Tumalo piping project takes another step forward

Piping all the irrigation canals would return more water to Tumalo and Crescent creeks

Tumalo Irrigation District is moving forward on an ambitious project to pipe its entire network … Read more

Federal ruling another setback for proposed Ochoco trail system

District Court judge affirms key provisions of ruling against 137-mile trail network

Environmental groups are celebrating after a new court ruling cemented a prior decision striking down … Read more

Imported Christmas trees bring new pest to Oregon

State forestry officials warn of invasive insects

As Oregonians begin to get rid of their Christmas trees, state officials are warning some … Read more

Understanding Oregon’s next volcanic eruption

Oregon State Science Pub to highlight possible eruptions at Mount Hood, Newberry Volcano

Central Oregon is surrounded by several of the most active volcanoes in the country, and … Read more

Why does Deschutes County recycle less than other counties?

DEQ report shows Deschutes County recycled more in 2017, but disposed even more

Despite recycling more material than ever, Deschutes County still has work to do to catch … Read more

How will climate change affect local rivers?

Changing climate could hurt late-summer flows

In addition to bringing longer wildfire seasons and warmer winters to Central Oregon, climate change … Read more

Deschutes River to appear on postage stamp in 2019

Commemorative stamps celebrate Deschutes, other scenic rivers

The Deschutes River has appeared on postcards, in coffee table books and everywhere in between. … Read more

Federal government moves forward on sage grouse plans friendly to grazing

Proposal would open up nearly 22,000 acres in Oregon for grazing

Federal plans to allow grazing on nearly 22,000 acres of protected sage grouse habitat in … Read more

Forest Service removing berm along Deschutes River Trail to restore floodplain

Ryan Ranch project to provide habitat for spotted frog, other species

Workers began removing a troublesome berm along the banks of the Deschutes River on Thursday, … Read more

OSU climate change report a mixed bag for Central Oregon forests

Report predicts more drought, wildfire than average in parts of Central, Eastern Oregon

A new report produced by Oregon State University paints a surprisingly rosy picture for many … Read more

Bend among Oregon cities most likely to be threatened by wildfire

More than 40,000 homes in, near Bend carry wildfire risk, report says

Bend and its surrounding communities carry the fourth-highest risk of being affected by wildfire in … Read more

How many wild horses should the Ochocos hold?

Advocates clash with Forest Service over unique horses

Even in the dappled light of a November morning in the Ochoco National Forest, the … Read more

Restrictions coming to wilderness trailheads

Forest Service draft decision calls for day-use quotas at 30 popular trailheads

New rules and restrictions are coming to some of the most sensitive areas of the … Read more

Low flows, dry winter could spell trouble for Crooked River fish

Managers must balance water storage for irrigation against the needs of fish

It could be a tough winter for redband trout and other fish living in the … Read more

‘Very high threat’ volcanoes loom over Central Oregon

Government report states 4 of 18 highest-threat volcanoes are in Oregon

Four of the 18 volcanoes U.S. geologists consider the nation’s most threatening are in Oregon, … Read more

El Niño could bring warm, dry winter to Central Oregon

Snowfall varies widely in El Niño years

As winter approaches, the evidence suggesting another low-snow year for Central Oregon and much of … Read more

A tale of extremes: Central Oregon’s 2018 fire season

Fire season in Sherman, Wasco counties ‘one for the books’

While several wildfires are still burning across Oregon, including the resurgent Klondike Fire in the … Read more

Dam leak turns Bend’s Mirror Pond into mudflat

Repairs to begin in early November

Bend residents visiting Mirror Pond recently saw exposed berms and portions of the bank normally … Read more

Federal money flows into Deschutes Basin piping projects

USDA-backed project gets going near Tumalo, others planned

With the summer irrigation season winding down and the winter snowfall still on the horizon, … Read more

Changing climate could bring larger fires to Oregon

Climate report portends global changes sooner than anticipated

A report on climate change from a United Nations environmental panel suggests serious impacts could … Read more

Metolius preserve will now be managed by Central Oregon environmentalists

Land contains unique habitat, plants from Eastern, Western Oregon

CAMP SHERMAN — Along the banks of a far-flung stretch of the Metolius River, where … Read more

Dam lawsuit battle moves closer to a conclusion

Federal judge upholds prior decision for Pelton-Round Butte Dam complex

The yearslong battle over one of Central Oregon’s oldest dam complexes could be nearing a … Read more

Dropping water reveals decades of trash at Wickiup

“Wickiup Pickiup” to take advantage of low water levels at reservoir

Declining water levels at Wickiup Reservoir have shattered records and prompted concerns from irrigation districts … Read more

Ponderosa pines coming down outside Sisters

ODOT crews start cutting down hazardous trees

Work crews with the Oregon Department of Transportation began cutting down standing dead and dying … Read more

Environmental groups push to ban ‘cyanide bombs’ in Oregon

Cyanide capsules also harm pets, humans, groups tell state, federal agencies

Nearly 100 private citizens and environmental groups in Oregon and beyond are pushing back against … Read more

Study: Climate change could more than halve Mt. Bachelor ski season

What climate change means for snow sports

Within the next 70 years, snow melt triggered by climate change could devastate snow sports … Read more

Drought marks one of Central Oregon’s warmest summers

Summer months are the fifth-driest in Bend history

Saturday marked the formal transition to fall, officially ending one of the hottest and driest … Read more

Building dams to help beavers return

Volunteers build dams that encourage beavers to return to historic habitat

Beavers play an important role in salvaging Central and Eastern Oregon watersheds that have been … Read more

Smoke keeps visitors away from Crater Lake

Visits to national park down almost 9 percent through August

Smoke from wildfires has caused problems across Oregon this summer, canceling events and forcing residents … Read more

Fewer fires started by people in August, state agency says

10 percent fewer fires started by people on ODF-managed land in August

It’s been an up-and-down summer for Oregon fire managers trying to limit the number of … Read more

Wickiup Reservoir at lowest level since early 1990s

Reservoir levels prompt concern from farmers, irrigation districts

Water levels at Central Oregon’s largest reservoir are lower than they’ve been in 27 years. … Read more

Forest Service finds rotting timbers on Wildcat Camp Bridge

Bridge is closed to vehicles over 5 tons

The only route into one of the most popular campgrounds in the Ochoco National Forest … Read more

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