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 growing.  There is usually one,…

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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 its history. The present location…

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