BROOKINGS, Ore. — After nearly a year since the Chetco Bar fire ravaged forest lands near the Southern Oregon coast, officials with the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest (RRSNF) have announced an influx of funding to drive a number of restoration projects in the area.
According to RRSNF, these projects will focus on areas near coastal communities that were hit hardest by the flames.
“We are keenly aware of the significant impact the Chetco Bar fire has had on these small and remote communities,” said Forest Staff Officer Brian White. “Infrastructure investments such as these will have both short and long-term benefits. Our staff has worked tirelessly to get these projects on the ground in time to benefit this summer tourism season.”
The projects spring from nearly $3 million in funding, and will be distributed as follows:
• Repaving Chetco River Road/surface rock roads (8 mi./6 mi. - $1.8 million)
• Renovating Chetco River Bridge (deck, guardrails, middle pier - $500,000)
• Replacing culverts (8 total - $200,000)
• Rehabilitating recreation sites (Hazard tree removal, toilet repairs, etc. - $50,000)
• Repairing damaged trails (Mileage dependent on conditions - $267,000)
According to RRSNF, some of this work is already underway—with Forest staff and partners focusing on recreation and trail assets, ensuring that they are functional and safe for public outings during the summer.
New fees at a few recreation sites within the Chetco Bar burn area have also been delayed, RRSNF said. The suspension of fees came after community leaders "expressed a sense of 'too much at once'" while the community is still recovering from last year's fire season.