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North Coast Forests To See Gradual Increase In Logging

July 20, 2011 6 p.m.

A quarter of a million acres of Oregon state forest will see more logging, and less protected habitat, under plans approved this week.

Land | local | Flora and Fauna

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.

Politics | Forestry | local

Oregon House Passes Wildfire Protection Bill

June 26, 2013 2:33 a.m.

The Oregon House has passed a measure that could significantly change the way Oregon pays for the suppression of large wildfires.  The bill provides more money to fight fires while they are still small.


Court Rules Logging Road Runoff Is Pollution

Aug. 17, 2010 12:53 p.m.

The federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that storm runoff diverted by logging roads should be considered water pollution.

Environment | Flora and Fauna

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

Marbled Murrelet Sightings Bring New Legal Challenge Re: Elliott State Forest

June 3, 2014 7:18 p.m.

The fight over Elliott State Forest is heating up with the recent discovery of endangered seabird habitat.


New Rules May Make Oregon Timber Officially 'Sustainable'

July 20, 2010 10:36 a.m.

Members of the U.S. Green Building Council are getting ready to adopt new standards for what’s considered “sustainable wood.” In the past, most Oregon timber products haven’t qualified.


Logging Road Runoff Decision Could Have Big Implications In Northwest

Aug. 17, 2010 4:20 p.m.

in a case involving the Tillamook State Forest, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled rainwater channeled by logging roads into rivers and streams is pollution and can be regulated under the Clean Water Act.

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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.

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Grading Oregon Students

Sept. 10, 2013 7:30 p.m.

A law passed in 2011 takes effect this school year and it's changing the way Oregon students will be graded from here on out. The law requires districts to measure students' performance based on state standards and to assign grades based on whether students are meeting, exceeding or falling short of those standards. The law says that grades must clearly distinguish between academic proficiency and behavior. The law does not specifically define "behavior." Many districts are interpreting it to include things like attendance, class participation and whether or not students turn in their homework on time. For districts like Forest Grove, this lines up with the way they've been grading students for years. But for other districts, such as Reynolds, it feels like a huge cultural shift.

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Protecting Oregon's Elders From Abuse

June 5, 2013 7:15 p.m.

Detective Matt Smith investigates elder abuse cases. He says he's flooded with cases right now and doesn't anticipate the pace letting up anytime soon. Many abusers, he says, are not who you might expect. In one of his cases, a former school board member became a caregiver to a family friend and then drained the senior's savings on vacations, gambling and pornography. Shawn Michael Vilhauer was ultimately sentenced to five years probation and to pay restitution to the family — but not in time to help Gary Murray, who died alone in a care facility. Many of the cases Smith sees involve financial abuse. He estimates about half the time, the victim dies before the abuser is convicted. Smith says he applauds recent changes in state law to strengthen the hand of law enforcement, including the bill that passed this week to expand mandatory reporting of elder abuse.

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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.

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Forest Surveyors

Feb. 11, 2010 8:30 p.m.

These surveyors work to ensure that Oregon’s first statewide land survey isn’t lost.

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