After wildfires, it can be hard for native plants to come back. That’s why volunteers are planting them and spreading seeds this fall in southeastern Washington, helping sagebrush and wildflowers take root again.
State Sen. Jeff Golden, D-Ashland, is proposing using a third of the forthcoming tax kicker to set aside as a one-time investment that could yield millions each year to help fund wildfire reduction and response.
The investment by the Biden administration will allow PacifiCorp, Portland General Electric and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs to boost transmission capacity and job training programs and fortify the electric grid from the growing threat of wildfires.
Three years after the 2020 fires devastated communities in Southern Oregon, survivors are still recovering from the fires’ impact on their homes, their stability and their mental health. A local long-term recovery group is helping support residents who’ve experienced trauma.