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Help deter wildfires around homes with appropriate landscaping

Drawing a line around the house with fire-resistant landscapes can mean the difference between a home consumed by flames and one left standing.

By Kym Pokorny, | Article

Tree School Clackamas teaches love for the land

Educational event draws hundreds from woodland community in Clackamas County and beyond.

By Glenn Ahrens, Rose Clarke, Michael Bondi, Kimberly Jacobsen Nelson | Article

Climate modeling shows significant shifts in 21st century Pacific Northwest coastal forest vegetation

Feb 5, 2019
A changing climate in the 21st century will significantly alter the coastal forests of the Pacific Northwest, according to modeling by Oregon State University researchers.

By Chris Branam | News Story

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Climate modeling shows significant shifts in 21st century Pacific Northwest coastal forest vegetation

Feb 5, 2019
A changing climate in the 21st century will significantly alter the coastal forests of the Pacific Northwest, according to modeling by Oregon State University researchers.

By Chris Branam | News Story

Fire is not all bad news in healthy sagebrush steppe ecosystems

Jul 30, 2018
Fire is not all bad news in healthy sagebrush steppe ecosystems, according to an Oregon State University study.

By Chris Branam | News Story

Intact sagebrush ecosystems respond well to fire

Jun 1, 2017
The condition of the site dictates the post-fire recovery of the affected plants

By Chris Branam | News Story

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Are native grasses a good fire-resistant option in the high desert?

I would like to replace my existing lawn with natural grasses. I live just east of Bend, Oregon in the high desert. My goal is to reduce watering needs and mowing requirements. Because I live outside of town maintaining an effective fire perimeter is important. Any suggestions on replacing the lawn...

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