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What happens to the landscape and trees after a fire? Overall, the goal is to make sure that Oregon’s natural spaces have an opportunity to mend from the fire damage safely. Some clean-up might be required in areas with people, roads, and structures where fire-weakened trees, snags, and dead vegetation may need to be removed. Other areas, especially out in the wilderness, may be left alone to recover naturally on their own. Some places like industrial timberlands will need to be re-seeded and re-planted, and recreation areas may need additional rebuilding and repair of trails, campgrounds, and structures.
Oregon’s lands are managed by several different agencies, including federal, state, local, and tribal. Over a million acres of land across many jurisdictions were burned in the September 2020 fires. Recovery work in these areas will take many years with multiple strategies being implemented across the landscape.
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