Within the Deschutes National Forest we now have approximately 450,000 acres of unnatural, unhealthy forest in need of active restoration. We’re all familiar with these conditions: overgrown, shrubby understories…overly dense forests that are chock-full of small trees, many of them species that are not tolerant of fire….creating a landscape primed for the mega-fires we’re seeing today.
- Lost habitat for plants and animals that rely on forests maintained by frequent, low-intensity fire.
- Larger, more severe fires that put property, livelihoods and firefighters at risk.
- Smoky summer air impacting human health, outdoor recreation and scenic views.
- A growing burden in firefighting costs.