Restoring Oregon and Washington's Fire-Prone Forested Wildlife Habitat

Project Description

The Nature Conservancy is analyzing forest landscapes at four sites in central and eastern Oregon and one site in Eastern Washington to determine, via mapping and other analyses, what the forest looked like historically before large-scale fire suppression, what conditions currently are, how the two differ, and how to return to a more natural fire regime, thus protecting wildlife habitat, human life and property.

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Deschutes County, OR; Grant County, OR; Jackson County, OR; Klamath County, OR; Yakima County, WA
Project Size:
  • 1.3786456E7 acres

Project Sites

  • Applegate Watershed
  • Lakeview Stewardship Unit
  • Malheur National Forest
  • Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative
  • Upper Deschutes Basin

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Public Benefit
  • Conservation Mission

Primary Goals:

  • Produce a map for each of the five landscape sites that shows departure from natural or historic ecosystem condition
    Progress: Complete
  • Develop methods for evaulating and incorporating wildlife into desired contion maps
    Progress: In progress
  • Complete a collaborative vision for desired future condition on the landscape
    Progress: In progress
  • Develop priority locations for ecological restoration using a collaborative framework.
    Progress: In progress
  • Implement demonstration projects
    Progress: In progress

Consistent With Plans:

  • Forest Plan
  • Nature Conservancy Ecoregional Plan
  • State Wildlife Action Plan

Targeted Habitats:

  • Forests and Woodlands
    • Conifer Forests
      • Ponderosa Pine Forest and Woodland
      • Mixed Conifer (Grand Fir/White fir/Douglas Fir/Pine) Forest

Targeted Species:

No targeted species were identified for this project.

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Other - Terrestrial habitat restoration and management: Landscape Level Planning In Progress 2008 2009


Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? No/Unknown

Lessons Learned and/or Suggestions for Similar Activities
It takes considerable time and patience to work in a collaborative framework to create support for ecological restoration actions in public land frequent fire forests.

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Wildlife Conservation Society

Managing Organization

The Nature Conservancy - Oregon
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Contact Information

Diane Vosick (Forest Restoration Program Director)
The Nature Conservancy of Oregon

General Information

Project #: 1768
Last Updated: January 17, 2011

Project Relations


Applegate Partnership and Watershed Council
Bureau of Land Management
Deschutes National Forest
Fremont-Winema National Forest
Harney County
High Desert Partnership
Lakeview Stewardship Group
Malheur National Forest
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest
Tapash Sustainable Forests Collaborative
US Fish and Wildlife


The Nature Conservancy - OR

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