The Willamette National Forest is proposing to burn some selected areas in the Mt. Washington Wilderness. The entire project area will not be burned and when completed there will be a mosaic of burned and unburned vegetation across the landscape.
To reduce risk from wildfire to infrastructure and natural resources outside the wilderness.
The prescribed fires would create breaks in the continuous vegetation, resulting in conditions that could improve opportunities to allow lightning-caused fires play their natural role in the wilderness. You can review our thinking and rationale for doing this project in wilderness in the Minimum Requirements Decision Guide (MRDG) document. (pdf ~ 164 kb)
We completed two rounds of scoping, the first round in early 2013 and the second round during summer 2014.
We posted signs at project area trailheads (summer/fall 2012 and 2013) asking for your thoughts and comments.