Tag Archives: U.S. Forest Service

Forest Service to reveal final draft of revised Blue Mountains plan

At long last, the U.S. Forest Service is ready to unveil its final draft of the much-anticipated Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. The plans, which were last updated in 1990, will guide land management activities — including timber harvest, recreation and livestock grazing — over 5.5 million acres in the Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman and Malheur national […]
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Environmental groups blast ODOT, Forest Service over pesticide error

Weedkiller that killed trees near Sisters should never have been applied, they say. After an improperly applied herbicide killed hundreds of ponderosa pine trees near Sisters, a number of environmental advocates are arguing that the Oregon Department of Transportation, or its contractors, should have known better than to apply the weedkiller in the first place. […]
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Northeastern Oregon readies for fire season

While many parts of the state have declared the beginning of fire season, Northeast Oregon may not see restrictions until close to July 4. Fire season has been declared in the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central and Klamath-Lake districts, but Joe Hessell, Northeast Oregon District forester, said at a pre-fire season media conference call June […]
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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