By Tyler Dungannon & Mike Totey
In response to the Grandview Fire that
burned part of OHA’s new conservation
easement this summer, OHA conservation
staff and more than a dozen members from
the Bend and Redmond chapters planted
sagebrush plants and seeded dozer lines on
Dec. 2 for the benefit of mule deer.
In cooperation with the landowner, OHA seeded the
affected area with a mix of local native seed that will
provide multiple benefits. It will
provide soil stabilization for the
exposed ground, provide valuable wildlife forage,
and help prevent invasive species from taking over the site.
The landowners and OHA staff worked with members of the ODF Incident Management Team during fire fighting efforts
on the property. After the fire, OHA staff
and the landowner assessed the area and
developed the plan for restoring the burned
area with technical assistance from ODFW
and input from Monty Gregg of USFS.
The property owners, David and Pamela Potter, recently were recognized with OHA’s Citizen Landowner of the Year
Award. OHA conservation staff presented the award plaque to the landowner on the day of the seeding project.