Pacific Power Wildfire Mitigation

Most people don’t think about fire danger, or preparing for fire season, until summertime temperatures arrive. Fortunately, an entire division of professionals at Pacific Power, a division of PacifiCorp, are focusing on wildfire prevention.  Staff Writer | Communities for Healthy Forests | July 29th, 2022 Wildfire mitigation is one of the main reasons PacifiCorp has […]

USDA launches five-year, $1B Community Wildfire Defense Grant program

Drawing on funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that $1 billion is now being offered through the Community Wildfire Defense Grant program to assist at-risk communities. Chris Galford | | Thursday, July 28, 2022 “Insight and guidance from the communities most at risk for catastrophic wildfires helps […]


Natural reforestation can occur in some situations such as fires of lower severity where live “seed trees” remain in the mosaic or there remain viable seeds in the seed bed. But where burns are severe, and all the trees are killed, tree crowns are burned, and seeds in the soil are burned, leaving no seed […]

Why Communities For Healthy Forests Supports Salvage Logging on Public Lands 

Salvage logging followed by reforestation increases the probability that our forests remain as forests after the fires are out. By CHF Board Member Mark Buckbee | Communities For Healthy Forests | July 27th, 2022 Communities For Healthy Forests supports post-fire salvage logging on public forestlands. After wildfires, forests on public lands are evaluated for salvage logging. […]

Forest Service to plant more than 1 billion trees in wake of fires, insect infestations

The Biden administration wants the government to plant more than a billion trees across millions of acres of burned and dead woodlands as officials struggle to counter climate change’s increasing toll on the nation’s forest MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press | | Jul 26, 2022 BILLINGS, Mont. — The Biden administration on Monday said the […]

To Save Sequoias from Wildfire, We Must Save Them from Ourselves

Once thought to be basically immortal, sequoias are now dying in droves as fires burn bigger, hotter, and longer than any other point in human history. Protecting them is possible, but managing western woods is a Pandora’s box of tough choices. KYLE DICKMAN | | Jul 13, 2022 It’s not like my family actually […]

Tami Jo Braz: It’s about small-scale woodlands

OAKLAND, Ore. — Tami Jo Braz is not only a small woodland owner, but also an ambassador for those who grow and manage trees on small parcels of land. By CRAIG REED For the Capital Press | | Jun 30, 2022 Braz and her husband, Barry Braz, have owned and managed 50 acres of […]

How Active Stewardship Could Protect California’s Forests from Extreme Wildfire

Even small fires now can pose threats to life and property. Are we in a new phase of climate change? Sarah Bardeen | | JUNE 6, 2022 UC Berkeley professor Scott Stephens, a member of the PPIC Water Policy Center research network, has spent over 30 years studying wildfire in California. He spoke with us recently […]

Southern Oregon agencies gearing up with added resources as fire season begins

Southern Oregon — Fire season in Southern Oregon officially begins on Wednesday, and fire agencies across the Rogue Valley are preparing. By Kevin McNamara | | Tuesday, May 31st 2022 The Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest district now has 26 fire engines staffed seven days a week, which is up by three from last year. That’s in addition to […]

Outflanking Fire with Common Sense 

Doug Robertson | Communities for Healthy Forests | June 9th, 2022 As the next fire season approaches, questions and concerns continue to pour in from the public demanding ways to avoid a repeat of the stifling smoke and destruction of our Federal Forest lands yet again in 2022.   The question is, can we do anything […]