Friends and Neighbors of the
Deschutes Canyon Area: What We Do
Tom Iraci, FANs Board 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!
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.
Deschutes-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area:
Public Lands Worth Protecting
Summary of President Marilynne Keyser's Testimony Before Senate Committee, August 2018
FANs is a local stewardship organization based at Crooked River Ranch (CRR) that was started six years ago by neighbors who love the incredible river canyons bordering CRR and believe in the importance of local involvement in managing public lands.
With our nearly 400 members and an additional 600 participants and volunteers our mission is to preserve and restore the wild landscapes of the Whychus-Deschutes area, which includes the Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area (WSA) that will be impacted by HR 2075.
FANs has long recognized the need to implement fire risk reduction measures on both public and private lands in and around CRR.
FANs worked for over a year with others in the community, including the fire chief, the homeowners association board President, and the appropriate federal agencies, to develop a collaborative concept that would ensure CRR is better protected from wildfire while also resolving the status of the entire WSA, one of the most scenic, wild places in Central Oregon.
A concept emerged that is a true win-win solution. This approach would result in fire risk mitigation activities in the form of fuels treatment on BLM lands adjacent to CRR, wilderness protection for certain qualified public lands, and release of certain lands from WSA status.
Our organization is not opposed to WSA release. In fact it was FANs representatives on the working group that introduced the idea as a part of the collaborative process. But we have several serious concerns about the approach of HR 2075.
Although the public lands impacted by HR 2075 are located in our backyard at CRR, Whychus-Deschutes contains outstanding recreation opportunities, one of the highest concentrations of cultural sites and artifacts in our region, and critical habitat for native plants, fish and wildlife. All of these resources are currently threatened by illegal off-road vehicle abuse, recreation overuse, and vandalism. Certain public lands in this area need and deserve permanent protection.
Finally, we need to ensure land managers have the direction and the resources to tackle these complex and serious issues. We believe a comprehensive solution based on true local collaboration is possible for this area. I urge the committee to expand this bill to address the concerns of all the stakeholders of this incredible wild landscape.
CLICK HERE to read Marilynne Keyser's HR 2075 written testimony.
FANs 2019 Guided Hikes:
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 email@example.com. This will open up the space for another hiker.
Newberry National Monument Hike
August 30, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Hike Rating: Moderate; 3 miles (total distance of four short hikes)
Guide: John Magee, FANs Member
This hike will explore some of the extraordinary volcanic wonders within Newberry National Volcanic Monument, including four separate short hikes with an overall total of 3 miles.
Trail of the Molten Land - Begins adjacent to Lava Lands Visitor Center at the north end of the Monument - 1 mile loop on a paved interpretive trail across a basalt flow to a viewpoint. Elevation gain is 150 ft.
Lava Butte Rim – This 0.5 mile trail circles the rim of cinder cone volcano with great views. Elevation gain is 150 ft. There will be a shuttle bus from the Visitor Center to the fire lookout tower at the top of the crater - $2 per person. Exact change is requested as the driver does not give change.
Paulina Falls - After completing the above hikes, we will leave Lava Visitor Center and drive to the south end of the Monument. After a very short walk from the parking lot to view the falls from near the top, the hike will then include the 0.5 mile down and back hike to enjoy the spectacular view from along Paulina Creek near the bottom of the falls. Elevation gain is 200 ft.
Big Obsidian Flow – This hike begins with ascending a steep flight of stairs to be surrounded by a huge flow of black volcanic glass on a 1 mile loop with great views. Elevation gain is 500 ft.
Registration for this hike opens here on July 30, 2019.
Save the Date for This Upcoming Hikes:
Sept 26 McKenzie River Hike to Tamolitch Pool
Tom Iraci, photographer and FANs board member, 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