April 18 & 19, 2017
On April 18 Bend OHA members along with Nancy Breuner, Habitat Biologist for ODFW conducted a patrol/maintenance of the Deer/Elk Fence between Lava Butte and Sunriver Junction. This was the first patrol for OHA members.
Overall the fence was in good condition. Members removed small amounts of fallen tree debris which was hanging in the fence and about 4 smaller trees leaning over the fence but not yet on it were removed. Trash was picked up along the route on the non-highway side of the fence. A major breech in the fence was located on the East side between the tunnel and Sunriver Junction. Recent logging in the area has taken place near the fence breech. There was no indication that a tree had fallen over the fence and with the amount of wire damage and having a “T” post bent over it was felt that a piece of logging equipment had likely caused the problem. Members did a temporary repair.
On April 20 classroom training for the USFS chainsaw certification was provided to 20 OHA members in Bend by Ross Scrocca, OHA member and instructor for the training. On May 13 the final portion of the chainsaw certification was conducted at the Flymon Project near Lake Billy Chinook. Eleven OHA members became certified with a few becoming Class “B” operators which is needed in order for OHA to provide future training to our members.
Those receiving certification:
Greg Petsch, Bob Dixon, Eric Brown, Bill Herrick, Dale Putman, Bill Littlefield,
Rex Parks, Dennis Hungerford, Phill Derr, John Bambe, and Rich Stutheit of the Capitol Chapter.
Ross Scrocca - OHA Member and USFS Employee
Luke Garcia - USFS Rappeller and Chainsaw Instructor
Already certified and came to cut:
Monty Gregg – OHA Member, USFS Wildlife Biologist and Flymon Project Coordinator
Hannah Scrocca & Josh Scrocca. Both are Ross’s children (young adults) that were currently certified and have helped out at many OHA projects.
Also swamper: Michael Hungerford provided assistance.
GUZZLER RE-BUILD WITH WALKER RANGE FIRE PATROL STAFF – July 8, 2017
On Saturday 9 Bend OHA members came together to assist R.D. Buell, Walker Range Fire Patrol Association with a guzzler re-build on the Gilchrist State Forest. R.D. is the District Manager for W.R.F.P.A. and has been with the agency since 1977. He has also taken care of numerous guzzlers in the area for 25 years. R.D. is very dedicated to protecting the surrounding forest and keeping the guzzlers in working condition. He has spent many of his days off hauling water to guzzler tanks. He is a steward of the forest.
Members removed the old guzzler, installed new T posts and enlarged the apron area in attempts to capture more water to keep the tanks full longer. Bend OHA hopes to build on our relationship with Walker Range Fire Patrol Association and possibly assist with more guzzler re-builds in the future.
93 volunteer hours were spent on this project
Bend OHA members:
Eric Brown, Fred Newton, Rod Adams, John Bambe, Dick Masters, Paul Miller, Larry Thaxton, Bill Waits and Gary Holz.
Walker Range Fire Patrol Association
Gilchrist Resident and Guzzler Volunteer
Eric R. Brown, Chapter Volunteer Coordinator
61080 Jennings Road
Bend, OR 97702
Deer Fence Repairs Completed December 27, 2017
Due to the 117’ of missing deer fence caused by last week’s vehicle crash OHA felt that it was important to replace the fence as soon as possible. Also due to the holiday period several of the agency partners were gone on vacation.
On December 26 Greg Petsch and I contacted Tim McGinnis at ODOT and picked up replacement fence and T posts. On December 27 five Bend Chapter OHA Volunteers repaired the fence. A Bulletin photographer and reporter came to the scene and interviewed both OHA and Cydney Bowman from ODOT. Peter Murphy was also present and shot video. We are
hopeful that a positive story will be in the paper in the near future regarding the Deer Fence, OHA and ODOT. Pictures have also been sent to KTVZ 21 at their request.
One of the larger diameter pipes that are concreted into the ground was run over and is now split at the base. The pipe was pulled back into place during our inspection earlier this week. We did not replace the pipe as a new one would have to be concreted in. We instead placed a new T post on each side of the pipe and this section of new fence appears to be okay.
We will need to return at a later date to install the section of hog wire which lays on the ground and is bent at a 90 degree angle and then goes up the fence about 20 inches.
Eric Brown 2.5 hours + 1 hour yesterday
Greg Petsch 2.5 hours + 1 hour yesterday
Rod Adams 2.5 hours
Roger Points 2.5 hours
Karl Findling 2.5 hours
Renee Findling 2.5 hours
15 hours + 2 17 Total
Including the inspection of the fence on December 24 with some prep work a total of 23 volunteer hours is what it took to make this happen.