Keep Oregon Green launches billboard contest, fire season draws near, and more forestry news

Image courtesy ODF Those with artistic skill and a vision for “keeping Oregon free of wildfire” can enter a billboard poster art contest launched June 1 by Keep Oregon Green in honor of their 80th anniversary.  “We are excited to celebrate our important milestone by offering this fun opportunity to[Read More…]

ODF seeks to create clarity, rules when closing state forestland

The Gales Creek Overlook in the Tillamook State Forest. File photo: Chas Hundley//Gales Creek Journal The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) initiated its administrative rulemaking process to create a permanent rule for implementing state forest closures, and to update an existing rule to include language clarifying that parking fees are[Read More…]

Oregon Department of Forestry extends public forest shutdown through Wednesday

A sign at the Gales Creek Fire Station noting “Extreme” fire danger on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Photo: Chas Hundley The Oregon Department of Forestry plans to keep all forests under their purview closed to public entry and use through at least Wednesday, September 16. The earliest they could open[Read More…]

In September, 124 South Fork Forest Camp inmates deployed to wildfires

South Fork Forest Camp entrance in November 2017. Photo: Chas Hundley At least 124 inmates from the South Fork Forest Camp, a joint Oregon Department of Corrections and Department of Forestry facility, have been deployed to fight fires this month, according to a spokesperson for the DOC.  The men at[Read More…]

State Fire Marshal Jim Walker resigns, Mariana Ruiz-Temple appointed to post

Undated Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. Photo: OSP Oregon is in the midst of one of, if not the, worst fire seasons experienced in modern Oregon history. Today, without explanation, the state’s top fire official — Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker — was placed on paid administrative leave[Read More…]

Region closed to logging, other industrial forest use

A “Super Scooper” plane fights the Powerline Fire near Cherry Grove. Photo taken from ODF video Beginning Friday, September 11 at 1 a.m., logging and other industrial forest activities in the entirety of the Northwest Oregon Forest Protective Association region will be closed due to wildfire danger and limited firefighting[Read More…]

Tillamook State Forest closed to public use

The Gales Creek Overlook in the Tillamook State Forest. File photo: Chas Hundley//Gales Creek Journal The Tillamook State Forest is closed to the public, as are other forestlands protected by the agency in northwest Oregon due to extreme wildfire danger and limited firefighting resources. In an alert issued Wednesday afternoon,[Read More…]


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