Fire and Forestry

Forest Service in Oregon and Washington allocated $291.2 million to address effects of natural disasters from 2019-2021

March 8, 2022

The USDA Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest has been allocated $291.2 million in disaster relief supplemental funding to address damage caused by the wildfires, floods, and extreme weather events the region experienced in 2019, 2020 and 2021. The funds will go to priority road and bridge repair, hazardous material/waste removal, watershed restoration, and other…

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Oregon’s Forestry and Logging Industry: From Planting to Harvest

January 5, 2022

Oregon is one of the world’s great tree-growing areas. The state’s soils and climate provide ideal conditions to grow such commercially viable species as Douglas fir and ponderosa pine. Forests cover more than 30 million of Oregon’s 62 million acres – almost half of the state’s landmass. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) estimates logging…

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CatchMark Completes $100 Million Sale of Oregon Timberlands to Roseburg Resources Co.

September 5, 2021

CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CTT) today announced that it had completed the sale of 18,063 acres of prime Oregon timberlands – known as the Bandon property – for $100 million in cash, or approximately $5,536 per acre, to Roseburg Resources Co.  The property had been purchased in August 2018 for $88.8 million or $4,916 per acre. The company recognized a gain on the sale of approximately $23 million.   CatchMark increased its…

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Fire Victim Housing : A progress report

April 4, 2021

By Jim Teece Publisher – Southern Oregon Business Journal It has been nearly seven months since the wildfires of 2020 devastated Oregon with over 2,500 homes lost just in Southern Oregon. I noticed that the FEMA  trailers that were parked at the Jackson County Expo, that have been there for months waiting for spots to…

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A crazy year in Review – Top 10 articles of 2020

January 4, 2021

By Jim TeecePublisher – SouthernOregonBusiness.com I am able to tell many things about the people that come to our website and what they do once they are on it because we use Google Analytics on the site. It’s a free and great tool for marketing but also looking back and seeing what the most popular…

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Fire Information Website Launched to Help Rogue Valley Residents Rebuild

October 9, 2020

A new website for official wildfire recovery information is now available at RogueValleyRebuilds.org.  Aimed at those affected by the Almeda and Obenchain fires, it brings together information from multiple organizations involved in the rebuilding effort. “Recovering from these fires is a regional challenge.  The County and affected Cities can’t do it individually, and the State and…

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Social Media as the News Source

October 2, 2020

Over the next few pages, you will see photos shared online (I got permission to re-share them here) from artists and photographers and just normal everyday people with iPhones. This account of the disaster from the beginning to weeks after, offers a raw insight into the tragedy. We are the embedded reporters of life.

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Creative Therapy

October 1, 2020

Between travels with my brushes, sharing the power of art and creative therapy in foreign lands, I jump in my VW bus and head up the West Coast visiting family and dear friends. On my drive north this time around, I receive a call. Fires are ripping through southern Oregon and Northern California. My siblings,…

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“Talent and Phoenix are gone Jim”

October 1, 2020

I live in Ashland and was working when the fires broke out, from my home office, as were all my employees at Project A, because of COVID and we are programmers and engineers, so working from home is easy. I first found out about the fire via a Facebook alert. Over the next several days,…

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Project A launches DonationConnection.org to help donation center managers get the word out on what they need daily.

October 1, 2020

After seeing posts from people that were looking to help by shopping for what was needed, and asking for lists of what to buy, and where to take it, and seeing posts by donation centers that were set up around the valley, and seeing emails from friends trying to help get the word out with…

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In the wake of a natural disaster or crisis, it’s not uncommon for someone to turn to GoFundMe. 

October 1, 2020

I sent an email to GoFundMe asking about donations after the fire and this is their reply. — Jim I’d like to start off by saying that our hearts go out to everyone impacted by the devastating wildfires in southern Oregon and across the state. When the fires first broke out, the GoFundMe Trust & Safety Team…

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Project A launches SoHelps.org after fire to fill a need for person to person support.

October 1, 2020

On September 15th, Paul Steele from Project A quietly launched a new service he calls SOHelps.org. Southern Oregon Helps is a direct person-to-person exchange website for those in the Rogue Valley, including Ashland, Talent, Phoenix and Medford Oregon during emergencies. No intermediary is involved. Create an Account, then post what you need or what you can provide for others,…

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