Douglas Complex: Tour contrasts public, private efforts
GLENDALE, Ore. - A tour of the aftermath of the Douglas Complex fires gave people from southern Oregon a closer look at the plans for the public and private lands scorched by the flames.
"What I've learned today is that some of this land is private land," said Colene Martin with the Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce. "You think of it as all being government land, and it's not."
Private land owners plan aggressive salvage logging and active reforestation on land scorched by the Douglas Complex.
"We have to remove the huge amounts of standing large fuel that are left as a residual from these large, high-intensity fires," said Phil Adams with Roseburg Forest Products.
Public land managers said they're required to follow the Northwest Forest Plan.
"Our plans on the BLM land, what we've done so far and what our plans are for the future as far as fire recovery and salvage," said John Bergin with the Bureau of Land Management's Oregon Recovery Project.
Private landowners said they are investing about $6 million on reforestation.
"To have our public lands right next door under the restrictions that they're under prevents them from doing the same active, vigorous restoration," said Lee Patterson with Communities for Healthy Forests.
"The government and the private industries need to work together," said Martin from Grants Pass.