Assessing post-fire survivability of trees and potential for salvage harvesting (Recorded)

This webinar covers a visual method for assessing the survival of trees that have been injured by wildfire. Specifically, we looked at:

  • varying levels of damage to tree crowns
  • bole/trunk injuries
  • heat damage at the tree base.

This assessment informs decisions about whether to move forward with timber salvage operation to recoup tree value before it is lost to insects and disease. We also discussed specifically:

  • how salvage operations are conducted
  • equipment used
  • wildlife considerations
  • economics
  • forest practice rules and regulations for salvage harvesting.

Also, we discussed working with a consulting forester to assist you in getting it done.

Originally aired on October 15, 2020

Presenters: Glenn Ahrens, OSU Extension Forester; Stephen Fitzgerald, OSU Extension Silviculture Specialist; Joe Goldsby, Oregon Department of Forestry Stewardship Forester; and Rick Barnes, Consulting Forester, Barnes and Associates


Utilize this "After the Fire Checklist" to chart a course forward and modify to suit your needs. Fill out the checklist directly from your computer or phone, After the fire checklist - fillable form

Post-fire assessment of tree status & marking guidelines for conifers in OR & WA

Post-fire tree mortality from the Oregon Department of Forestry

Timber salvage after wildfire

My forest burned: Now what? from the Woodland Fish & Wildlife group

Oregon's Forest Protection Laws

Financial Assistance:

U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) local office locations are available from the state office at (503) 414-3200 or

U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) local office locations are available from the state office at (503) 692-6830 or

Oregon Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) local office locations are available at 503-986-4700 or

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) local contact information is available from the state office at (503) 986-0178 or

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