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Fuels reduction

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 2017, Oregon experienced one of the worst wildfire seasons on record with over 700,000 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.


Click on the Got Science? podcast to listen to the College of Forestry's John Bailey talk about The Science of Forest Fires: Culture, Climate, and CombustionGot Science

In the News


Fire Scars

Tree rings tell the story of what’s happening physiologically as fire suppression makes forests more dense and less tolerant of drought, pests and wildfires, new research shows.


Central Oregon Forest

The results of the study, published in the industry publication Global Change Biology earlier in November, demonstrate that the effects of drought and larger fires driven by climate change will not be spread equally across forests in the Western United States over the next three decades. Bev Law, College of Forestry professor of global change biology, was one of the authors of the study.


PNW Forest

Forests in the Pacific Northwest will be less vulnerable to drought and fire over the next three decades than those in the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada, computer modeling by researchers in Oregon State University’s College of Forestry shows.

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