From: Pam Girtman, Clackamas County Public Affairs, 503-742-4353 1-25-12

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Community invited to learn about wildfire risk, creating ecosystems in Clackamas County parks

Residents of Clackamas County and North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) will hear about identifying and reducing the risk of wildfire in parks and natural areas. An open house for the community is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at New Hope Church. 

These sites cover hundreds of acres across Clackamas County, including conifer forests, oak woodlands, grasslands and wetlands in Happy Valley, Milwaukie and Oak Grove.

The public will be able to review draft project plans to reduce fire risk and have the opportunity to ask questions and provide comments. The federally funded work done to date has included a ranking of fire risk and development of field projects designed to reduce fuels and improve habitat.  

Further planning and field projects will continue through September. Wildfire can become a threat to neighborhoods and properties near parks during the dry season, usually from July through October. 

Visit the project website at www.clackamasparkswildfire.org to learn more about the project and find out about upcoming opportunities to participate. The wildfire website also features resources on ways to reduce wildfire risk around private homes or properties. 

The church is located at 11721 SE Stevens Road, Portland (near Sunnyside Road and I-205). Use the entrance off of the west parking lot; go to rooms 151 and 152.  

For more information, contact Tonia Burns with NCPRD at 503-742-4357 or tburns@co.clackamas.or.us.

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