Small Woodlands E-News - September 2014

Creating Fire Resistant Communities in Southern Oregon.  7 pm, Thursday, September 18, 2014, OSU Extension Auditorium, 569 Hanley Rd, Central Point.  Fire is a big part of life in Southwest Oregon, and this presentation proposes specific actions we can take now to move our community and our forests toward a fire permeable landscape.  Speaker: Rich Fairbanks. This is a joint program of the Jackson Josephine Small Woodlands Association and OSU Extension.  Flyer.

Technical and Financial Assistance Available for Landowners.  The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for cost share assistance for thinning, slash treatment and other practices in priority watersheds.  More details… 

Our house almost burned down.   A wildlife biologist in northern Washington gets up close and personal with wildfire, and learns some lessons. 

Thinning Oregon’s dry side forests cuts fire risk.  A guest opinion by Max Bennett and Stephen Fitzgerald published in the online edition of The Oregonian. 

Wildfire News Explorer (Western Threats Center, USFS).  For wildfire news junkies, The Wildfire News Explorer compiles news reports, blog posts, even the latest tweets.  A large map displays the locations mentioned in the articles listed.

Fuel Reduction Practices and Their Effects on Soil QualityNew report from USDA-FS-Pacific Southwest Research Station.  Discusses topics like prescribed fire, mastication (slashbusting), mechanical fuels reduction, whole tree harvesting, soil compaction and others.  Very well written and some perhaps surprising findings (little effect of whole tree harvesting on site productivity on many sites, soil compaction increases growth on some sites, etc. – as always, it’s site specific and the details are important). 

Tree Spatial Patterns in Forests Part II: Creating and maintaining complexity.  If you’re interested in creating more fire-resistant forests, in regenerating shade intolerant species like pine and oaks, and in increasing overall plant and wildlife diversity, spatial patterning is something you may want to think about…[more]

The 2014 Environmental Quiz (Dovetail Partners).  Focuses on population, resource consumption, forests and wood products.  There is a point of view here, no doubt, but it’s thought-provoking.  Take the quiz 


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