The Rogue Basin Cohesive Forest Restoration Strategy

SOFRC and stakeholders have developed a Rogue Basin Cohesive Forest Restoration Strategy (Strategy) that integrates wildfire risk mitigation with ecological health. The Strategy demonstrates the goals and components of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy as well as goals established in the Rogue Basin Climate Action Plan for Resilient Forests and Watersheds in a Changing Climate. Using the best available science, we describe vegetation, fuels, high value resources and assets (HVRA), access and yarding capabilities, and identified no-treatment zones ...

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Rogue Forests for the Future: Promoting Resilience for Climate Adaptation

The Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative and Southern Oregon Climate Action Now organized a workshop “Rogue Basin Forests for the Future: Climate Adaptation in Forest Restoration." The workshop addressed forest management in relation to climate change concerns.  We briefly reviewed information from the recent Rogue Basin Cohesive Forest Restoration Strategy and recent Climate change trends and projections. The workshop focused on constructive dialogue regarding these topics. Information gathered from the workshop was used to develop an addendum to the Rogue ...

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Climate Change Resources and Tools for Resource Specialists

Looking for some tools to help inform climate smart management? Here is a list of resources for climate adaptation information, project examples, and strategies. You can also click on each of these for adaptation examples for Wildlife; Water and Fisheries; Forest, Fuels, and Vegetation; and Recreation. And we also have our recorded webinar series you can access here For background on federal guidelines and regulations around climate change, click here.

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Adapting to Climate Change: Managing Federal Lands in a Changing Environment Webinar Series

A series of weekly webinars that led up to the workshop on Monday, Oct. 19th 2015 and a half day applied field trip on Oct. 20th. For the full webinar series and speaker descriptions click here. Below are the recordings for the webinars. Click on the title to access the recording. 16 September 2015 12:00-1:00 PM Gwyn Myer, SOFRC *** The slides will start after about 5 minutes, there was a technical error at the start.*** Webinar Description: This webinar includes a brief overview of the science of climate change, and then delves into the current trends and ...

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Implementing climate-smart resource management across multiple ownerships in southwestern Oregon

This project builds on The Rogue Basin Action Plan for Resilient Watersheds and Forests in a Changing Climate by implementing recommendations from the Action Plan in resource management and planning, linking key vulnerabilities with specific adaptation strategies and tactics on the ground, and linking adaptation with restoration, planning, and resource monitoring programs across multiple land ownerships. Specific management objectives include: Implement restoration projects that integrate climate-smart practices, a proof of concept for southwestern Oregon. Prior...

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Creating a FIREWISE school

Applegate Fire District 9, the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative, the Bureau of Land Management, and Ruch School middle-schoolers came together to assess their school for potential fire  hazards before the upcoming fire season.  Students helped to clear space, plant FIREWISE plants, and learn about how to be FIREWISE in a hands-on, engaging way. They learned about fire science, fire behavior, plant adaptability, and the three zones that make up a defensible space. They  put what they learned into practice by helping build FIREWISE demonstration ...

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Mapping high value areas at risk of fire

In February, the SOFRC and TNC partnered in a workshop with several members and stakeholders in the community. This event, which included over 40 people, was held in an attempt to determine the variety of values on the landscape threatened by fire. Using current fuel loads and fire behavior and risk modeling, we are working to develop a map of the high value areas at high risk of fire. The values are determined by those who attended the workshop. A follow up workshop was held in April.

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“Forest, Farm and Water” Outreach

  The Collaborative has created a plan to engage natural resource and farm based interests to advance support for its regional forest restoration strategy. This includes outreach to groups, organizations, interests and individuals with a primary interest in forest, farm and/or water issues. At the state level, presentations have also been made to the Oregon Governorʼs Office and Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. The Collaborative also been involved with the Governorʼs Federal Forest Advisory Committee through participation in meetings, networking and informat...

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Dry Forest Restoration Technical Team

Convened by the Collaborativeʼs Executive Director,George McKinley, this multiparty team has worked tirelessly to refine and expand the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative 2011 Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) proposal into a broader, more detailed, widely vetted and spatially explicit forest restoration strategy for the Rogue Basin. The strategy was recently submitted as a set of recommendations to the Oregon Bureau of Land Management Interdisciplinary (ID) Team for revised Western ...

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Climate Change and Our Forests

Convened by Gwyn Myer, the Collaborativeʼs Project Coordinator, and Ken Wearstler, Silviculturist and Climate Adaptation Coordinator for the Rogue-River Siskiyou National Forest, this project is part of the Climate Solutions University (CSU) Climate Adaptation Planning and Implementation Program. Aimed at informing future forest planning and fulfilling agency adaptation planning requirements, this project has engaged a broad spectrum of regional natural resource and economic interests, The result is a localized, actionable climate adaptation plan that the ...

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