Josephine County Fire Fuels Reduction

Tapping into a range of state and federal funds, Josephine County engaged IVCanDO for public outreach and contract management to remove dead brush and hazardous ladder fuels. Working on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis, the multi-year project treated hundreds of rural residential acres across the county.

Skagg Creek Ridge Project

Skagg Ck Neighborhood of Takilma, Southern Josephine County, Oregon
Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest – Wild Rivers District
Illinois Valley Community Development Organization (IVCanDO)
Illinois Valley Fire Resiliency Oversight Group (IVFROG)

Scope of Project: Establish Fuel Modifications Zone and Fuel Break that connects previous private landowner fuels treatment work along Takilma Rd., extending up the Ridge south of Skagg Ck. further tying into new projects on adjacent private property, as well as prior Hope Mtn Stewardship projects.

Purpose of Project: Wildfire Hazard Reduction to Establish 30ac Fuel Break on Skagg Ck Ridge.

Objectives:  Use collaborative approach within the Takilma community to create a Fuel Break on Skagg Ridge that will provide a Fuels Modification Zone to improve fire resiliency along the ridge landscape from the Longwood Fire of 1987 and to protect private properties to the North.

Page Creek Community Forest Project

Since 2014 this community driven collaboration with the Forest Service has led to a series of stewardship projects for forest health and resiliency to wild fire. The project area is centered around Page Creek in the community of Takilma and uses a fire ecology basis for landscape scale treatments on adjacent federal and private properties. Funding has come from the Hope Mountain Master Stewardship Agreement, a USFS Community Assistance grant of $181,000, and a community designed small diameter timber sale.

Page Creek Community Forest Project

Illinois Valley Fire Resiliency Oversight Group

The Illinois Valley Forest Resiliency Oversight Group (IVFROG) convenes local community partners and interested parties to share resources, engage in project planning, and implement fire and forest management plan goals.

IVFROG increases awareness in the Illinois Valley region of Southern Oregon about the importance of wildfire preparedness and create a dialog with the community about wildfire, forest, and watershed management with local, state, and federal partners.

Participating groups, organizations, and agencies have included: Bureau of Land Management, Cave Junction City Council, Greyback Forestry, Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Valley Fire District, Illinois Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, Illinois Valley Watershed Council, Josephine County Emergency Management, KS Wild, Lomakatsi Restoration Project, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University, Siskiyou Field Institute, Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative (SOFRC), USDA, United States Forest Service, Wilson Biochar.

Forest & Fire Toolkit

IVCDO partnered with KS Wild to help promote KS Wild’s Forest & Fire Toolkit, a 28-page booklet with information on living with and preparing for fire.