Deschutes National Forest forms the boundary of Sunriver on two sides. It was established in 1908. Joslin details its beginning, historic figures involved, and their hierarchy. The role of timber harvests and grazing cattle is detailed. Fishing, wildlife management, and recreation are addressed. Balancing these various claims and needs can be difficult. Hikers want to walk safely, hunters want to shoot ducks, timber companies want trees, trappers want otter, and future generations deserve forests. A wealth of historic pictures adds an intimate look at this magnificent forest— Deon Stonehouse
From the crest of the High Cascades eastward to the High Desert, the Deschutes National Forest is one of America's great national treasures. Timber, water, and forage were plentiful in Central Oregon and provided the building blocks for the region. Today, the national forest's scenery and year-round outdoor recreational resources play major roles in sustaining a vibrant and diverse modern economy and a unique way of life. Since 1905, these resources have been administered by the US Forest Service, fulfilling its mission to pursue "the greatest good of the greatest number in the long run," as decreed by forester Gifford Pinchot when he led the fledgling agency.