The Kahler project seeks to restore dry upland forest conditions, improve forest resiliency and reduce the risk of uncharacteristic disturbances throughout the Kahler Creek watershed utilizing a combination of thinning and prescribed burning.
Kahler is an integrated vegetation management project proposed by the Umatilla Forest Collaborative Group (UFCG). The UFCG is a wholly-independent collaborative group whose mission is to develop and promote solutions from a diverse group of stakeholders to improve and sustain ecological resiliency and local community socioeconomic health in and near the Umatilla National Forest. UFCG participation is open to the public.
Transportation for the tour is provided and includes field stops to proposed project units in addition to recent commercial thinning units where similar treatment prescriptions were implemented.
Participants can board the bus at three locations:
· 7:30 AM - Umatilla National Forest Headquarters, 72510 Coyote Road, Pendleton, OR
· 9:00 AM – Heppner Ranger District, 117 South Main, Heppner, OR.
· 10:00 AM – Junction of State Highway 207 and Forest Road 21 West.
Participants should pack a lunch and be prepared to walk short distances by wearing long pants, sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for the weather. The tour will end back at the District Office in Heppner around 4:00 PM then back to Pendleton, OR by 5:30 PM.
For more information about the fieldtrip, please contact Jon Day at the Heppner Ranger District (541) 676-9187. For more information about the Kahler Dry Forest Restoration Project visit our website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/umatilla/landmanagement/projects.