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Title

Central Oregon's fire-adapted forests and the need for dry forest restoration
Document Type: Brochure
Publication Year: 2019

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  • fire suppression
  • fire-adapted forests
  • Oregon
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Record Last Modified: May 15, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 57839

Description

Wildfire was here before us. The east slope of the Cascade Mountains of Central Oregon encompasses a diverse range of forest types, from cold and wet forests at high elevations near the Cascade Crest, to warm and dry forests share in common, is that they are adapted to and depend on different kinds of fire - what scientists refer to as fire regimes. For millennia, our mid- and lower-elevation forests, such as the ponderosa pine and dry and mixed-conifer forests were maintained by frequent, low-severity fires burning every ten to twenty-five years. These natural fires sustained a forest of fire-dependent trees and plants, maintained wildlife habitat for a diversity of fire-adapted species, recycled nutrients, and supported healthy forests and watersheds.

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2019. Central Oregon's fire-adapted forests and the need for dry forest restoration. 10 p.