March 17 | HABITAT CONSERVATION PLAN FOR THE DESCHUTES: What does the current application mean for the future of the Deschutes?

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Our top priority is the health and safety of our community. The governor has issued a ban on all large gatherings over 250 people that will last until April 8. For that reason, we are cancelling the February forum because of the recent updates and local uncertainties about the COVID-19 virus. We always pull together in Central Oregon. We will get through these uncertain times and look forward to seeing you at an upcoming forum.

Local irrigation districts have released their Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for how they will meet the needs of protected species that depend on the Deschutes River – Oregon spotted frog, bull trout, and steelhead. The HCP is hailed by some as an appropriate, and realistic, plan for meeting the needs of these species, and by others as “not enough, not fast enough” in terms of putting water back in stream. And others question whether or not there is room for our growing communities to meet their water needs. This forum will provide information on the HCP and engage the audience to ask the tough questions on this controversial topic.


  • Bridget Moran: Field Supervisor, Bend Field Office, US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Tod Heisler: Rivers Conservation Director, Central Oregon LandWatch

Audience Participation:  Audience members will be invited to weigh in and ask questions during the conversation that follows the prepared remarks.

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$25 members / $45 non-members. Plated lunch is included.

Registration closes at noon on Thursay, March 12.

Registration fees must be paid in advance of the forum.

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