When properly managed, a forest area is thinned and dead timber and natural debris, which act as accelerants during wildfires, are removed. This limits the potential for a catastrophic wildfire in that area. Managed areas will have a typical wildfire move through, scorching the ground but leaving the large, mature trees intact. These fires are more easily contained.
The Forest Service takes bids for contracts from organizations willing to thin overstocked stands and clear away vegetation, sometimes using intentional, prescribed burns. The purpose is to create shaded fuel breaks, thus reducing the risk of devastating wildfires.
A healthy forest is ripe with native species of flora and fauna, with an emphasis on variety. Due to the impact of urban sprawl many forests have decreased in size - leaving native fauna with smaller habitats.
The United States has taken measures to establish and protect native forests and wildlife areas, allowing plant and animal species to recover to a healthy state, however the ever growing human population has required us to take a hands-on approach to forest maintenance and restoration. As mentioned because brushing, thinning and prescribed burns help protect large trees and provide necessary fuel reduction. While wildland fires can be devastating they are necessary for overall health and growth of a forest. They provide necessary nutrients to the soil, and thin out weaker, smaller and possibly even harmful species of plants and trees.
Oregon Woods, Inc. has been actively involved with restoration and management of forests in many states. We pride ourselves on working along side groups that aim to conserve our natural parks and open spaces. We have knowledgeable crews specifically trained to remove invasive species and plant native species.