BEND, OR -- The road to Tumalo Falls reopens Wednesday, following the annual winter closure. Visitors will be allowed to drive to Tumalo Falls but Deschutes National Forest officials urge drivers to be cautious of spring road conditions and aware of vehicle, pedestrian and bike congestion in the area.
On the Sisters Ranger District, the Forest Service is changing its permit process for dry pine cone permits, due to high demand in recent years. In the past, 30-day permits allowed people to gather 80 bushels of dry pine cones during a 30-day period. But, officials say pickers often far exceeded that allowance. When the season opens May first, two types will be available: a 10-day permit for $20, or a 60-day permit for $100. Neither has a limit on the number of bushels picked in that time.
In addition, the Ranger District will not place contract area restrictions. Spring pine cone picking season ends June 30. For more information, contact Special Forest Products Officer Jeremy Fields at 541-549-7659.