Public Land Clean-Ups
FANs volunteers have removed tons of debris on Crooked River National Grassland managed by United States Forest Service and public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. FANs volunteers removed trashbags full of skeet left on the Peninsula, a section of Crooked River National Grassland that lies between the Middle Deschutes River and the Lower Crooked River. FANs volunteers have coordinated with other agencies, such as Archaeological Society of Central Oregon, to remove grafitti on canyon walls.
Invasive Weed Removal
FANs coordinates with Bureau of Land Management and Crooked River National Forest managers to remove invasive plant species. FANs volunteers have helped stop the spread of invasive spotted knapweed along sections of Lower Whychus Creek.
Native Plant Restoration
Steelhead Falls Trail receives more than 10,000 visitors each year. With such heavy use, the habitat adjacent to the trail was degraded and invasive weeds were abundant. Starting in late 2014, FANs coordinated with Bureau of Land Management and held several work parties to pull non-native plants and plant over one thousand native shrubs, flowers, and bunchgrasses.
FANs is beginning an Adopt-A-Trail program in which volunteers monitor the conditions of trails in the Deschutes Canyon Area. If you are interested in monitoring and removing trash along a particular trail that is special to you the Deschutes Canyon Area, please contact FANs. Volunteers are responsible for walking the trail at least once per month and reporting on conditions of the trail.