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Tree Die-Off In Oregon Forests Caused By Past Drought Years

Medford Mail Tribune | June 7, 2016 7:47 a.m.

Three years of drought are taking their toll on Southern Oregon forests now dotted with dead and dying trees hit hard by lack of water or by insects in seemingly worse fashion than in past droughts, and the death likely will continue.

Agriculture | Environment | Forestry | Health

Oregon Timber Grower Complains Of Helicopter Herbicide Spraying

EarthFix | May 27, 2016 7 p.m. | Portland

There’s a new complaint about exposure from a helicopter spraying weed killer on Oregon forestland. This time, it's from a fellow timber grower and former member of the Oregon Board of Forestry.  

Environment | Flora and Fauna | Forestry | Fish & Wildlife | Climate change

Old-Growth Forests Provide Temperature Refuges In Face Of Climate Change: Study

OPB/EarthFix | April 22, 2016 3:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

A new Oregon State University study shows old-growth forests could have a larger role to play than simply providing habitat for wildlife. 

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Forestry | Communities | Land

New Western Oregon Plan Sets Path Forward For Contested Forestland

OPB/EarthFix | April 12, 2016 12:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Counties have already disparaged the plan for not generating enough timber revenue.

Environment | Forestry

Aerial Pesticide Spraying To Kill Gypsy Moths In Portland, Vancouver

OPB/EarthFix | April 8, 2016 5:15 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Department of Agriculture plans to spray an organic insecticide across thousands of acres of North Portland and Vancouver, Washington, over the next month to eradicate invasive gypsy moths.

Land use | Forestry | local | Environment | News | Climate change

Washington State Studying Prescribed Burns As Wildfire Prevention

AP | April 4, 2016 10:13 a.m. | Seattle

The Seattle Times reports that the state Department of Natural Resources program is part of legislation signed last week by Gov. Jay Inslee that includes stronger language directing the state to approve permits for these burns.

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Helicopters To Drop Wood Mulch On Scorched Oregon Land

AP | March 14, 2016 8:05 a.m. | Baker City, Oregon

Seven months after Baker County fought its largest wildfire ever, a helicopter has returned to the region — this time with wood instead of water.

Environment | Forestry

Feds Cut Oregon Funds Over Failure To Protect Coastal Waters From Logging

OPB/EarthFix | March 11, 2016 3:45 p.m.

After warning Oregon that its rules don’t adequately protect water in coastal streams from logging, two federal agencies are denying the state $1.2 million in grant funds.

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Log Shortage Forces Layoffs At Cave Junction Sawmill

Grants Pass | Feb. 14, 2016 11:17 a.m. | Cave Junction, Oregon

Rough & Ready Lumber is going through its second shutdown in three years, the company has announced, citing a log shortage.

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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.