The Bureau of Land Management has opened new facilities in Maupin for the agency and partners, including regional Tribes, to coordinate management of the area’s natural resources. The new facilities include an office, workshop, and seasonal housing, and will serve as the operations center for recreation staff on the Lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic River. The BLM manages the Lower Deschutes in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation, the State of Oregon, and several local government entities. The agency says the facilities are critical for infrastructure management along the river and will assist with multi-jurisdictional coordination among partners for emergency response and services including wildland fire and search and rescue efforts. The project was made possible through partial funding by the Great American Outdoors Act. Since the act was signed in 2020 about $45 million has been invested in public lands managed by the BLM in Oregon and Washington.