What is up with the Mulch Piles around Phil's Trailhead? Restoring a forest ecosystem involves repairing STRUCTURE and FUNCTION. In the West Bend project, forest restoration involves reducing fuels and creating space for trees to grow large and resilient through thinning (an example of restoring structure), and bringing low-intensity fire back through prescribed burning (an…Read more
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What is the West Bend Project? We are restoring 26,000 acres of forest adjacent to the City of Bend to improve forest health, create a diversity of plant and wildlife habitat and to protect our communities and quality of life. We are doing it through: Thinning the forest to provide a diversity of forest structure…Read more
A public service announcement from the US Forest Service Fall Prescribed Burning to Begin This Week Across the Deschutes National Forest. Ignitions planned South and West of Bend and outside of Sisters Starting as early as Thursday, October 1, 2015, fuels specialists on the Deschutes National Forest intend to ignite several prescribed burns across the…Read more
How forest restoration methods affect wildlife Contributed by Marilyn Miller of Miller Conservation Consulting Our eyes were glued to the ground sorting through animal tracks. The date was June 17, 2011. Elk tracks, large and small ran in every direction. Then we froze in astonishment—we were looking at a paw print larger than a man’s hand,…Read more
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