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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


Historically, there were arguments about the authority of federal entities, lack of local community engagement, or disagreement about fire response strategies and tactics. Now, a study led by Oregon State University finds that these tensions have lessened– rapidly in Idaho and gradually in Oregon.


In a time of increasing wildfire activity, Oregon State University Extension Service has implemented a new statewide fire program to help facilitate forest and range management plans, as well as create a healthy respect of fire through education and outreach efforts.


Pennsylvania native and graduate student Anna Talucci took a two-pronged approach to studying the natural resilience of insect damaged and burned forests. She tramped into the wilderness, setting up 63 fire-burned plots and measuring fire severity, regeneration and structure. She also took a wider view through satellite imagery that showed changes across the landscape.

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