Upcoming Events and Projects
Celebrate National Public Lands Day!
September 30, 2017:
Monarch Waystation restoration work followed by
a guided hike at Steelhead Falls Loop Trail
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
FANs is teaming up with Monarch Advocates of Central Oregon and Great Old Broads for Wilderness to celebrate National Public Lands Day with a morning of restoration work at the Monarch Waystations near Steelhead Falls followed by a guided hike on Steelhead Falls Loop Trail.
CLICK HERE to sign up or learn more about this event.
FANs Free Guided Hike:
October 6, 2017:
Middle Deschutes Autumn Colors
Guided Photography Hike
Hike Leaders: Tom Iraci and Marilynne Keyser
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
CLICK HERE to sign up or learn more about this hike.
Volunteers Needed for
Wildlands Monitoring Project!
The Prineville Bureau of Land Management (BLM) needs help monitoring the conditions of Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) on their district. Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) has partnered with Prineville BLM over the last five years through a cooperative agreement to document conditions on these wildlands. ONDA's volunteers have been able to track wilderness characteristics and monitor many places, but they have not been able to monitor the Deschutes/Steelhead Falls WSA or other trails on public lands that are near Crooked River Ranch. FANs has been asked to join in this effort.
Monitoring work involves hiking cross-country routes, designated trails, and some driving within these areas to steward these places, pick up trash and keep an eye out for any positive or negative changes you see taking place on the landscape. ONDA staff will train volunteers to know what to look for on the ground and how to navigate and record data on iPads or smart phones. You do not need to have an iPad or smart phone to participate, as one can be provided once you complete the training. Once trained, you can go out on your own year-round, pick up litter and make sure that these special places are cared for. Choose one trail or several, monitor once a week or once a month. The choice is yours.
Here is a list of areas that need to be monitored:
Within the WSA on Deschutes River side of Crooked River Ranch:
Steelhead Falls Trail
Steelhead Falls Rim Trail (could be combined with above)
Foley Waters Trail
Scout Camp Trail
Sand Ridge Trail
BLM land on Crooked River side of Crooked River Ranch:
Otter Bench Trail
Horny Hollow Trail (could be combined with above)
Lone Pine Trail
Opal Canyon Loop Trail
If you are interested, please contact Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area's Hiking Coordinator, Jeff Scheetz, at 503-277-9110 or firstname.lastname@example.org or e-mail email@example.com.
FANs 2017-2018 Lecture Series
Kicks Off in October!
Habitat use of a Common Bat Species
in Juniper Woodland of Central Oregon
Presented by Christopher “Digger” Anthony
Friday, October 20, 7:00 p.m.
The Juniper Room at Crooked River Ranch
Registration is required and opens on September 20. Check back then to reserve seats.
A Year in the Lives of North American Owls
Presented by Paul Bannick
Friday, November 10, 7:00 p.m.
Ranch Chapel at Crooked River Ranch
Registration is required and opens on October 10. Check back then to reserve seats.
FANs Board Meetings
FANs' board meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month at Marilynne and John Keyser's home, located at 16420 Dove Road at Crooked River Ranch (see map). Copies of the agenda are available before the meetings. Public comments are welcome at the end of the board meetings.