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Bend City Council to Discuss Tougher Rules to Preserve Urban Trees

The Bend City Council will hold a work session on Wednesday to review the city’s current tree preservation code and discuss possible changes to better protect the “urban tree canopy.” The review comes as the city faces an inherent conflict between preserving mature vegetation on vacant lots and fully urbanizing the area.

The current regulations require residential and commercial construction to landscape areas after removing trees, but there is a period of time before the new plants become mature and provide a canopy.

The council will consider tougher regulations to protect the city’s urban trees during the meeting.

Although the public is welcome to attend, there will not be any testimony taken.

The council’s decisions will be aided by a committee in future meetings.

Meanwhile, local climbers in Redmond have a new spot to practice their skills with the opening of The Jug rock gym, the area’s newest rock gym and the closest to the birthplace of sport climbing in the US, Smith Rock.

Owners Phil and Jake hope to attract climbers of all ages to the gym, which offers monthly memberships or day passes for climbing.

The grand opening will be held this Saturday with Red Point climbing Supply.

In other news, the Deschutes Public Library has unveiled its new library plans, and the extended forecast for tonight will highlight the Prineville area.

Finally, a beautiful new showroom for quality patio furniture has opened on the west side.

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