Forest Restoration Timeline
Restoring our dry, fire-adapted forests in Central Oregon is a multi-step process carried out over many years and requiring collaboration among a diverse team of forest scientists, loggers, fire experts, community leaders, and volunteers. These important forest restoration steps are used together to improve the health of our forest, reduce the risk of out-of-control wildfires, reduce the severity of future wildfires when they do occur, and keep our communities and firefighters safer.
Step 1. U.S. Forest Service foresters, wildlife biologists, hydrologists, soil scientists, archaeologists, botanists, and other experts work together with the public to prioritize where and what kind of restoration work should occur in the forest to improve wildlife habitat, create healthier forests and streams, and reduce wildfire risk, while minimizing potential negative impacts to recreation, wildlife, land or water.
We Count on the Forest, Now the Forest is Counting on Us.
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