Our forests evolved with disturbance, primarily fire. Past management and fire suppression altered the forest structure and natural variation of species. Historically, fires helped maintain diversity and favored fire and drought tolerant species like Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and Western larch. Today, Grand fir encroaches on once pine dominated sites, altering habitats and increasing the risk of intense wildfires. Increased active management, including logging, fuels reduction and prescribed burning will play a critical role in improving our forestland and local economy.
We are investing in our economy and forestlands by designing and implementing fuels reduction projects that strengthen our local workforce and emerging biomass economy. In 2012 we completed a project in partnership with the USFS that mechanically treated 393 acres and delivered over 450 tons to local biomass production facilities.
We can help provide cost share assistance and all project management services to landowners that are interested in their forest health. To learn more, contact us.