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Winter Range Closures (Deschutes National Forest)

The problem Wild-ranging local mule deer populations have decreased by 56% from 2004 to 2021. In recent years, there has been a 10% decline in population per year This is 60% below objective What is Winter Range? Winter range is habitat deer and elk migrate to in order to find more favorable living conditions during […]

Prickly Pear: Did You Know?

Did you know … that the harvested fruit may help with offsetting aging, controlling diabetes and reducing the severity of a hangover?

Camping with Bears and Cycling on Wet Trails – Your Questions Answered (Part 3)

Bikepacking in bear country, what should you do with your gear that will attract bears? Wet trails, what are the best practices for Leave No Trace? Kait Boyle returns to answer more of your questions. Kait is the co-founder of Bikepacking Roots and serves as its Education Director. Bikepacking Roots has worked with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to create the Ride Where You Love Campaign – an effort to build responsible principles for backcountry cyclists. You can listen to our previous interviews with Kait about the Love Where Your Ride Campaign below. Stay tuned for future episodes in this series with more of your questions answered!

Campsites, Campfires, and Invasive Species – Your Questions Answered (Part 2)

Kait Boyle is back to discuss the Love Where you Ride campaign and Leave No Trace actions for backcountry cyclists! We discuss how cyclists can minimize the spread of invasive species, where we should and shouldn’t camp, and dive into the the nuances of campfire use. Kait Boyle is the co-founder of Bikepacking Roots and serves as its Education Director. Bikepacking Roots has worked with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to create the Ride Where You Love Campaign – an effort to build responsible principles for backcountry cyclists. You can listen to our previous interviews with Kait about the Love Where Your Ride Campaign below. Stay tuned for future episodes in this series with more of your questions answered!

Bikepacking the Sky Islands in Arizona with Sarah Swallow

In this podcast, we chat with Sarah Swallow about the Sky Islands Odyssey bikepacking route in Southern Arizona. The Odyssey is a journey through the vast borderlands of the Southwest, featuring a diverse network of rocky and sandy roads that traverse the ever-changing landscapes characteristic of the Sky Islands bioregion in the Sonoran Desert. Learn about the route and some of its challenges.

Thinning, Mowing and Fire

“What happened here?” That is a common reaction many have after seeing the immediate impact of the tree thinning and forest mowing work in the Phil’s network of trails. In this podcast, we talk with Melanie Fisher from the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project to discuss the ongoing work to restore the forest back to a healthy ecosystem that supports wildlife and recreational use and is wildfire resistant.

Poop, Pee, and Backcountry Hygiene

In this podcast, Kait Boyle, a mountain biker and record-holding ultra-cyclist who also helped co-found Bikepacking Roots and serves as its Education and Events Director, joins us to address questions about backcountry hygiene; peeing, pooping, and proper disposal.

All About Basalt with the Rock Doctor

You will find these rocky columnar cliffs in Eastern and Central Oregon, but what exactly happened to form these unique structures? In this podcast, we talk with our resident rock doctor, Dr. Kim Ely.

Trailhead Stewardship Project

Learn about the great trail work being done by the Trailhead Stewardship Project in the Wallowa – Whitman Nationa Forest near Baker City, Oregon. The Stewardship Project is an outreach effort by the Trailhead Bike shop in downtown Baker City and the Anthony Lakes Recreation Association, the non-profit managing and operating the Anthony Lakes ski area.

Old Growth Forests

There are only 10-15% of old-growth forests left in Oregon. Erik Fernandez, Wilderness Program Manager, from Oregon Wild describes old-growth forests and how we can work on doing our parts to help protect the little old-growth we have left.

Two Bulls Fire

In June of 2014, two fires started nearly simultaneously sweeping through the Skyline Forest which have become known as the Two Bulls Fire complex. Paul Dewey, Founder of Central Oregon Land Watch describes “the mushroom cloud” and the significance of the fires just outside of Bend, Oregon.

Trail Etiquette (Horses, Hikers & Bikers)

Whether you like to hike, mountain bike, or ride a horse, we all want to enjoy our trails safely.

Bueno Aires Wildlife Refuge

Hosting gorgeous grassland framed by the Baboquivari Mountains to the west, this wildlife refuge in Southern Arizona is home to pronghorn, mule and white-tailed deer javelina, coyotes, coatimundis, mountain lions and over 320 species of birds, including an assortment of raptors and the endangered Masked Bobwhite Quail. Dirt roads course through the refuge providing great opportunities for gravel cycling. In this podcast, we talk with Reta Rutledge, Vice-President of the Friends of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge.

How to “Love Where You Ride!”

Does this mean smile and be happy and listen to some tunes as you ride? Or is it something else? Something bigger than just self? Not I, but we?In today’s episode, we talk with Kait Boyle, who is the Co-Founder of Bikepacking Roots and the creator of the Love Where You Ride campaign. The campaign is an opportunity for backcountry cyclists to learn about their impact on the outdoors and how to minimize it. Bikepacking Roots partnered with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to create the Love Where You Ride campaign.

Ryan Ranch Meadows

Ryan Ranch area was homesteaded in the 1890s. In the 1920s a berm along the Deschutes River was constructed to keep the river from flooding valuable pasture land. Prior to this, the area historically functioned as an emergent freshwater marsh that was connected to surface flows from the Deschutes River. In the early 2010s, the meadow was reconnected to the Deschutes River through a restoration project. In this podcast, we talk with Peter Sussmann of the National Forest Service to learn more about the project and its impacts on wildlife.

The Balance of Recreation and Conservation

In this podcast, we discuss the balance of conservation and recreation, and what recreational enthusiasts can do to protect the lands that are important to them. Joining us is John Sterling who severed for 17 years as the Executive Director of the Conservation Alliance. Prior to that, he was the Director of Environmental Programs at Patagonia.

Skyline Forest

What! It is not public land? Ben Gordon, Executive Director of Central Oregon Land Watch, joins us to discuss a large area of private land called Skyline Forest and what the future entails for this 33,000 acres of land.

Hayrick Butte

The rock doctor is in the house! Dr. Kim Ely discusses about the unique geological features of Hayrick Butte, a rare type of volcano located in the Willamette National Forest next to the Hoodoo ski area.

Wildlife Encounters – What To Do When You Feel Threatened

What happens if I encounter wildlife and I feel scared or threatened? This is a compilation of two interviews, one with Amy Stuart, who worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for 30 years, and another conversation with Lauri Turner and Brock McCormick who are both Wildlife Biologists with the Deschutes National Forest.

Decommissioning Forest Service Roads

Learn more about Forest Service road decommissioning, how this impacts us as cyclists, and what we can do to help. Joining us is Brock McCormick who is a Biologist with the Deschutes National Forest.

Wildlife Impact Part 2

We continue our discussion on the impact we have as cyclists have on wildlife and our surroundings. Joining us are Lauri Turner and Brock McCormick who are both Wildlife Biologists with the Deschutes National Forest.

Wildlife Impact Part 1

As a cyclist, I usually think I don’t have much of an impact on my natural surroundings when I ride. I’m on a bike, it’s not motorized, it’s fairly quiet. Join our conversation as we learn about the impact we as cyclists have on wildlife and how we can mitigate this impact. Our guest today is Amy Stuart who has worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for 30 years.

Blue Mountain Land Trust

We all have heard the term “land trust”. But, do you really know what a land trust does? Why land trusts may be the most important element to recreation and wildlife habitat conservation moving forward? In this podcast, we speak with Amanda Martino, the Conservation Director, with the Blue Mountain Land Trust.

The Magic of the Ochoco Mountains

Joining us is James Good of Good Bike Co. Find out what makes the Ochocos such a special place and hear about some of James’ favorite routes. James talks about the Ochocos being good for both one-day excursions and multi-day bike packing adventures all leaving. The Ochocos are magical because of their old-growth trees, low traffic, an abundance of gravel roads, great single track and even some good options for the roadies.