Tag Archives: U.S. Forest Service

Lightning sets off at least four fires in Umatilla National Forest

Thunderstorms that passed over the Umatilla National Forest on Sunday night and Monday morning sparked at least four new fires, and thick smoke made it difficult for fire managers to get a handle on the blazes. According to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service, fire managers used thermal and infrared detection in cooperation […]
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Forest Service names new regional forester

USDA Forest Service Interim Chief Vicki Christiansen announced Friday the appointment of Glenn Casamassa as the regional forester for the Pacific Northwest Region, effective Sept.17. As regional forester, Casamassa will oversee management of 16 National Forests, two National Scenic Areas, a National Grassland, and two National Volcanic Monuments within the states of Oregon and Washington….. Source: Forest […]
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Several Newberry caldera campgrounds to close early for season

Several campgrounds within the Newberry National Volcanic Monument will close early for the season, because of a project designed to remove diseased trees. The U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday that it will begin the “Shield” forest management project, where staffers will remove trees that show signs of future failure from disease and insect infestation within […]
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Editorial: New forest plan a work in progress

While years of work have gone into the new document, federal judges likely will decide the fate of federal forests in the Blue Mountains. The U.S. Forest Service is taking comment from individuals and groups with legal standing to file objections on its final draft of the much-anticipated Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. The plans, […]
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Editorial: Forest Service should renew Bend’s water permit

The Forest Service permit that allows Bend to take water from source springs for Tumalo Creek is up for renewal. It should be renewed. Bend gets about half of its drinking water from an intake on Bridge Creek. It’s a tributary of Tumalo Creek. This permit is really about what happens before that intake. Source: […]
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Lightning sparks 36 fire calls in Eastern Oregon

Emergency crews scramble to contain blazes from Pilot Rock to Gilliam County. The U.S. Forest Service received reports of dozens of fires caused by lightning strikes Thursday and Friday across Eastern Oregon. According to a Forest Service press release, passing thunderstorms caused dispatch centers in La Grande and John Day to receive reports of 36 […]
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Federal Officials Outline New Plan To Lower Wildfire Risk

Federal officials have announced a new plan that’s meant to help lower the risks of mega-fires. Northwest lawmakers are helping roll out the strategy to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called the plan a “real game plan for reducing the 80 million acres of hazardous fuels that constitutes the backlog […]
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Guest column: Forest Service must do more to protect Tumalo Creek

The headwater springs of Tumalo Creek, Tumalo Falls and the creek as it flows through Shevlin Park are among the most popular recreation sites in Central Oregon. A picture of Tumalo Falls is on the cover of the Deschutes National Forest Recreation Map. Protecting flows in Tumalo Creek is important. Source: Guest column: Forest Service […]
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Native Tribes Are Taking Fire Control Into Their Own Hands

On July 27, the US Forest Service signed a new plan for managing public forest lands that lets tribes like the Karuk continue their tradition of controlled burns. SOMETIMES VIKKI PRESTON is inching her way through the forest when she comes across a grove of tan oak trees that feels special. The plants are healthy, the […]
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Wildfire season is far from over

With firefighters already fatigued from 16-hour work days and resources stretched thin, lightning could spark more wildfires Wednesday across Southern Oregon. “The bad news is we’re expecting more lightning,” National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Sandler told Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and wildfire managers during a Tuesday briefing in Merlin. Source: Wildfire season is far from […]
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