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…

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Recent large fires fed by forest management issues and climate change.

November 6, 2020

There is a lot of misinformation about the state of our forests, especially in the intense political climate we are in regarding the causes of the massive forest fires in the West. Commercial thinning is a method used to open up the tree crowns to light as the trees are…

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The Myth of Bend’s Timber-to-Tourism Transition

December 3, 2019

by Damon Runberg You may have heard this story before. Bend was a timber town, but after the demise of the timber industry, the regional economy shifted to tourism to replace those timber jobs. The vast ponderosa forests outside of town attracted mills that sustained the town for much of…

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