BPRD's Environmental Credentials
Don Horton and the Bend Parks and Recreation District (BPRD) have questionable environmental credentials, at best. For example, BPRD has had issues managing the presence of wild Canada Geese in Bend parks. After deeming these geese a nuisance, BPRD employed appalling methods to deal with the issue. BPRD even used gas chambers to euthanize these geese...something you would not expect to see from a parks department. Compounding the issue even more, Bend’s wild goose populations have been documented as migratory.
Another environmental boondoggle on BPRD's hands was the creation of the Colorado Dam Whitewater Park. Billed as an environmental project, the whitewater park resulted in a massive disturbance of the Deschutes riverbed. This project destroyed riparian zones, native vegetation, and habitat for the Oregon spotted frog, a federally protected species.