Forest Health Workshop Planned for Landowners East of Chiloquin

 

Forest Health Workshop Planned for Landowners East of Chiloquin

CHILOQUIN, Ore.—The Klamath-Lake Forest Health Partnership will hold a workshop on August 16 to help landowners east of Chiloquin learn ways to reduce wildland fire danger, assist effective wildfire response and restore forest health.

The workshop is the fourth in a series the Klamath-Lake Forest Health Partnership (KLFHP) has held this summer as part of its Chiloquin Community Forest Health and Fire Project effort, which includes about 32,000 acres owned by about 3,200 landowners living in Chiloquin or eight nearby subdivisions.

Both the Chiloquin and Klamath County Wildfire Protection Plans identify the Chiloquin Community Forest and Fire Project area as high-risk for wildland fire. KLFHP members with forest health and fire suppression expertise have given presentations on why the subdivisions are in danger from wildland fires and what landowners can do to reduce risks, while improving forest health.

The August 16 workshop will focus on the Nine Mile Community, located about seven miles east of Chiloquin off Sprague River Road (County Route 858). The workshop will be held 2 to 4 p.m. at the Chiloquin Community Center in downtown Chiloquin at 140 S. First St.

“Woodland Park, Train Mountain, and Oregon Shores 1 and 2 Subdivision residents became greatly interested in ways to reduce fire danger and increase forest health around Chiloquin after they attended workshops,” said Oregon State University Extension Forest Agent Daniel Leavell, Ph.D. “We hope to replicate that success with Nine Mile residents.”

Leavell said landowners who cannot attend workshops can get information on the Chiloquin Community Forest and Fire Project, and ways to reduce fire danger while connecting with other subdivision residents by viewing the KLFHP website at www.klfhp.org.

KLFHP 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 began contacting landowners earlier 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. According to Leavell, OSU Extension Service funds are now available to conduct inventories and fire risk mapping that can provide landowners forest health information and recommended treatments.

Members of the KLFHP with forest health and fire suppression expertise are available to assist landowners with these efforts.

The 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.