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What is up with the Mulch Piles around Phil’s Trailhead?

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…
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West Bend Project Receives Top Honor

West Bend Project Receives Forest Service’s Top Honor The prestigious “Chief’s Honor Award” was given in Washington D.C. On November 7, 2017, the West Bend Project received the 2017 Forest Service’s Chief’s Honor Award, the highest award given by the Forest Service. The Chief’s Honor Award publicly recognizes outstanding accomplishments that contribute to the Forest…
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Prescribed Burning for a Healthier Forest and Safer Community

Prescribed Burning for a Healthier Forest and Safer Community We share our community's concerns regarding health, visibility, and livability related to smoke produced by prescribed fires. And we know that prescribed burns are a critical step in forest restoration. Research shows that in addition to sustaining important forest ecosystem functions, prescribed burning significantly reduces the…
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Obstacles to Forest Restoration

Forest-thinning project saved homes but highlights obstacles by Andrew Selsky (AP) Lightning started a forest fire one August afternoon near this Oregon tourist town, and it was spreading fast. Residents in outlying areas evacuated as flames marched toward their homes. Just a few months earlier, the U.S. Forest Service and a group of locals representing…
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