Tag Archives: U.S. Forest Service

Umpqua National Forest seeks public comments on restoration project

Before the U.S. Forest Service can start restoring landscape resiliency to fire and preserving old-growth habitat and centuries-old ponderosa and sugar pine on over 3,000 acres in the Umpqua National Forest, it needs to gather public input for the proposed Calf-Copeland Restoration Project. Source: Umpqua National Forest seeks public comments on restoration project | Environment […]
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Editorial: Wyden, Merkley push new approach to end damaging ‘fire borrowing’

Perhaps this will be the year the Congress gets serious about ending “fire borrowing,” the practice that forces the U.S. Forest Service to take money from its nonfire budget to fight wildfires when its fire money runs out. Oregon’s U.S. senators, Democrats Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, certainly hope so. They’re pushing hard for approval […]
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Forest Service closures during eclipse

Some roads, areas on public lands will be off limits. The U.S. Forest Service plans to close roads and limit access to certain areas in the region for several days leading up to and including Aug. 21, the day of the solar eclipse. Areas in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness closed because of the Whitewater Fire […]
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Walden gathers input on wilderness permit plan

Plan may limit wilderness users with paid permit system. Skyrocketing visitation to the region’s wilderness areas is leading the U.S. Forest Service to consider a proposal that could require paid permits to access the many trails. The idea of limiting access to public lands does not sit well with Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., although he […]
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Fuel reduction does not significantly alter fire behavior | Guest Commentary | 

The idea that fuel reductions could significantly alter fire behavior and spread is a myth perpetuated by the timber industry and Forest Service. Recently it was reported that two fires were burning in the Stonewall Mountain area near Lincoln. And the headlines and Forest Service have implied that had proposed fuel reduction projects in the […]
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‘Wildfire fix’ legislation before Senate committee

The U.S. Forest Service continues to spend more than half of its budget on fighting fires, more than it does on preventing them, causing a cycle of re-escalation and devastation across Oregon, according to agency officials and members of the Senate natural resources committee. A hearing before the committee Thursday came as fires continued to […]
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Toxic waste from U.S. pot farms alarms experts

Pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California’s national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital. The volume of banned or restricted pesticides and illegally applied fertilizers in the woods dwarfs estimates […]
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Editorial: Forests burn as Congress ponders funding

The smoke and haze filling the mid-valley this week serve as a reminder that it’s been some time since we’ve checked in on that proposal before Congress to change the way we pay for firefighting. As you might recall, this has been an issue for years: As fire seasons across the nation start earlier and […]
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UPDATE: Bear Butte Fire holds same general footprint

Incident command team assumes command Sunday morning. Fire management officials with the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest said that the Bear Butte Fire occupies the same general footprint on Sunday morning as it did on Saturday. Source: UPDATE: Bear Butte Fire holds same general footprint; Incident command team assumes command Sunday morning

Environmental groups say Lostine corridor plans go too far

“We’re not against logging,” said Brian Kelly, restoration director of Greater Hells Canyon Council, formerly Hells Canyon Preservation Council. He makes the remark sitting at a picnic table at the Williamson Campground, deep in the heart of Lostine Canyon, the site of the U.S. Forest Service Lostine Corridor Public Safety Project. Kelly explained the organization’s […]
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