Your support of our fuel reduction work will reduce the risk of wildfires. A fire in communities surrounded by forests could have a major negative impact on residents living in South Deschutes County, Oregon including seniors and low income families.
Your support in helping us reach our goal of $2,250 will complete our goals of $5,000 to receive a $5,000 match from the MCM Foundation in Bend, Oregon.
Our 2018-2021 Program:
The 2018 - 2021 program will help up to 45 low income and senior’s property owners per year for a total of 135 owners who would use UDRC contractors create defensible spaces thus reducing the threat of wildfires.
Defensible space is a 30-100’ fire-resistant buffer around a home that reduces the spread of fire and the likelihood of a smoldering ember igniting a home. Reducing flammable vegetation and brush around a home and under nearby trees reduces the potential of fire spreading to a home. Pruning trees away from a roof and other vegetation will reduce the “ladder effect” of fire. South Deschutes County communities are rated high or extreme risk for wildfires. In Oregon, 8 in 10 trees in Oregon forests are rated at moderate or high risk of severe fire.
In the La Pine area the poverty rate is 27% and the 2009-2014 population estimate is 4,737. Average hourly earnings in 2009 (adjusted to 2014) was $14.15 and in 2014 was $12.82. From 2009 to 2014 earnings dropped 18%. Yearly earnings in 2009 were $13,146 and in 2014 $10,812.
The Upper Deschutes River Coalition (UDRC) is a grassroots non-profit organization created in 2003 to enable 28 neighborhoods within the Upper Deschutes River watershed to act collectively on natural resource challenges. The neighborhoods and 6,000 plus lot owners are located near and along the Wild and Scenic Deschutes River, in the thick of a ponderosa pine and lodge pole forest from Sunriver south to Wickiup Reservoir in the southern part of Deschutes County, Oregon.
To protect the Upper Deschutes River communities by restoring and sustaining fire resistant forests, pure and abundant river flows and wildlife habitat. The UDRC achieves its mission by utilizing its extensive volunteer base and partners to accomplish many environmental benefit projects including environmental education programs for children and families, public & private forest fuel reduction projects and Community Fire Protection Planning; watershed health; and compliance with the Oregon Forestland – Urban Interface Fire Protection Act (Senate Bill 360).
Through the Coalition’s strategic planning process, we identified significant restoration and educational needs in the Upper Deschutes River area, which this grant request will address. Through collaborating with other agencies, volunteers and funding sources, the Coalition has from 2005 to 2014 reduced fuel loads on 162 private lots (117 acres) assisting landowners in complying with Oregon Senate Bill 360, which requires owners to certify their properties are fire safe.
In 2016, our trial roadside chipping program completed 12 lots on eight acres. At the Fall River community we did 12 one acre lots. In 2017, we completed seven lots on four acres. In 2017, we have a reached our goal of raising $5,000 to match the MCM Foundation’s $5,000 grant.
We received the MCM match in February 2018. We have $2,250 left to raise by December 1, 2018 so we can get our $5,000 in February of 2019. We expect to reach our goal by June 2018.
Our 2017 fuels reduction program was used to help homeowners south and west of Sunriver to create defensible space around their homes. Home owners applied to the Coalition and once approved can hire a contractor to create a defensible space. They send the UDRC a paid invoice and the UDRC paid 50% of the cost up to $500.
This year we have approved home owner’s reimbursements of $5,000.
Since 2011, the UDRC has received $237,362 in grants including a $25,000 five year grant from the MCM Foundation in Bend, Oregon, BNSF two grants of $10,000 and a $11,000 grant from the National Forest Foundation. Since 2005, a total of over $600,000 in grants were received.
Thank you for your consideration.
Please donate to the UDRC at www.udrc.org