Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has released four new videos as part of its Federal Forest Restoration (FFR) Program. The series is called “Forward Together: Restoring Oregon’s Federal Forests.” Including Rogue Forest Partners’ Terry Fairbanks with Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative, Marko Bey with Lomakatsi Restoration Project, and Darren Borgias with The Nature Conservancy.
These videos show how the FFR Program is helping mitigate climate change and address federal forest health challenges in Oregon, including the risk of catastrophic wildfire, insect pests, and disease. Oregonians in many walks of life interact with and value their federal forests. The FFR Program works to conserve and protect these forests, which are critical to maintaining clean water, fish and wildfire habitat, jobs, and recreation opportunities.
The videos showcase partners, stakeholders, and department representatives outlining the purpose and history of ODF’s Federal Forest Restoration Program, and highlighting its goal of creating landscapes resilient to climate-driven disturbances.
Forest restoration and stewardship are important throughout the state. The restoration activities that ODF performs are of particular importance to rural, forest-dependent communities and provide benefits of improved fish and wildlife habitat, wildfire risk reduction, improved watershed conditions, and enhanced recreation for both rural and urban communities.
Fostering strategic partnerships leads to more strategic treatments that protect communities, our firefighters, the water we drink, and the forests we recreate in. This video highlights the importance of the FFR Program’s investments in forest collaboratives, including the Rogue Forest Partners. These collaboratives work to create a common language and common vision for how to solve federal forest health challenges.
Historically, low-intensity wildfire was a frequent event in many of Oregon’s forests, which had adapted to such fires. The absence of frequent fire creates unnaturally dense forests weakened by drought and attacks by insects and diseases. This puts them at high risk for a stand-replacing wildfire. This video shows that by mimicking historical low-intensity fire disturbance through mechanical thinning or other means, followed by the reintroduction of fire, we can restore natural ecological processes and make forests healthier.