Tag Archives: U.S. Forest Service

Next U.S. Capitol Christmas tree to hail from Willamette National Forest; first time Springfield-based forest will have the honor

America’s top Christmas tree producing state — will be providing a tree next Christmas for the Capitol in Washington, D.C. And the tree will come from the Sweet Home Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service announced Friday. Source: Next U.S. Capitol Christmas tree to hail from Willamette National Forest; first […]
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Greater Hells Canyon Council sues Forest Service

Group claims federal agency is not protecting threatened plant. A La Grande environmental group announced Wednesday afternoon it is suing the U.S. Forest Service over the risk cattle grazing poses to Spalding’s catchfly, a plant listed as federally threatened on the Endangered Species List. Source: Greater Hells Canyon Council sues Forest Service; Group claims federal […]
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Group files lawsuit to block grazing to protect Spalding’s catchfly

Conservationists in northeast Oregon are suing the U.S. Forest Service for reauthorizing livestock grazing on 44,000 acres of grasslands within the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. The lawsuit, filed Jan. 10 by the Greater Hells Canyon Council in La Grande, Ore., seeks to protect a rare and endemic species of plant known as Spalding’s catchfly […]
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My View: Forest Service failed to protect lodge

Losing Multnomah Falls Lodge to a forest fire would have been extremely poor public relations for the Forest Service, the agency that brought you Smokey Bear. Even though the U.S. Forest Service preaches the creation and maintenance of “defensible space” for dwellings in the so-called wildland-urban interface, the agency did not practice what it preaches […]
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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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Salvage logging eyed for Chetco Bar

The U.S. Forest Service is planning on salvage logging later this year in about 8 percent of its acres burned in last year’s 191,197-acre Chetco Bar fire in Curry County, a move timber advocates welcomed and one conservation group called “something we can live with.” Source: Salvage logging eyed for Chetco Bar

Forest Service signs off on E. Oregon fire protection project

A record of decision for the project authorizes 7,859 acres of commercial timber harvest, 1,227 acres of small tree thinning, 3,557 acres of hand-thinning in riparian areas and roadside hazard tree removal. Forest officials plan to log nearly 8,000 acres in the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman national forests of northeast Oregon to help protect local resources […]
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Senators question Forest Service role in sage grouse review

Wyden and Merkley among the senators who sent letter. Thirteen Democratic senators, including Oregon U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, are questioning what role the U.S. Forest Service played in the Trump administration’s recent decision to review protections for the greater sage grouse. Source: Senators question Forest Service role in sage grouse review – […]
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North Umpqua District plans for restoration project

The U.S. Forest Service will continue its plans to restore about 3,000 acres of forestland, despite the wildfires that burned 56,000 acres across the Umpqua National Forest this past summer. Source: North Umpqua District plans for restoration project | Environment | nrtoday.com

Guest Opinion: All the king’s horses can’t make wildfires go away

State Sen. Alan DeBoer recently convened town hall meetings in Medford and Ashland on last summer’s wildfires and actions under consideration at the state Legislature. What we hoped would be an informed discussion became a venue for DeBoer to promote unfounded theories, point fingers and dismiss real dialogue. As ecologists who have studied forest ecosystems […]
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