Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative – An Update
By George McKinley, SOFRC Coordinator

The Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative (SOFRC), formerly known as the "Small Diameter Collaborative," recently submitted its Strategy for Southwest Oregon Forests to the BLM's planning team for the new Resource Management Plan for SW Oregon. The strategy is intended to help shape future management objectives that promote healthy forests, habitat conservation and forest-related manufacturing and workforce capacity in SW Oregon.

The strategy is predicated upon years of shared community-agency learning about the unique characteristics of regional forests, recent landscape assessment efforts by SOFRC, and knowledge gained through the Secretarial Pilot Project and associated ecological forestry projects on the Medford District. SOFRC has established a Multi-party Monitoring team to assess Pilot implementation and capture lessons learned to improve future restoration planning and implementation efficiency and effectiveness (more info about Pilot monitoring).

The Collaborative is also working with the Climate Solutions University program and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest to create a climate adaptation plan for the Rogue Basin. This multi-faceted effort will be used to guide future management action with an eye toward addressing the accumulated stressors impacting regional natural resource health and resilience.

The next regular monthly meeting of the Collaborative is Wednesday June 19 from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Farm Service Agency on Parsons Road. For more information about the Collaborative and these and other projects, please contact George McKinley by email at, or by phone at 541.482.6220 

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