Oregon Department of Forestry
The Landscape Resiliency Program (LRP), led by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), is a grant program established by Senate Bill 762, Section 18 to support cross-boundary forest restoration and resiliency across Oregon. In 2022, $20 million was awarded to nine landscape-scale projects to reduce wildfire risk on public and private forestlands and rangelands. Each project is implemented by a collaboration of public, private, and non-profit stakeholders who have come together to reduce hazardous fuels and promote forest resiliency. EWP is leading program monitoring in three phases- Project Selection, Implementation, and Outcomes- and plans to release a final report in June 2023.
The goal of the LRP monitoring plan is to assess whether and how the program has fulfilled its mandate to “reduce wildfire risk through restoration of landscape resiliency and the reduction of hazardous fuel on public or private forestlands and rangelands and in communities near homes and critical infrastructure.” The need for this program monitoring is established in SB762. The monitoring plan addresses three program phases:
- Project selection
- Project implementation
- Project outcomes
Monitoring will track project investments, synthesize and report on stakeholder perspectives, and respond to the requirements included in SB762. It is informed by feedback from the LRP workgroup and individual project leaders, as well as the monitoring team’s expertise in monitoring forest restoration and related work. The plan was finalized in July of 2022 and distributed to the nine project points of contact.