Private Citizens Treating Fuels on Public Lands..Whaaaaa?
Yep. Pigs are flying. It's frosty cold down below....
Feds working on private lands and private citizens treating public lands? Yep.
In Deschutes County, Oregon the culture of responsibility (20+ years in the making!) has led to an amazing collaborative effort towards Fire Adapted Communities and Resilient Landscapes...which of course leads to a safer and more effective Wildfire Response. A Cohesive Strategy TRIFECTA!
Under a new agreement between the US Forest Service (Deschutes National Forest) and the Upper Deschutes River Coalition (UDRC - 26 neighborhoods at extreme risk of wildfire) fuels reduction can be accomplished on both private and public lands - recognizing that private land fuels treatments are as important as public efforts to reduce the potential for both high intensity wildfire and catastrophic loss.
How it works: with USFS approval, citizens can treat fuels on public lands within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and vice versa. The UDRC will provide funding and volunteers to complete projects and the Forest Service will provide expertise in fuels management planning and implementation as well as financial assistance, equipment and a skilled workforce for activities such as brush mowing, prescribed burning, hazard tree falling and ladder fuel reduction that the UDRC does not have.
A great match up of willingness and resources to achieve real results on the ground. Read the whole story here.