Rogue River-Siskiyou NF Receives Funding to Continue Important Forest Resiliency and Fuels Reduction Work

Contact(s): Chamise Kramer, Public Affairs Specialist (541) 618-2051, •Matt Paciorek, Wild Rivers District Ranger (541) 592-4001, •Jessie Berner, Gold Beach District Ranger (541) 439-6201

SW Oregon – The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has received $802,000 from the Pacific Northwest Regional Office to further conduct important fuels reduction work on RRSNF-administered lands located near communities in southwest Oregon.

The funding, known as Supplemental Fuels funding, will be used for projects to be completed beginning this year and on into 2019. The work that will be completed will build upon treatments that have been ongoing and designed to reinstate forest resiliency and health.

The money is being spent across the Forest, with Ranger Districts receiving the following amounts:

  • Wild Rivers Ranger District (Illinois Valley area): $450,000

  • Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District (Ashland Forest Resiliency Project Area): $250,000

  • Gold Beach and Powers Ranger Districts (Agness area): $102,000

“The funding will be used to continue important fuels reduction work in the areas around the communities adjacent to the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, work that contributes to community safety, forest health, and local economies,” says RRSNF Forest Supervisor Merv George, Jr.

Some highlighted planned work includes:

  • Continuation of fuels reduction work outside of Grants Pass, Oregon, in the Waters Creek area. Work will focus on treating approximately 450 acres of hazardous fuels in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) behind private land in the Waters Creek, Slate Creek, and Dutcher Creek areas along the Highway 199 corridor.

    • In the spirit of All Hands, All Lands approach to land management, Oregon Department of Forestry is working with private landowners in the area, as well, to reduce fuels on the nearby privately-owned lands, and the Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management has completed work on adjacent lands that it manages.“By working together to link up treated areas, it will give firefighters a safe and effective area to stop a wildfire,” says Wild Rivers District Ranger Matt Paciorek.

  • The Agness Fuels Reduction Project will treat approximately 100 acres with thinning and piling, with work scheduled to begin sometime after September.  The intent is to create defensible space by reducing fuels and fuel loading along roads and ridgelines to create Fuel Management Zones (FMZs) around the community of Agness. FMZs are used to suppress wildfires and to ignite and hold prescribed fires, thus reducing the risk to nearby communities from high intensity fires. These treatments will help create and maintain vegetative conditions that resist and are resilient in the face of disturbance, with the focus on fire, insects, and disease.

  • The Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project (AFR) received $250,000 to continue with ongoing treatments. The funding will go to treating approximately 200 acres, plus project support. To date, over 6,500 acres of landscape-scale fuels reduction and forest restoration has been completed on the initial 7,600 acre target footprint. The initial target treatment acreage is estimated to be fully completed in 2019 with the exception of maintenance work. 

For more information on this funding or projects that it will fund, please contact the following: