OSU students look forward to career in forestry

By CRAIG REED For the Capital Press Jan 17, 2024 This article was originally published by Capital Press HERE ROSEBURG, Ore. — Sustainable forest management is the future goal for Oregon State University students Jake Gerrard and Isaac Cherry. The young men from Oregon’s Douglas County want to see trees planted, grown, harvested and then […]

Communities for Healthy Forests: ‘False Binary’ Fuels the Forest Management Debate

By Lee Paterson A recently published article in the News Review regarding forest management, (A balancing act: The forestland management debate, December 2, 2023) provided some excellent insights by professionals regarding forest fire and what can be done on the landscape to prepare for and respond to inevitable wildfire. But so much of the forest […]

Wildfire exposure felt unequally among elderly, low-income populations

This article is reposted from wildfiretoday.com, you can view the original article here Writen by Hunter Bassler Around 90 percent of all people exposed to wildfires over the past 23 years lived in either California, Oregon, or Washington. Among those, researchers found a disproportionate number were poor, a racial minority, disabled, or over the age of 65. […]

Controlled Fires Cut Wildfire Risk by 60%, Study Shows

This article is reposted from www.usnews.com, you can view the original article here By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Controlled forest burns can prevent the sort of high-intensity wildfires that have plagued the Western U.S. and Canada as a result of climate change, a new study argues. A low-intensity […]

The Canopy | Fall 2023

Thank you for visiting the Communities for Healthy Forests newsletter, “The Canopy”. The October edition features articles “Senator Wyden:Please Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle,” By Lee Paterson and “Thinning and Prescribed Fire are Critical Tools for Wildfire Risk Reduction,” By Mark Buckbee. Happy reading.


By Mark Buckbee, CHF Education Director In late May 2023, a US Forest Service prescribed (managed) burn on the Willamette National Forest jumped control lines, making news throughout western Oregon. The project was planned as a 65-acre managed burn to reduce fuels in a thinned stand of trees. According to the Forest Service, the fuels […]

A Note from CHF Executive Director Melissa Cribbins

I can’t believe that summer is nearly over! It has been my honor to be CHF’s Executive Director for eight months now.  Recently, I was able to spend time at the Douglas County Fair in our fair booth.  We were there to talk to anyone and everyone that wanted to talk to us about forest […]

Greetings from the Land of 500+ AQI: We’re Holding Our Breath Out Here

My family and I went to the coast Sunday for one reason: To escape the choking smoke in the air. Brian Prawitz, for CHF | August 31, 2023 My wife’s perpetual smoke induced headache and the depressing, oppressing cloud literally hanging over us was just too much. If even for a few hours, the idea […]


If the goal is really to reduce net carbon emissions and address climate change, one of the best things we can do is to actively manage forests to reduce risks of massive carbon-emitting wildfires, and to store carbon in long-lived wood products. Rob Freres | https://frereswood.com/ | August 28, 2023 This article was written in […]