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OHA can help with wildfire recovery effort

By Mike Totey, OHA Conservation Director

After a record-setting fire season with
nearly 1,000,000 acres burned in Oregon,
natural resource managers and conservation
groups are digging in to start on the
post-fire recovery process. While it is
difficult to see anything positive with
these types of catastrophic events, there
is work to be done and opportunities for
OHA to engage.
The part that will take the longest will
be the long-term planning and implementation
to recover the severely burned
areas. The planning and discussions for
this are underway, but will take some time
and coordination to get moving.
OHA has started discussions with
the U.S. Forest Service, ODFW and the
Oregon Department of Forestry to offer
help and stay engaged in the recovery and
restoration work.
Projects like forage seeding or replacing
existing seasonal winter range gates
could be areas where local chapters can
engage with their local national forest
to make a difference, particularly for
big game.
Proactive management will ensure that
burned areas provide valuable early seral
habitat for big game species and help
make sure that those areas aren’t taken
over by invasive species.

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