New website offers wildfire prevention suggestions

Forest Health partnership

 

Klamath and Lake County landowners can learn how to reduce fire danger and improve forest health on their land by viewing the new Klamath-Lake Forest Health Partnership website at https://www.klfhp.org/

The Klamath-Lake Forest Health Partnership (KLFHP) has been actively addressing forest health issues in Klamath and Lake Counties since 1993. It is a non-profit organization comprised of private forest landowners, forestry consultants, conservation groups, local fire districts, and state and federal agencies.

Their new website offers landowners more than 200 Oregon State University Extension Service forestry publications. It also includes wildfire preparedness and forest health guides specific to Klamath and Lake Counties. Landowners can also contact the OSU Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center at 541-883-7131 for information.

            The website lists contact information for forestry consultants, forest thinning crews, biomass utilization contractors, horse loggers, and fire suppression and prescribed fire companies. It also has links to more forestry resources from Oregon Small Woodlands Association and Oregon Tree Farm System websites.

            The KLFHP is using the website for landowner outreach and education efforts tied to the North Warners Project, located about 12 miles north of Lakeview; Gerber/Paddock Butte Project, located 10 miles south of Bly; and Chiloquin Community Forest and Fire Project, located around the community of Chiloquin.

            The Chiloquin Community Forest and Fire Project is the partnership’s latest effort, involving 30,000 acres owned by about 3,200 individual landowners. Both the Chiloquin and Klamath County Community Wildfire Protection Plans identify the project area as high-risk for wildland fire.

The KLFHP intends to use a multi-pronged approach to contact landowners, educate them about fire resistance and ultimately implement cross-boundary treatments on private land adjacent to the Fremont-Winema National Forest. Their objectives include developing a landowner list, creating a fire response map, prioritizing treatment areas, and assisting landowners interested in fire prevention and forest health treatments.

            KLFHP members will begin contacting Chiloquin-area landowners this summer through telephone calls, direct mail, email, social media and workshops. They hope to foster landowner interest, obtain contact information and offer to complete forest health inventories of individual lots.

Oregon State University Extension Service funds are now available to conduct inventories and fire risk mapping that can provide landowners forest health information and recommended treatments in Chiloquin.

            The KLFHP invites local forest landowners to attend its next monthly meeting, which will be held in Klamath Falls on Thursday, July 27 from 9 a.m. until noon in the Oregon Department of Forestry office at 3200 Delap Road.

Participants will discuss efforts to implement all-lands, cross-boundary approaches to treating public land managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, while exploring ways to simultaneously treat forestland owned by adjacent private landowners.