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One of Central Oregon's favorite hiking trails that affects fire lookout efforts has now been re-routed. The change on the Black Butte Trail hopes to make things easier for hikers and those in charge of fire lookout. Deschutes National Forest spokesperson Jean Nelson-Dean says the new defined trail system on top of the Butte provides clear direction to scenic viewpoints and moves hikers away from the facility. “We often had confused hikers wanting to do the right thing. But getting a little lost over by the lookout on top of Black Butte and creating a lot of trails that were impacting the vegetation. So we wanted to help the hikers and also we wanted to reduce the impact on those fire detection activities that were happening at the lookout." Besides completing the trail project; the youth crew that worked on the new trail also found a dehydrated Golden Eagle eaglet in the Black Butte parking lot. A wildlife biologist was contacted and now the eaglet is doing fine.





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  • 27th Street Bear Creek Road and Forum Dr. down to a single lane 6a – 10p Signal light at 27th and Forum will be disabled and only right turns off 27th will be allowed.


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