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New Owl Habitat Affects More Oregon Forests Than Neighbors

Nov. 28, 2012 2:37 p.m.

The new map of protected habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl affects far more state forestland in Oregon than in Washington or California.

Land | Environment

More Logging, Less Protections For Oregon Coast Range

July 20, 2011 11:59 p.m.

Oregon's top forester approves increased logging on two districts of the northern coast range. The 5 percent increase is less than what could have been approved, he explains.

local | Environment

More Logging, Fewer Protections For Coast Range

July 20, 2011 1:44 p.m.

The supervisor of Oregon’s state forests has approved plans to increase logging and limit environmental protections on a quarter of a million acres in the coast range.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

New Owl Habitat Affects More Oregon Forests Than Neighbors

Nov. 28, 2012 5:07 p.m.

The new map of protected habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl affects far more state forestland in Oregon than in Washington or California.

Land | Environment

Study: Wider Streamside Forest Buffers Aid Fish

Sept. 21, 2011 4:49 p.m.

A new study compared stream temperatures in two types of forestland: those where Oregon's minimal requirements for leaving trees standing along rivers and creeks were met and those where more stringent standards were upheld. Guess which approach maintained cooler, fish-friendly waters...

News | Environment | local | Forestry | Agriculture

BLM Investigates After Company Sprays Pesticide On Public Land Without License

Oct. 27, 2015 8:25 p.m.

The Bureau of Land Management has opened an internal investigation after the federal agency allowed an Oregon-based contractor to spray pesticides on public land without a valid license.

Economy | Environment

Oregon Forestry Board Opposes Change To State Forest Plan

April 20, 2009 3:41 p.m.

The Oregon State Board of Forestry Monday came out against a proposed state law that would define the “greatest permanent value” of state forests as timber production.

Environment

Thunderstorms Ignite Several Fires In Oregon Forests

June 30, 2008 12:59 p.m.

The weekend's thunderstorms sparked off fresh fire activity around the state. Fire spotters picked up several dozen fires started by lightning on Mount Hood, and in Central Oregon.

local | Environment

State Considers Future Of Clatsop County Forests

July 5, 2011 6 a.m.

The state forester is reviewing plans for hundreds of square miles of state forests in Northwestern Oregon. Stepped-up logging proposals have drawn opposition from environmental groups -- but also from some county leaders.

Forestry | Environment

Bill Takes Aim At Aerial Pesticide Spraying On Oregon Forests

Feb. 10, 2015 5:45 p.m.

An Oregon Senate bill introduced Tuesday intends to tighten rules for aerial pesticide spraying on forest land and overhaul how the state responds to complaints of drift and exposure.

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Oregon Historical Photo: The Forests of Jefferson

Nov. 10, 2014 8 a.m.

Commercial logging began in Southern Oregon and Northern California in the 1850s. At that time, area residents tried to create their own state. Find out more about the region that became known as the mythical State of Jefferson.

An Oregon Field Guide Special

Oregon's spectacular vistas span from the windblown dunes of Florence to the snow-capped Wallowa Mountains; from lush, green old-growth forests to the dusty flats of the Alvord desert. Oregon Field Guide photographers dive below the ocean and scale volcanic mountains to bring you exquisite wonders many Oregonians have never seen. Even well traveled Oregonians will delight with surprise at the amazing sights and hidden treasures of this fine state. Open your eyes and drink it in. This is Oregon Revealed.

Think Out Loud

Voices of 2011

Dec. 23, 2011 5:06 p.m.

We've been taking a bit of time this week to look back at the year that is coming to a close. We started with a look at the top environmental stories in 2011 — from fish to forests to energy. We then talked with a few other OPB reporters about the biggest stories they'd covered generally — from local Occupy protests to the big death penalty news to the passing of one of the most revered Oregon statesman, Senator Mark Hatfield. And we brought back some of our favorite cultural commentators to give us their takes on the best music, film and food of the year. We thought for our last show we'd go long and wide, and check in with a broad assortment of some of the most interesting and influential people who've been guests on our show this year. We'll ask them what's changed since we last spoke, how the stories they are connected to may have developed and what they're looking forward to in the coming year.

Politics | Election | News | local | Think Out Loud

One On One With Oregon Gubernatorial Candidate Cliff Thomason

Oct. 17, 2016 8:47 p.m.

We sit down with Independent Party candidate for governor Cliff Thomason to hear why he thinks he should be the next to head this state.

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A Look Back on the Biscuit Fire

July 12, 2012 4:20 p.m.

The Biscuit Fire, which was started by lightning, and lasted from July to September of 2002, burned nearly 500,000 acres of land that stretched across states, counties, and national forests. It was both the largest and the most expensive fire in Oregon's history, costing nearly $155 million dollars.    As the anniversary comes on the heels of the recent wildfire tragedy in Colorado Springs, we'll both reflect back and look forward to how Oregon will deal with this year's potentially potent fire season.  

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Our Town: Roseburg

June 1, 2012 4:06 p.m.

Roseburg, Oregon is a city of 21,790 in the southwestern part of the state. It's within 100 miles of three of the state's national forests, which is why its history is so closely entwined with the that of the timber industry. After World War II, Roseburg was known as the Timber Capitol of the Nation, due to the abundance of Douglas Fir lumber produced in and around the small city. The spike in demand for housing, and lumber to build it, also made way for the philanthropy that still continues in Roseburg today. Family-owned timber companies still employ many Roseburg residents, but these businesses are no longer the backbone of the community they once were. The recession has been particularly rough for the industry, especially due to the decline in home-building. The choices students are making about what to study at Umpqua Community College (UCC) are a good indicator of what's next for this town. Healthcare, particularly nursing, is a popular field and there's a brand new addition to the Southern Oregon Wine Institute at UCC. The program offers a one-year certificate and an associate's degree. Both paths teach students how to cultivate grapes and how to make them into wine. The local wine industry has experienced a recent growth spurt, but it also has a rich history in the region, which has always been home to fertile farmland. We've put together a companion website for the Our Town series. Head over there to check out our interactive map,  which includes interviews and photographs of the people and places of Roseburg. Here are some photos from our live show at Joe Monkey:

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Increasing Penalties For Logging Protests

May 2, 2013 7:25 p.m.

Two bills passed in the Oregon House this week aim to curb protesting on state forest lands. HB 2595 would make it a crime to interfere with logging operations in state-owned forests. A first offense would be considered a misdemeanor, but a subsequent conviction would be considered a felony with a mandatory minimum sentence of 13 months. HB 2596 would allow private contractors hired by the Oregon Department of Forestry to sue activists for costs such as damage to their equipment and loss of wages. Both bills passed the House by wide margins. They now move on to the Senate.

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Having Fun in the Forest

Aug. 31, 2010 4 p.m.

Off-road — or off-highway (OHV) — vehicles zip through the state's national forests as drivers enjoy the speed and the beauty of their surroundings. However, that excitement might be limited if Mt. Hood's newly released travel plan (pdf) sets any kind of standard. It specifies 146 miles of roads and trails in the Mt. Hood National Forest for use by vehicles like ATVs and dirt bikes. Environmental groups such as Bark and Oregon Wild applaud the decision. They are pleased this will force vehicles to stay in designated areas. And will give law enforcement the ability to chase them down if they don't. Lori Ann Burd, from Bark, told OPB reporter Rob Manning:

It's going to allow them to begin to get a grip on some of the out-of-control OHV use. Managing OHVs on Mount Hood has been a nightmare for the forest's already stretched-thin law enforcement team.
People who enjoy the sport are less pleased. Marvin Ohlde from the Central Oregon Motorcycle and ATV Club told me he thinks the plan simply doesn't allow enough trail for ATVs in the forest.

Oregon Experience

Civilian Conservation Corps

Nov. 3, 2009 4 a.m.

2008 is the 75th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps.  Today its work is still enjoyed in parks and forests around the state.  Through interviews with former enrollees, and historic film and pictures, the program tells the story of the CCC in Oregon.

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Age Old Question

Nov. 17, 2008 5 p.m.

Oregonians are passionate about how we treat our trees, especially those that fall under the heading "old growth." The only trouble is that no one seems to agree on exactly how old old growth is. Ecologists, timber industry advocates and environmentalists have weighed in on this question over decades of forest management changes. Some say an old growth tree is 200 years old -- or more. Others argue it's a mere 80 years old. Many people make distinctions between trees that grow in western Oregon's moist forests and those that thrive east of the Cascades in a much drier, more fire-prone climate.

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