The Jacksonville Community Wildfire Protection Project is a strategic, ecologically-minded project collaboration to help reduce the threat of wildfire within selected areas of Jacksonville, Oregon and specific areas adjacent to the city.

The City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Woodlands group and the local FireWise communities have joined forces with Lomakatsi and other members of the Rogue Forest Partners, including the local OSU Extension and Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative. Together they have raised over $1.5 million to assist landowners and the City of Jacksonville in reducing wildfire risk through ecological thinning and prescribed fire. Using this funding, landowners in the project area may be eligible for ecological fuels reduction on their property at no cost to them. All treatments are completely voluntary.

Project Update – Making Good Progress and What’s Planned for Fall 2023 and into Winter

Since work began in and around the City earlier this year, crews managed by Lomakatsi have accomplished about 500 acres of thinning, with the slash stacked in piles to dry. This fall through next spring, Lomakatsi will manage burning of these piles as weather conditions allow. Thinning will continue on an additional 440 acres of City and private land in the project area, including within the Jacksonville Woodlands in November—expect intermittent trail closures.

Additionally, a prescribed understory burn—where fire is carefully applied to ground fuels within containment lines—is planned on approximately 40 acres of the Britt Woods. This burn is planned for October, weather permitting, through a contract between the City of Jacksonville and Grayback Forestry, with support from Lomakatsi.

Partners thank the community for their understanding and tolerance of occasional chainsaw noise and smoke, as we work together to reduce the risk of wildfire and restore forest health.

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What properties are being treated?

At this time, partners are reaching out to landowners in strategic areas to inquire about treatments on their properties. We typically reach out initially with a postcard.

If you are interested in ecological fuels reduction on your property—often at no cost to you—please complete the form below. We are prioritizing treatments in strategic areas and may not be able to treat all interested landowners’ properties. We appreciate your patience as we respond to inquiries as quickly as possible.

Initial treatments began in 2023 and continue over the next couple years.

Jacksonville Community Wildfire Protection Project

Questions or Concerns?

Feel free to contact Lomakatsi at info@lomakatsi.org or (541) 488-0208.

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Previous Project Update – Please pardon our noise! Ecological thinning to begin April 2023

Ecological fuels reduction treatments will begin around Jacksonville the first week of April 2023 (see Phase One map below). Operations will continue off and on over the next few months.

Jacksonville residents will hear chainsaw noise, and we thank you for your patience and understanding as we implement this important, collaborative work to reduce wildfire risk to the community and ecosystem.

Lomakatsi Restoration Project will be overseeing local forestry services providers who will be conducting the ecological thinning on private land around town. Our project inspection team will closely monitor operations to ensure quality outcomes. Over the past few months, we’ve been working with interested landowners in the project area and has a growing number of participating properties. Our technical forestry team visits each property to discuss restoration treatments with the landowner, then develops an ecologically-based fuels reduction prescription unique to the property, which incorporates the owner’s interests.

Lomakatsi brings 28 years of experience leading ecological restoration projects large and small, and is a key partner for the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project and the West Bear All-Lands Restoration Project. Learn more about our Ecological Approach & Principles and Restoration Forestry Program.

 
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