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Central Oregon groups get creative to manage recreation growth in the region

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Easy access to outdoor recreation has long been a key driver for Central Oregon’s rapid growth.

People want to live close to wilderness, hiking trails, mountain bike singletrack, fly-fishing streams, ski hills and trails and all the outdoor activities this region offers.

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Karyn Smith, left, leads her friend Jana Malingowski, both of Bend, on a ride down Kent’s Trail during their mountain bike excursion, which included Phil’s Trail along with other trails on the west edge of Bend on May 14.

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Hikers at No Name Lake at the base of Broken Top in the Three Sisters Wilderness west of Bend.

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With snow-covered trees all around, a solitary skate skier makes her way down the trail at Virginia Meissner Sno-park in January.

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Jack Conde, left, enjoys a ski with his mother Amanda Conde, both of Bend, on the Nordic ski trails at Virginia Meissner Sno-park in January.

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Bender5

Central Oregon growth is not managed in anyway. Bigger, taller, wider, longer and more numerous is the motto for Central Oregon.

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