Published by Rogue Forest Partners
February 2, 2022

Our Williams Project aims to restore 860 acres within a larger 7,800-acre planning area. Ecological forestry treatments protect and promote large, resilient legacy trees while thinning smaller, younger trees that have grown dense over decades of fire exclusion. This work enhances wildlife habitat and reduces the risk of severe wildfire to the ecosystem and adjacent communities. It also helps sustain local jobs and provides workforce training and development opportunities to help Southern Oregon communities build more capacity for forest restoration.

Last spring, partnership member Lomakatsi Restoration Project completed approximately 275 acres of ecological thinning on BLM and private lands near Cave Camp Road, close to Williams. This winter, their crews are back to conduct prescribed pile burning to eliminate the slash. They have completed 82 acres so far and will continue as weather conditions allow.

By returning beneficial fire to the landscape, we are creating more resilient forests and safer communities while setting the stage for better land stewardship for generations to come. While fire professionals carefully coordinate prescribed fire operations to minimize smoke, we recognize that this work can impact nearby residents. We appreciate the continued Applegate community support while we accomplish this critical work!
For more info on the Williams Project, visit https://rogueforestpartners.org/…/williams-project-area/
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