Tag Archives: U.S. Forest Service

Blue Mountains Forest Plan – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The U.S. Forest Service has been working on a plan for how to manage nearly 5.5 million acres of public forestland in Eastern Oregon for more than 15 years. The public now has until tomorrow to submit objections to the final draft. The plan outlines priorities for logging, conservation, road access, and ranching within the […]
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USFS, county win second round of corridor lawsuit

The corridor project involves forest thinning, patch cuts and some commercial logging along an 11-mile stretch of the Lostine River Road. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon refused to overturn the findings of Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan regarding a lawsuit filed by environmental groups against the U.S. Forest Service to stop the Lostine Corridor Public Safety […]
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County finalizes objections to forest plan

Court cites comments submitted in 2014. Using a form provided by an Eastern Oregon group and a letter written by Commissioner Rob Raschio, the Grant County Court formalized its objections to the Blue Mountains Forest Plan revision during a special meeting Aug. 15. Source: County finalizes objections to forest plan – Local News –

Fire crews making progress on area wildfires

Firefighters continue to make progress on wildfires caused by the recent thunderstorms in Eastern Oregon, according to an update issued Wednesday evening by the Umatilla National Forest. Fire managers anticipate more fires may be reported throughout the next few days as weather conditions continue to stay warm and dry, said Darcy Weseman, public affairs officer […]
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MY VOICE: Forest supervisors thank contributors to Forest Plan revision

Dear Friends of the Blue Mountains, As National Forest Supervisors, we would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Revised Blue Mountains Forest Plan. On June 29, we published the Revised Forest Plan and supporting documents for the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests (Blue Mountains) — available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/BlueMountainsPlanRevision. The credit for the […]
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Lightning sets off at least four fires in Umatilla National Forest

Thunderstorms that passed over the Umatilla National Forest on Sunday night and Monday morning sparked at least four new fires, and thick smoke made it difficult for fire managers to get a handle on the blazes. According to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service, fire managers used thermal and infrared detection in cooperation […]
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Forest Service names new regional forester

USDA Forest Service Interim Chief Vicki Christiansen announced Friday the appointment of Glenn Casamassa as the regional forester for the Pacific Northwest Region, effective Sept.17. As regional forester, Casamassa will oversee management of 16 National Forests, two National Scenic Areas, a National Grassland, and two National Volcanic Monuments within the states of Oregon and Washington….. Source: Forest […]
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Several Newberry caldera campgrounds to close early for season

Several campgrounds within the Newberry National Volcanic Monument will close early for the season, because of a project designed to remove diseased trees. The U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday that it will begin the “Shield” forest management project, where staffers will remove trees that show signs of future failure from disease and insect infestation within […]
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Editorial: New forest plan a work in progress

While years of work have gone into the new document, federal judges likely will decide the fate of federal forests in the Blue Mountains. The U.S. Forest Service is taking comment from individuals and groups with legal standing to file objections on its final draft of the much-anticipated Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. The plans, […]
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Editorial: Forest Service should renew Bend’s water permit

The Forest Service permit that allows Bend to take water from source springs for Tumalo Creek is up for renewal. It should be renewed. Bend gets about half of its drinking water from an intake on Bridge Creek. It’s a tributary of Tumalo Creek. This permit is really about what happens before that intake. Source: […]
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