Willamette National Forest moves forward with roadside danger tree reduction project post 2020 wildfires

Release Date: Aug 4, 2021

Contact(s): Tammy T. Robinson

Eugene, Ore., Aug. 4, 2021 — The Willamette National Forest has released its Danger Tree Decision Memo and will begin to implement its roadside danger tree reduction project on the Detroit, McKenzie River and Sweet Home Ranger Districts. This project will improve safety and access to Forest System roads within areas affected by the unprecedented 2020 wildfires.

“This project provides a vital first step to reopen fire-burned areas so we may move forward with fire restoration and repair and help the landscape recover,” said Willamette National Forest Supervisor Dave Warnack.

Danger tree removal occurs where fire-killed or weakened trees pose a safety risk to the public, employees, and/or infrastructure. Project implementation will begin as soon as contracts can be developed or existing contracts are modified to accomplish this important work; completion of this project will take several years. Most danger trees that do not threaten roads, property, or infrastructure will be left standing. Additionally, trees within riparian reserves and known cultural sites are generally left on site. Felled trees may assist with erosion control, restoration projects, cultural or community use, and commercial use that may benefit wildfire recovery, watershed restoration, and reforestation projects.

The Decision Memo and scoping documents are available for download from the Willamette National Forest website at: https://go.usa.gov/xFNwp.

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