Oregon Reforestation Project
Over the past century, fire suppression efforts in the United States have inadvertently contributed to the dangerous overgrowth of forests, creating a hazardous situation exacerbated by the impacts of climate change.
Over the past century, fire suppression efforts in the United States have inadvertently contributed to the dangerous overgrowth of forests, creating a hazardous situation exacerbated by the impacts of climate change. This combination of factors has led to the emergence of megafires, which are fires that surpass the expansive threshold of 40,500 hectares (100,000 acres) in size. The year 2020 witnessed the devastating consequences of such megafires, as Labor Day windstorms triggered the simultaneous outbreak of five of these colossal fires in Oregon, accompanied by an additional 12 smaller fires. The aftermath of this catastrophic event encompassed the destruction of a significant portion of Oregon’s timber harvest and future timber supply, the displacement of local communities, and the irreversible loss of critical wildlife habitats.
Through our dedicated project, we aim to counteract these destructive forces by implementing a comprehensive reforestation strategy. Central to this endeavor is the planting of a diverse array of tree species, carefully selected to withstand the challenges posed by the changing climate. In our selection, we prioritize species such as Douglas-fir, Noble-fir, and Western Red Cedar, ensuring that the restored forests accurately represent and support the intricate dynamics of the local ecosystem. By fostering the recovery of wildlife habitats, our efforts aim to benefit a wide range of species, including iconic creatures like Deer, Elk, Cougar, Bear, Trout, and the threatened Spotted Owl.
To achieve success in this critical undertaking and address the long-term effects of megafires in Oregon, we earnestly seek your support. By joining forces, we can make a profound impact on the restoration and preservation of Oregon’s natural landscapes, safeguarding the well-being of both wildlife and local communities for generations to come.