Portion of Forest Road 9701 temporarily closed for timber harvest operations

Release Date: Feb 20, 2024

Bend, Ore.— The Deschutes National Forest is temporarily closing a portion of Forest Road (FR) 9701 to facilitate safe timber harvest operations within the Cabin Butte Vegetation Management Project.

Forest Road 9701 is located south of Bend between Highway 97 and FR 18. Road barriers will be in place at the junctions of FR 9701-100 and FR 9701-900 to mark the closure. The section of road will be closed seven days a week until active timber harvest operations are complete to provide for public and contractor safety.

Forest Roads 18 and 9710 provide alternate access to the area. The public can expect to encounter log trucks and heavy equipment such as road graders on FR 18 daily during the week due to the ongoing restoration work.

Timber harvest operations in the Cabin Butte project will help restore forest health and minimize wildfire risk adjacent to communities. The project will build on previous treatments that have been completed in the area. A mix of thinning, mowing and mastication and prescribed burning treatments will be implemented over time across the project area.

The Forest doesn’t maintain roads for winter conditions. The public should be aware of weather and road conditions and drive with caution if traveling on Forest Service roads during the winter.

The Cabin Butte project is within the Central Oregon Landscape, one of 21 focal landscapes identified within the Forest Service’s Wildfire Crisis Strategy. The restoration work that will be accomplished across the 25,804-acre project area supports the Deschutes National Forest’s commitment to addressing the Wildfire Crisis Strategy, which aims to reduce severity of wildfires, protect communities and improve the health and resiliency of fire-dependent forests.