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Why Prescribed Fire Matters

Why Prescribed Fire Matters: Healthier forests. Safer communities Contributed by Pete Caligiuri – Forest Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy, Bob Madden – Deputy Chief of Fire Operations, Bend Fire, and Deana Wall – Fuels Program Manager, Deschutes National Forest Hey Central Oregon: we’ve got a question for you – How many of you noticed smoke in…
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Pandora Moth in Central Oregon

Contributed by Robbie Flowers, PhD, Forest Entomologist, USDA Forest Service. What is causing recent defoliation of pines in forest areas to the west and south of Bend? This defoliation is caused by the Pandora moth, Coloradia pandora (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae), which is a native defoliator of pine forests in the western United States. Outbreaks have occurred…
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Smell Smoke? Prescribed Burning in Central Oregon

Smell Smoke? Prescribed Burning across Central Oregon in Deschutes National Forest As favorable weather and forest burning conditions develop, fuels specialists across the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests will conduct numerous prescribed burns across Central Oregon in the coming weeks. Prescribed burns are planned for the Bend, Crescent, and Sisters areas. The use of prescribed…
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Fire Preparedness with local 6th graders

La Pine Middle School 6th grade Science Class learns about Fire Preparedness and Wildfire Prevention On May 28, 2017, Discover Your Forest and many community forest and fire partners associated with the Greater La Pine Basin Cohesive Strategy project participated in a La Pine Community Event last week. Students showcased some amazing videos, board games,…
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