Forest Health

The Deschutes SWCD is working with USFS, NRCS, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Deschutes County, Walker Range FPA, and local stakeholders and residents in southern Deschutes County addressing threats to our timber resource and local communities.  Southern Deschutes County contains a mosaic of dry forest types and aquatic/riparian systems such as ponderosa pine and lodgepole pine, as well as extensive riparian areas along the three main rivers (Deschutes River, Little Deschutes River, and Fall River). Most of the area is lodgepole pine that is overstocked and prone to Insect and disease. These threats are a high risk to catastrophic fire which can threaten municipal infrastructures, impair the Upper Deschutes River water quality due to erosion and overall timber production. The partnerships objectives for Southern Deschutes County are:

1) Increase forest resiliency from fire, insect and disease and reduce the risk to

    communities of south Deschutes County/north Klamath County from wildfire.

2) Reduce the chance for uncharacteristic wildfire that would threaten municipal

     infrastructures and impair the Upper Deschutes River water quality due



3) Enhance key elk and deer habitat by reducing the encroachment of lodgepole  

    pine into natural meadows.


4) Strengthen partnerships with communities through established agreements to

     treat hazardous fuel accumulations in high risk areas and improve water

     quality and quantity in the upper Deschutes River corridor.


5) Provide educational opportunity for landowners to explore land management 



6) Leverage established agreements to plan and implement fuels treatment

    activities across Federal and Private land boundaries.

If you are a timber owner in Deschutes County and would like to address your timber resource the Deschutes SWCD is here to help!

Wildfire Preparedness

Wildfire Preparedness

Bend and its surrounding communities carry the fourth-highest risk of being affected by wildfire in Oregon, according to a recent report commissioned by the U.S. Forest Service. Have you taken any fire preventive actions to save your home and property from wildfire?

Landscaping against wildfire

Landscaping against wildfire

Fire proofing your property can make all the difference in saving your home.

Forest Health Planning

Forest Health Planning

For woodland owners, the most important reason to develop a management plan is so you can learn about your forest and develop or refine a course of action, given how it looks today and how you want it to look in the future.

Preventing Forest Disease

Preventing Forest Disease

Oregon’s forests provide a host of benefits to our state, including clean air and water, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation and scenic beauty. But our forests are vulnerable to multiple threats. Some are natural factors such as fire, insects, disease, or wind and ice storms. Others, such as climate change, invasive species and forestland conversion, are a result of human activity. Each threat can have a devastating impact on the landscape.


Did you know that more than half the forest land in the United States is owned and managed by some 11 million private forest owners? These working forests benefit us all. Private forest lands.

Supply nearly 30 percent of the water we drink as well as clean air, fish and wildlife habitat, and significant recreation opportunities.   Provide over 90 percent of our domestically-produced forest products, including the timber needed to build homes and fuel wood for heating them, supports 2.4 million jobs primarily in rural communities, and contributes to our nation’s energy security, housing, and infrastructure.