Pile burning planned for Whychus Canyon Preserve

Jan 26, 2015
The Preserve will remain open, but the Land Trust asks visitors to use good judgement and stay away from burning or smoking piles.

The Deschutes Land Trust plans to conduct pile burning on approximately 5 acres at Whychus Canyon Preserve this week. The burning will complete the Land Trust’s first phase of fuels reduction and habitat restoration work and will be conducted by GFP Enterprises. While the Preserve will not be closed during the burning, we ask that visitors use good judgment and stay away from the piles should they visit during this time.

The burn piles consist primarily of small diameter juniper that was thinned as part of a 100 acre restoration project initiated in 2012. Whychus Canyon Preserve was acquired by the Land Trust in 2010 to conserve and restore fish and wildlife habitat. Thinning encroaching juniper from ponderosa pine and aspen stands improves wildlife habitat and helps protect nearby subdivisions from the threat of wildfire.

The pile burning is weather dependent and will be completed in consultation with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and in compliance with ODF’s smoke management plan. The contractor will postpone burning if weather conditions are unfavorable.