JCD’s Forestry Program

Over the past 150 years, land management activities such as uncontrolled logging, grazing, and wildfire suppression have contributed to changes in forest composition and structure, resulting in loss of habitat and species diversity (particularly loss of ponderosa pine and aspen habitat) and increased frequency of uncharacteristic, high-severity wildfire. The impact of these fires includes risk to human life, elimination of forest habitat (unable to regenerate for hundreds of years), lost recreation/economic opportunity, property loss, and damage to water supplies and infrastructure.

Photo of a treatment site from the ridge above.

To mitigate the undesirable ecological, economic, and social impacts of high-severity wildfire, JCD employs mechanical forest management strategies on private property. The goal is to restore and promote regeneration and resilience of ponderosa pine and aspen forest habitat across the landscape through overstory tree removal. ThisĀ creates openings that promote underrepresented aspen, ponderosa pine, and native grass/shrub/forb communities (ie early seral habitats, which are largely non-existent in the absence of disturbance). Post-treatment conditions are much more likely to support low-severity surface fire, to which the landscape can more quickly respond and firefighters can more safely engage. Harvested trees areĀ utilized in local markets to offset treatment costs.

Interested in learning more about JCD’s approach to forestry and the history and ecology of the forest? Click here!

To see what JCD’s forestry projects look like before and after, visit our “JCD’s Projects” Page.