Cline Buttes Recreation Area Project Updates
Tumalo Canal Trailhead Project
Prineville BLM has successfully competed for a State Parks Grant for construction of the Tumalo Canal Trailhead (PDF) at the south end of Barr Road. The trailhead will be located on the west side of Barr Road, approximately 1/4 mile north of Gerking Market Road, and will include parking pads, small picnic area, and a vault toilet. It will serve the pedestrian trails in the Tumalo Canal Historic Area, as well as non-motorized use trails in the southwest portion of the Cline Buttes Recreation Area.
BLM competed for the Recreation Trails Program (RTP) Grant for this project, with support from the City of Redmond, Redmond Area Parks and Recreation District, Oregon Equestrian Trails, East Cascade Chapter—Backcountry Horsemen, Sierra Club, Eagle Crest Resort, Cline Buttes Recreation Association, and many others.
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.
Where Will We Work Next?The BLM is planning the following projects and will update this website as these are completed:
- Construction of the Tumalo Canal Trailhead in 2014
- Construction of additional fence along the east side of Barr Road
- Development of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails in the Maston and Tumalo Canal Historic Areas in 2012, including route decommissioning
- Route development, signing, and route decommissioning for the motorized trail system west of Barr Road and south of State Highway 126
- Continue to support seasonal wildlife closures in the Fryrear Canyon area, including sign placement, fence repairs, and route decommissioning
Grants and Funding
The Prineville District was awarded the following grants to help fund projects in the Cline Buttes Recreation Area.
State ATV Grant
The CBRA received a $251,000 ATV grant to develop the OHV portion of the CBRA south of Highway 126 and west of Barr Road. The grant includes a soft-match of $96,000 provided by the BLM and volunteers. Planned in winter of 2011 and throughout 2012, the main objectives for the development of this portion of the CBRA are to:
- Develop the North Barr Staging Area for parking and trail access;
- Manage access to the motorized trail use area by installing fencing;
- Map and sign existing routes;
- Construct new routes; and
- Rehabilitate undesignated routes at trail intersections throughout the designated trail system.
Other Projects in CBRA
In addition to recreation projects, the BLM is beginning to implement a series of vegetation treatments designed to reduce the risk of wildfire in the urban-interface. Click here for more information on the Cline Buttes Hazardous Fuels Project.