Category Archives: Dept. of Forestry (ODF)

Wind, dry conditions fuel nearly 2 dozen fires burning in Western Oregon

Dry and windy conditions have fueled nearly two dozen fires across the Willamette Valley, posing a challenge for firefighters across the region. The Oregon Department of Forestry reports it’s seen 22 fires in the last 24 hours. Source: Wind, dry conditions fuel nearly 2 dozen fires burning in Western Oregon | KATU

Tucker: State forests are for timber revenues

Linn County Commissioner Will Tucker said Wednesday in Linn County Circuit Court that he doesn’t oppose the Oregon Department of Forestry creating habitat that attracts endangered wildlife species such as the spotted owl. But, he said, it shouldn’t be done beyond the scope of federal laws on the forest trust lands that lie within 15 […]
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State: Timber deal always included environmental values

From its earliest years, the agreement between the state of Oregon and what would amount to 15 counties with more than 600,000 acres of state forests included the importance of clean water, erosion control and recreational uses, an attorney for the state argued Tuesday in Linn County Circuit Court. Source: State: Timber deal always included […]
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Wildfires burning in Western Oregon near Detroit, Molalla are growing

Fire teams are fighting a wildfire near Detroit which has grown to more than 50 acres, and another near Molalla which has grown to more than 65 acres. Source: Wildfires burning in Western Oregon near Detroit, Molalla are growing

Logging operation started Oregon wildfire that evacuated town

The Santiam Park Fire evacuated the city of Lyons, burned a state park and cost $332,000. An investigation reveals how it started and spread. Source: Logging operation started Oregon wildfire that evacuated town

Historian: state, counties had timber lands “partnership” 

From 1941 to 1998, the 15 Oregon trust counties and the Oregon Board of Forestry worked cooperatively to ensure that more than 600,000 acres of state forest lands were managed with timber production as the top priority, were protected from fire and were reforested in a sustainable fashion, historian Paul Levesque testified Monday as the […]
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ODF crews battle third post-season wildfire in a week

Firefighters continued to mop up the remains of a 12-acre wildfire Monday that ignited north of Merlin over the weekend. The Quartz Creek fire, burning in a clear cut on private industrial land off Quartz Creek Road, drew Oregon Department of Forestry crews Saturday night. When firefighters arrived, they estimated the blaze to be about […]
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Failing forestry: The $1 billion lawsuit that could decide the fate of Oregon’s state forests

Twelve people in Linn County are about to decide, for all Oregonians, how we value state forests. It’s not about selling them, but how the state balances the need for logging revenues against other social and environmental benefits the forests produce. Source: Failing forestry: The $1 billion lawsuit that could decide the fate of Oregon’s […]
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Who Regulates Oregon’s Logging Industry? Answer: The Logging Industry 

When Secretary of State Bev Clarno and her deputy Richard Vial released their unprecedented decision to reject three initiative petitions to modernize Oregon’s logging rules, they made a pretty embarrassing mistake. Their press release claims that voters would be confused by the initiatives and “how the Oregon Forest Council manages forests.” Source: Who Regulates Oregon’s […]
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Editorial: Timber suit finally gets its day in court

Although it’s been nearly four years since it was first filed, Linn County’s breach-of-contract lawsuit against the state of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Forestry gets its first big test this week: Selection is underway for jurors to hear the case, and attorneys on both sides are prepared to give their opening arguments on […]
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