Trail Etiquette (Horses, Hikers & Bikers)

Whether you like to hike, bike, or ride a horse, we all want to enjoy our trails safely. Learn how to share the trail respectfully!

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Black Mountain Conservation Project Near Big Summit Prairie

Learn how Central Oregon Land Watch and Rory Isbell advocated to protect our lands here in Central Oregon.

Bend Parks / Multi-Use Path Etiquette

In this episode, we’re going to learn about proper bike etiquette on the Bend multi-use trails and paths. These paths are located throughout Bend in places the Old Mill, Shevlin Park and the Deschutes river. Our guest today is Henry Stroud who is a Planner at Bend […]

Single-Track Trail Etiquette

Ever wonder who has right of way on those single-track trails? Downhill rider? Uphill rider? The runner? Who? In this episode of The Connection, we speak with Emmy Andrews the Executive Director of the Central Oregon Trails Alliance about trail etiquette.

Lake Creek Where Salmon Now Run!

Lake Creek is an important tributary that runs into the Metolius River which is vital to salmon and trout habitat. Learn about the restoration efforts of the creek with Brad Chalfant, the former executive director of the Deschutes Land Trust.

Bull Springs Road / Taylor NW Sign

The following is an excerpt from an email written by Cris Doty of Deschutes County. Dated January 7, 2020.

The Bull Springs Road sign has previously been an issue between the property owner and the cycling community. The restrictions espoused on the sign are not enforceable – however the implied warnings are indisputable given the […]