Tag Archives: Timber

Lawmakers aim to secure federal money for Oregon

As work was concluding on a funding bill to keep the government operating, and avoid a shutdown, U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, and Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, along with Source: Lawmakers aim to secure federal money for Oregon | Local News Stories | argusobserver.com

Budget fix for fighting wildfires praised by Oregon U.S. senators

Tucked into a $1.3 trillion budget bill released by Congress Wednesday evening is a long-sought change to wildfire suppression funding that Oregon’s U.S. senators repeatedly pushed for throughout last year’s near-historic fire season. Source: Budget fix for fighting wildfires praised by Oregon U.S. senators

New federal spending bill includes stable funding stream for exploding wildfire costs

The $1.3 trillion omnibus federal spending bill, unveiled Wednesday evening in Congress and finalized Thursday night, contains some top priorities for ­Oregon’s lawmakers: more stable funding for fighting wildfires, two more years of payments to ­timber counties, and a short-term ­increase in a key tax credit ­program for funding affordable housing. Source: New federal spending […]
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Secure Rural Schools payments restored under omnibus deal reached Wednesday

Restored federal Secure Rural Schools payments to Douglas County and other timber-dependent counties will be in the 2018 omnibus spending bill, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, announced Wednesday. The payments are included in a spending package which emerged from negotiations between Congressional leaders Wednesday, and will likely be voted on by […]
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New rail spur links Willamette Valley timber to world

A new rail spur is now handling inbound freight in North Bend thanks to the collaborative efforts of a tribal entity, a public agency and a private business. “This is really the perfect symbiotic relationship,” said Ray Doering, director of communications for the Coquille Economic Development Corporation. He said timber producers would rather use the […]
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Oregon judge refuses to dismiss $1 billion timber class action

A judge has refused to dismiss a class action lawsuit seeking more than $1 billion from Oregon’s government for insufficient logging of state forestlands. Source: Oregon judge refuses to dismiss $1 billion timber class action

Deadline set for Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument decision

The Trump administration has agreed to resume litigation over the expansion of Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument on Jan. 15 unless the dispute is resolved beforehand. The monument’s size was increased from about 66,000 acres to 114,000 acres by the Obama administration in early 2017, spurring several lawsuits against the proclamation. Source: Deadline set for Cascade-Siskiyou […]
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Resilient Federal Forests Act passes House, heads to Senate

The U.S. House this week approved a bill that would make it easier to harvest timber burned in wildfires, and offer counties greater flexibility in how they use Title III Secure Rural Schools safety net payments. Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman, and the Association of O&C Counties applauded the passage of the Resilient Federal Forests […]
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Against the grain | Science – Journal Article

Forest scientist Jerry Franklin became known for helping protect old-growth trees from logging. Now, he’s arguing for letting the chainsaws loose in some forests. Jerry Franklin has spent much of his life in the company of giants. From his childhood in the woods of Washington state to a scientific career that catapulted him to international […]
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Guest column: National forests need active management

As Oregon’s wildfires near containment, there are discussions in Salem and Washington, D.C., about the causes of this summer’s fires and the staggering costs of fire suppression to taxpayers. It’s too late to reverse the damage of this year’s fire season, but it’s not too early to start thinking about protecting our forests and communities […]
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