[ODF_Private_Forests] Private forest projects in central Oregon
kevin.weeks at state.or.us
Fri Sep 18 08:29:13 PDT 2009
Oregon Department of Forestry
September 17, 2009
The Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Central Oregon District has been awarded $600,000 in grants to help private forest landowners reduce the threat of wildfire on their lands. The federal Recovery funds are being provided by the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Region through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
These grant funds will be obligated towards hazardous fuels reduction projects associated with wildland-urban interface areas in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties. The federal dollars are expected to stimulate local economies within the tri-county area by supporting and creating approximately 150 jobs.
Private forest landowners are encouraged to apply for the funds through the ODF office in Prineville. Eligible project proposals include: fuels treatment projects including but not limited to establishment of shaded fuel breaks, removal of ladder fuels, thinning of overstocked tree stands, and other vegetative treatments or practices that enhance defensible space around homes or communities.
To receive consideration for funding, a proposed hazardous fuels treatment project must be associated with a "Community at Risk" as identified in a local Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
Community Wildfire Protection Plans for the tri-county area can be viewed at: www.projectwildfire.org/Current/Current/cwpp.html<http://www.projectwildfire.org/Current/Current/cwpp.html>
Additional program details are available on the ODF economic stimulus web page, www.oregon.gov/ODF/recovery/index.shtml<http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/recovery/index.shtml> - For information regarding enrollment requirements, eligible hazardous fuels reduction projects, and program rates, contact Stu Otto, ODF Stewardship Forester, at the ODF Central Oregon District Office in Prineville, 541-447-5658, e-mail: sotto at odf.state.or.us<mailto:sotto at odf.state.or.us>
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