Thinking Outside the Box to Restore Resiliency on 2.3 Million Acres in Oregon
Blue Mountain Forest Restoration Strategy Team field tour. Photo: USFS
When more than 2.3 million acres out of 6 million acres are in need of active restoration what do you do? Traditional planning efforts are not keeping pace with forest growth. If you want to promote a healthy and productive forest, you must plan differently, at a larger scale and faster pace.
That is exactly what the Blue Mountains Restoration Strategy Team has been tasked with: working at a large landscape scale, exploring and developing new methods for planning and analysis, and working with interested tribes, agencies, local governments, and public groups, all aimed at increasing forest restoration efforts in the Blue Mountains.
The Forest Resiliency Project is the US Forest Service’s attempt to tackle this critical issue. This project was intentionally designed at a large scale, analyzing 1.2 million acres on the Ochoco, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests. The team is working with interested stakeholders to understand a variety of issues and concerns over the next year.
This project is an experiment that tests what is needed for a Forest manager to make an informed decision, using the best available science and modeling methods to inform a large landscape scale analysis. Read more about the project here.