Tumalo Reservoir

Event: The Unknown Story of the Tumalo Reservoir Area on September 7th, 2016

SOLD OUT -  Tangled Dealings in a Wild & Precious Place

As the Gateway to the Skyline Forest, the Tumalo Reservoir Area (or Bull Flats) is a critical connection for the Tumalo Deer Winter Range and contains important habitat for elk, mule deer and other wildlife, including a rare and threatened plant species (learn more and sign the petition here). 

You may have heard the story of the failed Tumalo Reservoir in the early 20th century, but did you know protection for this land is still at risk?

Join LandWatch on Wednesday, September 7th for a presentation that will uncover this story with Jamie Hildebrandt - Rock Springs Ranch Manager, Sara Gregory - ODF&W Wildlife Habitat Biologist, and Stu Garrett - botany expert.

When: Wednesday, September 7th 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Where: Brooks Room, Downtown Bend Library
How: RSVP by clicking here

Help Save the Bull Flat Wildlife Area

The Upper Tumalo Reservoir is a beautiful natural area west of the rural community of Tumalo. Here, the sagebrush and juniper spotted high desert landscape gives way to the green foothills of the Cascades.

The Upper Tumalo Reservoir is a beautiful natural area west of the rural community of Tumalo. Here, the sagebrush and juniper spotted high desert landscape gives way to the green foothills of the Cascades.

Side Notes: Hearing for Tumalo Irrigation District

Hearing regarding TID Code Enforcement Complaint: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 at 3:00pm at Deschutes County Offices 1300 NW Wall St.

Side Notes 4/6-4/13 by Sherron Lumley, published in The Source Weekly

A hearing will be held later in April regarding a new code enforcement complaint against Tumalo Irrigation District (TID). This is regarding large scale, unpermitted excavation and removal of material conducted for several weeks during this winter deer migration season. Previously, similar activities were shut down by regulatory authorities. 

A 1988 deed restriction requires the land be managed for the benefit of wildlife.

The Community Development Department is tasked to review whether this activity, in the Winter Deer Range, was illegal and what amount of penalty, if any, to assess against TID. 

This comes on the heels of a written decision earlier this year against TID by Deschutes County Hearings Officer Karen Green. That decision was regarding unpermitted development of recreational use of a reservoir for water skiing and wakeboarding on subject property zoned Rural Residential and within the Wildlife Area Combining Zone.