Readings from Ecology and Management of Eastern Oregon Forests, plus links to additional resources
March 3: Blue Mountain Forests
- Read chapter 1 in Ecology and Management of Eastern Oregon Forests
- Additional Reference: Understanding Eastside Forests. Colorfully illustrated publication covering the geology and ecology, major forest types, characteristics of selected trees, disturbance and change, and management of Oregon forests east of the Cascades. Free download from Oregon Forest Resources Institute.
March 10: Trees to Know in the Northern Blues
- Trees to Know in Oregon. Excellent field guide of native trees in the region. Available from the OSU Extension Catalog for $18.
- Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests. Companion guide to shrubs. $12 from the OSU Extension Catalog.
- Common Trees of the Pacific Northwest. OSU website with basic identification and growth characteristics of native, and commonly introduced, tree species.
March 17: Fire on the Landscape
- Era of Megafires. 14 minute video of Dr. Paul Hessberg’s insights into why our forests are experiencing larger, more extreme fires.
- A Land Manager’s Guide for Creating Fire Resistant Forests. Great advice on what you can do to reduce risk of intense wildfire on your forested property.
April 14: Why Trees Die
- Read chapter 7 in Ecology and Management of Eastern Oregon Forests
- Abiotic Injuries to Forest Trees. Overview of how extremes in weather, soil, and human activity can damage or kills trees. Free download.
- Managing Insects and Diseases of Oregon Conifers. The go-to reference for what to do when insects, fungi, parasitic plants, or other pathogens threaten trees. Free download or $18 for the spiral-bound full-color manual.
April 21: Managing for Healthy Forests
- Read chapters 2-5 in Ecology and Management of Eastern Oregon Forests
April 28: Developing a Fire-adapted Community
- Before Wildfire Strikes. Written for southwestern Oregon, this free publication is equally applicable to the Northern Blues and has great advice on living in wildfire-prone landscapes.
- Firewise Program. This NFPA program has lots of information on how to prepare your home and community to be more resilient to wildfire.
- Fire Adapted Communities Self-assessment Tool. Checklist from the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network.