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Forest Service Spends Record $2 Billion Fighting 2017 Wildfires

AP | Sept. 14, 2017 5:03 p.m. | Washington

The Forest Service has spent more than $2 billion battling forest fires around the country — a new record as wildfires blacken the American West in one of the nation's worst fire seasons.

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Forest Ecosystems | 'Class Of 2025' | Amazon Headquarters | Seattle Mayor

OPB | Sept. 13, 2017 noon

We consider the forest conditions of the Eagle Creek Fire and listen in to OPB's "Class of 2025" podcast. Also, we talk about Amazon's quest for a second headquarters and the resignation of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.

News | Environment | Forestry | local | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Oregon State Government Adapts As Wildfires Take Their Toll

OPB | Sept. 12, 2017 4:39 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

This year’s intense wildfire season in Oregon has reignited a long-simmering debate at the state Capitol: how to manage forests in a way that doesn’t lead to infernos.

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Fire Recovery | Oregon Rohingya Muslims | Free School Lunches

OPB | Sept. 11, 2017 noon

What does it take for forests to recover from wildfire? Should school lunches be free? Also, we hear from members of Oregon's community of Rohingya Muslim immigrants and refugees.

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More Than 500,000 Acres Have Burned In Oregon So Far This Year

OPB | Sept. 6, 2017 3:51 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Wildfires have consumed more than a half-million acres in Oregon so far this year.

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Lightning Sparks 8 New Fires Near Detroit, Smoke Clogs Canyon

Statesman Journal | Aug. 11, 2017 1:48 p.m.

Multiple lightning strikes ignited eight new fires Thursday night in Willamette National Forest near Detroit, filling the air with thick smoke that limited visibility.

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FEMA Awards $7.8M To Oregon For 2015 Stouts Creek Fire Costs

The Register-Guard | July 22, 2017 11:01 a.m.

The Oregon Department of Forestry was awarded a $7.8 million grant from FEMA on Friday for costs associated with putting out the 2015 Stouts Creek Fire.

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Forestry Asks Landowners For Help Avoiding Eclipse Wildfires

OPB | July 21, 2017 11:41 a.m.

Oregon’s Department of Forestry is asking land owners in several districts around the state to do their part as the eclipse nears.

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Environmental Groups Sue Over Off-Road Vehicle Trails In Ochoco Forest

OPB | June 29, 2017 3:53 p.m.

The Forest Service plan would create 137 miles of new trails specifically for off-highway vehicles.

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Fisher Reintroduced Into South Cascades Has A Baby, Photo Shows

OPB/EarthFix | June 28, 2017 11:33 a.m.

A trail camera has captured the first evidence that the weasel-like fishers recently reintroduced into the South Cascades have started reproducing.

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Study: Slow-Growing Pine Trees Better Withstand Bark Beetles

KUOW/EarthFix | June 27, 2017 3:11 p.m.

Land managers in the West have been struggling to deal with bark beetle outbreaks, but now they can prepare for future outbreaks by changing up what kind of trees they plant.

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Forest Grove School Payroll Staffer Charged With Financial Wrongdoing

OPB | June 23, 2017 4:03 p.m. | Portland

Forest Grove Police are charging a school payroll staffer with three counts each of forgery, theft and identify theft.

News | Forestry

Judge: Federal Laws Don’t Shield Oregon From Timber Lawsuit

Capital Press | June 9, 2017 10:10 a.m.

Federal environmental laws don’t shield the State of Oregon from a $1.4 billion lawsuit that alleges insufficient logging.

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Growing Grass-Roots Movements Confront School Sexual Assaults

AP | May 30, 2017 10:27 a.m. | Forest Grove, Oregon

A pair of Oregon school districts were intent on identifying warning signs that students might be contemplating a campus shooting when they stumbled onto a threat far more pervasive yet much less discussed — sexual aggression among classmates.

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Timber Company Will Sue Oregon Over Failed Forest Sale

The Coos Bay World | May 24, 2017 2:48 p.m. | Coos Bay, Oregon

Lone Rock Timber Management Company, the sole bidder on the Elliott State Forest, says it will sue the state for $3.3 million after the sale of the property fell through.

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Timber Company, Tribe Left With Little After Vote To Cancel Elliott State Forest Sale

OPB/EarthFix | May 10, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The only parties to offer a bid for the Elliott say they are frustrated and disappointed with the outcome.

Environment | Forestry

Oregon State University Offers To Split Cost Of Buying Elliott State Forest

OPB/EarthFix | May 5, 2017 4:25 p.m.

Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read is proposing a new option for the Elliott State Forest that would allow Oregon State University to buy the land and use it for research and education.

Environment | Forestry

Oregon Governor Releases Plan To Avoid Selling A State Forest

OPB/EarthFix | May 4, 2017 4:40 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has released her proposal for keeping the Elliott State Forest in public ownership – rather than selling it.

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Environmental Groups Threaten Lawsuit Over Oregon Logging Practices

OPB | April 6, 2017 12:54 p.m. | Portland

Fishing and conservation groups are threatening to sue the Oregon Department of Forestry, alleging it has failed to reform logging practices in the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests.

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Music Inspired By The Forest | Cycling In The Forest | Playing Music In The Forest

OPB | April 3, 2017 noon | Portland

Musician DJ Spooky was inspired by time he spent in the Western Cascades. Portland has a new plan for off-road cycling throughout the city. And jazz musician Darrell Grant performed music in Elliot State Forest.