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Turnbull Wildlife Refuge Reopens

AP | Feb. 8, 2016 10:25 a.m. | Cheney, Washington

The Turnbull website says it closed last weekend out of an abundance of caution for the wellbeing of staff and visitors.

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Aerial Applicator’s License Suspension Unwarranted, Judge Says

Capital Press | Jan. 20, 2016 9:19 a.m.

A decision by Oregon farm regulators to suspend the pesticide applicator's license of Applebee Aviation without a hearing was unwarranted, according to an administrative law judge.

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Like The 'Rust Belt', The 'Timber Belt' And Harney County Are Hurting

OPB | Jan. 7, 2016 10:43 a.m. | Portland

While Harney County residents are asking armed protesters to leave, many locals are sympathetic to their issues. Economists say the root may lie in the west’s rural economy.

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Washington Officials Propose Spraying To Kill Gypsy Moths

AP | Jan. 5, 2016 1:07 p.m. | Olympia, Washington

Officials proposed spraying 10,500 acres in locations including Kent, Tacoma, Vancouver and Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

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Who's In The Mix To Buy Oregon's Elliott State Forest?

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 16, 2015 3:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Investment companies, environmental groups, Indian tribes and government agencies are all in the mix. 

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Snowmobilers’ Trail Improvements Turn Into Path Of Destruction

OPB | Dec. 15, 2015 6:32 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Volunteers did $200,000 worth of damage to 31 miles of roads and trails, under the auspices of trail maintenance that explicitly benefited snowmobile users.

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Oregon Regulators Allowed Unlicensed Pesticide Spray On State Forest

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 14, 2015 12:30 a.m.

Officials with the Oregon Department of Forestry knew Applebee Aviation had lost its pesticide license before they let the company spray weed killer over 800 acres of state and private land.

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Spotted Owls Still Losing Ground In Northwest Forests

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 9, 2015 3:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

A new analysis shows that barred owl encroachment, more than any other factor, is to blame. 

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Gilchrist State Forest Expands

AP | Nov. 21, 2015 12:08 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

The Oregon Department of Forestry says the newest state forest will be a working forest producing timber but there will also be recreation opportunities.

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Weyerhaeuser, Plum Creek Merger Creates Largest Timberland Owner In NW

OPB | Nov. 9, 2015 11:06 a.m.

Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek announce plans to merge in early 2016. The new Weyerhaeuser will own more than 3 million acres of timberland in Oregon and Washington and 13 million acres worldwide.