Keeping the Peninsula safe for everyone to enjoy
Just north of Crooked River Ranch, the Peninsula has long been a favorite place for many of us to ride horses, hike, bike and access the nearby river canyons. We envision a Peninsula where everyone can feel safe visiting this beautiful area, but that is not currently the case. Unregulated target shooting has taken a huge toll on the landscape, and made local residents afraid to go out and enjoy our public lands.
Read more about the FANs' vision for the Peninsula...
Get to know your public lands!
FANs members love to introduce others in our community to the spectacular public lands of the Deschutes Canyon Area. In addition to our guided hikes , FANs volunteers often lead walks for church groups, classes or families. To set up a hike for your group, please contact us!
Native Plant Restoration
To celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 28, Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area, Heart of Oregon Corps, and The Trust for Public Land pitched in to plant native vegetation along a new trail in the Crooked River Canyon.
Weed Team Workshops Provide Hands-On Training
On Saturday, March 29th, join Marilynne Keyser for a native bunch grass workshop from 9:00 am to noon. You’ll get a chance to study photographs of bunch grasses at various stages of development, learn how to seed or transplant the most common bunch grasses, and get some hands on experience outside.
On Saturday, April 26th, Dan Sherwin will be offering another “Weed Team” training from 9:00 am to noon. This will be a field trip to various locations at Crooked River Ranch where serious weed problems exist. There will be materials available to help participants identify and deal with weeds on their own property.
There will also be a native plant workshop in May. Check back in the coming months for for more details.
The “Weed Team” also offers private consultations for Crooked River Ranch property owners who want to know what native plants and invasive weeds are growing on their property.
FANs will be asking for a donation of $15 per person for the workshops and the private consultations.Contact Marilynne Keyser at 541-923-0558 or email@example.com for more information, to register for the workshops, or to schedule a consultation.
To learn more about FANs, please call 541-771-FANs (3267) or use this contact form.
Click on the button below to become a member of Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area.
The canyons of the Middle Deschutes are at once accessible and remote, with dozens of access points under an hour’s drive from the major population centers of Bend, Redmond and Madras.
View a slideshow of the Deschutes Canyon Area, which includes Lower Whychus Creek and the Crooked River Canyon.
Click here for descriptions of outings in the Middle Deschutes and driving directions to trail heads like Scout Camp, Alder Springs and Otter Bench.