Forests make up 50% of our state, but many are unhealthy. To address the problem, we’re working to increase forests restoration efforts across Oregon.
Songbirds can be indicators of forest health. Here, birds are banded to help track changes in bird communities and count observations across the watershed.
Our forests provide us with clean water, jobs and products for local communities and important fish and wildlife habitats. The northern spotted owl — this one pictured in the Ashland watershed — lives primarily in West Coast old-growth forests.
Around Ashland, in Southern Oregon, scientists like Kerry Metlen, above, study forest history and fire patterns. Metlen cuts a slab from an old pine stump to discern historical fire patterns. The details will help inform restoration efforts.
Often, many Oregon forests were maintained naturally by frequent low-burning fires. But fire suppression has disrupted natural cycles. The Conservancy and partners use controlled burns to help restore historic conditions.
Community-based collaborative groups are forming around the state to develop science solutions — that benefit both nature and people — in Oregon’s fire-prone forests.
The Conservancy’s Darren Borgias and a volunteer prepare to release this Pacific fisher. Scientists from the U.S. Forest Service collared the fisher to record its travels in and around the old-growth forests in the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project area.