Steelhead Falls Trail
Matching Gift Challenge
A Message from Marilynne Keyser, FANs President
At a time when conservation values are under assault and global climate change poses a risk to habitats and biodiversity worldwide, I believe, more than ever, in the grassroots call to "Think Globally, Act Locally."
It is our community's love for and commitment to restoring and preserving our public lands that keep me energized and motivated. In times like these, I’m happy to share some good news with you: Today, you have a chance to double the impact you make for our local public lands. Your board of directors and other leadership donors have stepped forward with a Matching Gift Challenge!
Through December 31, 2019, leadership donors will match member gifts, dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $10,000. If we meet our goal, FANs will have $20,000 to use this winter for four weeks of hardscaping on the middle portion of the Steelhead Falls Trail!
Steelhead Falls Trail is a gateway for many thousands of visitors from near and far to encounter the Deschutes Canyon Area centered around Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area. The trail is now in poor condition due to extensive use and severe erosion. Your donation can help FANs make significant improvements to trail safety and aesthetics.
Now is the time to show your support for the canyons of the Middle Deschutes and Lower Crooked Rivers and Lower Whychus Creek--your tax-deductible $50 gift will become $100, $75 will double to $150, and $100 will be matched to become $200!
Any gift you make will go twice as far, so this is an ideal time for you to give a special gift. Participating in the Steelhead Falls Trail Matching Gift Challenge is easy.
CLICK HERE to make your donation today.
Marilynne Keyser, President
Friends and Neighbors (FANs) of the Deschutes Canyon Area
Guide to Common Native Plants of the
Deschutes Canyon Area
written by FANs President Marilynne Keyser
This field guide includes the most common native plants on public lands near Crooked River Ranch in Central Oregon. This guidebook is small (8.25 x 4.5 inches) and durable, so you can take it on your hikes to identify native shrubs, bunchgrasses and wildflowers on the many trails around Lower Whychus Creek, the Middle Deschutes and Lower Crooked Rivers. Organized by bloom time, this field guide is especially helpful in February through September.
FANs of the Deschutes Canyon Area member price is $10 and non-member price is $12. Your purchase helps support FANs projects that preserve and restore public lands in the Deschutes Canyon Area.
CLICK HERE to learn more and order Guide to Common Native Plants of the Deschutes Canyon Area.
Join A Guided Hike!
All guided hikes are free. To help reduce damage to the trail, minimize social impacts on other visitors, and protect wildlife habitat, group size is limited to 10 hikers, and dogs are not allowed. Registration opens one month before each hike. If the hike is full, sign up on the wait list, and you will be sent an invitation via e-mail if a space opens. If you have to cancel, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will open up the space for another hiker.
Blue Pool at Tamolitch Falls Hike
September 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Hike Rating: Moderate; 4.2 miles round trip
Guide: John Magee, FANs Member
Drive to the trailhead will be along one of Oregon’s Scenic Byways, and the hike follows a portion of the designated Wild and Scenic McKenzie River, through old growth forest, leading to the Blue Pool with its gorgeous sapphire color. Along the drive to Tamolitch Blue Pool Trailhead, we will take a bathroom break, and go for a short walk to a viewing platform for a view of 120-foot Sahalie Falls.
From Tamolitch Blue Pool Trailhead, our first 1.35 miles of the trail is along the rushing, beautiful, clear McKenzie River, and the final 0.75 miles climbs away from the river and through a lava field before popping out on the pool’s rim.
CLICK HERE to learn more and register for this hike.
Lens on Learning Series
Bringing Speakers on the Natural World To Crooked River Ranch
Seating is limited and registration opens one month before each Lens on Learning event at www.fansofdeschutes.org. FANs members admitted free, and non-members pay $3 (cash or check) at the door.
Wild and Scenic Rivers
Saturday, October 19, 2019
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
This season's first Lens on Learning event features Dr. Lisa Machnik to lead us on a journey of discovering Wild and Scenic Rivers.
Dr. Machnik's presentation will cover:
SAVE THE DATE: Registration opens here on September 19, 2019.
Friends and Neighbors of the
Deschutes Canyon Area: What We Do
Tom Iraci, FANs member and professional photographer, created a video that shows some of our work and play, along with the beauty of the Deschutes Canyon Area public lands. Enjoy!
Tom Iraci created a slideshow titled "Beauty in the Canyons," featuring images from the Deschutes Canyon Area. Click the blue button below to view this spectacular slideshow.
Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area
P.O. Box 2127, Terrebonne, OR 97760