Restoring Oregon and Washington's Fire-Prone Forested Wildlife Habitat

Project #: 1768  –   Updated: January 17, 2011

Project Summary

The Nature Conservancy is analyzing forest landscapes at four sites in central and eastern Oregon and one site in Eastern Washington to determine, via mapping and other analyses, what the forest looked like historically before large-scale fire suppression, what conditions currently are, how the two differ, and how to return to a more natural fire regime, thus protecting wildlife habitat, human life and property.

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Location (by county):
["", "Douglas County (OR), ", "Lane County (OR), ", "Marion County (OR), ", "Grant County (OR), ", " (show more)", "Klamath County (OR), ", "Jackson County (OR), ", "Kittitas County (WA), ", "Deschutes County (OR), ", "Josephine County (OR), ", "Crook County (OR), ", "Chelan County (WA), ", "Linn County (OR), ", "Clackamas County (OR), ", "Modoc County (CA), ", "Klickitat County (WA), ", "Siskiyou County (CA), ", "Jefferson County (OR), ", "Wasco County (OR), ", "Lake County (OR), ", "Harney County (OR), ", "Yakima County (WA)", " (show less)"]

Watersheds:
Applegate, Upper Deschutes, Lower Yakima, Washington, Sprague, Silvies

Congressional Districts:
["", "OR District 05, ", "WA District 08, ", "CA District 01, ", "WA District 04, ", " (show more)", "WA District 03, ", "OR District 02, ", "OR District 04", " (show less)"]

Bird Conservation Regions:
Great Basin, Northern Pacific Rainforest, Northern Rockies

USFWS Regions:
Pacific Region, Pacific Southwest Region

Project size:
13786455.83 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Lakeview Stewardship Unit Yes
Malheur National Forest Yes
Applegate Watershed Yes
Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative Yes
Upper Deschutes Basin Yes

Full Project Description

The Nature Conservancy is analyzing forest landscapes at four sites in central and eastern Oregon and one site in Eastern Washington to determine, via mapping and other analyses, what the forest looked like historically before large-scale fire suppression, what conditions currently are, how the two differ, and how to return to a more natural fire regime, thus protecting wildlife habitat, human life and property.

Project Assistance & Partnership Opportunities

Funding

Each project area relies on collaboration to guide forest restoration treatment design and implementation. TNC staff provide crucial science and technical support to the project. Funding is needed to keep staff at project locations

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Public Benefit
Conservation Mission

Primary goals:

Produce a map for each of the five landscape sites that shows departure from natural or historic ecosystem condition
Progress:

Complete

Develop methods for evaulating and incorporating wildlife into desired contion maps
Progress:

In progress

Complete a collaborative vision for desired future condition on the landscape
Progress:

In progress

Develop priority locations for ecological restoration using a collaborative framework.
Progress:

In progress

Implement demonstration projects
Progress:

In progress

Consistent with plans:

Forest Plan
Nature Conservancy Ecoregional Plan
State Wildlife Action Plan

Targeted habitats:

    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Conifer Forests
        • Mixed Conifer (Grand Fir/White fir/Douglas Fir/Pine) Forest
        • Ponderosa Pine Forest and Woodland

Targeted species were not provided for this project.

Actions

Project Actions
Other: Landscape Level Planning Show/Hide details

Assistance

Direct Funding
Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife (State Government) Show/Hide details

Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   No/Unknown

What lessons have been learned and/or what suggestions do you have for similar activities?

It takes considerable time and patience to work in a collaborative framework to create support for ecological restoration actions in public land frequent fire forests.

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Organization

The Nature Conservancy - Oregon
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

Diane Vosick  (Forest Restoration Program Director)
The Nature Conservancy of Oregon
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Partners

  • Deschutes National Forest
  • Malheur National Forest
  • Fremont-Winema National Forest
  • Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • US Fish and Wildlife
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • High Desert Partnership
  • Harney County
  • Lakeview Stewardship Group
  • Applegate Partnership and Watershed Council
  • Tapash Sustainable Forests Collaborative



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