OVERVIEW

 Representative dense private land forest in North Warner project

Representative dense private land forest in North Warner project

The North Warner Landscape covers 410,000 acres where private landowners and agencies are working across ownership boundaries to promote forest health and fire resiliency. Within this larger landscape, the North Warner Multi-Ownership Forest Health Project (Project) encompasses approximately 150,000 acres and focuses on dry forest restoration. This Project is unique due to the extensive stands of old legacy ponderosa pine intermixed with aspen and meadows, with greater sage grouse focal habitat immediately adjacent to the north and east. The landscape is at a severe risk of uncharacteristically intense disturbance due to heavy fuel loading and stand densities.

North Warner Property Ownership Map (click to enlarge) - The Project is located within four watersheds: Crooked Creek, Honey Creek, Deep Creek, and Thomas Creek and contains 51,525 acres of National Forest System (NFS) lands, 32,100 acres of non-industrial private forest land, 17,865 acres of industrial private forest land, 47,220 acres of private land, and 1,290 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land.


OUTREACH

In 2015, with initial funding from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Mule Deer Initiative, partners began an outreach and education effort that included multiple meetings, workshops, and tours. The purpose was to engage landowners in the inventory and planning process that would facilitate eventual cross-boundary implementation of forest health practices. To date 15 landowners have become engaged in the North Warner project, allowing for resource inventories and treatment planning on more than 30,000 acres.

 KLFHP Partners Amy Markus (USFS) and Daniel Leavell (OSU KBREC) discuss the North Warner project on a forestry tour May 2017; image courtesy of NRCS Oregon.

KLFHP Partners Amy Markus (USFS) and Daniel Leavell (OSU KBREC) discuss the North Warner project on a forestry tour May 2017; image courtesy of NRCS Oregon.


MAPPING

Extensive GIS analysis and field inventories of forest resources on private lands in 2016 allowed project partners to develop stand by stand treatment prescriptions. These maps, prescriptions, and additional resources were provided to landowners as the foundation of individual forest management plans.

Treatment prescriptions for participating private lands (click to enlarge).


PROJECTS

Concurrent with mapping and treatment planning, partners pursued implementation funding through numerous federal, state, and private sources. Funding for this project will focus on forest health treatments in dry ponderosa pine/mixed conifer forests and aspen stands through commercial harvest, small tree thinning, and slash treatments (i.e., piling, lop and scatter, pile burning, and/or prescribed fire) on federal and private lands. As of summer 2017, more than $4.2 million has been secured for implementation projects across private and public land associated with the North Warner project. On the ground treatment of private forest lands began in late spring 2017.

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