“In the face of global climate change, the best hope for those of us in fire-prone areas is to have ecosystems restored to more natural and self-regulating conditions.
Such systems are ready to cope with the changes likely to come our way. Just like in human medicine, a person has the best chance to fight off and recover from an illness when they are healthy.
It is important to make sure our forests are in their most natural, healthy condition so they, too, are able to endure disturbances like fire, insects, disease and climate change.”
The Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project has resulted in the restoration of tens of thousands of acres of forest...and more is planned in the months and years to come.
These forests are healthier and more resilient. About 400 jobs have been created through projects in the DCFP landscape, ranging from harvesting and processing of the small and medium-sized trees that come from restoration projects to producing value-added goods from restoration by-products, like pine paneling, wood fiber, and forest biomass products.
And the communities of Central Oregon are safer. Restoration work around Sisters completed in the Sisters Area Fuels Reduction (SAFR) Project helped firefighters slow the advance of the 2012 Pole Creek Fire. [Watch the video on our Resources Page]