Pandora moth returns to Central Oregon
What is causing recent defoliation of pines in forest areas to the west and south of Bend?
This defoliation is caused by the Pandora moth, Coloradia pandora (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae), which is a native defoliator of pine forests in the western United States. Outbreaks have occurred commonly in central Oregon.
Article by Robbie Flowers, PhD, Forest Entomologist, USDA Forest Service
USFS Upper Deschutes River WUI Fuels Reduction Project Schedule
Haner Park, Wild River, and the non-commercial thinning units adjacent to Ponderosa Pines: Small tree thinning and piling completed by November 2017, pile burning and brush mowing to follow. Thinning remaining units near Ponderosa Pines will likely begin in 2018.
UDR units near Spring River, DRRH, River Meadows, Sundance, Stage Stop, Cougar Grove, Fall River and Lazy River: Work starting sometime this Summer with commercial harvest, small tree thinning and brush mowing completed prior to summer 2019. Prescribed underburning to follow in 2020-2021.
ODF crews, Forest Service fire personnel, DOC and some great volunteers (thank you River Meadows!) have already completed thinning and piling in most of the smaller units.
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- Deschutes National Forest Proposed Projects and Email Notifications
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- 2012 Sweat Equity Program Summary
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