Winter greetings from your Extension Forester!

The weather outlook for this winter is tending towards cooler and wetter than average ( A relief from relatively warmer and drier conditions that have kept Oregon in a state of drought compared to average conditions for the time of year (   

At the same time, I am hopeful that the winter storms are not too extreme, given the hazards of erosion and debris flows across the areas that burned in the Labor Day fires. Areas at risk in the event of heavy rains have been assessed and mapped by the Erosion Threat Assessment and Reduction Team. Their results are published in a series of videos for the major fires. For the Beachie/Lionshead fires go to and for the Riverside fire go to

Click HERE to read Glenn's full letter.

Very best wishes to you and your trees this winter. Stay safe! 
Glenn Ahrens,
OSU Extension Forester, Clackamas, Marion, Hood River Counties

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