Tag Archives: U.S. Forest Service

Editorial: Ranchers get a biological ultimatum

There was a time when Americans could expect their federal government to offer service that was both even-handed and helpful. Even timely. That has changed, for many of those who now work in government, and for those who depend on the government to treat them fairly. An article on the front page of the Capital […]
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Fire managers work to mitigate risk to private land

Decades of large wildfires cross the West have a local U.S. Forest Service District staff putting a critical eye to protecting the wildland/urban interface. More than half of the Forest Service budget goes to fire suppression, a new normal for the 113-year-old agency. Nathan Goodrich, fire management officer for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest North Zone, said […]
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Santiam Pass Ski Lodge now National Historic Place

The Santiam Pass Ski Lodge, located 20 miles west of Sisters in Linn County, is now among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places. In its heyday, the lodge included a ski shop, large main lounge, dining hall, kitchen, office and caretaker’s quarters, recreation room and storage rooms. It closed in 1986. […]
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Capitol roundup: Taxes and voting trends top the news

Salem to hold meetings this week, while wildfire aid sought in D.C. Taxes, voting trends, legislative “concepts” and proposed wildfire protections are among the topics on tap this week in Oregon political circles. Among the latest: Source: Capitol roundup: Taxes and voting trends top the news; Salem to hold meetings this week, while wildfire aid […]
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Our view: Keep Medford Air Tanker Base open

A Medford air tanker base might close, and lawmakers need to stop that from happening. It’s too important a resource to lose. The U.S. Forest Service runs the Medford base. During fire season — which is nearly year-round at this point — air tankers take off from there to dump fire retardant on wildfires. For […]
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Klondike Fire declared 100% contained

As of this week, the Klondike Fire has been declared 100% contained – official as of November 28th at 1:00 p.m. The Klondike Fire, which was 9 miles west of Selma, Oregon, began on July 15th of this year. It was caused by a lightning storm that “ignited over 120 fires in southwest Oregon,” according […]
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Editorial: Support fire reduction effort in the Deschutes

Somewhere, the Deschutes National Forest is almost certain to be on fire next year. Most wildfires are suppressed while they are small. A fire that starts between Bend and Mount Bachelor, though, is just one bad day away from being a serious threat to lives and property. So what is happening to lower that risk? […]
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Bend among Oregon cities most likely to be threatened by wildfire

More than 40,000 homes in, near Bend carry wildfire risk, report says. Bend and its surrounding communities carry the fourth-highest risk of being affected by wildfire in Oregon, according to a recent report commissioned by the U.S. Forest Service. The report evaluated 100 communities in Oregon and Washington that carry the highest risk of wildfire, […]
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And fire season 2019 starts in how many days?

So now forest management is the problem. This is a good starting point. Fire suppression became an issue after the million-acre fires that burned around the turn of the 20th century. The U.S. Forest Service was started in 1905 with one of the main goals of forest management, which included wildfire suppression. An active campaign […]
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Opinion: Our natural areas need more respect, less rap music

No reasonable person seeks out the beauty of our parks and wilderness areas only to sidestep another’s trash or hear the singer Drake wailing from a stranger’s speakers. It’s not uncommon for a peaceful outdoor excursion to degenerate into an exercise in tolerance and sadly, this trend is becoming less of an anomaly. Source: Opinion: […]
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