More than 40% of Oregon adults say the state’s forests are overlogged, but most also believe that harvesting timber is part of maintaining healthy forests, according to a recent survey.
Author: Alex Baumhardt - Oregon Capital Chronicle
2022 brought Oregon less wildfire, more drought and major clean energy investments
A combination of federal and state funding this year helped to promote electric vehicles, renewable energy projects and environmental protections.
Oregon’s home-schooling surge during pandemic starting to cool
Oregon’s pandemic home-schooling boom is beginning to cool off, new state data shows.
Number of human-caused wildfires in Oregon down nearly 20%
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Lawsuit by 13 counties against state over logging practices ends at Oregon Supreme Court
The Oregon Supreme Court has ended a six-year legal battle between the state and 13 western Oregon counties over logging practices by declining to hear the case.
Oregon groups get $11 million boost from feds to protect threatened species, support reforestation
The Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded nearly $1.5 million to remove
dams and culverts in the Gales Creek Watershed and reestablish native plants along stream banks to shade threatened fish species and improve water quality.
State forester rescinds wildfire risk map in response to public, political outcry
On Thursday afternoon, just five weeks after publishing a wildfire risk map, the state Forestry Department axed it.
Electric utilities submit final plans to prevent wildfires, shutoffs as season ramps up
Nearly all of Oregon’s 41 electric utilities have submitted their final plans to the state for preventing wildfires and managing shutoffs, according to the Public Utilities Commission.
One of North America’s most destructive bugs arrives in Oregon
For the first time in Oregon, a grim confirmation came from Ash trees in Forest Grove’s Joseph Gale Elementary School parking lot: Emerald ash borers, responsible for wiping out hundreds of millions of Ash trees in 35 states, are here.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden raises concerns over shortage of firefighters, federal spending on fire prevention
Oregon faces a shortage of wildland firefighters that could be “a recipe for trouble,” according to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden. Wyden wrote to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently with concerns that their agencies weren’t prepared to handle another catastrophic fire season such[Read More…]