New Bureau of Land Management forest plan in Southern Oregon speeds up wildfire prevention. But it has its critics

By Roman Battaglia
Oregon Public Broadcasting
February 19, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A controversial forest management project in Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley recently gained approval from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.  Called the Late Mungers project, the BLM says it’s designed to make forests more resistant to extreme wildfire.  That’s accomplished through 830 acres of commercial logging and 7,500 acres of prescribed fire and smaller tree thinning. It’s the first example of the BLM’s Integrated Vegetation Management plan, which speeds up community review in order to do those things faster.  BLM District Manager Elizabeth Burghard said since releasing a draft of the project proposal almost a year ago, they’ve been integrating more site-specific analysis, and trying to get as many eyes on the project as possible.  …But the project continues to face backlash from environmentalists, including the Applegate Siskiyou Alliance and the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center.

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