About MSOW

A team dedicated to caring for our community and the forest
 

A Passion for the Land

Whether your family has lived on your property for generations, or you are a brand new forest landowner, one thing is certain.  Having a woodland is a responsibility.  You will need to maintain it.  Dense, water-stressed forests are more vulnerable to insect infestations. Uncharacteristically dense forests lead to a higher risk of severe fire. And fire itself has changed. Having shaped forests for millennia, fire seasons are growing longer, fires themselves are bigger and more difficult to manage, and firefighting costs are through the roof.

Invariably, action or inaction on one side of a property line has impacts on the other. And these impacts are particularly acute in this part of the state, where woodlands owned by individuals and families are part of a patchy checkerboard with public lands. Whether they are public or private, fire on poorly managed lands threatens not only residents’ homes and many forest landowners’ livelihoods, but also wildlife habitat and water quality.  It’s up to woodland landowners to protect forest health and prepare for wildfire on their property.  The My Southern Oregon Woodlands partnership is dedicated to helping woodland landowners like you get the resources and information you need to protect the values you hold for your land.

My Southern Oregon Woodlands is able to provide these valuable resources to you at no cost because our partners have generously combined forces and resources to achieve a common goal of helping woodland owners across southern Oregon reduce wildfire risks and ensure their woods are healthy.

Working with our neighbors and partners, we can have a healthy, fire resilient forest on a landscape level

Learn more through using the interactive map below!

Partners

We’re here to help you!

Kara Baylog

OSU EXTENSION

MSOW COORDINATOR

541-776-7371

John O'Connor

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

COHESIVE WILDLIFE STRATEGY COORDINATOR

541-664-3328

Nick Haile

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

STEWAREDSHIP FORESTER

541-664-3328

Herb Johnson

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

FIREWISE COORDINATOR/JACKSON COUNTY

541-664-3328

Tyler Averyt

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

FIREWISE COORDINATOR/JOSEPHINE COUNTY 

541-471-3877

Max Bennett

OSU EXTENSION

JACKSON/JOSEPHINE COUNTIES FORESTRY AGENT

541-776-7371

Scott Swearingen

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

ASSISTANT TO THE SOUTHERN OREGON AREA DIRECTOR

541-440-3412

Shannon VanDeventer

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

STEWARDSHIP FORESTER

541-580-7487

Keith Waldron

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

STEWARDSHIP FORESTER

541-440-3412

Brett Nixon

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

STEWARDSHIP FORESTER

541-440-3412

Alicia Christiansen

OSU EXTENSION

DOUGLAS COUNTY FORESTRY AGENT

541-672-4461

Kyle Reed

DOUGLAS FOREST PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION

FIREWISE COORDINATOR/DOUGLAS COUNTY

541-672-6507

We're here to help you!

Kara Baylog

MSOW COORDINATOR

541-776-7371

Nick Haile

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

STEWAREDSHIP FORESTER

541-664-3328

Max Bennett

OSU EXTENSION

FORESTRY AGENT

541-776-7371

John O'Connor

COHESIVE WILDLIFE STRATEGY COORDINATOR

ODF SOUTHWEST OREGON DISTRICT

541-664-3328

Herb Johnson

FIREWISE COORDINATOR

JOSEPHINE COUNTY

541-664-3328

Tyler Averyt

FIREWISE COORDINATOR

JACKSON COUNTY 

541-471-3877