Fighting Fire with Fire


Central Oregon is a fire adapted ecosystem, meaning it has evolved over the millenia with high frequency, low intensity wildfire. Decades of aggressive fire suppression has led to overgrown forests but now, the Deschutes National Forest in partnership with the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project is restoring our forest to more healthy landscape. How does that translate to fighting a wildfire? Check on the video to learn more.

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Go Hiking! Link to hiking opportunities on the forest. Need a Recreation Pass? Link to information on various passes available for standard amenity fee sites.

Recent News


Fall 2017 Prescribed Fire Map

Prescribed fire underburn

To find out where Forest Service fuel management specialists plan to conduct prescribed burns on the Deschutes National Forest this fall check out this map. When a prescribed burn actively is occurring it will be highlighted in RED.

Central Cascades Wilderness Strategies

Sunset Three Sisters

The Deschutes and Willamette National Forests are initiating a formal process and inviting public comment to analyze strategies for managing increasing visitor use and the impacts from that use in the Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, Three Sisters, Diamond Peak and Waldo Lake Wildernesses.

Our mandate, as outlined in the Wilderness Act of 1964, is to preserve and enhance wilderness character. Wilderness character has the following qualities: natural, undeveloped, untrammeled, opportunities for solitude or primitive and unconfined recreation, and other features of value (ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value).

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Hunting on the Deschutes

Elk bugling

Planning a hunting trip on the Deschutes National Forest?

Know Before You Go by clicking on this information!

In The Field

Deschutes National Forest employees hold a variety of jobs, highlighted by this articles series.

Learn more about the variety of careers and experiences of Deschutes National Forest employees!


Campground Concessions Prospectus Open – DUE DATE EXTENSION TO OCT 1, 2017

Trapper Creek Campsite

Deschutes National Forest opens a bidding period for opportunity to operate campground concessions.

Accessible Adventures in the Deschutes National Forest

Accessible recreation sites

Learn more about premier accessible recreation sites in the Deschutes National Forest.