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After The Fire: Douglas Firs Grow Back, Without Help

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Jeff Fennell, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2118318

You can count on two events after any major forest fire: 1) life returns to the forest, and 2) someone suggests salvage logging as a way for the forest to grow back like it was. 

A recent study that involved scientists from Oregon State and Portland State focused on the Klamath region on both sides of the state line. 

And with one tree species in particular, the famous Douglas fir, the study found the tree grows back well without any salvage logging.  Melissa Luchash is one of the study's authors; she gives details on the findings.  
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and marked his tenth anniversary as the full-time host of the Jefferson Exchange at the end of 2019. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for 35 years, working in both television and radio.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.