This project is located in the Bridge Creek Watershed, near where Nelson Creek leaves the Ochoco National Forest and enters privately owned property, approximately 2 miles South of the town of Mitchell Oregon, in Wheeler County.
Historic logging practices and increased fire suppression has led to the over-stocking of timber stands and allowed for the expansion of invasive Western Juniper. This has resulted in a forest setting that is highly vulnerable to disease and infestations, with large fuel loads that increase the risk of catastrophic wildfire.
Proposed Project Work
This project seeks to thin stands of Ponderosa Pine back to healthy density, eradicate all Western Juniper, remove additional Juniper along Nelson Creek and West Nelson Creek for habitat purposes, range seeding to promote adequate forgeability, and develop three springs for stockwater use.
Project partners include the OWEB, Wheeler SWCD, and the landowner.