Upcoming Events and Projects
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 email@example.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
FANs Members Holiday Party!
FANs Members Holiday Party is Sunday, December 10. Members will receive an e-invitation in November, and we hope you will RSVP yes!
FANs 2017-2018 Lecture Series:
Biodiversity Begins with a Bee
A presentation by Jerry Freilich
February 24, 2017
The Juniper Room at Crooked River Ranch
"This talk is not really about bees; it's about the importance of biodiversity."
Registration opens one month before the event.
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.