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Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Fire Program

Forests across the western United States are stressed from high tree densities, drought, and insect and disease outbreaks. Past management practices along with more human-caused wildfire and changes in weather are causing wildfires to burn hotter, longer, more frequent, and over greater areas. In 2018, Oregon experienced one of the worst wildfire seasons on record with over 800,000 acres burned across the State resulting in ecological, social, and economic damage. Wildfires cost the state of Oregon millions of dollars each year; and billions across the Nation.

Forestry & Natural Resources Extension aims to offers a comprehensive, consistent, and cohesive approach to a Fire Program for all its people. Read the Fire Program All-Lands, Multi-Scale Initiative for Oregon.

OR, watch Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent, Daniel Leavell, present on the Fire Program Initiative at Elevate Extension!


In the News


“Twenty times more individuals and 11 times more species were captured in areas that experienced high fire severity relative to areas with the lowest fire severity,” said Sara M. Galbraith, a postdoctoral researcher in the College of Forestry.


Go Big or Go Home?, a project of the Institute for Working Landscapes in the Oregon Forest Research Laboratory and the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, explored the effects of different restoration strategies on forest conditions and fire behavior, with a focus on the forested landscape of central Oregon.

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