Controlled burns in Central Oregon: By the numbers

Warm spring meant more burns than usual in Deschutes, Ochoco national forests

The start of June in Central Oregon not only signals the beginning of summer, but … Read more

Federal timber bill could help rural Oregon

Oregon senators pushing to add mass timber bill to farm bill

Oregon’s senators have thrown their weight behind a bill that could change the industry in … Read more

House built on public land in Crook County has path forward

BLM provides options for home, draws ire from homeowner

More than 10 years after two Bend business leaders purchased a house mistakenly built on … Read more

What have China’s recycling changes meant in Central Oregon?

Minor effect in Bend so far, but the cost of transporting recyclables is rising

A policy change in China at the beginning of 2018 has made it more difficult … Read more

Cougar sightings in Central Oregon spark unease

After killing in Washington, local and federal agencies warn residents

Around the same time a cougar attacked cyclists in Western Washington, cougars were spotted in … Read more

Museum uses prescribed burn as educational opportunity

Guided tours, talks planned during burn at High Desert Museum

A unique partnership could turn a prescribed burn slated for Bend’s southern edge into a … Read more

Dam lawsuit moves toward trial date

Portland-based utility, conservation group clash over Pelton Round Butte dam complex

A lawsuit regarding one of Central Oregon’s oldest dam complexes has been working its way … Read more

Could a volcano erupt in Central Oregon?

Region surrounded by several high priority volcanoes, but no eruption imminent

Kilauea volcano has drawn national attention in the last week, destroying structures and cracking open … Read more

Oregon sage grouse changes milder than in other states

Proposed change from BLM to open up habitat to livestock grazing

A draft of a long-awaited federal plan would roll back protections for Oregon’s sage grouse … Read more

Forest Service to cut hundreds of ponderosa pines near Sisters killed by herbicide

ODOT, Forest Service planning dead tree removal near U.S. Highway 20

A weed killer used to manage plants along U.S. Highway 20 left the Deschutes National … Read more

Partnership moves forward to restore Deschutes River parks

Park district, watershed council could address riparian damage

With parks along the banks of the Deschutes River at risk of being trampled, the … Read more

More controlled burns scheduled near Bend

Shevlin Park burn planned for Wednesday

Another sunny morning brought more smoke from prescribed fires to Bend on Tuesday, and Bendites … Read more

Controlled burn shrouds Bend in smoke Monday morning

Forest Service plans smaller burn Tuesday

Nearly four months before the heart of wildfire season, thousands of Bend residents woke up … Read more

Quota system could be coming to Central Oregon wilderness areas

Forest Service holding meetings on proposed actions in Bend, Sisters

The U.S. Forest Service took another step this week toward addressing overuse in some of … Read more

Park district oils goose eggs for population control

Bend parks benefit from lower Canada goose populations

For the 10th spring in a row, Bend Park & Recreation District staff is working … Read more

Horse adoption in southeast Oregon addresses overpopulation

10 trained wild horses slated for auction on Saturday in Adel

A weekend event in a far-flung southeast Oregon town could help solve problems around one … Read more

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

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

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