Tag Archives: Forest Management

The fight for a forest: OSU’s bid to manage Elliott for research still faces questions

It’s been six months since Oregon State University was chosen by the State Land Board to take over management of the controversy-plagued Elliott State Forest, and the message coming out of OSU is this: Not so fast. Source: The fight for a forest: OSU’s bid to manage Elliott for research still faces questions | Local […]
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Can a hands-on model help forest stakeholders fight tree disease?

When a new, more aggressive strain of the pathogen that causes sudden oak death turned up in Oregon, scientists and stakeholders banded together to try to protect susceptible trees and the region’s valuable timber industry. Sudden oak death is a serious threat. Since 1994, the disease has killed millions of trees in California and Oregon. […]
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Washington, Federal Officials Sign Agreement To Protect Forests

State and federal officials signed an agreement Wednesday to protect Washington’s forests and wildlife. The plan would combine resources to fight destructive wildfires, threats to forest health and challenges faced by salmon and orcas. “If we’re going to prevent the Evergreen State from turning brown, we must begin to coordinate, collaborate and work tirelessly to change […]
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Other views | Western forests have a fire debt problem

As spring settles in across the United States, Western states are already preparing for summer and wildfire season. And although it may seem counter-intuitive, some of the most urgent conversations are about getting more fire onto the landscape. Winter and spring, before conditions become too hot and dry, are common times for conducting planned and […]
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Forest Service planning timber sale just outside Lostine River wilderness

When the Governor’s Wildfire Response Council meets in Salem Tuesday, we anticipate talk about public safety and “thinning the forests in order to save them.” What we might not hear about are the desires of some interests to stir up a natural fear of wildfire in order to allow timber companies to aggressively log our […]
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Guest column: Address the real threats to public lands

In his recent guest opinion, Erik Fernandez laments the lack of new wilderness designations east of the Cascades in the recently approved Oregon Wildlands Act. At the same time, he neglects to recognize Congressman Greg Walden’s work to improve wildfire protection for Crooked River Ranch in the same legislative package. This omission may not be […]
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How Land Managers Select Prescribed Fire Areas

With wildfire season coming up, land managers are working to improve forest health and protect Northwest communities. One way is by lighting small burns, known as prescribed fires. Before we began stopping fire in its tracks, forests were healthier. They had fewer trees, more open space and more fire. “In a lot of our forest […]
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Editorial: House Bill 2656 would ‘shut down the timber industry’ 

A bill proposed in the Oregon State Legislature aiming to ban clearcutting in forestland watershed is bad news for Oregonians. The bill, House Bill 2656, would ban clearcutting, roadbuilding, and the application of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers in forestland watersheds that supply public drinking water systems. Source: Editorial: House Bill 2656 would ‘shut down the […]
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Efforts to clear fire-prone California forests face hurdles

With nearly 40 million people living in California and development spreading into once-wild regions, some of the state’s best tools toward preventing wildfires can’t be widely used. Still, there is growing agreement that the state must step up its use of forest management through prescribed burns and vegetation removal in an attempt to lessen the […]
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New Technology Will Help Northwest Forest Managers Assess Wildfire Danger

The new system is being adopted by a limited number of fire agencies and national forests in time for fire season. A tool forest managers use to determine the level of fire danger is getting its first update in more than 40 years. The National Fire Danger Rating System uses information like temperature, humidity and […]
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