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OLYMPIA — Washington lawmakers may make Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz get permission from an oversight board before leasing timberland for carbon offsets.

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The Biden administration is directing $930 million toward reducing wildfire dangers in 10 western states by clearing trees and underbrush from national forests. The move is set to be announced…

Ken Miller's long-simmering frustration with how Washington regulates small-forest landowners boiled over Nov. 10. On that day, without explanation, the Forest Practices Board, which regulates…

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Tabletop Christmas trees are an elegant answer to several problems facing growers. The petite trees — usually less than 3 feet tall — help plug holes in production schedules in addition to pro…

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Aerial surveys led by the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry indicated record high mortality for fir trees in 2022, particularly in areas of central and southern Oregon that…

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The economic impact of the forestry sector, especially in rural Oregon, was outlined in a report published Nov. 28 by the state Employment Department. Forestry jobs totaled 62,000 in 2021, or …

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Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have proposed a scaled-back version of the River Democracy Act that would designate approximately 3,215 miles of new wild and scenic rivers statewide. O…

The Oregon Forest Resources Institute is making progress implementing recommendations from a 2021 state audit to improve the agency's transparency and objectivity, according to a memo sent Dec…

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A BP-affiliated company has stepped away from helping craft a state carbon-storage plan that Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz said would be a blueprint for conserving timberla…

Marline Koch and her husband, Andrew Koch, started planting trees on the family property in 1964. Since then it has grown into a managed forest of 770 acres and she has been honored as the Dou…

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Boise District plans two prescribed burns in Owyhee County, Idaho, between Nov. 14 and 30. Projects target fire fuel breaks and grouse-benefiting removal o…

LOSTINE — Lostine Canyon residents and partners of the area’s Firewise community put their heads together Saturday and mulled over what went well during the summer fire season and areas they n…

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Washington small-forest landowners are making a push to persuade a state board to shrink mandatory buffers between streams and timber harvests. Buffers now range from 90 to 200 feet, the same …

The amount of forestland burned by wildfire in the Pacific Northwest fell by two-thirds this year compared to a year ago, due in part to wet spring weather. More than 549,000 acres burned in O…

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The Washington Department of Natural Resources will lock up 10,000 acres of timberland in Western Washington and work with a company owned by oil giant BP to sell carbon credits. The trees wil…

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An Oregon land use ruling has again overturned a Linn County zoning decision that would allow a landowner to subdivide a 100-acre farm forest property. The state Land Use Board of Appeals foun…

Rain, hail and cooler weather have been helping crews battle the Cedar Creek Fire. Containment lines have increased, but crews are not out of the woods yet. The fire, around 20 miles west of L…

Jake Strohmeyer is the new supervisor of the Sawtooth National Forest. He will be based in Jerome, Idaho, and succeeds Bekee Hotze, who was the acting supervisor. Hotze is now Salt Lake Distri…

ENTERPRISE, Ore. — Containment of the Double Creek Fire in northeastern Oregon increased from 15% to 22% Sept. 13 thanks to lower temperatures, higher relative humidity and rain.

IMNAHA, Ore. — What do you do when your hitch in the military fighting for your country is up? Take on a new fight, against wildfires. At least that’s what the members of the Umatilla Veteran …

The U.S. Forest Service has activated two Air National Guard C-130s that have been specially equipped to fight wildfires in the West. The planes arrived Sept. 9 at the National Interagency Fir…

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