Project Leader – Gary Clarida

Link to Forests & Fire Resources Page

Project Description

Through attendance at regional programs (presentations and workshops) and participation in field trips exploring local forest management strategies and tactics, the Forest and Fire team members have been  learning who the local players are and what the currently preferred strategies and tactics are.  The group has also been learning where the conflict in recommended methods for achieving healthy resilient forests exist.


Increase the understanding of SOCAN volunteers and the public about the complex interactions between forests and climate change and forest health and wildfire risk.  Contribute to regional conversations about the forest management strategies that can best promote healthy resilient forests and promote carbon sequestration to reduce atmospheric concentrations and mitigate Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

SOCAN’s mission is to promote understanding and awareness about the science of climate change, its causes and consequences, and encourage action to address the problem.  Contributing to regional discussions leading to effective management of our forests for their health and carbon sequestration capacity is entirely consistent with that mission.


In collaboration with the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative and The Nature Conservancy, SOCAN organized a forestry workshop that was held in Grants Pass in November 2016 and attended by some 30 invited guests representing the agencies, private landowners, and regional non-profits. See Resources for Rogue Forests for the Future outcomes.

How to Join

Please contact Gary Clarida at

Background Information

There exists a profound link between forest health and climate change.  On one hand, climate change influences forests by adjusting the critical conditions of temperature and precipitation that support forest systems and individual forest species. On the other hand, some of Oregon’s forests are among the most effective carbon sequestration ecosystems on the planet.  Additionally, on the third hand, climatic conditions (particularly snowmelt date, soil moisture, and Spring and growing season temperatures) are among the most significant factors predicting a severe versus ‘normal’ wildfire year.


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