Volunteers Pause for Reflection

A small group of folks had a pause for reflection recently … reflective tape that is. On April 26, volunteers spent a couple of hours applying primer to the trail markers, cutting reflective tape, and applying it to the markers.  The work went fast with many hands involved. We now have a better inventory of markers for upcoming trail work. Many thanks! 
(As shown above, they struck a reflective pose to contemplate their work!)
Contributed by Sue Sullivan
As part of the grant money supplied to CONC from the Bend Sustainability Fund, we are updating the ‘Closed to Dogs’ signage at the Sno-Parks on the north side of the Cascade Lakes Highway. The new signs make it clearer about the time frame during which dogs are not permitted on the trails, and they also direct people to the sno-parks where dogs are welcome. On April 18, new signs were installed at Vista Butte and Dutchman Sno-Parks, and the signs at Swampy Lakes Sno-Park will be updated as part of a larger project to improve signage this summer. Many thanks to Visit Bend and the Bend Sustainability Fund for providing money for this work. 
With the coming of spring, we’ve been finishing up the last of the trail maintenance for this season. On May 10, a few volunteers worked on stowing the blue poles in the Dutchman ski trails for the season. We collected and cached the poles marking the ski and snowshoe trails in the meadow near Todd Lake and also the ones near the Water Tower. Crews were at work clearing the Cascade Lakes Highway, and avoiding getting showered with snow from their work added to the fun of skiing to Todd Lake.