We The Forest: “Forest Management" | Gilchrist, OROriginally published April 23, 2021
Maintaining a healthy forest is a goal that most people can agree upon.
Understanding the right solution for ensuring forest health, however, can result in an endless list of options, and the inability to see from a different viewpoint. Topping the list of discussion around proper management includes what makes a healthy forest, and how forests can be managed in a healthy way while simultaneously reducing the risk of forest fires.
While competing viewpoints seem to create a stalemate in many forests around the US, the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon has found a way to utilize a seemingly simple concept: collaboration.
Encompassing nearly 1.6 million acres, Deschutes National Forest provides vital habitat for wildlife, an economic engine for the region, a source of clean water, and an abundant recreational area. As so many stakeholders are affected by the state of the forest, the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project was created to establish a path for proper forest management and take into account the interconnection of all parties.
Watch as we interview an array of participants in the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project. Forestry professors share the overarching goal of forest health, allowing for the preservation narrative to move into a focus on conservation, where the forest products industry is a key part.
Sit with us at the proverbial table, where the “faces of the forest” discuss:
— “What does a healthy forest look like?”
— “What happens if we don’t take the necessary action?”
— “Can we have both forest restoration and wood products?”
We can learn from the success of these collaborators, who are doing the work to maintain productive, aesthetic, and resilient forests in the state of Oregon — for the community, the economy, and future generations.