In the wake of the 2020 wildfires, Oregon Department of Transportation is reporting that over 200 miles are closed due to the fires. These are major highways, and crews are working around the clock to clear the roads and rebuild the damage. They estimate over 100,000 trees will need to be cleared. This is a process that will take a long time – and this is just for the major state highways.
Agencies haven’t even begun the process of determining how many county roads, dirt roads, backcountry trails, hiking trails, and other routes that are impacted by these devastating fires. This is a process that will take years. Experience suggests that often roads that used to be there are in some situations never reopened. We can’t let that happen!
Recent experience also suggests that the current public land management system is only making the threat of catastrophic wildfires worse. If we don’t find a way to change course soon, the West will become one big inaccessible burn scar depleted of its resources, its people, and its beauty.
This is why we are inviting you to join the Oregon Phoenix Project. With your help we will do the work to reopen the roads, lands and trails of Oregon. We will hold the decision makers and stakeholders accountable who have prevented reasonable and responsible management of our public lands. We will offer free consulting and litigation strategy development to anyone who has been personally damaged by these catastrophic wildfires. Then, we will work with others to develop the land reform agenda we need to adopt to rise out of the ashes of this mess.
We hope you will join us and invite others to join as well. Together we will Rebuild Oregon!