Category Archives: Dept. of Forestry (ODF)

Forestry was on the menu at leaders’ dinner

There was a recent dinner at the governor’s mansion and a bipartisan group of state legislative leaders. Sen. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario) was there, and he said many things were brought up, including the state’s forests. Source: Forestry was on the menu at leaders’ dinner | My Columbia Basin

Dry conditions in southern Oregon generate worries about salmon

Dry conditions in southern Oregon have streams running at a trickle, and fish biologists are worried about access for spawning salmon. Source: Dry conditions in southern Oregon generate worries about salmon – oregonlive.com

Voters could decide future of Oregon’s forestry practices

6 conflicting ballot measures could restrict or solidify practices on state and private lands. A political fight over how Oregon manages its forests and timber activity could be resolved by voters in the fall. Two sets of ballot initiatives with contrary views of forestry in Oregon have been filed with the state Elections Division. One […]
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Oregon counties sue state for $1 billion, claim poor forest management

The question of how Oregon should manage its state forests could receive an answer when a trial in Linn County wraps up this week between the state and 14 counties suing it for breach of contract. The counties, including Marion and Polk, claim they are owed about $1.4 billion because the state didn’t adequately manage more than […]
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Timber interests propose three pro-logging ballot measures

A group of retired foresters backed by the timber industry filed three initiative petitions this week looking to counter what they say are “radical anti-forestry ballot initiatives being pursued by environmental extremists.” Source: Timber interests propose three pro-logging ballot measures – oregonlive.com

Keeping wildfire away

Public agencies have teamed up to help homeowners protect their properties from wildfire. Some heavy-duty yard work was underway in the south hills Thursday. Workers with the Northwest Youth Corps and Oregon Department of Forestry were at Woodleaf Village, a 60-duplex subsidized housing complex located near Eugene’s southern boundary, cutting tree branches and removing dead […]
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Rep. Witt testifies in timber lawsuit

A state representative testified Friday that he believed John Kitzhaber pressured state Board of Forestry members in 1997, when it was redefining the term “greatest permanent value,” to drop timber Source: Rep. Witt testifies in timber lawsuit | News | gazettetimes.com

Firefighters Work To Extinguish Fires Across Willamette Valley

The Oregon Department of Forestry said Thursday that more than 20 new fires had started in the Willamette Valley. Source: Firefighters Work To Extinguish Fires Across Willamette Valley . News | OPB

State forester: Kitzhaber influenced ‘greatest permanent value’ rule-making | News | lebanon-express.com

A draft document from the state Board of Forestry redefining the term “greatest permanent value” on more than 600,000 acres of state forests changed significantly in 1997, when then-Gov. John Kitzhaber said he was “uncomfortable” with leaving timber harvesting at the top of a hierarchy of public purposes for the land. Source: State forester: Kitzhaber […]
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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