State takes next steps on plan to protect threatened species in western forests

A plan to protect critical animal habitat in nearly 640,000 acres of western Oregon state forests is moving towards its final stages. An environmental impact review of the Western Forests Habitat Conservation Plan was released March 18, and Oregonians have 60 days to submit their thoughts and concerns to the National Oceanic[Read More…]

Oregon Board of Forestry to seek new State Forester following Peter Daugherty’s resignation

Peter Daugherty (center) during a Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency meeting on August 4, 2017 in Grand Ronde. Photo: Chas Hundley The Oregon Board of Forestry will meet Thursday, May 20 to discuss the appointment of an interim State Forester and a recruitment process to select a permanent replacement for State[Read More…]

ODF urges landowners to prevent beetle infestation in storm-downed Douglas Fir

ODF offices in Forest Grove. Photo: Chas Hundley The Oregon Department of Forestry says the 2021 ice storm, which brought down many large-diameter Douglas-firs across the state created the potential for an outbreak of the native Douglas-fir beetle. Christine Buhl, a Department of Forestry entomologist, said tree stands with pre-existing[Read More…]

Gales Creek stream restoration project highlighted in timber revenue report

The Tillamook Forest Center. Photo: Chas Hundley The Oregon Department of Forestry issued an annual report that shows revenue from timber operations in the Tillamook State Forest to Tillamook, Washington and Columbia County totals $31.4 in revenue in the 2020 fiscal year.  Of that pool, Washington County and local districts[Read More…]

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