And the Forest Fires Rage On

Recent headlines dealing with the explosion of wildfires in Northern California, including the deaths of over eleven people and the destruction of over 1500 residential and commercial structures, reminded me of the incompetence of the environmental community in general and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Government Waste, Liberalism, Natural Resources, Progressivism, Timber | Leave a comment

The South Fork Forest Camp saves Oregon money

Oregon is burning. Standing between you and the heat are many highly dedicated people fighting these fires, among them are an elite group from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) called Forest Inmate Crew Coordinators (FICCs). When I say elite, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Corrections, State Government, Timber | Tagged | 3 Comments

How Much Is the Elliott State Forest Worth to Oregon Schools? (Don’t Forget the Value of Compounding)

By John A. Charles, Jr. Advocates of public schools frequently complain about the need for more money, yet many of them are now objecting that the State Land Board is on the verge of selling off the Elliott State Forest, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Environment, Oregon Government, Political Correctness, Rural Oregon, State Budget, State Government, Timber | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Olympic Experimental Forest Plan completed – timber companies congratulate DNR

American Forest Resource Council Olympia, WA – During a ceremony held this week in Forks, Washington, the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) congratulated the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on the completion of a land plan for the … Continue reading

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Oregon Land Board Low-Balls Elliott Timber with Fixed-Price “Bidding”

By John A. Charles, Jr. On July 27 the Oregon Department of State Lands announced the “fair market value” of 82,450 acres of Common School Trust Lands within the Elliott State Forest as $220.8 million. The number was picked by Roger … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon Secretary of State, Portland Schools, State Treasurer, Timber | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Western Oregon BLM plan fails to consider risks, needs of O&C forests

Society of American Foresters The Bureau of Land Management’s proposed Resource Management Plan would limit the ability of foresters to ensure the health, resiliency and accessibility across much of the 2.5 million acres of Western Oregon O&C forests, according to a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Natural Resources, Timber | 4 Comments

Step in the right direction in preventing wildfires

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The season for northwest wildfires has arrived, with two major forest fires already occurring in Northwestern Washington. Catastrophic wildfires have become progressively more destructive, causing enormous damage to both public and private forest and range lands, … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:18 | Posted in Federal Government, Gov. Kate Brown, Natural Resources, Timber | 4 Comments

Counties will sue BLM over new management plan

Association of O&C Counties The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released its latest proposed management plan for 2.5 million acres of timberland in western Oregon. Tuesday, 17 Counties in western Oregon announced they would challenge the plan in federal … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Natural Resources, Rural Oregon, Timber | 16 Comments

Unhealthy Oregon forests, continued rural poverty ensured under BLM’s latest plan

American Forest Resource Council Portland, Ore– Tuesday, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its final proposed Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for 2.5 million acres of forestland in Western Oregon, including over 2 million acres of unique “O&C” lands. These … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:00 | Posted in Economy, Environment, Federal Government, Natural Resources, Rural Oregon, Timber | Leave a comment

BLM’s proposed forest plan will fuel more frustration in rural Oregon

Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities Gov. Kate Brown Must Stand Up for Counties and Communities Advocates for rural Oregon say the Bureau of Land Management’s final proposed Resource Management Plan for Western Oregon will cost rural jobs, threaten public services and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:30 | Posted in Economy, Federal Government, Gov. Kate Brown, Natural Resources, Rural Oregon, Timber | 3 Comments

Sen. Knopp introduces comprehensive forest management plan for wildfire reduction

Sen. Tim Knopp Salem, OR– For the last three years, wildfires have rampaged through Oregon and destroyed delicate ecosystems, polluted air quality, endangered rural communities, and also cost the state millions of dollars. In a recent legislative poll conducted by … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, Timber | 1 Comment

Sen. Knopp’s survey top priorities: Forest management and PERS reform

Press Release Bend, Ore. – Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) released the results of his 2016 session legislative survey for the constituents of Senate District 27. Constituents were asked to share their top priorities for the 2016 session, and two pieces … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:59 | Posted in Natural Resources, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System, Timber | 7 Comments

Alert: Oppose Oregon Wild’s Massive Ochoco Wilderness Plan

Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities Members of the Crook County Court are now considering Oregon Wild’s plan to lock up wide swaths of the Ochoco National Forest and Prineville BLM District. In addition to lobbying local officials, the group is also … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:25 | Posted in Natural Resources, Timber | 3 Comments

WA governor lauds forest products’ role in economy, sustainability

Washington Forest Protection Association OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s proclamation of this week (Oct. 18-24) as Washington Forest Products Industry Week is proof of the importance of wood products to the state’s economy and environment, industry leaders say. “The governor’s … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:27 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Jobs, Timber | Leave a comment

Our public lands must not go up in smoke

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The scope of the mismanagement of our more than 300 million acres of U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) federal lands was once again made evident by the smoke-filled August skies. Our … Continue reading

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Continued opposition to Wyden O&C Land Grant Act

American Forest Resource Council U.S. Senate Committee Also Holds Hearing on National Forest Ecosystem Improvement Act to Improve Health of Federal Forest Lands The Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee yesterday held a hearing on the Oregon and California Land … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:03 | Posted in Timber, U.S. Senate | 4 Comments

Greenspeak strategy: How the West will be lost?

by T.W. Scott For more than 50 years, there has been a growing campaign against the beneficial use of natural resources. The campaigners have several names: preservationists, conservationists, radical environmentalists, and greens. I will use “greens,” since it is rather … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:05 | Posted in Environment, Natural Resources, Timber | 60 Comments

Addressing the real threats to Northern Spotted Owl

American Forest Resource Council The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently announced it will consider changing the status of the Northern Spotted Owl (NSO) from “threatened” to “endangered” as owl populations continue to decline. The species’ listing in 1990 … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:00 | Posted in Natural Resources, Timber | 4 Comments

Wyden out of step with his flawed O&C legislation

American Forest Resource Council Legislation is Unanimously Opposed by Oregon’s Forest Products Industry, Opposed by the O&C Counties, and Lacks Support from Reps. DeFazio, Schrader, and Walden and Governor Kitzhaber Groups representing Western Oregon’s timber industry have sent a letter … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Timber, U.S. Senate | 371 Comments

Extreme environmentalists again put agenda ahead of people in rural Oregon

American Forest Resource Council Litigation Against Douglas Complex Salvage Project Reveals Disregard for Rural Communities, Forest Rehabilitation On August 1, Cascadia Wildlands, Oregon Wild and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit in Oregon federal district court to block … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:34 | Posted in Environment, Timber | 257 Comments

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