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Rogue Basin Cohesive Forest Restoration Strategy: A Collaborative Vision for Resilient Landscapes and Fire Adapted Communities v.1

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 across 4.6 million acres. We modeled fire probability and intensity across the basin, and through workshops with stakeholders collaboratively identified and mapped HVRA’s and their likely response to wildfire. These data were used to strategically design treatments and as a baseline to evaluate different management scenarios.

Developing and Implementing Climate Change Adaptation Options in Forest Ecosystems: A Case Study in Southwestern Oregon, USA

Climate change will likely have significant effects on forest ecosystems worldwide. In Mediterranean regions, such as that in southwestern Oregon, USA, changes will likely be driven mainly by wildfire and drought. To minimize the negative effects of climate change, resource managers require tools and information to assess climate change vulnerabilities and to develop and implement adaptation actions. We developed an approach to facilitate development and implementation of climate change adaptation options in forest management. This approach, applied in a southwestern Oregon study region, involved establishment of a science–manager partnership, a science-based assessment of forest and woodland vulnerabilities to climate change, climate change education in multiple formats, hands-on development of adaptation options, and application of tools to incorporate climate change in planned projects. Through this approach, we improved local manager understanding of the potential effects of climate change in southwestern Oregon, and enabled evaluation of proposed management activities in the context of climatic stressors. Engaging managers throughout the project increased ownership of the process and outcomes, as well as the applicability of the adaptation options to on-the-ground actions. Science–management partnerships can effectively incorporate evolving science, regardless of the socio-political environment, and facilitate timely progress in adaptation to climate change.

The Rogue Basin Action Plan for Resilient Watersheds and Forests in a Changing Climate

This Climate Action Plan supports actions that will create a community that has strengthened capacity to be resilient to the inevitable impacts of climate change; a community with awareness, shared vision, and partnerships enabling it to withstand the impacts of climate change upon the natural resources, economy, and community. This report was derived through the Climate Plan Development Program offered by Climate Solutions University and the Model Forest Policy Program. It was written in collaboration with many of our partners.

Illinois Valley Timber Sustainability Assessment

The collaborative has released its timber supply assessment for the Illinois Valley. This public report can inform decisions related to new mill investment and management opportunities for federal managers. As a result of this assessment and collaboration with the governor's office and EcoTrust, the Rough & Ready Mill has reopened.

Multiparty Monitoring Initiative: Middle Applegate Pilot Projects

A diverse team of community and agency partners has monitored the implementation of the Medford District Secretarial Pilot Project, a demonstration of the restoration principles of Franklin and Johnson across some 4,000 acres of the Middle Applegate Watershed. Public meetings, field tours as well as forest-based and wildlife monitoring are key ingredients of this project. This group was an outcome of a stakeholder meeting, where Multiparty Monitoring was established as an important component to these projects. This report describes how the initiative came to be, and the outcomes hoped.

Multiparty Monitoring Summary of Results: Pilot Joe

A summary of the Multiparty Monitoring Results one year post treatment from Pilot Joe. A full report is also available.