Tag Archives: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Funding available through Sage Grouse Initiative

Financial assistance is available for Oregon ranchers through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to improve the health of private rangelands, while also bolstering habitat for sage grouse and other wildlife. Source: Funding available through Sage Grouse Initiative – Livestock – Capital Press

Oregon snowpack rebounding, but still below average

Snowpack is improving in Oregon heading into March, but still below average in every basin across the state. February was a tale of two seasons for Oregon’s snow-starved mountains and river basins. The first half of the month saw warm and dry weather carry over from December and January, with total snowpack languishing around 40 […]
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Commissioners seek state, federal drought help

Snowpack and water levels in the Klamath Basin were at 28 percent of average in late February. With winter storms proving elusive and the prospect of water shortages likely, Klamath County commissioners have declared a drought emergency. The declaration was unanimously approved by commissioners at their Feb. 13 meeting. The declaration allows state and federal […]
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Controversial cyanide devices make comeback for predator control in Ore.

Wildlife Services, which works to resolve wildlife/human conflicts, is regaining two of the tools it uses to control predators in Malheur County and hopes to get another one back. Curt Mattson, acting district supervisor for the USDA Wildlife Services in eastern Oregon, shared this information with members of the county court during their meeting Wednesday. […]
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Predator control returns to Grant County

Federal position unfilled for nearly 20 years. It’s been nearly two decades since a federal animal damage control officer has been assigned to Grant County. The last person to hold that position was Ed Nikolaus, who worked part-time in 1999, Wildlife Services State Director David Williams told the Eagle. Source: Predator control returns to Grant […]
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Despite permit, no problem turkeys killed

The federal wildlife service stands ready to take out wild turkeys roaming Pilot Rock should the need arise. So far, it hasn’t. Source: Despite permit, no problem turkeys killed – Local News – East Oregonian

Feds set aside $4.4 million to reduce wildfire risk in Oregon 

Work will be done on national forests and adjacent private lands in Deschutes, Lake and Tillamook counties. Federal agencies are investing $32 million nationwide and $4.4 million in three Oregon projects designed to reduce wildfire risk from the Coast Range to the high desert. Source: Feds set aside $4.4 million to reduce wildfire risk in […]
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Feds fund S. Deschutes wildfire risk reduction project

Wildfire seasons are growing longer and more severe – but thanks to recent federal funding, local communities in Oregon are tackling the challenge head-on through forest restoration. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $32 million nationwide investment for wildfire prevention projects on public and private lands, with $4.4 million going to local […]
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Government Agency Says It Will Stop Killing The Beaver State’s Beavers To Help Its Salmon

It took the threat of a lawsuit, but a federal agency is no longer killing the Beaver State’s beavers. Environmental groups had challenged the practice in Oregon because, they said, it’s a threat to more than just the state animal. Beavers just can’t help themselves — they have to build dams from sticks and mud. […]
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USDA supports forced cranberry cutbacks

The USDA has embraced a proposal by the cranberry industry to dispose of fruit to raise prices. The USDA proposes to let the cranberry industry withhold 15 percent of the 2017 crop to halt a slide in prices paid farmers and handlers. Cranberries, whole and in juice concentrate, would be diverted to charities, animal feed […]
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