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

Collaborative partners developed a Rogue Basin Cohesive Forest Restoration Strategy (RBS) targeting careful thinning and controlled burning on 1 million acres across the 4.6 million acre Rogue Basin. This strategy tiers to the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy by working across all lands to restore resilient landscapes, promote fire adapted communities, and improve opportunities for safe and effective wildfire response. The Rogue Basin Strategy protects complex forest, optimizes wildfire risk mitigation, promotes diverse and enduring habitats, and supports a predictable supply of ecosystem services. With full implementation, the Rogue Basin Strategy is expected to reduce overall wildfire risk by 70% and risk to homes by 50% relative to business as usual. Thinning on warm ridges and midslopes actually reduces wildfire risk to high quality Northern Spotted Owl habitat by 47%. Implementing the strategic mechanical treatments on federal lands could cost $30 million annually for 20 years. This work would produce 83 million board feet of merchantable timber every year, meeting annual timber targets for the federal agencies. It would also generate 1,700 direct and indirect jobs, $65 million in local wages, and produce $260 million in local economic output. The Rogue Basin Strategy describes an all lands approach for a shared landscape and shared responsibility for stewardship. The Strategy has been embraced by the Rogue Valley Integrated Fire Plan (online storyboard) as a framework for prioritizing hazard reduction project and guiding funding. Success depends on transparency based in community engagement, workforce training, education, and multiparty monitoring.

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.