Riley Ranch Nature Reserve Management Plan

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Perched along the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon, the 184-acre Riley Ranch Nature Reserve features open meadows, juniper and pine forests, unique lava flows, cliffs, and the river’s rocky canyon. The nature reserve is one of several bond-funded land acquisitions of the Bend Park & Recreation District (BPRD). As Bend’s newest regional park, the site offers the potential for riverfront access, trail connections to nearby lands, and the opportunity to enhance a variety of habitats.

ESA worked closely with BPRD to integrate the community interests and stakeholder goals of balancing recreational use in a manner that is compatible with site ecosystems. The management plan for Riley Ranch Nature Reserve identifies visitor amenities including trails, bridges, parking, shelters, and interpretive exhibits best suited to the site. The plan includes a thorough site analysis to guide the thoughtful placement of these amenities to minimize visual and functional impacts. The resource management plan and a conceptual recreational master plan will guide the immediate and long-term restoration, enhancement, and stewardship of natural, cultural, and recreational resources at Riley Ranch. Our archaeologists gathered evidence and stories of historic property uses including log cabins, a stage coach line, ranching, and prehistoric peoples. To help ensure the project will be buildable and within permitting and budget constraints, we conducted land use and environmental permitting concurrent with the master planning process.

ESA is partnering with stakeholders and the BPRD to plan, design, and permit this 184-acre regional park that includes visitor facilities, trails, bridges, parking, shelters, and interpretive exhibits.

Specialized Services

  • Cultural resources management plans
  • Habitat conservation plans
  • Habitat restoration and enhancement
  • Master planning
  • Public access, trail analysis and design