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ODF Reports SB 762 Success
ODF Reports SB 762 Success
A delay in the state’s wildfire risk map may have put a portion of Senate Bill 762 on hold.  But another part of that legislation that looks to mitigate wildfires is enjoying some success.   SB762 set aside $20 million in grants for nonprofits, local governments, conservation districts, private landowners and federal partners to make their landscapes more resistant to wildfire.  Grant Coordinator
Oak Lace Bug Damage More Noticeable In 2022
Oak Lace Bug Damage More Noticeable In 2022
A non-native bug is damaging “white oak” trees around Oregon.  State Department of Forestry’s Christine Buhl said the oak lace bug has been here since 2015, but this year, things are looking especially bad.   “It is an aesthetic pest that can make oaks look pretty bad, and so that’s a concern for the typical homeowner, even though it’s not killing the trees. But, the larger concern is always that
Washington DNR Hiring Permanent Wildfire/Forest Health Positions
Washington DNR Hiring Permanent Wildfire/Forest Health Positions
The Washington state Department of Natural Resources announced this week it is expanding its wildfire response team across the state.  DNR will add 60 positions, including hand crews, heavy equipment operators and more.  Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz says these new positions, made possible by House Bill 1168, won’t be limited to a wildfire fighting role, they’ll also be trained to do f
Oregon Gubernatorial Hopefuls Focus On Natural Resources, Farming
Oregon Gubernatorial Hopefuls Focus On Natural Resources, Farming
Oregon Republicans have 19 gubernatorial candidates to choose from in May’s Primary. Eleven of those candidates joined Timber Unity, in Hillsboro last week, to debate topics related to natural resources. On wildfires, Bob Tiernan, Tim McCloud and Bill Sizemore agreed forest management is needed, but their ideas on how to accomplish that goal varied widely. “ ...
Washington DNR Looks To Establish Forest Harvest Levels For Upcoming Decade
Washington DNR Looks To Establish Forest Harvest Levels For Upcoming Decade
The Washington state Department of Natural Resources has launched the process of establishing the harvest levels for forested state lands on both sides of the Cascades for the next ten years. State law requires that DNR set a sustainable harvest level, the volume of timber scheduled for sale during the next decade, so that the 2 ...

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