Tag Archives: U.S. Forest Service

Hot debate: How to avoid an Oregon fire season like 2017

The smell of wildfire became inescapable last summer in Eugene and Springfield, with smoke often choking the cities. Fires burned to the east, south and north, so even changes in the wind didn’t offer relief for some stretches. The terrible air quality — the worst levels recorded in Eugene-Springfield in about 30 years of record-keeping […]
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U.S. Forest Service officials explain why some trails remain closed long after fire is out

Hikers headed to Jefferson Park, at the flank of majestic Mount Jefferson, will have to find a different route into the popular backcountry destination for the foreseeable future. The Whitewater Trail, the shortest and easiest hike into what visitors call “Jeff Park,” remains closed due to damage from last season’s Whitewater Fire. Other trails in […]
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U.S. Forest Service officials explain why some trails remain closed long after fire is out

Hikers headed to Jefferson Park, at the flank of majestic Mount Jefferson, will have to find a different route into the popular backcountry destination for the foreseeable future. The Whitewater Trail, the shortest and easiest hike into what visitors call “Jeff Park,” remains closed due to damage from last season’s Whitewater Fire. Other trails in […]
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USFS prevails in Lostine Corridor lawsuit

Plaintiffs vow to continue the fight. All five counts in a lawsuit filed to stop the Lostine River Corridor Safety Project were denied in federal court Monday afternoon. Judge Patricia Sullivan of the Pendleton Division of the U.S. District Court released her findings and recommendations ruling in favor of the U.S. Forest Service’s defense. The […]
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A win-win partnership for fire-prone forests

Wildland firefighters for the Oregon Department of Forestry spend their summers earning money battling blazes on state-protected timber lands, but when fire season ends, they have to figure out how to stretch the summer’s earnings through the winter or find other work until they are called back the next year. A partnership agreement between ODF […]
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Building with wood moves beyond the boards

Bill Gamble stood before the crowd Thursday in the Sandbox and touted the work to restore its health. The Sandbox Vegetation Management Project encompassed 16,000 acres in the Blue Mountains near Union in the Upper Catherine Creek Watershed. Gamble is the United States Forest Service ranger for the La Grande District. He oversaw the work […]
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Forest service names wildlife biologist new Heppner district ranger

The new Heppner district ranger for the Umatilla National Forest has experience in both ranching and forestry. The U.S. Forest Service announced Monday that Brandon Houck will take over as district ranger, effective June 25. Source: Forest service names wildlife biologist new Heppner district ranger – Local News – East Oregonian

Latest: Northwest timber poaching increases

Forest Service rangers manage to bust some tree thieves — but most still get away. The Northwest’s stands of enormous bigleaf maple and redwood trees draw poachers, who lop off redwood burls for use in furniture and cut chunks of figured maple for guitar-making. National forests and other public lands in Oregon, Washington, California and […]
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Sage grouse DNA shows there’s a science to their mating network

Sage grouse have a vast network of mating grounds in the West akin to interconnected regional airport hubs that the imperiled species is using to maintain genetic diversity across its entire range, a DNA study has revealed. The 19-page report by the U.S. Forest Service that appeared in a recent scientific journal involved nearly 6,000 […]
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Editorial: Government tells the public to take a hike

The federal agencies managing public lands are telling the public to take a hike. And we don’t mean that in a good way. Want to access the wilderness near Central Oregon? The Forest Service proposed plans to limit access and make the public pay up to access the public’s land. Source: Editorial: Government tells the […]
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