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Western Oregon Wildfire Emergency Stabilization

Application Deadlines: October 30, 2020 and December 30, 2020

County or Counties: Marion, Clackamas, Linn, Lane, Douglas, Jackson, Tillamook, Washington, Yamhill, Lincoln, Josephine

Resource Concerns Addressed:

  • Degraded plant condition ‐ Plant productivity and health
  • Wind and water erosion ‐ Sheet and rill erosion
  • Field sediment, nutrient and pathogen loss ‐ Sediment transported to surface water

Project Description

This strategy will focus on immediate response to the catastrophic fires that occurred during summer 2020 in western Oregon. Due to extreme fire behavior, unprecedented landscape scale fires, and wind events, the impact to Western Oregon’s forest has been widespread and destructive. Events following the damage from fires can be detrimental to the watershed, rivers, water quality, and long term recover of these landscapes. Immediate response is necessary to aid in soil stabilization, public safety, and a path to restoring land. Responding quickly after a fire and offering select practices may offer a long-term solution to address the long- lasting impacts of high intensity fires. The suite of practices is aimed at providing private landowners the tools to address the immediate to stabilize the soil in impacted areas, hazard tree removal, seeding where appropriate, and mulching to begin to rehabilitate the forest soils.  Partnership with a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) scientist and local land managers will ensure the right treatments are applied in the right areas to ensure the greatest impact to the most venerable areas. Attention will be focused on projects where short-term natural recover is unlikely and detrimental effects would result in irreversible impacts. 

Future restoration of burned lands will be assessed at a service center level with coordination of clients and partners.  Assistance can be made available through local CIS financial assistance in Spring 2021.

Eligible Land Uses

Eligible land includes forest, crop, range, pasture and associated agricultural land.

Conservation Practices Offered

  • Conservation Cover (327)
  • Cover Crop (340)
  • Woody Residue Treatment (384)
  • Mulching (484)

Screening Questions

  1. Is the application for an incident that was declared an FMAG‐FEMA Fire Management Assistance Grants fire during 2020 fire
  2. Is the applicant in a high or moderate/high burn severity area identified by BAER ‐ burn area emergency response team analysis, state soil scientist, or rapid assessment?
  3. Is the applicant engaging in forest management, ag production, or have land with primary purpose of wildlife habitat?

    If YES to all 3, then HIGH priority.
    If the property is located outside the declared FMAG areas, then LOW priority.

Ranking Criteria

  1. Are you engaging in forest management and growing trees for future harvest or an agricultural producer?
  2. How far are the PLUs from a stream or other surface water feature?
    i. PLU predominately within ¼ mile of a perennial stream or river.
    ii. PLU predominately within ½ mile of a stream perennial stream or river.
    iii. PLU predominately within <=1 mile of a stream perennial.
    iv. PLU predominately >1 mile of a stream or other surface water feature.
  3. Is at least 15% of your land 10% slope or greater?
  4. What is the PLU predominately comprised of?
    i. High burn severity
    ii. Moderate burn severity
  5. Are there hazard trees within 1/8 mile of a structure or road?