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Sugar Pines Enter The Ashland Watershed Mix

Sandy Rae, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26424181

The best-laid plans in forest management can go awry.  Even controlled burns can have unintended consequences, as happened not long ago in the Ashland Forest Resiliencyproject. 

Although a controlled burn stayed within its designated lines, a few big trees that were meant to survive did not. 

So project managers took up a new strategy: plant sugar pines.  They used to be part of the landscape in the Ashland watershed, and fit the needs of the project--the overall intent of which is to keep catastrophic fire out of the watershed.  Don Boucher and Darren Borgias from AFR drop by with news of sugar pines and other developments in the project.  

 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.
April Ehrlich is an editor and reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Prior to joining OPB, she was a news host and regional reporter at Jefferson Public Radio.