Bringing people together to embrace sustainable forest habitat management solutions for Oregon’s 2 plus million acres of O&C forest lands.
Forest Bridges Goals
INTELLIGENT FOREST MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES:
There are three different types of forest habitat, and each one requires a unique approach to intelligent forest management:
Moist ForestThe forest floor often stays moist all summer
Variable retention harvest treatments mimic historic natural conditions.
Dry ForestDry forests are sparse, multi-species and fire-resilient
Management consists of thinning with skips and gaps.
Mosaic ForestIntermingling of moist and dry forests require a unique management strategy
A combination of moist and dry forest strategies will be required.
Moist Forest Age Classes 2006
Moist Forest Projected Target
REDUCED RISK OF MEGAFIRE
Management (and lack of management) over decades, along with climate change, has set the stage for megafires. The Forest Bridges approach, based on sound science, with adequate funding, a strong monitoring program and collaboration from industry, conservation groups and the public, can lead to thriving BLM forest lands that mimic historical patterns.
WHAT IS THE O&C?
The Oregon and California Railroad Revested Lands (O&C Lands) are approximately 2,600,000 acres of land located in eighteen counties of western Oregon, currently managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Our plan is multi-generational, conserves legacy trees, and is based on natural ecosystem processes accompanied by restoration and monitoring for a sustainable, long-term approach.
Protecting and monitoring rivers and streams will provide clean drinking supplies for humans, and viable habitat for aquatic species, plants and animals.
We are focused on creating robust, diverse habitats that lead to forest health and allows native species to thrive.
Reducing megafires and conserving legacy trees will allow for greater amounts of carbon storage in trees and the forest floor.