ONLINE ONLY: Know Wild - Wilderness Permits FAQ

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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Learn more about the story behind the permit system, how it will be managed, how you can get permits, and more.

One of our nation's greatest treasures is the National Wilderness Preservation System established by the Wilderness Act of 1964. Wildernesses are lands designated by Congress to be protected and preserved in their natural condition, without permanent improvements or habitation. After a multi-year process, the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests are implementing a permit system for the Mt. Jefferson, Mt Washington and Three Sisters wildernesses to better manage high-use areas and preserve the wilderness character of these areas for future generations. Join us to learn more about the story behind the permit system, how it will be managed, how you can get permits and more. We'll answer many of the frequently asked questions and offer suggestions on how to plan your permitted wilderness trip.

The Deschutes National Forest encompasses nearly 1.6 million acres along the Central Oregon Cascade mountains. From snow sports to whitewater boating, hiking, biking, camping, motorized activities and more, the National Forest offers recreation opportunities for everyone. Scenic Byways, the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and Wilderness areas are just some of the special places you can explore. Over 3 million visitors a year enjoy a variety of activities, from interpretive programs to hunting, fishing, and watching wildlife. Visit to learn more.

Check out the Central Cascades Wilderness Permits page here:

For help with, contact the Wilderness Permit Administrator at:

FAQ Brochures can be found here in both English and Spanish:

Jean Nelson-Dean has been the Public Affairs Officer for the Deschutes National Forest for the past 9 years. She studied Public Policy and Management University of Oregon and received her Master's degree. She has been extremely blessed to have worked in public land management and call Central Oregon home for the past 20 years.

Jason Fisher is the Wilderness Specialist for the Deschutes National Forest. He started as a trail crew volunteer with the Forest Service in 1994 and has since worked packing mules, backpacking, and doing trail work throughout many wilderness areas across the West He earned a Masters in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho.

Lisa Machnik is the Recreation, Heritage, Lands and Partnerships staff officer on the Deschutes National Forest. An avid backpacker, canoeist, trail runner and skier, Lisa worked as a backcountry guide in Canada and New Zealand before completing her PhD at Clemson University. She joined the Forest Service as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2007.

Tim Schenk is the Wilderness Permit Administrator for both the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests. Before beginning a career with the Forest Service, he worked in healthcare at St. Charles in the ICU. He is humbled to preserve the landscapes that his family loves, as well as for all Americans to enjoy today and tomorrow.

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Deschutes National Forest Representatives
Paige M. Ferro | | (541) 312-1063