Tag Archives: U.S. Forest Service

Other views | An open letter to Blue Mountains communities

As the Walla Walla District Ranger, I have had the privilege of talking with many of our community members regarding the two Sno-Parks at Spout Springs Ski Area. I want to sincerely thank everyone who has contacted me and engaged in conversations around Spout Springs. Through all of these discussions it is apparent to me […]
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Smokey Bear featured on new Oregon plate

New plate will coincide with Smokey’s 75th anniversary. Only you can prevent forest fires. That’s the famous line from Smokey Bear. And now Smokey Bear will be looking at you from a brand new Oregon license plate design. Source: Smokey Bear featured on new Oregon plate

Only 3,000 of you can make an Oregon Smokey Bear plate happen

A new license plate featuring everyone’s favorite forest fire prevention animal may soon be available to Oregon drivers — the plate just needs 3,000 orders to go into production. Keep Oregon Green, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry, on Monday launched a campaign for a Smokey Bear plate. […]
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Spout Springs Ski Area parking lot gets modification

The Forest Service has issued a new parking configuration for the south parking area at Spout Springs Ski Area along Highway 204, which authorizes overnight parking for trucks and trailers in a portion of the south parking area. The Forest Service modified the south parking area in response to the loss of overnight parking in […]
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Op-Ed | First step in forest revision was positive

Dear objectors, interested persons, and Blue Mountains community members: I recently had the privilege of meeting many of you during the first round of objection-resolution meetings for the Blue Mountains Revised Forest Plans. I want to sincerely thank everyone who participated. Over 300 objectors, interested persons, and public observers attended meetings in John Day, Pendleton, […]
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Editorial: Ranchers get a biological ultimatum

There was a time when Americans could expect their federal government to offer service that was both even-handed and helpful. Even timely. That has changed, for many of those who now work in government, and for those who depend on the government to treat them fairly. An article on the front page of the Capital […]
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Fire managers work to mitigate risk to private land

Decades of large wildfires cross the West have a local U.S. Forest Service District staff putting a critical eye to protecting the wildland/urban interface. More than half of the Forest Service budget goes to fire suppression, a new normal for the 113-year-old agency. Nathan Goodrich, fire management officer for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest North Zone, said […]
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Santiam Pass Ski Lodge now National Historic Place

The Santiam Pass Ski Lodge, located 20 miles west of Sisters in Linn County, is now among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places. In its heyday, the lodge included a ski shop, large main lounge, dining hall, kitchen, office and caretaker’s quarters, recreation room and storage rooms. It closed in 1986. […]
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Capitol roundup: Taxes and voting trends top the news

Salem to hold meetings this week, while wildfire aid sought in D.C. Taxes, voting trends, legislative “concepts” and proposed wildfire protections are among the topics on tap this week in Oregon political circles. Among the latest: Source: Capitol roundup: Taxes and voting trends top the news; Salem to hold meetings this week, while wildfire aid […]
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Our view: Keep Medford Air Tanker Base open

A Medford air tanker base might close, and lawmakers need to stop that from happening. It’s too important a resource to lose. The U.S. Forest Service runs the Medford base. During fire season — which is nearly year-round at this point — air tankers take off from there to dump fire retardant on wildfires. For […]
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