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Fueled by wildfires that started early and threatened communities all summer, Oregon’s costs skyrocketed past last year’s record-setting total of $447 million.
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Grazing restrictions on public lands may have unintended consequences for greater sage grouse, according to a recent study. The imperiled birds' habitat can be lost when ranching operations go under.
The bill would create a $1 billion fund to allow the Forest Service to increase the pace and scale of wildfire reduction projects and permanently reauthorize a collaborative forest restoration program, among other things.
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Once wildfires are finally extinguished across the west, another threat lingers: the burned landscapes provide an opportunity for invasive species to thrive, forcing out essential native plants.
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The latest push is underway to turn Devil's Staircase into a protected wilderness area in Southwest Oregon. And the chief sponsor in Congress is ready to try again, next year.
Legal protections for the Humboldt marten are in flux across state lines. But things are more certain in California, where the Fish and Game Commission voted to list the small mammal as endangered.
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A final draft of the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision calls for increased timber harvest and restoration across the Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman and Malheur national forests in northeast Oregon.