read more

Federal court kills wind project in Southern Oregon

Oregon-based conservation organizations are celebrating an Oregon U.S. District Court ruling Tuesday that kills a … Read more

Wolf plan frustrates ranchers, conservationists

ODFW plan changes restrictions around killing wolves in Eastern Oregon

Ranchers and conservationists alike expressed frustration and bemusement after the Oregon Department of Fish and … Read more

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