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American Red Cross Oregon Wildfires Fund

Donations to the American Red Cross Oregon Wildfires Fund will directly help those affected by the devastating wildfires across Oregon. Click on Oregon Wildfires Fund to make an donation.

UDRC Facebook Feed

Go UDRC News to view posts from the UDRC Facebook Page.

Sunriver Women’s Club COVID-19 Nonprofit Emergency Fund

The Sunriver Women’s Club is initiating a new COVID-19 Nonprofit Emergency Fund for nonprofit agencies serving South Deschutes County. This fund sponsored by SRWC will help nonprofits continue serving Southern Deschutes County residents during this difficult time, ensuring they have the resources to provide basic necessities to our community. Click here to donate.

Oregon State University Extension: Central Fire Service Area

Ariel Cowan will serve the Central Fire Service Area and will be housed at the Deschutes County Extension office in Redmond. As a graduate of Oregon State University, she researched the impacts of fire on soil, fungi, and forest recovery.Her experience in forestry began during her undergraduate career at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science & Forestry. Since then, she has built a passion for forest health, fire history, and ecology. She joins us from the Oregon Department of Forestry where she worked as a monitoring specialist, stewardship forester, and wildland firefighter in the Sisters-Prineville area. Her work involved neighborhood fire hazard assessments and landowner engagement on fuel reduction projects. She looks forward to interacting with and learning from the communities in her service area.

NFPA Course: Understanding the Wildfire Threat to Homes

This online learning module is an overview of fire history, fire basics, and how homes burn. It’s an excellent resource for residents and other stakeholders that are pursuing knowledge on the basics of how wildfires ignite homes and the actions that can be implemented to make homes safer. Click here for more information.

2020 UDRC Wildfire Defensible Space Programs Summary

This year Upper Deschutes River Communities continued providing financial assistance for property owners to create and maintain defensible space for wildfire risk reduction. The Defensible Space Reimbursement program distributed $18,000 to 36 applicants. The Low-income Senior Defensible Space program paid $2650 to contractors for fuels reduction work for 4 homeowners. The UDRC is grateful for grant funding from the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund, First Interstate Bank, and Burlington Northern Railway for our defensible space programs.
 
To help with our operating expenses, please consider a tax-deductible donation to the UDRC. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has a provision allowing people to deduct up to $300 from their adjusted gross income on their tax return for charitable contributions. To make a donation click on Donate. Thank you for your support.

UDRC Defensible Space Reimbursement Program expanded to include La Pine CWPP area

The UDRC will help property owners within the Upper Deschutes River and La Pine Community Wildfire Protection Plan areas outside of Sunriver with the cost of creating or maintaining defensible space for wildfire risk reduction. The UDRC will reimburse your expenses for licensed fuels reduction contractors or rental equipment up to $500 maximum. One application from a property owner will be accepted each year. To qualify for this program click here for the online application form with instructions.

UDRC Low-income Senior or Disabled Defensible Space Program

UDRC has partnered with Council on Aging of Central Oregon to provide free wildfire fuels reduction services for low-income senior or disabled homeowners in South Deschutes County. Click here for a printable flyer describing the program. To apply for the Senior Low-income Defensible Space program, click here for the mail in application form with age and income requirements or call Council on Aging at 541-678-5483 to request the application form.

Forests of Eastern Oregon Webinar Series

Free webinar series Forests of Eastern Oregon from OSU Extension Service. Key features of our Eastern Oregon forest types, how site conditions and location impact forest plant communities, how to identify prominent tree species, and details on about what conditions help them thrive.
The webinars will be held on selected Thursday evenings (6:00 to 7:15 p.m.) starting July 30, 2020, and running through December 3. To register click here.

Firewise Workshops – A Community Approach

We have recently completed a 3 part workshop covering Firewise Basics, Outreach Strategies and Community Project Planning. These workshops were held online with guest speakers including subject matter experts from our local communities and agencies throughout Deschutes County. The purpose of these workshops were to make connections across Firewise sites, share ideas and lessons learned. As an outcome of these workshops a network of support and resources were created to help Firewise sites succeed in their efforts. Click here to view the workshop videos and resources.