Tag Archives: U.S. Forest Service

Forest Service’s wildfire policies evolved at fortuitous time for them | Guest Commentary

The fledgling Forest Service established in 1905 found a mission for itself after the 1910 Burn charred more than 3.5 million acres across Idaho and Montana. Shocked by the size and severity of this fire, the Forest Service used the 1910 Burn to create a niche for itself — it was the firefighting agency. By […]
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Feds, commissioners sort through grazing issues in Forest Plan revision

Local county commissioners met Monday with the Forest Service and other agencies to discuss the ongoing Blue Mountains Forest Plan revision. County commissioners from across Eastern Oregon met Monday with the U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies in Pendleton to discuss the latest timeline, progress and key issues facing the long-overdue Blue Mountains Forest […]
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Hands-off forest management goes up in smoke | Opinion

Sam Krop’s characterization of catastrophic wildfire on public and privately owned forest lands (guest viewpoint, Oct. 4) doesn’t match the reality of what Oregon experienced this summer. But I can see why Cascadia Wildlands and other special interest groups oppose solutions such as the Resilient Federal Forests Act. Source: Hands-off forest management goes up in […]
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Could The Chetco Bar Fire Have Been Prevented?

For a few weeks in late summer, southwest Oregon’s Chetco Bar Fire was the nation’s top priority fire. As the fire grew and the air thickened, tempers flared. The Chetco Bar Fire, near Brookings on Oregon’s south coast, simmered for weeks in the scars of previous fires in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness before breaking out in […]
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Senators pitch bill for wildfire recovery 

A bipartisan group of Western senators has introduced a bill that would allow states affected by wildfire to tap into federal hazard recovery dollars, providing immediate assistance to help reduce the risk of flooding, erosion and future blazes. As it stands, states can receive hazard mitigation funding only after the president declares a major disaster. […]
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Why does this famous protector of trees now want to cut some down?

Jerry Franklin has spent much of his life in the company of giants. From his childhood in the woods of Washington state to a scientific career that catapulted him to international prominence, the towering trees of the U.S. Pacific Northwest have shaped his world. In the 1980s, the forest ecologist became a hero to many […]
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Chetco Bar fire crews recall treacherous start

A lightning storm at the end of last June gave birth to a small fire on a slope above the Chetco River in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. After smoldering a few weeks — perhaps in a dead tree trunk — the fire grew into a half-acre blaze that was noticed July 12 by a commercial airline […]
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Forest officials in Oregon explain fire strategy to skeptical public

Meetings were called late last week to deal with a public fed up with breathing wildfire smoke from multiple fires in southern Oregon and around the West. Forest Service officials spent more than an hour explaining how the Chetco Bar fire went from the size of someone’s backyard to a conflagration that was bearing down […]
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Forest officials explain fire strategy to skeptical public

Forest Service officials spent over an hour explaining how the Chetco Bar fire went from the size of someone’s backyard to a conflagration that was bearing down on the town of Brookings within five weeks. “Point blank, the Forest Service does not have a let-it-burn policy,” Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Supervisor Ross McWhorter indignantly answered […]
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MY VOICE: The American West is burning

Hurricanes such as Harvey, Irma and Maria are unstoppable. They rip at our coastlines and tear at our hearts. The yellow, orange, red, even purple colors on the Doppler radar and weather maps this summer have been horrific to see, but that’s nothing compared to the images of flooded streets and wrecked homes. Source: MY […]
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