Douglas Complex Fires Public Education Project

Project Description
In 2014, Communities for Healthy Forests, Inc. (CHF) was awarded $15,000 from the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant program to engage the local community and landowners in restoring forest lands destroyed by catastrophic wildfire. The project created opportunities for community leaders, students, landowners, the public and media representatives to engage in tree planting activities while learning about post-fire restoration. This grant helped facilitate two tree planting workshops in 2014 and 2015 that were attended by over 150 middle school students and teachers. The group was able to plant over 2300 seedlings across the two field days. CHF also hosted numerous education field tours that allowed participants to visit burned over forest and restoration sites while hearing from state, federal, and private forest landowners affected by wildfire.
Communities for Healthy Forests monitored forest recovery over a three-year period while assessing restoration success. This grant is relevant to the standards of SFI certification through adherence to best management practices, community involvement in sustainable forestry, and assuring long-term forest health and productivity through restoration.
Project Partners
Communities for Healthy Forests, Inc. partnered with Plum Creek Timber Company, the Swanson Group, the Bureau of Land Management, Roseburg Forest Products, Douglas County, the Society of American Foresters, local schools and youth organizations.
Project Resources
Project Overview PDF
About Communities for Healthy Forests
Communities for Healthy Forests was founded to inform the public, natural resource managers and policy makers about catastrophic stand clearing events in public forests cuased by fire and other disasters. Communities for Healthy Forests exists to illustrate and explain the benefits of applying the best scientifically supported prescriptions for restoring health to overgrown forests and to rehabilitate severely damaged forests promptly following such events.