HEPPNER - The Heppner Ranger District on the Umatilla National Forest will host a public meeting to discuss fuels reduction on the Potamus Watershed Area. The meeting is Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the district office at 117 S. Main St. in Heppner.

The district is assessing and identifying fuels and forest stand density projects in the watershed and wants to discuss project proposals with those interested in the area.

Presentations at the meeting will include the role of fire in the ecosystem, fire regime and tree species adaptation, history of fire an disturbance in the watershed, fuel conditions and expected fire behavior, wildfire risks, private land fire protection and the Morrow County Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

For more information call Brian Spradlin, fuels specialist on the Heppner Ranger District, at 676-2127.

- Samantha Bates

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