USFS plans paved Sunriver-to-Lava Lands path

Environmental study done; public comments sought

BEND, Ore. - The Deschutes National Forest released an environmental assessment Wednesday on plans to develop a paved path from Sunriver to the Forest Service's Lava Lands Visitor Center.  A public comment period on the project will begin on Thursday.

The forest is proposing to construct an approximately 6-mile paved path to create a safe route for bicyclists and pedestrians to travel from the community of Sunriver to Lava Lands Visitor Center, the Deschutes River trail, and recreation sites stemming from Benham East Day Use Area. 

Additional parking spaces also are being proposed, with two at Lava Lands Visitor Center and 10 at the Sunriver boundary.   

Improvements at the visitor center also being analyzed are a vault toilet and a bike rack.

The Sunriver to Lava Lands Paved Path project is located on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District, about 18 miles south of Bend and directly northeast of Sunriver.

A 30-day public comment period on the Sunriver to Lava Lands Paved Path Project Environmental Assessment will begin Thursday and end on January 11, 2013. 

Public comments can be taken in writing, over the phone and in person.  The document is available for review at

For more information, contact Scott McBride at (541) 383- 4712 or Alicia Underhill at (541) 383-4769.

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