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Poll Shows Oregon Support For Fire Prevention, Forest Management

<p>A member of the Wolf Creek Hotshots uses a drip torch to ignite the forest floor during a prescribed burn near Sisters, Oregon.</p>
A member of the Wolf Creek Hotshots uses a drip torch to ignite the forest floor during a prescribed burn near Sisters, Oregon.

After the last several fire seasons, there's a strong sense that things can't be allowed to keep happening the same way. Smoke was bad enough, then flames destroyed nearly 2500 homes in Jackson County in one day.

In that context, it's not surprising to learn that a recent poll shows a majority of Oregonians willing to pay for increased investment in wildfire prevention and forest management.

We explore the implications of the poll and how the wishes expressed can be carried out with State Representative Pam Marsh of Ashland. She is joined by Marko Bey of Lomakatsi Restoration Project and Dylan Kruse from Sustainable Northwest, whose programs include managing forests for ecological and economic benefits.

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