Did you know that hiking off trail can lead to trampled vegetation, harmed ecosystems and soil erosion? Taking care of Central Oregon’s trails is in everyone’s best interest. Executive Director of the Deschutes Trails Coalition, Danielle MacBain, talks to us about trail etiquette and how to be prepared before your adventure begins.
Toni Toreno, local photographer and owner of Bend Photo Tours is here to talk about litter. Everyone knows that litter isn’t pretty, but more importantly, it’s dangerous! Human trash can dramatically change and harm the ecosystems that we are visiting. To keep our wild places beautiful, a little effort from all of us can go a long way.
In this video Dan McGarigle, owner of Pine Mountain Sports, talks about the importance of practicing respect on our Public Lands. From sharing trails with others to appreciating wildlife from a distance, being welcoming and respectful to those who we share our outdoor spaces with is vital. If we all work together, we can build an inclusive outdoor space where everyone is safe and welcome.
We were able to sit down with the Monument Manager and Developed Recreation Team Leader for the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District on the Deschutes National Forest, Scott McBride, for a conversation about the Monument from a management perspective.
The volcanic activity that formed the unique landscape of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument also created deposits of obsidian; a resource highly valued during the prehistoric period for making stone tools. Obsidian deposits have distinct geochemical properties that can be identified using a technique called xray fluorescence spectrometry.
For years, Newberry National Volcanic Monument has been a hub of Central Oregon treasures and an introduction to the volcanic landscape found within. The Monument is visited by thousands of people from all over the world and our welcoming Volunteer Rangers are there to spark the flame of excitement and wonder!
Lava Butte, the cinder cone at Lava Lands on the northwest flank of Newberry Volcano, has a fascinating history beyond just its geology. The butte became a fire lookout site all the way back in 1913, and is still staffed as a lookout today. It remains an important facet of wildland fire safety in Central Oregon.
Archaeological evidence shows the area we know today as the Newberry National Volcanic Monument has been a focal point of human activity in Central Oregon for at least 11,000 years. People were drawn to this area due to the availability of essential resources like water, game animals, and the high-quality obsidian created by the Newberry Volcano.
Beginning with the initial designation of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, interpretation and education within the Monument have been two of the stated goals. Because this was included in the protection legislation, over the last 30 years, the Forest Service has developed partnerships with individuals and organizations to help further this effort.