A series of prescribed burn projects in central Oregon are designed to improve wildlife habitat as well as forest health on the Ochoco National Forest.
The latest will burn individual concentrations of downed juniper trees left over from a large thinning project previously undertaken in coordination with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and under an agreement with adjacent private land owners.
The goals for the prescribed burns are to improve wildlife habitat and to remove hazardous fuels, which will reduce wildfire danger, protect nearby homes, and allow for a safer response to wildfires by wildland firefighters. Removing hazardous fuels promotes a landscape more resilient to wildfire and is in keeping with ongoing local efforts under the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy.
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(Photo source: Ochoco National Forest)