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Pile burning planned for Land Trust Preserves

Jan 05, 2023 by Sarah Mowry
The Land Trust plans to conduct pile burning at several Preserves starting January 9, 2023. The burning is the next step in the Land Trust’s 2022 forest restoration efforts to reduce fuels and improve wildlife habitat.

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The Land Trust plans to conduct pile burning starting the week of January 9, 2023 at several Land Trust Sisters-area Preserves. Pile burning is the next step in our 2022 forest restoration effort to help reduce wildfire danger at our Preserves and for our neighbors, while also helping mimic historic forest conditions and improving habitat for wildlife. The burn piles consist primarily of small diameter juniper and pine that was thinned this spring and summer.

We will be burning piles at Aspen Hollow PreserveCamp Polk Meadow PreserveRimrock Ranch and Whychus Canyon Preserve. Camp Polk Meadow Preserve and Whychus Canyon Preserve will remain open during the burn period. Aspen Hollow Preserve and Rimrock Ranch will remain closed to visitors during the burning.

Pile burning is currently planned for the week of January 9th and will be intermittent throughout the rest of the month of January as conditions permit. 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. Stay tuned for more details once we have a good burn window!

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