Fire and Forestry

Foresters use active management to limit fire severity

November 1, 2019

Fire is a natural part of Oregon’s forest ecosystems. Before European settlement, res burned through the dry pine forests of central and eastern Oregon and the mixed-conifer forests of southwestern Oregon every two to 50 years. The wetter, Douglas- fir forests of western Oregon once burned every 200 years or longer. When regular, low-intensity fires…

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