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Anonymous donor’s $10K funds cleanup of China Hat Road area; 18K pounds of trash removed

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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Earlier this summer, an anonymous local donor reached out to Discover Your Forest to organize a cleanup effort in the China Hat Road area of the Deschutes National Forest south of Bend. The impressive results were announced on Friday.

The donor contributed more than $10,000 as a recurring investment for volunteer cleanups in the region, partnering with Discover Your Forest, Central Oregon Land Cruisers, the Central Oregon OHV Association, Cascade Heavy Rescue, local towing and garbage companies, and more than 35 volunteers to make the project successful.

The group of volunteers and partners were able to remove 18,000 pounds of trash, scrap metal and waste, including 16 automobile tires and wheels, seven passenger vehicles, a Class C motorhome and a truck camper.

The removal of this waste has significantly improved the environment and safety of the area, officials said Friday. The project area sits about a half-mile from the nearest neighborhood. Organized efforts to remove abandoned vehicles and accumulated trash piles requires significant coordination and the specialized equipment of towing companies.

“The generosity and hard work of the donor, partners, and volunteers in cleaning up the China Hat area is a tremendous gift that will help improve this challenging, yet well-loved portion, of the Deschutes National Forest directly adjacent to the community of Bend. The Forest Service is very grateful for this support and partnership.” said Holly Jewkes, Deschutes National Forest supervisor.

This project took place in June, with another planned before the end of the year, and follows annual efforts to clean up and maintain the area.

The donor funding the project remarked, “When people notice trash and abandoned vehicles where they want to explore, it can be disheartening. But instead of being frustrated, we are asking that people choose to do something about it. The right people with the right attitudes can make a huge difference by simply working together.”

The success of the project hinged on funding from local donors, tedious physical labor from the volunteers, and collaboration between several local companies and organizations.

Jeremy Evans with Technique Vehicle Outfitter, Jessica Gamble with the Home More Network, Brent Baker with Oregon Adventure Trucks, Bend Towing and Recovery, Consolidated Towing, Commercial Powder Coating, Cascade Disposal, Knott Landfill and the residents of Woodside Ranch all contributed in meaningful ways to making this project possible, and correctly storing and disposing of the materials removed.

Discover Your Forest, the nonprofit partner of the Forest Service in Central Oregon, contributes to forest health and safety by fundraising, training and managing volunteers, and providing conservation education to thousands of local students annually. If you would like to receive information regarding upcoming cleanups, you can reach out to the project lead at If you are interested in making a financial contribution to the China Hat Road cleanups, you can do so by visiting:

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    1. – you must be new to the area, or have an ax to grind – the good people of Bend and the surrounding area have been using the China hat area to dump their discards for generations – out of town, out of mind…

      1. People have jumped stuff out there for generations. But not nearly in the quantities of late. Pretending that most of this isn’t homeless “possessions” is putting your head in the sand.

        1. you must have missed the quintupling of the population here in the last 25 years. Now if you’re talking “generations” the quantity/increase of garbage makes sense.

          but yea, blame the homeless people and biden lol

        1. I was born on Hospital Hill. I learned to ride dirt bikes out that way. I learned to drive on China Hat Road. I sighted in a lot of guns out that way. There have always been slobs. Not as many as there are of late. You used to pretty much find trash only from the slob shooters. Sadly, those areas seem pristine and pure now in comparison. The homeless camps and all of their precious possessions (according to the do-gooders that want to turn Oregon into one large encampment) are the bulk of the trash these days.

          1. – regardless of the good, housed citizens of Bend dumping refrigerators, furniture, mattresses, yard debris, animal carcasses, construction debris, tires, bags of household trash, etc. for as long as there has been a China hat road (“pretty much”, right?), the narrative must be repeated – gotta have someone to hate, or it’s just no fun – rest assured you picked every casing from the rounds you shot out that way, and always kept your dirt bike on the road, not ripping through the landscape, so it sure isn’t you. – you get a twofer with your hate fest, homeless, and “do-gooders”!

    1. Absolutely. The sad thing is, I believe you don’t have to look too far back through the archives to find an article remarkably like this, for the same general area. Something has to change.

  1. You can thank the garbage leadership of this city for allowing it to get that bad. Not a brain cell for reasoning with ANY of them. They ALL need replaced immediately

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