OPFC's Chair Amanda Stamper Discusses Prescribed Fire at The Nature Conservancy's Cascade Head Preserve on the Oregon Coast
Our first annual meeting was help after the Central Oregon Fire Science Symposium in Bend in the spring of 2014.
We mostly focused on discussing our bylaws and how we wanted to organize our group. Morgan Varner of the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils came to discuss how important these councils are, and how other regions have formed and created change in their own communities.
Our second annual meeting was cohosted by the Souther Oregon Prescribed Fire Network and took place in Medford, Oregon on April 14-15th of this year. We had over 30 attendees and speakers from ODF, TNC, and OSU.
Our focus this year was on smoke and smoke management. Smoke is a major issue for prescribed fires because it can cause health issues in the community and form negative connotations around prescribed fire.
Some key points from our meeting were:
The next day 25 attendees ventured out to learn more about the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project. We got to spend a beautiful day in Ashland discovering how collaboration can transform and improve a forest.