PRINEVILLE - Timber industry representatives, environmentalists and forest researchers from across the country will be in Central Oregon next week scrutinizing the performance of a machine that might develop new markets for material from projects intended to reduce wildland fire threats.

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, the Timberjack 1490D will begin collecting and bundling forest residue from three locations in La Pine. The machine uses twine to form 30-inch bundles that are 10 feet long and will be on hand for a public demonstration on the Crooked River National Grassland near Prineville on Sept. 24.

Representatives from several national forests, John Deere, Oregon Department of Forestry, Warm Springs Forest Products and the Bureau of Land Management will be on the Crooked River National Grassland on Sept. 24, to observe how the bundler maneuvers in various conditions, impacts the ground and operates in a cost-efficient manner. Markets for wood chips exist in Central Oregon, organizers believe, spurring the studies.

The demonstration will last from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. A tour of the Warm Springs Forest Products co-generation facility will follow the field demonstration.

Contact Cindy Glick, site coordinator, at (541) 383-5495 before Sept. 22 to attend the demonstration.

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