Tag Archives: U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

No fire boss, no controlled burns 

The lingering federal government shutdown is threatening short- and long-term plans for controlled burning on federal forestlands in need of treatments to reduce the likelihood and intensities of future wildfires and the debilitating smoke they create. The lack of fire-management staff on hand to sign off on prescribed burns means no such treatments on Forest […]
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Government shutdown leaves parks unsupervised

The government shut down has stretched on for a week and employees in Douglas County have felt its effects as they either stay home or work unpaid. At the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area Visitor Center in Reedsport, a sign can be found at the door that reads, “The U.S. Department of Agriculture office is […]
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Oregon’s sage grouse population drops 10 percent

Oregon’s sage grouse population was down 10 percent in 2018, which reflects unfavorable weather conditions rather than the efficacy of recovery efforts, according to state wildlife regulators. Aerial and ground surveys of breeding sites, or leks, conducted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife pegged the number of sage grouse at 18,421, down from […]
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Federal government moves forward on sage grouse plans friendly to grazing

Proposal would open up nearly 22,000 acres in Oregon for grazing. Federal plans to allow grazing on nearly 22,000 acres of protected sage grouse habitat in Oregon took another step forward on Thursday, to the chagrin of environmental groups in Oregon and beyond. The Bureau of Land Management released a series of proposed state-level management […]
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State priorities differ in sage grouse plans

Some states, such as Idaho, got more of what ranchers needed in BLM’s resource-management plans. In releasing its final revisions of greater sage-grouse conservation plans, the federal Bureau of Land Management says it has worked with states to strike a regulatory balance through flexibility and access. The governors of Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada […]
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Grazing Restrictions Could Be Lifted On Some Of Oregon’s Sage Grouse Habitat

The Trump administration wants to reduce restrictions for greater sage grouse across seven states. For the imperiled birds in Oregon, that means fewer grazing restrictions in some specific habitat. The decision has rankled conservation and hunting groups and been supported by ranchers. Source: Grazing Restrictions Could Be Lifted On Some Of Oregon’s Sage Grouse Habitat

A new fungus among us

Biologist Scot Loring was scouring federal land near Soda Mountain for rare plants last spring when he stumbled upon a mushroom unlike any other. “It didn’t look like anything I recognized,” Loring said. Nor had any mycologist who had ever published a paper and conducted DNA tests on fungi, meaning Loring’s mushroom is a new […]
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Your View: Off-road vehicles threaten watershed project

In a recent Mail Tribune editorial, the Upper Applegate Watershed Restoration Project was described as an “ambitious” restoration project “that everyone should support.” Source: Your View: Off-road vehicles threaten watershed project | Mail Tribune

Oregon Hot Shot fire crew has common trait: Military service

On the BLM’s only hotshot crew focused on recruiting veterans, members have traded assault rifles and other weapons of war for chain saws and shovels. Source: Oregon Hot Shot fire crew has common trait: Military service

Low flows, dry winter could spell trouble for Crooked River fish

Managers must balance water storage for irrigation against the needs of fish. It could be a tough winter for redband trout and other fish living in the Crooked River, thanks to a decision to hold more water in Prineville Reservoir Earlier this fall, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced that it planned to release 50 […]
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