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ODOT, USFS outline plans, seek comments on Bend-to-Lava Lands multi-use trail

(Update: Adding link to Forest Service comment info)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) --  The Oregon Department of Transportation and U.S. Forest Service are inviting the public to provide feedback on plans for a paved multi-use trail from south of Bend to the Lava Lands Visitor Center.

The proposed six-mile long trail will start south of Bend at the Baker Road/Knott Road interchange. From there, it will wind through a forest and old lava flow, terminating at the Lava Lands Visitor Center at Lava Butte.

Along the way, the multi-use trail provides connections to the High Desert Museum, Sun Lava trail system, and Sunriver.

ODOT received federal grants for the planning, design and construction of the trail, which will be ADA-accessible. The trail is a major component of the Lava Lands regional trail system concept, and is expected to serve more than 80,000 visitors a year once it is built.

The Deschutes National Forest prepared an Environmental Analysis (EA) of the proposal, which also includes collecting and reviewing public comments for the portion of the trail within the Forest Service Boundary.

The public comment period for the Environmental Analysis of the project was made available Thursday and was announced by the Forest Service. For more info:

To help the public better understand this project, ODOT has prepared an online open house website where members of the public can review the feasibility study completed for the project and provide feedback on the alternatives examined.

The open house is located at:

The site will be open for review and feedback through April 30.

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  1. You just had a story on the decline of the mule deer population. We just put in the underpasses for them on 97. Now you’re gonna put 80’000 people.

  2. Ha, the USFS can not – or will not – maintain the forest roads now, how long will this last before it is trashed or be permit use only? At the rate the USFS does things – timber sales – it will be years down the road before even the paperwork is done, unless they want to do it, unlike timber sales that used to pay for things. All there has to be is an arrowhead found along this proposed path and then it will be nixed anyway. Any raptor nesting along the route will make this a seasonal use path, look for some three-toed toad under a rock, nix the trail path. Find a tin can over 50 years old and that makes the area a “historical site”, one pictograph or petroglyph on a rock, the trail is gone. All this can/will happen, UNLESS the USFS wants the trial then they will ignore the laws and rules to do it anyway.

  3. Another placation to the tourist industrial complex at the expense of native wildlife. Central Oregon mule deer are in big trouble. Their winter range is constantly inundated by gapers with no respect for the stress they’re under all the time. Where are the voices that’s should be advocating for them? How many trails are enough? Just STOP!

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