Tag Archives: U.S. Forest Service

Project seeks to bring bull trout back to Clackamas

Multiple agencies including ODFW focus on reintroducing native fish to Clackamas River. Source: Project seeks to bring bull trout back to Clackamas

Editorial: Ingersoll leaves legacy of cooperation

Our sense is that people don’t choose careers in the U.S. Forest Service because they’re looking for jobs that will consistently put them in the midst of controversy. No, these foresters opt for these careers because they’re committed to the idea of doing the best they can as stewards of our public lands. Source: Editorial: […]
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Editorial: Forest Service’s parking woes argue for Deschutes footbridge

Federal agency says it has no official position on river crossing. State lawmakers did the right thing earlier this year when they turned aside the latest attempt to ban a footbridge over the Deschutes River in southwest Bend. The Bend Park & Recreation District Board did the right thing recently, too. It pledged to conduct […]
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Visit Counts, Spending At Northwest’s National Forests Are Flat

A report out last month says visitors spent nearly $740 million in communities near U.S. Forest Service lands in Washington and Oregon. The number of visitors and dollars coming into the region hasn’t changed much in nearly two decades. Source: Visit Counts, Spending At Northwest’s National Forests Are Flat

Federal spending bill to tackle “fire borrowing”

A federal spending bill has a chance to solve one of wildland firefighting’s longstanding problems.The $1.3 trillion federal budget bill, approved after midnight Friday morning, includes a provision that sets aside around $20 billion over 10 years to create an emergency fund for wildfire prevention. Source: Federal spending bill to tackle “fire borrowing”

County: Don’t shut down Medford air tanker base

Jackson County commissioners sent a letter this week to U.S. Rep. Greg Walden asking for his support to keep the Medford air tanker base open. Aircraft, including giant air tankers, fly out of the base at the Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport to dump loads of retardant on wildfires. But a team of evaluators is collecting […]
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MY VOICE: Soaring firefighting costs limit funds for other important work

Across the nation, the 2017 wildfire season was unprecedented in terms of dollars spent, acres burned, and the increased duration of wildfires. Even now, months later, we’re still feeling the impacts from these fires, especially financially. Source: MY VOICE: Soaring firefighting costs limit funds for other important work;

National forest visitors spend $448 million a year in Oregon communities

Overnight stays and skiing bring more spending. National forests in Oregon receive more than 9 million visits a year, generating about $448 million in spending for surrounding communities, according to a new report from the U.S. Forest Service. The report is part of an ongoing effort by the Forest Service to monitor recreational uses of […]
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Residents, forestry officials clash over wildfire in Sunriver

With legacy of forest living, how safe is Sunriver? After seeing smoke from the Milli Fire rise high over Sisters during a day trip to the Willamette Valley last summer, Doug Hoschek and Tina Machuca decided to do a bit of digging to see what would happen if an equally dangerous fire sparked near their […]
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Guest column: Logging doesn’t restore the forest

Every time I drive up to Mount Bachelor I pass the Deschutes National Forest’s logging and mastication projects. The Forest Service and the Deschutes Collaborative suggest they are “thinning” the forest to preclude large wildfires and to “restore it.” Source: Guest column: Logging doesn’t restore the forest;