This is tough work that involves really listening to each other and using science to help us make decisions that are good for the forest and good for our community.
The Wolf project resulted in:
Once implemented, Gap will result in:
We contracted with Oregon State University scientists to begin monitoring aspen stands on the Ochoco National Forest. This work has highlighted threats to aspen stand health and opportunities for OFRC to support the Forest Service to protect this very special habitat.
OFRC is working with local contractors and the Forest Service to see what we can do to help overcome these barriers and support local contractors to get more work with the goal of keeping more federal dollars circulating in the local economy.
We are working with Forest Service specialists as they collect and analyze data so we can learn together about the key issues and concerns within the project area. Together, we’re working to protect private homeowners by reducing fuel loads, enhancing fish habitat by restoring areas around streams, and creating local jobs by supporting timber harvest, pre-commercial thinning and other service-work.
We also ask for a professional opinion and hire research scientists to take a look at our work. Currently, we are working with Oregon State University researchers who are implementing pre- and post-implementation vegetation plots within the Wolf project area to help us understand whether the forest treatments will achieve our hoped-for results of forest resilience.