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Fire FAQs—What is forest fuel, and what are fuel treatments?

Forest fuel is combustible biomass—everything from needles and twigs to shrubs, downed trees, and logs. Wildland fire managers reduce and rearrange fuel to reduce the probability of forest fires. Fuel treatments include thinning, prescribed burning, pruning, and mowing. A combination of treatments works best. Fuel treatments generally target dry forests.

Dan Leavell, Stephen Fitzgerald, Carrie Berger | Jan 2019 | OSU Extension Catalog

Fire FAQs—Who owns Oregon's forests, and how does that matter when it comes to fire?

Oregon's wildfire landscape is clouded by the mix of public and private interests that control more than 30 million acres. Forests make up nearly half of Oregon, and most forests fall under federal management. Forest ownership factors into both the number of fires and the size to which they grow.

Dan Leavell, Lauren Grand, Stephen Fitzgerald, Carrie Berger | Jan 2019 | OSU Extension Catalog

Prescribed Underburning in Southwest Oregon: A Case Study

This publication describers a case study of prescribed underburning on a private woodland in southwest Oregon. It is part of the "Alternative Silvilculture" series and is a companion publication to Mixed Conifer and Hardwood Management in Southwest Oregon (EM 9084).

Stephen Fitzgerald, Max Bennett | Dec 2018 | OSU Extension Catalog

Fire FAQs—What is fire severity?

Fire severity is a measure of the effects of fire on the environment—both in damage to vegetation and impacts on the soil. Fire severity is driven by weather conditions, the topography of the landscape, and the fuels that are present. Of these, weather is the overriding factor.

Dan Leavell, Lauren Grand, Stephen Fitzgerald, Carrie Berger | Oct 2018 | OSU Extension Catalog

Tree thinning for health and vigor

Simple guidelines for thinning your woodlands call for removing undesirable trees and making room for the best ones.

Max Bennett, Stephen Fitzgerald | Jul 2017 | Article

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