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200 S. Ivy St. - RM 177
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: 541-774-2453
Fax: 541-826-5402
Contact: Craig Harper, Watershed Administrator
Email: water@cityofmedfor. . .
Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Medford Water Commission

Medford Water Commission - 541.774.2430
Forest Management

Unhealthy Forest
Unhealthy, overstocked forest needing treatment
Forest Management Plan
The Commission owns approximately 3,500 acres, of which about 2,500 acres require some level of forest management activities. Very little forest improvement work had been implemented on Commission lands since the 1970s, causing forest health to deteriorate, timber growth rates to decline, and fuels loading to increase. Therefore, the Commission contracted with the U.S. Forest Service to update the 1986 management plan.

The Forest Management Plan was completed and adopted in October 1999.  The primary goals of this plan are to:

  • Maintain a healthy forest ecosystem that will minimize risk to water quality
  • Minimize fire risk due to fuel loadings
  • Increase timber productivity
     

The plan updated vegetation inventories, recommended treatments, developed a ten-year action plan for implementing treatments, identified tasks needed to accomplish treatments, developed cost estimates for various treatments, and provided maps in GIS format with associated attributes in a database.

General recommendations were made for stand treatments needed over the next three decades with specific recommendations for the first decade. 
feller
Feller buncher thinning a forest unit
 
The Board of Water Commisioners became very concerned after the large forest fires in 2002 and decided to accelerate the implementation of the Commission's Forest Management Plan over the next five years. 


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