Fire crew personnel were integral in accomplishing three key components of habitat enhancement associated with the North Fork Willamette Native Forage Enhancement Project. Their work will benefit a broad range of common and uncommon native plant and animal species.

The work accomplished at the Glade Creek Aspen Site was the first critical step in promoting long-term health of native aspen at this uncommon location. Removal of encroaching conifers gave individual aspen trees more room to grow.

Fire personnel conducted prescribed burning of a portion of Brock Meadow. Treatment will improve forage for local deer, elk, and other game species. Results will also be monitored to document response of native and non-native vegetation to effects of fire.

Brock Meadow prescribed burn

The Middle Fork fire crew also performed prescribed burning at Major Prairie. Treatment at this site is associated with restoration of Oregon white oak and California fescue habitat at risk from encroachment at an isolated location. Although small in size, this area is highly valuable in maintaining the diversity of local flora and fauna.

Major Prairie prescribed burn

The following organizations or agencies have provided valuable support for this project: Oregon Hunter’s Association, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State University, Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands Project, Institute for Bird Populations, American Forest Resource Council, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

For more information, please contact Dick Davis, Middle Fork District Wildlife Biologist, at (541)782-5256 or ddavis01@fs.fed.us.