Cline Buttes Recreation Area Project Updates
Tumalo Canal Trailhead Project
The BLM is nearing completion of the Tumalo Canal Trailhead (PDF) just north of the Barr Road/Gerking Market Road intersection. The trailhead has parking for single vehicles and horse trailers, and replaces the interim parking area at the Barr Road/Gerking Market Road intersection. The trailhead provides access to pedestrian-only trails in the Tumalo Canal Historic Area, as well as horse trails south of the Tumalo Canal Historic area and non-motorized routes to the west of the trailhead.
The trailhead project was funded through grant support from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and built with the help of many volunteer groups including the Cline Buttes Recreation Association, Oregon Equestrian Trails, local homeowners, grazing permittees, and running club members. Other assistance has been provided by Oregon Military Department's Youth Challenge Program, Deschutes County Community Justice Program, and Heart of Oregon Youth Corps.
Juniper Trailhead Gate
A gate was installed immediately east of Juniper Trailhead in May 2015 to close the Maston Area to motor vehicle use, except for landowners who use and maintain this road for private property access.
Where Will We Work Next?The BLM has the following upcoming projects in Cline Buttes:
- Route decommissioning and restoration of river access trails in the north end of Maston Area in August 2015
- Trail construction (horse/hike) and route decommissioning in the Tumalo Canal Historic Area in fall/winter 2015
- Fence relocation to support seasonal closures for wildlife conservation in Dry Canyon/Deep Canyon in 2015/2016
- Construction of the Cascade View Trailhead and about 8 miles of trail leading to, and on the Buttes in 2016
- Construction of the Buckhorn OHV Staging Area west of State Highway 126 in 2016
Who Are Our Partners?
The opportunity for partners will continue to grow as BLM increases management work in the area. In 2012, the Prineville District worked closely with many partners including:
Oregon National Guard, Youth Challenge Program (YCP) is an Alternative High School. It is a residential school where cadets (students) live on site for 5 months while attending the military model school. Eligible individuals are accepted from all 36 counties in Oregon.
The Heart of Oregon's mission is to operate youth training and employment training programs that aim to reduce poverty, stimulate economic growth, and maintain the natural environment.
The Central Oregon Trails Alliance (COTA) is dedicated to the stewardship of sustainable, multiple-use trails and to preserving access for mountain bikers through advocacy, education and promoting responsible trail use.
Oregon Equestrian Trails (OET) is a non-profit organization whose members are dedicated to designing, building, promoting, preserving, and maintaining horse camps and trails in Oregon.
OHV Club organizations offering opportunities for responsible motorized recreation including Raven Off Road - Class II Club out of Portland, 4Locked Films - Class II Club Bend, Deschutes County 4 Wheelers - Class II Club, and the Central Oregon Motorcycle and ATV Club (COMAC) - I and III club.
Grants and Funding
The BLM received grants for additional trail and trailhead development for both OHV and non-motorized use in 2015/2016. These grants include the ATV Program Grants and Recreational Trail Program Grants, administered by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
Other Projects in CBRA
In addition to recreation projects, the BLM continues to implement a series of vegetation treatments to reduce the risk of wildfire in the urban interface. Piling and burning of slash will occur in the Tumalo Canal Historic Area and along the powerlines in the Maston Recreation Area. We also have a small amount of handpiles to burn along Barr Road in the ODOT Site N Quarry. Burning should be completed by December 2015, weather permitting. Fuels treatments will be designed for the southwest area in 2015 for later implementation work. Click here for more information on the Cline Buttes Hazardous Fuels Projects.