The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed designating more than 1.4 million acres in Oregon and California as critical habitat for the Humboldt marten, a small weasel-like mammal that lives in coastal old-growth forests.
Conservation Northwest and two other groups claim DNR "prioritizes intensive logging," while the state constitution says the public lands are held in trust "for all the people."
PORTLAND (AP) — The Oregon Department of Transportation can learn from its challenging experience overseeing the biggest wildfire cleanup job in state history, according to Oregon Secretary of…
Three environmental groups are suing the Umpqua National Forest in southwest Oregon seeking to block a roadside logging project removing dead and burned trees following the massive Archie Cree…
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters persisted in making progress Saturday against a wildfire burning for a sixth day in Southern California coastal mountains.
The man, whose name has not been released, was operating a crane at the mill when it bumped into a power line, possibly causing an electrical charge to ground out through the big machine.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters reported significant progress in corralling a wildfire in Southern California coastal mountains on Friday.
The West's plan for combating wildfires will include expanding forest treatments, paying federal firefighters a higher wage, converting seasonal firefighting positions into permanent jobs and …
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Shifting winds posed new challenges for firefighters battling a blaze in Southern California coastal mountains that threatened ranches and rural homes and kept a m…
A major highway in Southern California coastal mountains remained closed Wednesday and evacuation orders were in place as a growing wildfire chewed through dry vegetation in the region.
Destructive California wildfires driven by intense winds caused damage at two mobile home parks, destroying some trailers, and one person suffered burns, officials said.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom this fall signed into law three major bills intended to promote more prescribed burning.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters and numerous studies credit intensive forest thinning projects with helping save communities like those recently threatened near Lake Tahoe in California…
A bill that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Wednesday adds legal protections for private landowners and those who manage the blazes by raising the legal standard for seeking wildfire suppres…
The Malheur National Forest’s plan to thin forests, manage prescribed fires and remove commercial and non-commercial timber on 40,000 acres will wrap up its 45-day comment period Oct. 12.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A California forest products company has bought Seneca, a Eugene, Ore.-based company that owned more than 100,000 acres in southwestern Oregon.
U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken has ruled the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s approval of the Griffin Half Moon project was “arbitrary and capricious,” which means logging cannot proceed until …
The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that the monthly trade deficit increased 4.2% in August, rising to an all-time high, surpassing the previous record of $73.2 billion set in June
It’s similar to the red-dyed retardant dropped from aircraft, but is clear and lasts much longer.
A federal judge in Portland has halted a 78-acre commercial timber harvest near Walton Lake in Oregon’s Ochoco National Forest at the urging of an environmental group.
A lighter load of grasses and other fine fuels is one of several likely reasons, said Jared Jablonski, Boise district fire information officer for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
While the 2021 wildfire season isn't over yet, experts at Oregon State University say communities should be planning ahead to increase resilience in the face of future large blazes.
Shaun McKinney will take over the position in late October. He replaces Tom Montoya, who retired in June after 36 years with the agency.
In 2019, a fire caused extensive damage to buildings and machinery owned by Integrated Biomass Resources, a company in Wallowa, Ore., that makes heat logs, campfire wood, poles and electricity…
In a case to be heard Oct. 21, Conservation Northwest and other environmental groups contend DNR acts "like a private timber company," ignoring a constitutional duty to manage land for "all th…
BOISE — Larger wildfires and longer seasons mean the U.S. must invest more in wildfire management and rural communities, President Joe Biden said during a Sept. 13 visit to the National Intera…
Burned acreage total surges over short period.
The Working Lands/Working Communities initiative will expand relationships between western communities, federal and state partners and local and tribal governments to manage land and resources.
The risk of big wildfires will remain above normal in parts of Northern California, Oregon, Washington and the Northern Great Basin as fall unfolds, the National Interagency Fire Center predicts.
In recent decades, foreign investors have bought more than 35 million acres of U.S. farmland worth $62 billion — about 2.7% of all privately held land nationwide, an area larger than New York state.
Hampton Lumber of Portland has bought the Carlton Winemakers Studio from its founders for an undisclosed sum, building on earlier vineyard investments in Polk and Yamhill counties.
The National Interagency Fire Center’s National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group has requested the Department of Defense to send about 200 active-duty Army soldiers, plus command and support staff.
Logging up to 9,000 acres of timber should be allowed under an Oregon project because opponents haven’t proven it violates environmental laws, according to a federal judge.
Conditions remain likely for more blazes in areas of Oregon and Washington suffering from extreme drought, said Ian Rickert, regional fire management planning specialist for the U.S. Forest Se…
MATHER, Calif. (AP) — More than 13,500 firefighters were working Monday to contain a dozen large California wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands of people to fl…
OAKRIDGE, Ore. (AP) — A firefighter died Monday while battling a wildfire southeast of Eugene, Oregon, officials said.
The Black Butte Fire south of Prairie City has grown to 22,169 acres and is 49% contained as of Friday morning.
Healthy forests mean healthy watersheds, but there are several challenges to both in central Arizona, where wildfires have scorched nearly 2.9 million acres since 2000.
High demand for reforestation seedlings reflects larger wildfires and longer fire seasons, and population dynamics that spur more construction and the need to harvest and replace trees.
A 3,400-acre logging project in an Idaho national forest must be halted until its impact on threatened steelhead is re-evaluated, according to a federal judge.
The U.S. Forest Service has agreed to refrain from logging within 150-300 feet of streams within about 40 units of the Black Mountain Vegetation Management Project and pay $100,000 in attorney…
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Congress needs to do for the national forests what the Oregon Legislature and Gov. Kate Brown have just done to boost firefighting efforts.
Firefighters are battling numerous blazes throughout the Oregon Cascades from Mt. Hood to the Rogue River Valley.
An environmental lawsuit seeks to halt a 40,000-acre forest treatment project in Oregon’s Malheur National Forest for allegedly evading federal limits on harvesting large trees.
The risk of large fires will remain high through November in much of the West thanks to widespread drought, dry fuels and above-normal temperatures.
As wildfires grow bigger and hotter in the drought-stricken West, officials with the timber company Weyerhaeuser say they are working not only to prevent large blazes, but contain them quickly…
Lightning sparked fire N. of Arrowrock Dam
The Elbow Creek Fire is now 50% contained, and its new growth was again minimal, as the fire added just 54 more acres and has burned 22,955 as of Thursday, July 29.
At least two counties in rural Eastern Oregon are raising objections to the River Democracy Act, a federal bill that would add nearly 4,700 miles of wild and scenic rivers across the state.
Rural communities across the West are posing the same question to their utility companies: Since power lines are a fire hazard and cause other problems, why not bury them?
Lawmakers should overhaul the Oregon Forest Resources Institute’s governing statute to improve the agency’s objectivity, according to state auditors.
WALLOWA COUNTY — Firefighters have made gains on the Elbow Creek Fire, but a couple areas of the blaze have given them fits over the last few days.
While the tree may be handsome and provide shade in the summer heat, it is also highly invasive in urban, agricultural and forested regions and can create environmental impacts by blocking out…
The application deadline is Oct. 15.
Idaho's Snake River Complex Fire and Oregon’s Bootleg Fire — the nation’s largest — have helped push U.S. acres burned more than one-third higher than the 2020 year-to-date total.