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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Biomass Summit - Prineville, OR What is Biomass and how can it increase our community resilience? Join our partners, the Ochoco Forest Restoration Collaborative at a one-day Biomass Summit next month! Biomass includes any woody material we strategically take off the…More
Storm King and Grand Slam Trail Closure Alert You may have noticed some activity in the forests west of Bend. Restoration work (thinning, mowing, and prescribed burning) near the Phil's Trail area aims to put the forest on a trajectory…More
Living with Fire - How trees, plants, and critters have adapted to live with wildfire Contributed by Nicole Strong, OSU Extension Forester, serving Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson Counties and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs We often talk about fire-adapted…More