Trails closed as forest thinning begins in Ashland Watershed

Ashland, Ore — Several popular hiking trails will be closed in the Ashland watershed as crews use helicopters to thin forest lands.

The work begins tomorrow to remove smaller trees and undergrowth that can spark explosive fires in heavily forested areas.

Removing the trees by helicopter has minimal impact on the environment.

“We have 3 times more trees across the Rogue Basin than we have had historically and that presents a real problem for fires and how they burn and the effects on the ecosystem,” said Chris Chambers with the Ashland Fire Resiliency program.

For a list of closed trails you can visit

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