Tag Archives: U.S. Forest Service

Limited entry plan challenged for Oregon Sisters, Jefferson wilderness

Some of Oregon’s largest outdoor groups are challenging a plan by the U.S. Forest Service to limit hiking and camping in three Oregon wilderness areas. The federal agency announced a plan in November for a sweeping permit system in the Mount Jefferson, Three Sisters and Mount Washington wilderness areas. Source: Limited entry plan challenged for […]
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Poisoned Pines In Central Oregon To Be Cut

What happens to the trees next is caught between a federal plan and pending Oregon regulation. The U.S. Forest Service has finalized a decision to fell about 2,100 poisoned pines in the Deschutes National Forest along Highway 20, where officials have long worried about hazard trees falling over on the road. “Our primary objective is […]
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More pines than expected coming down by Sisters

Plan calls for 2,100 trees to be felled following encounter with Perspective. Many more trees than previously thought — about 2,100 — are slated for removal near U.S. Highway 20, in a scenic area where an improperly applied weedkiller wreaked havoc on the forest. On Monday, the U.S. Forest Service released a formal decision memo […]
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Ashland ranks 90th in state for burn probability

Q: Great article on fire risk. You may have overlooked this, but you don’t state where Ashland is on the list of burn probability. How does it rank? A: A study commissioned by the U. S. Forest Service ranked Ashland as No. 90 on a list of the Oregon communities most likely to burn in […]
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Umatilla National Forest ‘assessing priorities’ after shut down

Federal workers on furlough resumed their posts Monday in the wake of the record-long shutdown of the government. The U.S. Forest Service is rolling with a multi-week plan to get back on track, including at the Umatilla National Forest. “Our top priority for this first week is assisting our employees in coming back to work […]
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Burn notice: Study claims thousands of homes at risk

More than 106,000 homes in Jackson and Josephine counties are at risk from wildfires, according to a study commissioned by the U.S. Forest Service. The study listed the top 50 communities in Oregon with the most housing units exposed to wildfire risk. Jackson and Josephine County communities take up 23 of those top 50 spots. Source: Burn […]
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Controlled burns back in Ashland Watershed

The U.S. Forest Service has resumed controlled burns to reduce wildfire hazards in the Ashland Watershed despite the federal government shutdown after three “burn bosses” were taken off furloughs this week. Contract crews working on the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project, known as AFR, touched off stacked burn piles today on about 30 acres in the […]
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Walden frustrated by feds’ response

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden on Friday blasted the federal response to wildfires that have devastated the Southern Oregon economy, jeopardized local health and prompted an outcry from residents over what they believe is a “let-it-burn” philosophy. “I don’t know if there’s a policy like that, but I hear it enough,” Walden said to about 400 […]
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Oregon off-road vehicle trail system derailed by lawsuit

The future of a proposed off-road vehicle trail system is in doubt following a federal ruling Thursday in favor of Central Oregon LandWatch. The conservation group filed the suit against the addition of a new off-road vehicle trail system on Ochoco National Forest following the signing of a final decision on the proposal in late […]
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Bagby Hot Springs bathhouse to be demolished, new design planned

A new plan for the popular hot springs between Estacada and Detroit will be developed. An iconic bathhouse at Bagby Hot Springs has been closed and will be demolished this summer due to “extensive rotting” in its floors, the U.S. Forest Service announced. Bathhouse 2, made famous because visitors could soak in cedar logs in […]
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