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Forest Resiliency in the Face of Climate Change

County or Counties: Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, Yamhill

Primary Resource Concerns Addressed:

  • Degraded plant condition - Plant productivity and health
  • Air quality emissions - Emissions of greenhouse gases - GHGs

Project Description
The objective of this CIS is to enhance forest ecosystem resiliency and build upon past efforts of increasing forest structure diversity, while focusing efforts in areas of high priority for the Local Work Group and partners. This strategy will deploy a number of techniques to target the most vulnerable locations to lessen the impacts of disturbances and reduce the potential of catastrophic disturbances, such as the wildfires in 2020.

Conservation Practices Offered

  • Forest Management Plan (106)
  • Forest Management Design and Implementation Activity (165)
  • Forest Stand Improvement (666)
  • Woody Residue Treatment (384)
  • Tree/Shrub Pruning (660)
  • Fuel Break (383)
  • Brush Management (314)
  • Herbaceous Weed Treatment (315)
  • Conservation Cover (327)
  • Critical Area Planting (342)
  • Tree/Shrub Establishment (612)
  • Tree/Shrub Site Preparation (490)
  • Access Road (560)
  • Forest Trails and Landings (655)

Project Partners

  • Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  • Oregon Department of Forestry
  • OSU Extension
  • NRCS Oregon
  • Private landowners


Application Questions
​​​​​​​NRCS uses prioritization questions to evaluate applications for this initiative. See the list of workload prioritization questions on the Oregon EQIP page. Ranking questions below will also apply.

Ranking Questions

  1. Is the application for a Forest Management Plan?
  2. Does the project include planting suitable plant species to improve forest resilience where high vegetation stress, mortality, or high invasive pressure has been observed and documented?
  3. Is the project within proximity to forested areas already negatively affected by one or more of these disturbances (wildfire, pests or diseases)?
  4. Do the planned practices reduce the risk of wildfire, insect pest, disease or environmental mortality (drought or other adverse conditions) by improving stand health?
  5. Do the planned practices reduce competition stress in the stand?