Dworshak: Maintaining healthy forest

Dworshak Dam and Reservoir is surrounded by more than 29,000 acres of land that the Corps owns and manages. Maintaining a healthy forest is important for many reasons – ecosystem integrity, as well as wildlife habitat and recreational benefits. Forest […]

Dworshak Dam and Reservoir is surrounded by more than 29,000 acres of land that the Corps owns and manages. Maintaining a healthy forest is important for many reasons – ecosystem integrity, as well as wildlife habitat and recreational benefits. Forest health issues can include fuel loading, insect, disease, and parasite outbreaks or infestations. Each of these occur naturally at background levels in a healthy forest ecosystem, yet can become a serious threat to forest health when out of proportion.
Dworshak natural resources management staff monitor and manage the forest on Corps lands around the reservoir. Timber sales and forest-stewardship projects are some of the most-effective methods available to help us maintain a healthy forest, by removing diseased trees, preventing the spread of beetle infestations and reducing wildfire risk.

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