North Rim is now a Firewise Community

North Rim has earned national recognition from the National Fire Protection Agency Firewise Communities/USA® program. The community earned this status due to our efforts to reduce the vulnerability of homes and landscapes to wildfire.

The Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program uses a multi-step process to help communities develop an action plan that guides their residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging their neighbors to become active participants in building a safer place to live. The goal of the program is to mitigate wildfire risks and allow the fire service to concentrate resources on the wildfire itself instead of individual structures.

Some specific activities that North Rim pursued to earn this recognition included:

  • Completing practical steps to reduce vulnerability to wildfire including defensible space creation around structures, choosing fire resistant plants and selecting ignition resistant building materials
  • Working closely with local fire and forestry agencies to accomplish the above activities, including the enlistment of specialists to complete an assessment and provide achievable solutions
  • Educating homeowners to increase awareness about wildfire risks through informational events and distribution of materials

Firewise is a voluntary program, and the Homeowners’ Association will need to apply each year to receive the recognition, proving that the fire risk reductions are continually being applied.

A Lazy Afternoon on the Deschutes River

Sunriver kayaksThere is never a shortage of things to do in Central Oregon — especially in summer. The annual Bend Summer Fest, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, and Tour des Chutes run and bike race were all happening simultaneously this past weekend, and it’s only mid-July. Craving the serenity of a river and the solitude of the mountains?  This is here, too, and in abundance. That’s the beauty of Central Oregon.

Autumn Splendor

The beauty of Bend during the month of October has been nothing short of spectacular this year.  Crisp temperatures at night brought out the brilliance of the changing leaves.  Warm, clear days provided an irresistible invitation to play and dine outdoors and take a last paddle of the season on Hosmer Lake.Fall colors on Awbrey Butte

The frost, as they say, is now on the pumpkin.  A change of season is in the air as we ready logs for the fire, put on a sweater and a pot of soup, and head toward the holidays.

Balloons Over Bend

BalloonsI just happened to be awake early this morning and drove down to the Old Mill District to watch the Balloons Over Bend launch. It’s quite a sight — these giant orbs lifting off to float in crystal clear skies. The two balloons pictured here briefly touched down on the Deschutes River, much to the delight of sightseers on the bridge and paddleboarders out on the water.

Wild Life Watch

Bald Eagle, cropped photoNorth Rim residents were recently treated to views of a soaring bald eagle that came to rest on the pergola in the community. While it is not unusual to see red-tailed hawks riding the air currents here, a visit from a bald eagle is a rare occurence and an impressive sight. Thank you to Gary and Jan for the photo seen here, taken right out the window of their North Rim home.

2013 Homesite Sales Signal Market Momentum

North Rim is a busy place these days, with three homes under construction and another 11 in the process of ALRC review. And the houses being built right now aren’t the only ones we will likely see in the coming months. We are also experiencing a flurry of activity in homesite sales in the community. Since January, six homesites have sold in North Rim and five additional properties are pending. This level of interest, especially during what has typically been a slower season, provides further evidence that the market is gaining strength and momentum.

The Elk are Back!

When the temperature drops and the first real snow arrives, I look forward to the first phone call or email from a North Rim resident that reports, “the elk are back!”  It’s exciting every time. They are beautiful, majestic animals;  impressive in their size and stature. They keep to themselves and like to rest here, often hidden in the trees. And when a herd of 60 arrives it’s an occasion. Really? Here? Where we live?

I tell you, it’s a privilege.

North Rim Summer 2012 Sales Promotion

We are excited to announce our first pending sale of the North Rim Summer 2012 Sales Promotion.  One-acre homesites previously listed from $195,000 to $270,000 are now priced $145,000 to $199,000.  The promotion expires Labor Day, September 3rd

For a price list and further information please call 541-788-7769, email linda@brooksresources.com, or stop by the North Rim Lodge weekdays between 1:00 and 5:00 pm.  We are also happy to assist you by appointment.

Deschutes River Conservancy Receives Donation from North Rim Fund

North Rim today announced that it has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) from The North Rim Deschutes River Fund at The Oregon Community Foundation. The money will be used for vital operating funds for the non-profit group, as it continues to pursue its mission for restoring streamflows and improving water quality in the Deschutes River.

Tod Heisler, executive director for the Deschutes River Conservancy said, We are delighted that the North Rim Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation continues to support our work restoring streamflows in the Deschutes River.  With their help, we have achieved a five-fold increase in Deschutes River flows – water that is so critical to wildlife, fish and the quality of life for Oregonians throughout the state.

The DRC is actively working with irrigation districts and other partners to allow more water, which was historically diverted through irrigation canals, to remain instream in the Deschutes River Basin. As a result of their work over the last 16 years, this section of the Deschutes River has seen a five-fold increase in streamflow during the hot summer months. The improvement to the health of the river, as well as to the resident fish and wildlife, has been dramatic. Similar stories are in progress throughout the Deschutes Basin’s rivers and streams, including the Crooked River, Whychus Creek and other sections of the Deschutes.

To support the work of organizations like the DRC, the North Rim Deschutes River Fund at The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) was created through the donation of a percentage of all North Rim homesite sales dollars. The fund has garnered nearly $800,000 since its inception in 2004. A board of directors, comprised of individuals from the North Rim Homeowners Association, consults and advises on the allocation of monies in the fund.

Exhibit Features Bend Photographer Eva Gill

A new exhibit featuring the work of Bend-based photographer Eva Gill is now on display at the North Rim Lodge. Eva, along with her husband and daughters, dropped out of ordinary life for a mid-life gap year (and a half) trip around the world. Travelling slowly, they skied the Alps, rode ostriches in South Africa, walked with hunting hawks in Wales, learned survival skills from San Bushmen, and were visited by lions while camping alone in the Kalahari. Together, they traced the footsteps of Catherine de Medici, Nelson Mandela, Ho Chi Minh, and Ninjas. At the end of their wandering, Eva arrived home to Bend with her well-used camera and has selected a few of her most inspiring images to share. The exhibit runs through July 31st.