An area of the Ashland watershed where mature trees were burned unintentionally will be open for a guided public tour the last weekend in July.

Ashland Forest Resiliency partners conducted a controlled burn with unintended scorch of the tree canopy in June. The burns are part of an effort to return fire to the landscape after 100 years of fire suppression.

An important part of the controlled burn program is education and outreach to the community, AFR partners said in announcing the tour, so they invite the public to tour burns on the No Candies Trail to learn why AFR conducts burns, learn more about the anatomy of a controlled burn and the many factors professional teams measure, plus to see the variety of fire effects.

The tour is set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 29. Participants will meet in front of Pioneer Hall at 73 Winburn Way, Ashland, then hike parts of No Candies Trail to see a varying degree of burn intensity. The hike will be about 1 and 1/2 miles. Modifications for the hike will be made to accommodate anyone who would like to participate.

So organizers can plan for transportation, those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by emailing or by calling 541-552-2218.