Bend's growth puts pressure on recreation spots

November 9, 2014 6:00 PM

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Anyone who has gone to climb at Smith Rock State Park or hike at Tumalo Falls on a warm, clear weekend knows well the popularity of the public lands.

The situation is the same on the slopes of South Sister, along the Deschutes River through Bend and at the trails in Shevlin Park. As Bend continues to grow — the city of Bend estimates population to be near 120,000 in 2030, up from the U.S. Census count of 81,000 in 2013 — the number of people goin...

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