Metolius River Forest Homeowners Association

A place for posting matters of importance to Cabin Owners and their visitors, along the Metolius River in Deschutes National Forest, Camp Sherman, Oregon

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Comming Events!

Several Events coming on the river that you won't want to miss include:

1. The pancake breakfast on Sunday the 6th, at th4e Camp Sherman Community Hall.
This year the event is sponsored by the Camp Sherman Historical Society. Hours are 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

2. The Camp Sherman Historical Society is sponsoring the showing of a Luther Metke video and an ice cream social on Saturday, August 15 at 6:45 PM at the Community Hall. A 27-minute documentary was produced several years ago about pioneer Camp Sherman log home builder Luther Metke. It was nominated for an Academy Award. The maker of the video will be there to talk about its production and relate stories of working with Luther. A small donation is requested.

Hope you can make one or both!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Eradication of Non-Native Plants

**Feedback Opportunity Ends August 10**

The Forest Service has developed a plan to control existing infestations of invasive plants. A Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) has been issued suggesting three (3) potential courses of action and disclosing the expected environmental consequences of the plan.

The three alternatives analyzed in this DSEIS are:

1. A No-Action Alternative.

2. The Proposed Action, prescribing a combination of herbicides with mechanical, manual, and cultural control methods.

3. An alternative designed in the same manner as the Proposed Action, with an emphasis on reducing the risk of herbicides entering the water.

Comments will be accepted by various means:

Electronically to  Electronic comments will only be accepted at this e-mail address, and may be part of the e-mail or in an attachment using only Microsoft Word, rich text format, or Adobe PDF.  The subject line must read, Invasive Plant Treatment Project.


Phone: 541-383-4769

Fax: 541-383-5531

Written comments may be mailed to:

Deschutes National Forest Headquarters

1001 SW Emkay Drive, Bend, OR 97702.


·Please identify the comment with the Invasive Plant Treatment Project.



For more information, please visit:

Or, contact Beth Peer at 541-383-4769.

Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity


Saturday, July 18, 2009

'Wood in the Stream'

The Forest Service Fish Biologist, Mike R. confirms the FS intention to place large logs & trees in the Upper River of the Metolius near Riverside Campgrounds this September...'before the Kokanee arrive to spawn'. This effort is part of the fish habitat restoration project in the hope of creating a stronger fishery and making the river more inviting for the return of native fish species long since absent. Much has already been done down stream as part of the project.

We plan to photograph it now in its present state and AFTER, in what the Forest Service calls 'it's more natural state'. We hope to publish those photos so all can judge. We expect they'll do a good job.

The upper river is magnificent in its view towards the headwaters with Black Butte in the distance. We can all hope the new view doesn't suffer.

So What's New With You?

So...what are YOU doing with your 'summer vacation', such as it is? And are you getting to the River anytime soon? We certainly HOPE so. It's been a marvelous summer so far.

And what's happened since we last wrote here? Oh, not much...unless you count:

1. Permits Reissued
2. Lot Appraisals done and new Permit fees set for 2011
3. CUFFA challenges accelerating, in an attempt to make the FAIRNESS part work
4. Metolius Basin protected by an act of (State) Congress as Governor signs law
5. More yard debris picked up (at your driveway) that EVER before at no new cost
6. Trees in Metolius for fish habitat program advances, working its way toward Tract C
7. MRFHA Annual meeting was held, and well attended considering it was on July 4th.
8. Forest Service struggles to adopt workable procedures for Trusts to hold Permits
9. Black Butte, North East Side, lightening fire burns over 550 acres, though only a modest threat to the Basin at any time
10. People return to the River to enjoy and recreate with families and friends

Ok, there was lots more that has happened, but that's a good thumb nail. Check here at this blog regularly to get breaking news updates of consequence to cabin owners on the Metolius.

If you need to know more about any issue listed here, or have a general question about the Metolius and the MRFHA Cabins contact us at

MRFHA - Camp Sherman

MRFHA - Camp Sherman
Metolius River