On February 8th, we spent the day learning all about PODs! Thank you to the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative & the Applegate Valley Fire District for hosting a very informative & valuable workshop with local fire agency leads, community leaders, scientists, & other nonprofits.
For those unfamiliar with PODs (and no, these are not big the white moving containers parked on your new neighbor’s lot), it stands for:
In simple terms: PODs are one tool to help wildland firefighters make decisions about where to cut successful fire lines, as well as a tool to help land stewards decide how to prioritize vegetation management.
It’s worth mentioning that we in the Rogue Valley live in some of the most ecologically and topographically complex (and fire-prone!) landscape in the state, and our land is owned and managed by a diverse mix of public and private entities. PODs are a planning tool that can take all this complexity into account and even supersede it. Now, we realize that is a lot to make sense of and, suffice to say, our brains hurt a bit after today!
FRC is especially excited about the PODs approach because this tool has the ability to incorporate local knowledge and open up the decision-making space when looking at fire—both “good” and “bad” fire— on the landscape.
Stay tuned as we bring more information to the community in the near future!