Tag Archives: U.S. Forest Service

Under Pressure From Oregon Delegation, Trump Administration Reverses Decision to Close Forest Service Job Training Centers

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) today announced that U.S. Forest Service vocation training programs for disadvantaged youth will not be shut down. That means nine Civilian Conservation Centers across the nation, including one in Estacada, Ore. will continue to teach students wildfire management and rural job skills. Source: Under Pressure From Oregon Delegation, Trump Administration […]
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Walden cheers, Wyden boos FS move to speed forest projects

As one might expect, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., cheered and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., booed a major move this week by the U.S. Forest Service to speed approval of logging and related forest management projects. Source: Walden cheers, Wyden boos FS move to speed forest projects – KTVZ

Amendment to Keep Oregon Forest Service Job Training Center Open Passes U.S. House of Representatives

“This isn’t just about fighting for jobs,” Blumenauer says, “it’s about fighting for the environment and our lives.” An amendment aimed at keeping Forest Service vocation centers open passed the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday as part of a federal funding bill, and might save a facility in Estacada, Ore. The amendment was introduced by […]
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Trump Administration Seeking To Overhaul Forest Management Rules

Federal land managers on Wednesday will propose sweeping rule changes to a landmark environmental law that would allow them to fast-track certain forest management projects, including logging and prescribed burning. The U.S. Forest Service, under Chief Vicki Christiansen, is proposing revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act that could limit environmental review and public input […]
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DeFazio, Merkley question overhaul that will impact Wolf Creek Job Corps

The Wolf Creek Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center in Glide trains students, often those who don’t respond well to more traditional schooling or work training, to pass the GED or learn job skills like construction, forest conservation and firefighting. But it, like the other 25 Job Corps CCCs across the country, faces a sea change […]
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Saving southwest Oregon from wildfire: How towns are preparing for the worst

People in Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass and Merlin are working to prevent their communities from becoming the next Paradise, California. Source: Saving southwest Oregon from wildfire: How towns are preparing for the worst

1 Billion Acres At Risk For Catastrophic Wildfires, U.S. Forest Service Warns

The chief of the U.S. Forest Service is warning a billion acres of land across America are at risk of catastrophic wildfires like last fall’s deadly Camp Fire that destroyed most of Paradise, Calif. Heading into the summer, with smoke already drifting into the Northwest from wildfires in Alberta, Canada, the agency’s chief Vicki Christiansen said […]
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Wildfires: Southern Oregon fights to avoid becoming ‘next Paradise’

Surrounded by the rolling green Siskiyou Mountains, Merlin is the gateway to the canyons of the Rogue River, one of the world’s most famous streams for fishing and rafting. Each summer, people from Norway to Zimbabwe stop by this town’s outfitters and restaurants before floating a river of sunbaked canyons and sweet-smelling forest. That includes a steady […]
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Southern Oregon tops wildfire risk list

A recent study by the U.S. Forest Service identified Merlin as the Oregon community most threatened by wildfire. Source: Southern Oregon tops wildfire risk list

Editorial: Forest Service makes a flawed pitch about wilderness plan

U.S. Forest Service staff made some remarkable statements on Friday about the wilderness plan for the Deschutes National Forest. Somehow, the wilderness plan that will restrict access to publicly owned wilderness by limiting permits and a new fee will lead to “no net loss of access.” That statement makes a mockery of logic and one […]
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