Tag Archives: U.S. Forest Service

Dead trees marked for removal near Sisters

U.S. Forest Service crews are marking dead and dying trees they plan to remove alongside a 12.5-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 20 near Sisters. About 2,100 trees, mostly ponderosa pines, were killed by the herbicide Perspective, which was improperly sprayed alongside the highway to kill flammable roadside weeds. Source: Dead trees marked for removal near […]
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A lot of trash gone at Sandy River Delta Park

A lot of the trash left behind by homeless campers at the Sandy River Delta Park in March was gone Friday. Park users told KATU last month they were concerned about safety and the impact to the environment. Russell Glaser has been keeping his eyes on the situation. Source: A lot of trash gone at […]
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Commentary: Western communities lose as environmental groups reap millions

The U.S. Forest Service released its budget justification for Fiscal Year 2020 and it includes a lot of information about the agency and its finances. Buried in this voluminous document are details about settlement awards and attorney’s fees related to the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), Endangered Species Act (ESA) and amounts paid in […]
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Willamette National Forest Begins Assessing Damage From Snowstorm

A late-February snowstorm led to damage in the Willamette National Forest with a multitude of downed trees blocking roads. The U.S. Forest Service is starting to assess damage caused by the late-February snowstorm that hit the region. The damage from the winter weather is “forestwide,” said Tammy Robinson, public affairs officer with the Forest Service’s […]
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On Public Lands, Visitors Surge While Federal Management Funds Decline

Western towns surrounded by and dependent upon public lands are forced to get creative as federal recreation budgets continue a slow decline. They are boosting local efforts to maintain public access. It’s the boom times in Mammoth Lakes, California, which is wrapping up a winter of record snowfall. Eager to take advantage of it, Donovan […]
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Devil’s Staircase: Should we build a trail into Oregon’s wildest rainforest canyon?

The newly-created Devil’s Staircase Wilderness is one of Oregon’s wildest places. Should we add hiking trails so more people can visit? Source: Devil’s Staircase: Should we build a trail into Oregon’s wildest rainforest canyon?

Rules governing weedkiller linked to Sisters tree deaths delayed

Last-minute request from pharmaceutical company surprised state agriculture officials. A statewide rule that would limit the use of a weedkiller linked to thousands of dead trees outside Sisters won’t be in place as early as state agriculture officials had hoped, following a surprise last-minute request from the company that produces it.“This really hit everyone out […]
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January unemployment spike related to shutdown

A larger-than-expected uptick in Grant County unemployment numbers for the month of January resulted from the partial government shutdown that ran from Dec. 22 to Jan. 25. Source: January unemployment spike related to shutdown

Forest Service rejects plans for 3 Eastern Oregon forests

The U.S. Forest Service has withdrawn the recently completed management plans of the Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman and Malheur national forests. The move restarts the 15-year-old process to revise the plans designed to guide the management of each of the forests that together cover more than 5 million acres of federal land across the Blue Mountains of […]
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Forest Service withdraws Blue Mountains Forest Plan revision

After 15 years of planning, studies and negotiating with Eastern Oregon communities, the U.S. Forest Service is scrapping three revised land management plans for the Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman and Malheur national forests. Collectively known as the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision, the documents contain guidelines for everything from grazing and timber harvest to wilderness protections. Source: […]
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