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Features

Central Cascades Wilderness Strategies Project

The Deschutes and Willamette National Forests have made a draft Decision for the Wilderness Strategies Project on visitor use management strategies for five wilderness areas in the central Cascades in order to reduce resource impacts caused by increasing recreation use.

The five wilderness areas are Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, Three Sisters, Waldo Lake, and Diamond Peak. Wilderness staff and managers are seeing substantial increases in the number of visitors to wilderness, which is impacting many of the more popular sites. 

Central Oregon Fire

Are you looking for information on smoke, wildfires or prescribed burning in Central Oregon? Check out this website to learn more.

Spring 2018 Prescribed Fire Map

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.

West Bend Project

We are restoring 26,000 acres of forest adjacent to the City of Bend to improve forest health, create a diversity of plant and wildlife habitat and to protect our communities and quality of life.

Historically in Central Oregon small wildfires or insect infestations occurred creating a forested of different aged trees, underbrush, and openings, which allowed a diversity of wildlife and plants to flourish and kept forests resilient to large scale disturbances. The West Bend Vegetation Management Project's goal is to restore a more resilent and healthy forest. For additional information go to www.deschutescollaborativeforest.org.

Check here for up-to-date information on trail closures!

Project SNOW

Every winter, Deschutes National Forest partners with non-profit partner, Discover Your Forest to host a snowshoe program at Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort in Bend, Oregon for people of all ages. Participants, including school children learn about the forest, wildlife and Central Oregon geology.

Over 3,000 local students receive educational programing on the slopes through Project SNOW (Studying Nature Outdoors in Winter).

Check out this video to learn more about the program!

Shield Project Information

The Deschutes National Forest has begun the “Shield” forest management project in the Newberry Caldera to remove trees that are exhibiting signs of future failure from insect infestation and disease.

While Litter Crater, East Lake Campground and boat launch, Newberry Group Camp and East Lake RV park are complete and back on the reservation system, Cinder Hill and Chief Paulina Horse Camp will remain closed for a portion of the 2019 summer to allow for the removal of trees. Additionally, marked trees adjacent to campgrounds and on roadways will be removed. We anticipate the contractor will work Monday-Friday 7:00a.m.-7:00 p.m although work could occasionally continue on a weekend. We know that this work temporarily impacts visitor’s use and experience of the Caldera but maintaining the health of our forest provides a significant long-term benefit to the public’s enjoyment of the area into the future.

Spring Photo Gallery

Warm weather is on its way! Need some inspiration for planning your summer trips? Check out these beautiful destinations across the Deschutes National Forest!

Fall 2018 Prescribed Fire Map

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.



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