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Partners in the three landscapes of the Oregon FLN—the Rogue Basin, Upper Deschutes Basin, and Klamath and Lake Counties—are working to integrate ecological, economic and social values into collaborative dry forest restoration. Work in this network spans a wide range of actions, from a statewide analysis of restoration need in dry, frequent-fire forest systems and partnering in the publication of a restoration field guide to hosting a prescribed fire training exchange and taking part in the Ashland ForestResiliency Project. Efforts in both the Rogue and Upper Deschutes landscapes benefit from strong linkages to Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network​ members working there, and progress in the Upper Deschutes Basin is inextricably linked to the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project.

At the core, strong relationships and trust paired with a strong scientific rationale allow this FLN to forge a path through decades of conflict, bringing together local community interests and federal land managers to implement a shared vision on the ground, at a pace and scale commensurate with ecological and community needs.


Selected publications and products:

Article: "Regional and Local Controls on Historical Fire Regimes of Dry Forests and Woodlands in the Rogue River Basin, Oregon, USA" (Kerry L. Metlen et al., 2018)

Report​: “Rogue Basin Cohesive Forest Restoration Strategy: A Collaborative Vision for Resilient Landscapes and Fire Adapted Communities” (Kerry L. Metlen et al., June 2017)​

Article: “A New Approach to Evaluate Forest Structure Restoration Needs across Oregon and Washington, USA” (Haugo et al., 2015)

Ecoshare website: data, maps, and other supporting materials for the restoration need analysis described in the article above

Report summary​: “Change in Public Perceptions of Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project (AFR) and Forest Restoration” (Mark A. Shibley, 2014)

Guide​: Restoration of Dry Forests in Eastern Oregon: A Field Guide (2013)

Interpretive sign: "A Forest that Needs Fire"

Slides from numerous presentations given at the November 2012 workshop “Increasing the Pace and Scale of Forest Restoration” can be found by going to the FLN Products page and using the search terms “Northwest FLN, workshop”

Values mapping project: maps for the Applegate, Deschutes and Lakeview​ landscapes (2010)


Learn more:

Notes from the Field: Learning About Burning: Wisdom of Old Trees (2018)

Notes from the Field: Ashland TREX: Using Mild Fire as an Antidote to Worsening Wildfire (2018)

Notes from the Field: Controlled Burning at Sycan Marsh: A Win for Training and Collaboration (2017)

Notes from the Field: Ashland Forest Resiliency: Spring 2017 Controlled Burns

Notes from the Field: Collaborative, Iterative Development of Prescribed Fire Objectives for the AFR Project (2016)

Notes from the Field: Ashland Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (2016)

Notes from the Field​: Central Oregon Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (May 2015)

Notes from the Field​: Ashland Forest Resiliency Project Showcases Progress (June 2014)

FLN Stories from the Field: Poll Shows Support for Watershed Forest Restoration (November 2012)

Notes fr​om the Field​​​: Sycan Marsh, Oregon: The Brattain Burn, a Year Later (2011)

FLN Dispatch: Applegate Watershed Adds Social Values to CAP (October 2007)

FLN Dispatch​: Northwest FLN Established (2005)​​​​​​​​​