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Deschutes National Forest NEPA Projects

Projects are proposed actions that are analyzed through the NEPA process (EIS, EA, or CE) that involves analyzing different alternatives to the proposed action, requires public notice and comment, and results in a NEPA decision (ROD, DN, or DM) which, subject to an administrative appeals process, and is implemented on the ground. The Forest Projects below are projects that we are analyzing or have analyzed under the NEPA process. Projects that are "Developing Proposal" or "Under Analysis" may have an opportunity for public collaboration and input on the proposed actions and the analysis being conducted.

Deschutes National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Cascade Pit Restoration

Rehabilitation of a decommissioned rock pit south of Phil's Trailhead to aid in the eradication of Medusahead rye - an aggressive noxious weed. Light wire fence to be placed along road that runs through pit. Revegetation of the pit to native plants.

CenturyLink Fiber Optic Installation Widgi Creek

CenturyLink proposes to install a fiber optic line on existing poles from private near hwy 46 to FSR 100 across form Widgi Creek Golf Course where the line would go to a vault and travel underground the road then cross under the road to private land

Melvin Butte Vegetation Management Project

Maintain and restore resiliency and forest health in stands that provide habitat for interior wildlife species and present a potential risk of large scale wildfires in the Melvin Butte area. The project would generate about 5 MMBF of timber.

Prescribed Fire in the Wilderness

The project would use prescribed fire in and adjacent to the Three Sisters Wilderness area to modify vegetation and fuels to reduce the threats to values at risk outside of Wilderness to allow fire to play a more natural role within the Wilderness

Under Analysis

2014 Recreation Residence CE

The purpose of the projects is to allow permittees to maintain safe and accessible residences that comply with State and Federal regulations, and to restore vegetation in certain areas.

Bend Municipal Watershed Fuel Breaks

Thin both snags and green trees within several hundred feet of both sides of a few key roads in the area including: FS road (FSR) 4601370 and 4601. Treatments would create roughly 15 miles of strategic roadside fuel breaks and would also include reducing ladder fuels and down woody debris and brush. Roadside treatment could be accomplished with a variety of tools including forest crews used to masticate down material with a small tracked vehicle, firewood sales, and small commercial bid sales. Project implementation would include thinning of snags and some live green trees to reduce fuels along the selected roads, application of some spot rock in places to allow fire suppression vehicles access during a wildfire event and ladder fuel reduction and mastication of slash generated by tree removal.

Cultus Lake Resort Special Use Permit

Reissue a special use permit to Cultus Lake Resort to allow the permitte to continue to operate an existing resort on National Forest System lands.

Flat Vegetation Management Project

14k acres thinning in ponderosa pine, overstory removal in lodgepole, precommercial thinning and fuel treatments to maintain and restore forest health to increase stand productivity, reduce threat of large scale wildfire, and contribute wood products

Indian Ford Creek Restoration Project

The project would restore fish passage to Indian Ford Creek by addressing the last remaining artificial barriers. It will improve habitat conditions by reducing dispersed camping impacts, thinning conifers and restoring hydrologic function.


Ecosystem Services based-project designed to maintain and enhance a set of values unique to the planning area, including hunting and recreation opportunities, wildlife and botanical resources, water quality, and scenic views.

Newberry Geothermal Consent to Lease Project

The decision will either allow or deny BLM permission to lease National Forest System lands for geothermal exploration and potential development. Forest is analyzing 11 new parcels.

Prescribed Fire Maintenance Project

The Forest proposes to prescribe underburn about 15,000 acres over 72 units. These areas were previously underburned following thinning activities and are now in need of maintenance of the fuels.

Recreation Special Use Permits Reissuances

The Forest Service is proposing to reissue multiple expired Special Use permits issued for a variety of recreation events, outfitter/guide services, and one resort on the Deschutes National Forest.

Red Butte Cinder Pit Expansion

The purpose of this project is for FS to respond to ODOTs request to expand the pit to utilize cinders to accommodate their 10-year Mineral Materials Contract and provide a long-term source.

Rocket Vegetation Management Project

Commercial thinning, plantation thinning, deer habitat improvement, shrub mowing, and Rx fire on over 9,000 acres. The project area is primarily second-growth ponderosa pine, includes a portion of Newberry Nat. Volcanic Monument, large lava flows.

Ryan Ranch Wetland Restoration Project

Restore 0.3 miles of Deschutes riverbank including the natural hydrological function of an historic slough floodplain. Native veg will be planted to stabilize riverbank. Relocation of 0.25 mi. Des. River Trail; add'l parking and ADA facilities

Sisters Community Trails

The project would build about 21 miles of paved non-motorized path, single track trail, equestrian trails and a trailhead facility in the vicinity of Sisters, Oregon

Ursus Vegetation Management Project

About 4,000 acres of lodgepole pine and mixed conifer forest treated with salvage harvest, regeneration harvest, and fuels reduction. Located between a large expanse of Roadless & Wilderness to west and privately-held forest to the east.

Welcome Station Trail Connections

Provide additional paved non-motorized trails, designated single-track mountain bike trails, and a trailhead facility on National Forest System lands adjacent to and around the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway Welcome Station.

Whychus Floodplain Restoration Project

The project would address the loss of floodplain and flood channel connection to the creek that resulted from berm construction following the 1964 flood.

Winter Yurt Special Use Permit

The purpose of the project is to amend the SUP issued to Three Sisters Backcountry to authorize additional winter Nordic recreation opportunities.

Analysis Completed

2011 Small Diameter Tree Thinning Project

Thin small trees averaging six inches in diameter on approximately 500 acres of (generally) managed plantations located throughout the District

2013 Small Diameter Tree Thinning

Small diameter tree thinning on 202 acres in nine units. Of the 202 acres 131 acres in five units are managed plantations, 44 acres in two units for post and poles, and 27 acres in two units for huckleberry enhancement.

Bear Valley Creek Fish Passage

The project will improve fish passage by removing a culvert on Bear Valley Creek. In addition, about 1.5 miles of Forest Road 1235-500 will be decommissioned.

Bend Surface Water Improvement Project

The Forest proposes to issue a special use permit to the City of Bend to authorize the City to upgrade the existing Bridge Creek intake facility and replace the aging Bridge Creek water supply pipelines.

Expiring Permit Re-issuance Gas Transmission Northwest

This project would re-issue existing expring permits for Gas Transmission Northwest.

Eyerly Fire Salvage

Recover value of trees killed and damaged during the Eyerly Fire. Project will also analyze hazard tree removal, reforestation, and road system. Emergency Situation Determination requested to allow project to be implemented after decision is signed.

Invasive Plant Treatments

Supplemental EIS for site-specific treatment of invasive plants at approx. 1,892 sites on the Ochoco and Deschutes NF and Crooked River National Grassland. Methods include herbicides, manual, mechanical and cultural. Please note, Appeal Resolution documents on this website pertain to the 2007 Record of Decision and are not associated with the Supplemental EIS.

Lake Creek Fish Passage

Replace culvert on Forest Road 12, add 2-3 fish screens on Lake Creek, north fork Lake Creek, and south fork Lake Creek

Mt. Bachelor Ski Area Improvements

Proposal includes on-mountain improvements: new chairlift and associated trails, shortening and/or replacement of existing lifts, expanding snowmaking coverage, construction of a lift-served, downhill mtn. bike park, and additions to Nordic trail. To submit an appeal of the Record of Decision, until further notice please use the following email address, as our appeal inbox is not functioning properly (as of April 1, 2013): danderson01@fs.fed.us

Odell Creek Riparian Maintenance CE

Hand thinning of young lodgepole pine (4" diameter or less) enchroachment along the riparian corridor of lower Odell Creek

Ogden Landscape Vegetation Management Project

Final EIS and Record of Decision now available. Proposal includes commercial and precommercial thinning, shrub mowing, and prescribed burning across approx. 14,600 acres of the 26,500-acre project area to reduce tree densities, encourage LOS development, break up fuel continuity; 2 plan amendments

Pole Creek Fire Danger Tree Abatement

The project would provide for public and employee safety in areas of high public use or concentrated administrative use by Forest Service employees. The area is now exposed to an elevated risk from numerous fire killed trees along roads in the area.

Pole Creek Fire Timber Salvage Project

The project proposes to harvest 13MMBF of fire killed timber from the 2012 Pole Creek fire area. Timber harvest would take place exclusively in the Matrix land allocation as defined in the Northwest Forest Plan. About 1,051 acres would be harvested.

Rim Paunina Project

A 40,000 acre watershed on the southern end of Crescent Ranger District whose goal is to utilize forestry techniques that disturb the forest at appropriate levels to create and maintain a diversity of habitats closer to what historically occurred.

Special Use Permit Reissuance: ODFW Hosmer Lake Dam

Special use permit to be re-issued to Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife which authorizes the continued maintenance of a rubble-masonry dam for the purpose of raising the water level of Hosmer Lake for enhancement of fish habitat.

Special Use Permit Reissuance: ODFW Lava Lake Weir

Special Use Permit to be re-issued to Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife which authorizes the continued maintenance of a concrete weir for non-game fish control on Lava Lake.

Special User Permit Reissuance: ODFW Cow Camp Cabin

Special use permit to be re-issued to Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife which authorizes the continued maintenance of a cabin at north end of Craine Prairie Reservoir (Cow Camp), includingouthouses and apprtenances for use as training and work center

TSID Main Canal Project

The project will replace 3.8 miles of open irrigation canal with high density polyethylene pipe, reducing irrigation water needs by 6 cfs. The 6 cfs will be returned to Whychus Creek through the Department of Water Resources Conserved Water program.

USGS Volcanic Monitoring Stations

The USGS will install eight volcanic monitoring stations on the flanks of Newberry Volcano, each consisting of a seismometer, a GPS, and a digital radio. Impact of each site 80 square feet or less.

West Bend Vegetation Management Project

Moving the area toward a more resilient landscape, providing a diversity of habitats, and reducing hazardous fuels. Approximately 14,745 acres of commercial thinning, for a total of 22,000 acres proposed for thinning, mowing, and/or underburning. The project is also part of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration project area. Read about this at www.deschutescollaborativeforest.org/.

Whychus Creek Wild and Scenic River Plan

Resource Assessment completed in 2005. Preparation of Management Plan and Environmental Assessment to prepare management guidance for protection of outstandingly remarkable values on Whychus Creek. Will involve a Forest Plan Amendment.


Popper Vegetation Management Project

About 6,000 acres of the project area has been impacted by the 2012 Pole Creek fire. The district has determined that a new proposed action and project will be developed and the Popper project will be canceled.

Prescribed Fire in Wilderness: Scott Mountain and Cascade Lakes Areas, Deschutes and Willamette NF

The project would use prescribed fire in the Three Sisters Wilderness area to modify vegetation and fuels to sufficiently reduce the threats to values at risk outside of Wilderness in order to allow fire to play a more natural role within Wilderness. For maps & more information about this project, visit our Prescribed Fire in Wilderness page.

Union Pacific Railroad Fiberoptic Installation

Union Pacific Railroad requests a Special Use Permit to install fiberoptic cable conduits on the Middle Fork RD (Willamette NF) and Crescent RD (Deschutes NF).

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.