A private-landowner’s all-lands forest restoration initiative formed through a partnership with the City of Ashland, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Lomakatsi Restoration Project, U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy.
How does the Ashland Forest All-lands Restoration Initiative work?
- Landowners must own property within the project areas which meet criteria for treatment
- Enroll in the program through the City of Ashland and sign a 10% cost-share agreement
- Receive a free assessment from Lomakatsi Restoration Project before work can begin
- Complete the work and participate in post-assessment
What does AFAR accomplish for private landowners?
- Improves the ecological and economic value of your property
- Reduces the risk of severe wildfire
- Protects your trees from insects and disease
- Provides thinning and fuels reduction
- Introduces low intensity controlled burns
Why participate in AFAR?
- Jackson County experiences one of the highest occurrences of wildfire in Oregon
- Nearly 44% of Oregon’s lands are privately owned
- Private lands make up a critical part of the ecological system
- The Oregon Department of Forestry considers Southwest Oregon a hot-spot for wildfire.
- This region has recorded more incidences of wildfire, more money spent, and greater resources used to reduce wildfire’s impacts than anywhere else in the State of Oregon.
- Jackson County ranked second in a survey of 417 counties in 11 western states for risk to development in fire prone areas adjacent to public lands.
What is the History of AFAR?
Resources for Landowners
- Ashland Forest All-lands Restoration(AFAR) focuses on Dry-type forest habitat to provide thinning and fuels reduction, plus under-burning for private property.
- The AFAR Program is funded with the support of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and matching funds from federal, state and municipal dollars. AFAR provides funding to private landowners to address fuels build-up which increases the risks of severe fire on lands within and surrounding the Ashland Watershed. Fuels treatment and under-burning for your private property reduces the risk to the municipal watershed, water supply and residential areas.