Helicopter thinning recently began in the Ashland Watershed and will continue through June 30th, 2017. Ashland Daily Tidings reported and the final phase of helicopter work. View this news report from Channel 10 to learn more about the project.
How do you want your fire? How do you want your smoke? Dr. Paul Hessburg presented his research and a call to action. “We can do a lot to change how wildfire affects our homes, neighborhoods, towns and regions, said Hessburg, “I want people to leave here empowered.” Sponsors included Ashland Chamber of Commerce, Ashland Firewise and Southern Oregon University. Thank you Ashland Daily Tidings for coverage of the Megafires Presentation. September 2016
We had a well attended public tour in late August to review plans for thinning trees starting in Fall 2015 and going at least through next spring.
AFR hosted a high level visit from Washington D.C. leadership in July 2015 as part of the Wildland Fire Leadership Council meeting held in town.
Read the Daily Tidings article from December 24th about how donated wood from the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project was recently delivered by the Jackson County Fuel Committee to low-income homes throughout the county to help keep residents warm this winter.
Learn about work being done to improve the trails in Ashland as a result of the thinning completed for the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project in a Medford Mail Tribune article from August 11th.
The Ashland Daily Tidings informed the public of trails and roads to avoid during the second phase of helicopter operations in an article from March 18th, 2013. Information was also included in a story on the Channel 12 News.
Read the Ashland Daily Tidings article from Tuesday, December 4th updating the community that the helicopter work is done but that many trails and roads remain closed due to ongoing ecological forestry work, controlled burns, and log hauling.
Read the KDRV Channel 12 article with updated information for about helicopter operations for the week of November 26th, 2012.
On October 31st, 2012, members of the local media filmed work crews during the start of helicopter operations for the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project. Visit the KDRV Channel 12 and KOBI Channel 5websites to watch the videos and learn how helicopters are being used to thin smaller trees and reduce wildfire hazard in the Ashland Watershed
Chris Chambers, Forest Resource Specialist for the City of Ashland, and Marko Bey, Director of Lomakatsi Resotration Project, were interviewed on The Jefferson Exchange on Monday, October 8th. They gave an overview of the project, including information about the partnership and partner roles, the upcoming public tour, and the science informing the management plans. In addition, during the interview they discussed the work that has been done to date and that to come, as well as the most recent court decision related to the project. Listen to the radio interview here (interview begins at ~6 minutes).
In addition to an article giving an update on the AFR thinning work taking place this fall in the "news briefs" section of the Sneak Preview (pg 22, 23), Mayor Stomberg discussed the project in his interview on page 46. The Mayor discussed AFR as one of the things he is "extremely proud" of during his 4 years as mayor, and stated, "Forest thinning in the watershed has been talked about for years, but we were finally able to get it done."
Listen to an update of the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project in the March 8th, 2012 interview of Marko Bey (Lomakatsi Restoration Project) and Darren Borgias (The Nature Conservancy) on the Jefferson Exchange(see the 8am podcast, 35 minutes into the show). You can also listen to how Chris Chambers describes the AFR project's approach to wildfire prevention and response in his July 7th, 2012 interview on the OPB (see "Think Out Loud" broadcast, 19 minutes into the show, or click here) and learn how AFR's approach compares to that of other agencies around the state of Oregon.
The city of Ashland and its residents are keen on protecting the city's watershed on the slopes of Mount Ashland, so it's something of a shock when smoke rises from that area. But recent smoke plumes came from efforts to rehabilitate the watershed through the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project. You'll hear an update on the project.
An update was sent out in the October City Source utility mailer, preparing the community for upcoming fuels reduction work.
Read about the fire history study in the watershed that will help guide forest managers design current and future watershed management projects.
The Ashland Forest Resiliency project Record of Decision was signed by Forest Service Supervisor Scott Conroy on Friday, October 16th. This allows project implemenation planning to begin with the stated goal of starting work on the ground by Spring 2010. Here's the Forest Service press release on the signing of the decision.
Watch this 60 Minutes news story on large wildfires. There are many issues addressed in this story that apply to the situation in the Ashland Watershed and surrounding areas.
Watch this UC Davis news story on the role of fire in the forest in the Sierra Nevada. Although this is about forests to the south, the concept of fire adapted forests applies well to our Siskiyou Mountains.