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Deschutes Canyon Currents
September 2021
Three Sisters with fresh snow  / Tom Iraci
We work to preserve and restore the wild landscapes of the middle Deschutes and lower Crooked Rivers and lower Whychus Creek through advocacy, stewardship and education.
           -FANs of the Deschutes Canyon Area's Mission Statement

Join an Autumn FANs Guided Hike

Canyon Creek Meadows
Date. Thursday, September 30, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Rating:  Moderate, 4.5 miles
Guide: Cindy Murray
This hike will take us through a stand of silver snags from a 2003 forest fire, around Jack Lake and into a wildflower meadow and past beaver territory where dozens of large pines have been felled. On the way back see two waterfalls just off the trail. We will see the heavily eroded core of the extinct volcano, Three Fingered Jack with a glacier remnant.
Learn more and sign up for this hike.

Lookout Mountain Trail #804
Date:  Thursday, October 7, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Rating:  Moderate-Difficult, 8 miles
Guide:  Cindy Murray
This eight mile round trip loop ascends 1000 ft through open meadows, stands of beautiful old growth ponderosa and mixed conifer forests. The first four miles will be gaining elevation and the second four miles will be downhill. The summit is a rocky plateau with sweeping views of the Ochocos. Here you will see many varieties of stonecrop and other plants specializing in rocky, soilless strata.
Learn more and sign up for this hike.

Crooked River Wetlands Birding
Date:  Wednesday, October 13, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Rating:  Easy, 2 miles
Guide:  Chuck Gates
This hike is designed for beginning birders. It is open to families with children and/or folks with limited mobility. The trail is flat and mostly paved. A mobility-assistance vehicle will be available for those who prefer to ride along as we hike.
Learn more and sign up for this hike.


Chuck Gates will lead an easy beginning birders walk on October 13.

Look What's Blooming Now!

Marilynne Keyser, Native Plant Coordinator

Despite the dry, hot and smoky summer, which cut short our early summer blooms, we can still enjoy these lovely late summer to fall native plants. 

Fall is the season of rabbitbrush glory.  Green rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus visiciflorus), pictured right, flowers first, beginning in August, followed by gray rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseousus), pictured left, in September. Their tiny yellow flowers are almost indistinguishable, but the stems and leaves allow you to differentiate them.  Green rabbitbrush has woody, brown stems and small linear leaves that often are slightly twisted.  Gray rabbitbrush has woolly stems that appear gray due to the soft white hairs and small linear untwisted leaves.


Smoothstem blazing star (Mentzelia laevicaulis) has large, yellow star-shaped flowers that bloom at the tip of erect, widely-branching whitish stems.  The leaves are deeply lobed and coated with stiff barbed hairs.  It starts to bloom in July and continues into September.  This plant is found sandy, gravelly soil, or rocky canyon slopes.


Richardson’s penstemon (Penstemon richardsonii) is a late summer bloomer that can last into October.  The beautiful pink flowers are prolific, growing at the tips of many upright hairless stems.  The leaves are opposite on the stem, lance-shaped, and deeply saw-toothed, which accounts for its other common name, cutleaf penstemon. This penstemon is found on cliffs and in rocky areas where moisture is conserved by the rocks.


Western Goldenrod (Euthamia occidentalis) has tall erect stems, branched only near the top, where yellow flowerheads cluster. Leaves are alternate, long and narrow with edges dotted with resin, making them feel rough. This late bloomer is often found along river edges.


Blue Mountain buckwheat (Eriogonum strictum var. proliferum) is a large, rounded plant with many branched stems.  Like other eriogonums, this plants has erect basal leaves, but there are no leaves on the flowering stems. The tiny white flower with dark pink vertical lines on the petals eventually ages to a dark pink. Both the stems and the bracts of the flowers are covered in white woolly hairs.


Hoary Aster (Dieteria canescens) is a spreading to erect plant with grayish stems and and narrow, sometimes lobed leaves.  The flowerhead has two to three rows of distinctive, sharply pointed bracts, purple ray flowers and many yellow disk flowers.

Keep your eyes peeled for these colorful autumn blossoms when you are enjoying the outdoors in Central Oregon.

Hands-On Learning is Fun for Kids of All Ages!
Thanks to Robin Galloway and Penny Radtke for managing a FANs table at the Sisters Community Fair in August.  Kids loved learning about the different prints made by animals and making their own to take home.

FANs Public Land Cleanups Continue
On September 1, FANs volunteers once again joined Crooked River Ranch Horse Enthusiasts to clean up trash left by illegal campers in both the Steamboat Rock Recreation Area north of Lower Bridge Road and in the Wild and Scenic Deschutes River corridor south of Lower Bridge.

Spotlight on New FANs Board Member Phyllis Carlin

As an outdoor enthusiast, lover of nature and a former educator, I very appreciate the many educational opportunities provided by Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area (FANs).  Longtime residents and new arrivals can participate in a hike guided by a FANs member, visit the Native Plant Interpretive Garden at Crooked River Ranch that was created and is maintained by FANs, and learn about native plants which thrive in our area.  Another option is to attend a Lens on Learning presentation which features topics ranging from wildlife to invasive weeds to history of this area.

In addition, the care and stewardship FANs provides to public lands is important to me. Through clean-ups, restoration and monitoring efforts, FANS strives to keep these lands near Crooked River Ranch wild and natural for all to enjoy.  My involvement with such a passionate and enthusiastic group provides a valuable volunteer experience.

FANs Membership Keeps FANs Strong

FANs has remained strong and focused through the Covid-19 pandemic, and we are excited to move forward in 2021 and beyond.   Your membership, participation and financial donations are vital to the health and success of FANs…. your local conservation organization!

FANs membership begins at $10 per person per year.  We are grateful to so many FANs members that generously give more.

To renew, print this form and mail it with your check to:

FANs,  P.O. Box 2127,  Terrebonne, OR 97760

Or visit our website,, to donate online and complete an online membership form.  

If you have membership questions, please contact Sue Combs, FANs Treasurer and Database Manager, at 541-604-0280 or

Support FANs with
Tru Earth Eco-Friendly Products

We are so pleased that FANs members can now order from Tru Earth, a provider of ECO-FRIENDLY LAUNDRY DETERGENT STRIPS.... and MORE.  Sensitive on your skin AND good for our environment!  If you are interested in reducing plastic waste and using earth-healthy products, check out Tru Earth supporting FANs website. FANs receives 20% of the retail sales price whenever you order from this website.  You can always access it by clicking on the Get Involved and Support FANs Through Purchases tabs at

National Public Lands Day
September 25, 2021, is National Public Lands Day.  

"On National Public Lands Day, we celebrate America’s beautiful and majestic public lands — those irreplaceable natural treasures that belong to all of us in equal measure.  Our Nation is blessed with an abundance of awe-inspiring public lands, including National Parks, Monuments, conservation areas, wildlife refuges, forests, grasslands, marine sanctuaries, lakes, and reservoirs.  For Americans in every part of our Nation, these spaces are invaluable sources of recreation and education, of spiritual fulfillment and rejuvenation, and of inspiration and pride."
 - Excerpt from Proclamation on National Public Lands Day, 2021, by Joseph R. Biden Jr.


Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area
is proud to be a part of

Friends Grassroots Network
Central Oregon Conservation Network

Board Meeting Schedule

Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area board meetings are usually held on the second Sunday each month.  Copies of the agenda are available before the meetings.  Public comments are welcome at the end of board meetings.

Our next board meeting will be October 10, 2021, at the home of Marilynne and John Keyser, with current COVID protocol in place. Please email if you would like to attend this board meeting.


FANs Board of Directors
Our all-volunteer Board of Directors focuses on our mission: Preserve and restore the wild landscapes of the middle Deschutes and lower Crooked Rivers and lower Whychus Creek through advocacy, stewardship and education. 

You can read more about our Board of Directors and Leadership Team by clicking here.


FANs is a 501-C-3 Nonprofit Organization  EIN #45-4986167

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Our mailing address is:
Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area
PO Box 2127
Terrebonne, OR 97760
541.771.FANS (3267)

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