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East Face of the Elkhorn Mountains Project - Shelly Gray | by NRCS Oregon
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East Face of the Elkhorn Mountains Project - Shelly Gray

LA GRANDE, Ore. – The East Face of the Elkhorn Mountains project is funded by the Joint Chief’s Landscape Initiative—a collaboration between the chiefs of two USDA agencies, the NRCS and the U.S. Forest Service. The project aims to reduce the risk of loss to catastrophic wildfire through forest fuels reduction, restoring and maintaining landscapes, and improving fire response across the shared public/private boundary. NRCS is partnering with the Oregon Department of Forestry to provide financial and technical assistance to private landowners to perform much-needed pre-commercial thinning. Landowners Shelly and Jerry Gray signed up for a three year contract with NRCS to thin 52 acres of their forests under the East Face project. Pictured: ODF Forester Jana Peterson, consultant Lane Parry, and

landowner Shelly Gray discuss her forest management plan. NRCS photo by Tracy Robillard.

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Taken on October 22, 2014