- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

BEND, Ore. (AP) - The Deschutes National Forest hopes to stop illegal off-highway use south of Bend while restoring riverside habitat along the Deschutes River.

The Bulletin in Bend reports (https://bit.ly/1GNJFWM ) that a planned restoration project would focus on the areas upriver of Tetherow Boat Launch and near Sunriver. At both locations, people have been seen driving on roads decommissioned by the U.S. Forest Service and blazing new, unapproved roads.

Restoring the roads would include placing large boulders and large pieces of wood, spreading mulch and native seeds and planting conifer seedlings. The boulders are intended to keep people from driving onto the roads.

The U.S. Forest Service placed boulders at the dead end of the road last fall but someone winched them away.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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