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AFR Participates in the Bear Creek Salmon Festival  
 
The Ashland Forest Resiliency and some of our partners with The Nature Conservancy and Lomakatsi Restoration Project had demonstrations for students at the Bear Creek Salmon Festival.   Students learned how water flows through the watershed by building a dam on a representational model.  When students used a water bottle to spray the model they learned that water flows directly into our source for drinking water, Reeder Reservoir.  Abby Nichols, a volunteer with The Nature Conservancy, taught students about fire frequency in the watershed. ​


 
Volunteers Help Restore Habitat 
 
Lomakatsi coordinated and led SOU and local high school students in a volunteer event during fall 2013 spreading native grass seed and fertilizer near the White Rabbit trailhead. The area seeded was used as a helicopter landing and log loading site as part of the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project (AFR) during 2012 and 2013. The AFR partners plan to perform additional habitat restoration in that area and at other sites throughout the watershed next Spring. 
 
Volunteers Help Protect Legacy Trees - AFR Work Party
In July 2013, Ashland Forest Resiliency Project (AFR) partners the City of Ashland and The Nature Conservancy coordinated a volunteer work party. Volunteers were led into the watershed to rake accumulated bark and brush away from the base of large pine trees to protect them from possible fire damage during future fires and controlled burning. Participants were able to see where tree thinning was completed, learn about the work still to come, and participate in helping protect our large, old trees in the Ashland watershed.  For more information see coverage on the Dove News.We thank our volunteers for all their hard work!   
 
  Volunteers and AFR Staff help further protect large, old trees using rakes and mcleods to remove large amounts of accumulated duff.  

 
AFR at SciencWorks Rogue Valley Earth Day
 
AFR representatives answered questions about the project and led youth activities at the annual Rogue Valley Earth Day event. Admission was free to the outdoor event and the inside of the museum. For more information about the event, visit www.roguevalleyearthday.net.
 

Earth Day Tour of Ecological Forestry

On Saturday, April 20th from 9am to 1pm, Ashland Forest Resiliency Project representatives led a tour in the Ashland Watershed. Participants viewed areas where helicopter thinning was performed to reduce wildfire hazard and build healthier, more resilient forests. 

 
AFR Partners Lead Public Tour on Saturday, October 13th  
 
AFR Partners led community members to steeper slopes in the Ashland Watershed where helicopters are being used to protect fragile soils while thinning. AFR partners showed participants areas where thinning work is in progress and ecological buffers that are in place to protect Northern Spotted Owl home ranges, the Pacific Fisher, streams, and slopes prone to landslide.



Dr. Kerry Metlen of The Nature Conservancy takes public on "Forensic Forest Ecology" Tour 
 
In September, Forest Ecologist Dr. Kerry Metlen of The Nature Conservancy led a group of community members in the watershed to learn how historic forest management and fire suppression led to the conditions that now threaten our forests today.

The group looked at fire scars on standing snags in the forest, as well as a few tree "cookies" dating over 300 years old, and discussed how information found in the growth rings of trees help scientists learn about historic forests. They also discussed how the collaborative Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project is integrating pieces of this knowledge into active forest management to protect clean water, abundant wildlife, and recreational use in the Ashland watershed.


Read the informative handout that Dr. Metlen shared with the group during the tour.


 
Dr. Metlen explains a tree "cookie"

 

Community Members Accompanied Partners on the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project Public Tour
 
The AFR Partnership had a great turnout of interested community members attend the Public Tour on Saturday, August 8th, 2012. Representatives from all four partners were present to answer questions and discuss the ongoing work of the project, highlighting the objectives and progress of the ecologically-based commercial thinning that took place this Summer and will continue this Fall. Pictures from the tour can be viewed on the AFR facebook page.

If you would like to attend the next tour, please sign up for the AFR email list or contact Sara Jones.  

 
Commercial Thinning This Fall
 
As part of the next phase of work for the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project, ecological restoration crews have been thinning out crowded trees in the watershed starting last June and will continue throughout the rest of summer. This ecologically based, commercial thinning will improve forest health, help older trees, and reduce the risk of a damaging wildfire in Ashland's Watershed, source of the City's drinking water. Read more about it in the Medford Mail Tribune article the June Sneak Preview.
 
Information about the AFR prescribed fires for 2012 have been included in numerous publications and news reports. The prescribed fire in January and the smoke it caused in the City of Ashland was described in an article in the Ashland Daily Tidings and information about this incident was also sent out in a press release by the Forest Service. The work of Lomakatsi crews and the coordination with partners the Forest Service and the City of Ashland in an AFR prescribed fire in February was highlighted in a Channel 10 news story and was included in an article in the Ashland Daily Tidings.
 


                                                
 

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