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Ashland Forest Resiliency Events
Earth Day - Saturday April 22nd, 2017 from 11:00AM to 4:00PM
Partners will be available to answer your questions about the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project and lead student demonstrations.  Rogue Valley Earth Day is a free outdoor event held at Science Works, 1500 E. Main Street in Ashland. 

Photography Class - Saturday May 27th, 2017 from 9:00AM to 12:00PM
Join The Nature Conservancy's Monitoring and Outreach Assistant Evan Barrientos in a forest photography class.  Evan has over 12 year of experience in nature photography; see his Facebook page  for samples of his work.  This class is designed for photographers of all levels. Participants will meet at Upper White Rabbit Trailhead. (Latitude: 42.16805223 Longitude :  -122.7026139) 

Student Outreach and Education
John Muir Magnet School joined partners with Lomakatsi Restoration Project and the City of Ashland to learn where their drinking water flows from, the Ashland Watershed.  

Bear Creek Salmon Festival
Each year the Ashland Forest Resiliency and our partners with The Nature Conservancy and
Lomakatsi Restoration Project hold forest demonstrations for students at the Bear Creek Salmon Festival.   

Volunteers Help Restore Habitat Lomakatsi coordinated and led SOU and local high school students in a volunteer event to spread native grass seed and fertilizer near White Rabbit trailhead. Areas seeded rehabilitated a helicopter landing and log loading site.
Volunteers Help Protect Legacy Trees - AFR Work Party
Volunteers raked 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.  We thank our volunteers for all their hard work!   
  Volunteers Raking Duff  
Community Members Accompanied Partners on Public Tour
The AFR Partnership had a great turnout of interested community members attend the Public Tour in July and August of 2016. 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.  Learn more at on our Facebook page.  

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

Dr. Kerry Metlen of The Nature Conservancy Explains "Forensic Forest Ecology" 
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"

Commercial Thinning This Spring
As part of the next phase of work for the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project, ecological restoration crews thinned out crowded trees in the watershed starting last December and will continue through June 30th, 2017. 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 Ashland Daily Tidings view news coverage with News Channel 10.

Returning Fire to the Landscape
Information about the AFR prescribed fires have been included in numerous publications and news reports.  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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