ROSEBURG, OR – January 23, 2015 – Umpqua National Forest is hosting a public fieldtrip on Tuesday, February 3rd, to learn about the Elk Creek Forest Watershed Restoration Project on the Tiller Ranger District. People will be able to comment on the project during the fieldtrip.
Prior to the fieldtrip, a presentation will take place in the Tiller Ranger Station Riverside Conference Room beginning at 9:30 a.m. The trip will leave the Ranger Station between 10:30 and 11 a.m. with a return by 3:30 p.m. If weather does not allow for travel into the field, the presentation will still occur at 9:30 a.m.
Participants will caravan in their personal vehicles to several planned stops within the watershed. High-clearance vehicles are recommended. Bring a lunch and water; wear appropriate hiking clothes and durable shoes.
According to a national watershed assessment, the Elk Creek watershed has both impaired aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. The Tiller Ranger District staff and members of the South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership developed a watershed restoration action plan that serves as the basis for this restoration project. Information about the project is located at http://tinyurl.com/nmnvyyy.
The Tiller Ranger District proposes to restore meadows, oak/pine woodlands, and pine forests overrun with Douglas fir. Due to an interruption of the fire cycle that existed prior to European settlement as well as past management practices, the vegetation patterns and characteristics that existed in the Elk Creek watershed have changed considerably over the last century. Many areas that once supported stands of pine and oak are now forested with dense stands of Douglas-fir.
This project will also reduce fire hazards along boundaries with private landowners, thin dense stands of trees, reduce fuel loadings, improve late-successional old-growth habitat, reintroduce fire into the watershed through the use of prescribed fire, accelerate tree growth in plantations, and improve roads within the watershed.
Comments about the Elk Creek Watershed Restoration project should be submitted by February 18, preferably online to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments may also be submitted in writing to the Tiller Ranger District, 27812 Tiller-Trail Highway, Tiller, OR 97484, attn.: Elk Creek Watershed Restoration IDT leader.
For more information, maps or data, contact Casey Baldwin at (541) 825-3133 or email@example.com.