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East Cascade Forest Health Initiative

County or Counties: Wasco and Hood River

Primary Resource Concern Addressed: Fire management - Wildfire hazard from biomass accumulation

Project Description

The purpose of this strategy is to provide an opportunity for non-industrial forest landowners to prevent the loss of forest stands from catastrophic forest fires, reduce the spread of forest diseases and insects, provide for improved wildlife habitat. Forest health will be improved by mimicking natural wildfire regimes with mechanical thinning and fuels reduction of overstocked and insect infested forest stands.  The successful implementation of these practices will promote soil stability and water quality across the landscape. Due to historically low participation in federal and state programs in this area, a participation rate of 25% will be considered successful, which is 15,132 acres of 60,526 acres. Funding requested will be sufficient to treat 1750 acres. This approach is intended to bolster interest, increase outreach, private landowner participation and prepare for a larger forest lands effort through the RCPP or TCJLRP in the future.

Conservation Practices Offered

  • Forest Stand Improvement (666)
  • Woody Residue Treatment (384)
  • Tree-Shrub Pruning (660)
  • Prescribed Burning (338)
  • Upland Wildlife Habitat Management (645)
  • Tree-Shrub Establishment (612)
  • Tree-Shrub Site Preparation (490)
  • Firebreak (394)
  • Fuel Break (383)
  • Hedgerow Planting (422)
  • Conservation Cover (327)
  • Critical Area Planting (342)
  • Brush Management (314)

Project Partners

  • Oregon Department of Forestry
  • Wasco SWCD
  • Hood River SWCD
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Private Landowners

Local EQIP Ranking Questions

NRCS uses these questions to evaluate eligible applications for this project and to prioritize applications for potential funding. State and national ranking questions also apply. See more information on the EQIP program page.

Screening Questions

  1. High: Projects with a completed Forest Management Plan at the time of application and are within the project boundary.
  2. Medium:  Projects that meet the program requirements and are located in the priority area, but at the time of application, still need a forest management plan developed.
  3. Low: Projects that do not meet the program requirements, the objectives of the CIS, or are within the project boundary.


Ranking Questions

Answer one of the following:

1. The planned project has disease or insect infestation present within or adjacent to the planned project area and is predominately high density with hazardous fuel loads.

2. The planned project area has stands of trees that are predominately moderate and/or high density and or disease infested with moderate fuel loads.

Answer one of the following:

3. The planned project area is within one mile of any forest thinning or hazardous fuels reduction projects that have occurred in the last three years?

4. The planned project area is within one mile of any forest thinning or hazardous fuels reduction projects that have occurred in the last three years?

5. Project will remove dead and downed slash categorized as very high fuel hazard.
6. The project is leveraged with project dollars from other State or local funding sources such as OWEB, ODF or SWCD.
7. The project will incorporate additional practices to further enhance wildlife habitat.