The Almeda Fire of September 8, 2020 had a devastating impact on the City of Talent and our neighboring communities as well as the Bear Creek and Wagner Creek greenways. The City of Talent is working with a variety of stakeholders as well as local and state agencies to get the burned areas in the greenway riparian area reseeded before the winter rains arrive. The county hopes to have an Ashland-based helicopter company flying over the Greenway next week, dropping seeds on burned areas with the a goal to quickly stabilize the slopes in these areas. Crews will focus additional treatment on highly vulnerable areas such as steep slopes and inlets that feed into Bear Creek and have been working to remove hazard trees that pose a risk to people using the walking, jogging and biking path.
The Jackson County Emergency Operations Center is working on a multi-phase plan to restore and improve the greenway. This involves working with agencies such as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), the US Army Corps of Engineers as well as the Oregon Heritage State Historic Preservation Office (SHHPO).
Once the initial restoration has been completed and the area has been determined to be safe and clear of any household hazards, contaminants and other on the ground hazards it is likely that there will be areas that are in need of additional work and volunteers will be needed.
If you are interested in volunteering for future restoration efforts on the greenway in the future, please email Brooke Amposta at AmpostBA@jacksoncounty.org. A list of those interested will be created and will be used to assemble volunteer groups when necessary.
If you have been impacted or know of someone impacted by the Almeda Fire, a new website for official wildfire recovery information has been developed and is now available at www.roguevalleyrebuilds.org.