Downtown Bend: Wilderness Permit 2022 FAQ

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Learn about the permit system and getting permits this year.

This is an in-person program. Masks are recommended at all in-person library events.

In this presentation:
• Learn more about the story behind the permit system
• Hear how the first year of implementation went
• What changes are coming in 2022
• Get answers to many frequently asked questions
• Hear suggestions on how to plan your permitted wilderness trip
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 implemented 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.

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.

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.

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.

Event Type
Adult Program
Age Group(s)
Jean Nelson-Dean & Lisa Machnik
Laurel Westendorf | | 541-312-1029
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The La Pine Library is closed until further notice.