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National Scenic Area plans prescribed burns through fall


September 4, 2019

With the seasonal shift in weather, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area plans to start prescribed burning in the eastern Gorge soon.

Prescribed burning is a controlled, low intensity fire used to manage “fuels” by clearing ground vegetation and accumulated woody debris from the forest understory. Fuels management also helps restore historic landscapes in eastern Gorge, where widely-space forest made up of large oak and pine trees once dominated. Other benefits include reduction of wildfire smoke, recycling soil nutrients, improving wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and increasing resiliency of treated stands to the effects of wildfire.

This year’s focus includes several...

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