Photo: City of Ashland
Have you ever been to Ashland, Oregon? It’s a small town of just 21,000 people, but it has an international reputation as the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Today, Ashland is developing a new reputation — as a leader in forest management and a model for other cities that need to protect their water resources against the ever-growing risk of wildfire.
Wildfires drop ash on to rivers and reservoirs and leave behind a burn area vulnerable to erosion. Adding sediment to water reduces water quality and increases treatment costs. And, over decades, sediment builds up behind dams, reducing the amount of water they can store.