Category Archives: Dept. of Forestry (ODF)

State accepts Bend smoke plan

A plan on how authorities in Bend should manage smoke from prescribed fires has been approved by state regulators. The plan, created jointly by the city of Bend and Deschutes County, guides how and when officials will inform the public before prescribed burns occur. Source: State accepts Bend smoke plan | Local&State | bendbulletin.com

Failing Forestry: Board puts state forester on notice – performance improvement required

The Oregon Board of Forestry has put Peter Daugherty, the state forester, on a performance improvement plan to address dysfunctional relationships with some board members, poor communication with the board at large and concerns over the agency’s financial condition. Source: Failing Forestry: Board puts state forester on notice – performance improvement required – oregonlive.com

Fight over flight: Activists resist aerial pesticide spraying

Timber companies notified state regulators this year that aircraft will spray pesticides on least three dozen tracts of forestland in Lane County. Aerial spraying of these chemicals has been controversial in Oregon, with environmental groups seeking reforms to the practice for years. Timber companies spray pesticides using aircraft to kill competing vegetation after a clear-cut […]
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Oregon Department Of Forestry Releases Draft Plan For Managing Westside Forests

The Oregon Department of Forestry has released a draft of a new management plan for hundreds of thousands of acres of state forestland on the west side of the state. Source: Oregon Department Of Forestry Releases Draft Plan For Managing Westside Forests

Washington County nets slice of $1 billion timber lawsuit

Washington County would be among the recipients, but the Brown administration plans to appeal the ruling. A Linn County jury has awarded more than $1 billion to Washington County and several other Oregon counties in a lawsuit filed against the Oregon Department of Forestry. Source: Washington County nets slice of $1 billion timber lawsuit

“Fire and Ice” program keeps seasonal employees busy all year

Some seasonal employees that fight fires in the summer for the Oregon Department of Forestry are working to keep roads clear for the Oregon Department of Transportation. The statewide program “Fire and Ice” has been around since the mid-eighties. The idea of the program is to better utilize state resources, when one agency is in […]
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Oregon Supreme Court Rules Elliot Forest Land Sale Illegal

The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled the state’s 2014 sale of 788 acres of the Elliott State Forest to a private timber company was illegal.In a decision issued Wednesday, the court sided with three environmental groups in concluding the land must remain in public ownership. Source: Oregon Supreme Court Rules Elliot Forest Land Sale Illegal […]
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Oregon Supreme Court: Selling Elliott State Forest tract would be illegal

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the state cannot sell a 788 acre piece of the Elliott State Forest. The case revolved around the state’s 2014 sale of a parcel called East Hakki Ridge. Cascadia Wildlands, along with other environmental groups had sued to block the Department of State Lands from selling the parcel […]
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Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will meet Dec. 6 in Salem

State, tribal, and local leaders will meet to discuss the further development of the Salmonberry Trail in Tillamook on Friday, December 6 in Salem. The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will hold a board meeting on Friday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Tillamook Conference Room at Oregon Department of Forestry […]
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Want To Get A Christmas Tree From A PNW Forest? Get A Permit First.

Deputies stopped two men in a pickup in Stayton earlier this month, as they carried almost 4,000 pounds of fir boughs from the Willamette National Forest. It’s not just the U.S. Forest Service that’s trying to reduce theft. The Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry and private timberlands are also governed by laws […]
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