Central Oregon residents and tourists work to erase impact on nature

The Bulletin reports on locals and visitors volunteering for conservation projects in Central Oregon.
By Suzanne Roig
The Bulletin


From the slopes of Mount Bachelor to the edges of the Deschutes River, scores of volunteers are regularly joining organized cleanups each year to weed, replant or pick up trash.

The companies and nonprofits that run these events say cleanups and restoration work are a way for companies and tourists to protect the environment in an area that embraces year-round recreation. It’s an activity that is attractive to millennials who want experiences with their leisure travel, said Kevney Dugan, Visit Bend executive director.

Visitors tell these groups that they enjoy connecting with the space where they are visiting...