FANs Summer Stewardship Snippets
While our Leadership Team has not assembled work parties on our public lands this summer, and we truly miss seeing many of you at these stewardship projects, these members have worked independently to accomplish important tasks on our public and private lands around the Deschutes Canyon Area.
Rhan Fitzpatrick took on the weekly task of watering new bunchgrasses at Steelhead Falls Trailhead and showy milkweed (planted by FANs in 2016) at Foley Waters on the Middle Deschutes River. When the May 2020 hail storm caused another major washout at Steelhead Falls parking area, Rhan dug out the buried bunchgrass starts. Without Rhan’s continued commitment, much of our restoration effort would have been lost.
FANs Invasive Weed Consultant Penny Radtke saw this towering Scotch thistle along a busy road at Crooked River Ranch. She grabbed trash bags and loppers and went to work removing this invasive weed before it went to seed. Penny has also been busy this summer visiting property owners at Crooked River Ranch to help them identify weeds and native plants on their properties.
Trail Monitor Eric Hanson continues to report on trail conditions to Bureau of Land Management, and he performs minor restoration activities while on the trail. You may have seen Eric's landscape and native plant photos on FANs social media.
An anonymous FANs member
worked hard to remove invasive thistles at the south end of Otter Bench Trail. (Some of you may have spotted this volunteer, that prefers to remain anonymous, in action near the trailhead.)
have been taking personal action this summer to protect our local public lands or improve native habitat on your own property, please send us a photo
with a short description of your actions. We'd love to share it!