Tag Archives: U.S. Forest Service

Oregon wildfire costs hit record high of $514 million in 2018

The cost of fighting wildfires in Oregon reached an all-time high $514.6 million in 2018. The costs skyrocketed past last year’s record. Fueled by wildfires that started early and threatened communities all summer, Oregon’s costs skyrocketed past last year’s record-setting total of $447 million. Source: Oregon wildfire costs hit record high of $514 million in […]
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Why Many Northwest Animals And Plants Need Wildfire

Not all wildfire is a force of destruction. Many of our favorite Northwest plants and animals have evolved to depend on it. We’ve been taught that thick forests have always blanketed the Northwest — that our natural state is one of verdant green old growth. The idea goes that if we want to protect creatures […]
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Don’t ‘Let it burn’

Editor’s note: This is Part 3 of a five-day series on devastating wildfires and their effects on Southern Oregon done in partnership with KTVL Channel 10. See Part 1 and Part 2. An Oregon Department of Forestry official doesn’t pull punches when describing the federal government’s response to two of Southern Oregon’s biggest fires this […]
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Fish Lake Historic Site project earns national honors

A 10-year project by volunteers to preserve the Fish Lake Historic Site on the McKenzie Ranger District near Clear Lake has been recognized with a Historical Restoration Award from the National Museum of Forest Service History in Missoula, Montana. The award is presented to “any person or group that has made a significant contribution by […]
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Multnomah Falls area closed two more days for hazard tree removal

Work isn’t quite done removing hazard trees at Multnomah Falls, triggering another two-day closure for parts of the popular attraction in the Columbia River Gorge. The U.S. Forest Service announced a new closure for parts of the day-use area at the towering waterfall – including the lower viewing area and Benson Bridge – for Monday […]
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Oregon Sen. Merkley Introduces Bill To Thin Forests, Stem Wildfires

The bill would create a $1 billion fund to allow the Forest Service to increase the pace and scale of wildfire reduction projects and permanently reauthorize a collaborative forest restoration program, among other things. Source: Oregon Sen. Merkley Introduces Bill To Thin Forests, Stem Wildfires

Bill aims to thin forests, stem fires

After a summer wildfire season that blanketed much of the West in smoke, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced a bill Wednesday that would reduce the severity of wildfire by thinning forests that are crowded with too many trees and have become fuel for megafires. The bill would create a $1 billion fund to allow the […]
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Trees Accidentally Killed By Oregon Department Of Transportation To Be Logged

The U.S. Forest Service was scheduled to present a plan Monday in Sisters to log trees that the Oregon Department of Transportation accidentally killed along a scenic drive. The culprit is an herbicide that state regulators still allow for roadside weed control. Source: Trees Accidentally Killed By Oregon Department Of Transportation To Be Logged . […]
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A fiery debate

While Oregon burns, Congress has bogged down in debate over how to lessen the impact of devastating wildfires that have taken a toll on people’s health and the region’s economy. “The hue and cry from our members — it’s almost deafening,” said Brad Hicks, president and chief executive officer of The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County. […]
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Rangeland association calls for partnership with Forest Service

The High Desert Rangeland Fire Protection Association in south-central Oregon is calling for an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to collaborate on fighting fires. A volunteer group of wildland firefighters in south-central Oregon is frustrated with the U.S. Forest Service after members were turned away from suppressing the Watson Creek fire, which would go […]
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