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OSU working on wildfire recovery survey

Oregon State University’s Extension Service is looking for residents to participate in a study on wildfire recovery.

Organizers of the Landowner Experiences After Fire (LEAF) are seeking property owners who have had a wildfire in the past 10 years. 

Landowners who are in the process of restoring their woodlands following wildfires are being surveyed. The information will be used to help OSU Extension improve its programing and publications covering post-wildfire recovery and woodlands restoration.

The survey will ask about the work done on woodland property to recover from damage caused by wildfire. Participation is voluntary. Participants may also decide to be in the study now and change their minds later. The main objectives for this study are to learn about: (1) what landowners are doing to restore woodlands; (2) challenges and opportunities they have experienced in the process; and (3) which agencies and organizations landowners are working with when recovering from a wildfire

The survey requires approximately 20 to 30 minutes. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, a property owner of two or more acres within the state of Oregon, and have had wildfire burn onto the property within the past 10 years.

A random sample of participants will be invited to participate in the site assessment portion of the LEAF study. Participation in the site assessment also is voluntary. If you choose to participate in the site assessment, you will receive a free site visit and written site assessment report of your fire-impacted property by OSU Extension forestry and natural resource faculty. Participation in the site assessment will take approximately one to three hours.

The information from the LEAF study will be used only for research purposes. Participants will not be identified in any publication.

To participate in the study, visit: Paper copies of the survey are available upon request.

If you have any questions or need further information email Kara Baylog, OSU Extension forestry and natural resources program coordinator at [email protected], or call 541-930-8403.

Survey participants will have the option to enter a drawing to win one of four Amazon $50 gift cards after completing the survey.

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