Tag Archives: Forest Management

As I See It: OSU’s thoughtful forest stewardship

I wonder if Kathleen Dean Moore sees the irony in excoriating Oregon State University for logging its forests while holding a promotion of her 240-page book. In her recent As I See It piece, she is correct that our forests do provide us with soul-calming venues to research our own thoughts and feelings. She was […]
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This Trump administration proposal to roll back logging rules is reckless

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. I’ve seen what forest mismanagement looks like. I was the supervisor […]
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Opinion: OSU’s McDonald Forest was meant to benefit students, not well-to-do

A July 27 Oregonian/OregonLive article (“Majestic Douglas fir stood for 420 years. Then Oregon State University foresters cut it down“) excoriated the Oregon State University College of Forestry for its alleged mismanagement of the college’s McDonald-Dunn forest. The issue was the harvesting of a 15.7 acre unit of mature forest, including a 420-year-old tree. The […]
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Guest Opinion: Congress needs to make fuels reduction a priority

Zach Urness’ reporting on the wildfire dangers facing Merlin and nearby communities highlights the need for better management of federal lands. It also underscores the folly of legislation pending in Congress that would make fuels reduction near these communities all but impossible. Source: Guest Opinion: Congress needs to make fuels reduction a priority

Merlin, Ore.: Above a river valley, rushing to keep fires from closing in

Dawn Feldman remembers the mountains glowing red as she packed. As the fire crept downslope, Debbie Thomason evacuated with 1,000 of her employees at her riverside resort. High on a ridge, Steve Burchell could see the smoke plume rising and ash falling. Source: Merlin, Ore.: Above a river valley, rushing to keep fires from closing in

Commissioner delivers wildfire speech to president

With President Donald Trump looking on, Jackson County Commissioner Colleen Roberts called on federal agencies to fully suppress wildfires during fire season. Roberts was introduced by the president, then made a short statement Monday in Washington, D.C., during a press conference on environmental issues. Roberts said about half of the land in Jackson County is […]
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Amanda Astor: Managing our forests is the answer

I’m a young female forester who lives in Lane County. I am part of the new generation of natural resource professionals who believe in collaboration and science. As someone who is passionate about forestry and addressing climate change, I am confident that sustainably managing our lands can be part of the solution to reduce catastrophic […]
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Editorial: The West must come to terms with burning

There is news to note on the wildfire front, but before we get into the weeds, it’s worth sharing a story that says something important about fire conditions throughout the West. The New York Times reported about this particular story, which started last July in California when a rancher tried to plug an underground wasp […]
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Walden cheers, Wyden boos FS move to speed forest projects

As one might expect, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., cheered and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., booed a major move this week by the U.S. Forest Service to speed approval of logging and related forest management projects. Source: Walden cheers, Wyden boos FS move to speed forest projects – KTVZ

Trump Administration Seeking To Overhaul Forest Management Rules

Federal land managers on Wednesday will propose sweeping rule changes to a landmark environmental law that would allow them to fast-track certain forest management projects, including logging and prescribed burning. The U.S. Forest Service, under Chief Vicki Christiansen, is proposing revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act that could limit environmental review and public input […]
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