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The September 2020 wildfires destroyed much of Oregon's natural landscape. That damage has significant effects on our natural and cultural resources. Check here for information on how the damage affects your area.
What is the State’s Recovery Function 7: Natural and Cultural Resources Task Force?
Following the 2020 fires, the state established a task force to address natural and cultural resources. The Natural and Cultural Resources Recovery Task Force (NCRRTF) is designed to provide coordination and implementation for the State’s recovery response to catastrophic wildfires in September 2020, with a focus on natural and cultural resources.
The mission is “to integrate state assets and capabilities to help local governments, tribal governments, and impacted communities address long-term environmental and cultural resource recovery needs after large-scale and catastrophic incidents.”
The scope is to provide “guidance to state departments in aiding local and tribal partners in preserving, protecting, conserving, rehabilitating, and restoring natural and cultural resources.”
The objectives are to:
- Implement measures to protect and stabilize records and culturally significant documents, objects, and structures.
- Assess impacts to natural and cultural resources and identify needed protections during stabilization through recovery.
- Complete an assessment of affected natural and cultural resources and develop a timeline for addressing these impacts in a sustainable and resilient manner.
- Preserve natural and cultural resources as part of an overall community recovery.
Tribal Resource Impacts
Following formation of the NCRRTF, it was clear that a more focused conversation about natural and cultural resources needed to occur with Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes. Each tribe was invited to participate in the NCRRTF. In addition, a Tribal Work Group of the NCRRTF was formed. This work group will:
- Review assessments to determine if tribal cultural and natural resources are adequately reflected in the information provided
- Identify best ways for tribes to participate in community-level conversations about fire recovery prioritization and investment
- Identify best ways to communicate with tribes about upcoming work on federal/state lands so tribes have the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to decision-making on public lands
Preserving Cultural Resources While Fighting Fire by ODF(Video)
Cultural Resource Impacts
The statewide heritage recovery efforts are coordinated with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office and partners from the local, state, federal and tribal levels. This subgroup is supporting heritage sites and the organizations that support them, including museums, historical societies, historic cemeteries, historic downtowns and archaeology sites.
Within NCRRTF, a funding focused subgroup has been tasked with connecting assessment recommendations to potential funding sources, including both FEMA and non-FEMA funding sources. The team has brought together multiple state and federal agencies with funding authority in hopes of maximizing the benefit from each dollar spent. To this end, the funding group is attempting to fill gaps in funding to ensure that recommendations from the reports are able to be implemented on the ground. As these connections are made, the group is working to communicate information about available funding sources to communities across the state in an effort to make this stage of post-fire recovery easier to navigate.
As the group makes resources available, they will be found here. One of those resources will be a spreadsheet collection of funding sources available that includes detailed information about the application process. Additionally, resources for funding guidance will also be made available in the coming days.
Wildfire Impact Assessments
Conduct necessary assessments, compile information and data from studies by individual land managers, collaborate and share resources to carry out necessary assessments and share. Assessments such as the Erosion Threat Assessment and Reduction Team (ETART) will look at the impacts across the board.
Final ETART Reports
The NCRRTF will work with local partners in each of the fire-affected areas to assess priority actions to address wildfire impacts and investments needed to support these.