The Vernal Equinox took us a bit by surprise today, usually happening on the 21st of March. It's a good thing the sun knew what to do. By 11:30 climbers were sporting their minimal attire, and applying sunscreen for a warm day of 57° in The Dihedrals, made even warmer by the walls soaking up the sun.
Yesterday the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners split the difference on the appeal of the formerly approved Mazama Ranch B&B and Campground development. Yes to the B&B, no to the campground application.
The record is now officially closed on the appeal of the formerly approved Mazama Ranch B&B and Campground proposal on the non-easement portion of a 2.2-acre parcel (net 1.97 acres). The Deschutes County Board of Commissioners has all the materials to consider and deliberate on.
This week the Mazamas Foundation presented their modified proposed conditional use permit in a new public hearing to the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners. As further detailed in the link above, the layout of the campground in relation to the adjoining property, including the outdoor gathering area and the parking lot, was shifted to eliminate the need for one setback waiver out of 4, as well as provide additional noise buffering.
Bald eagles closures are in effect now, as of February 6, 2018. They've been flying around actively amongst the crags and even seen mating this year. Other raptor nesting site closures for climbing and camping at Smith Rock State Park will go into effect Saturday, February 10, 2018.