Senator Wyden: Please Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle in the Forest

I saw Senator Ron Wyden’s most recent political ad on television regarding the forest fires in Oregon. I was encouraged to find that he supports increasing efforts to reduce the unhealthy fuel loads on our Federal Forest lands through thinning projects and the use of prescribed burning. I also support his efforts to increase funding for more equipment to aid firefighters in their effort to control and suppress fires on our Federal Forest lands. I understand and appreciate Senator Wyden’s initiatives. In fact, I find them very encouraging.

FACT SHEET: The Biden-⁠Harris Administration Continues Efforts to Address Growing Wildfire Threat

BRIEFING ROOM | https://www.whitehouse.gov | JULY 28, 2022 President Biden has directed his Cabinet officials, White House Homeland Security team, and the National Climate Task Force to build on his 2021 wildfire initiatives this year by ensuring wildfire prevention, preparedness, and response is a top priority, and bringing a whole-of-government approach to increasing our Nation’s resilience to […]

Rep. Lauren Boebert criticizes Forest Service chief for pausing prescribed burns

Federal agency says decision will have minimal impact By Aedan Hannon Herald Staff Writer | DurangoHarold.com | Tuesday, May 31, 2022 2:02 Updated Tuesday, May. 31, 2022 5:21 Third Congressional District Rep. Lauren Boebert has criticized the U.S. Forest Service for pausing prescribed burns. However, the pause will have little effect on the agency’s prescribed burn […]

Outflanking Fire with Common Sense 

Doug Robertson | Communities for Healthy Forests | June 9th, 2022 As the next fire season approaches, questions and concerns continue to pour in from the public demanding ways to avoid a repeat of the stifling smoke and destruction of our Federal Forest lands yet again in 2022.   The question is, can we do anything […]

Peace at Last

Oregon Legislature inks SB 1546, creates Elliott State Research Forest  NEWS | CLAYTON FRANKE | 03/31/2022 The Oregon State Legislature may have passed a bill with a solution to one of the state’s long-standing timber wars.  On March 3, the Legislature approved Senate Bill 1546, decoupling the Elliott State Forest from the Common School Fund and creating […]

Forest Service announces 10-year initiative to increase fuel treatment

Forest Service announces 10-year initiative to increase fuel treatment

It will use $2.42 billion authorized by the infrastructure bill for fiscal years 2022 through 2026 for fuels-related projects AuthorBill Gabbert | Wildfire Today | January 19, 2022 On Tuesday the U.S. Forest Service announced a 10-year strategy to address what they call the wildfire crisis which poses immediate threats to communities. The initiative, called […]

In Our View: Forest management key to preventing fires

Wildfires are an unavoidable fact of life in the western United States. But action at the state and federal levels can help protect lives and property. The Columbian | Published: January 27, 2022, 6:03am Wildfires are an unavoidable fact of life in the western United States. But action at the state and federal levels can help […]

In wildfire ‘pivot,’ experts question federal focus

The U.S. Forest Service is trying to pivot from that long-held practice and instead use smaller fires as a tool to limit catastrophic blazes fed by decades of fuel buildup. Benjamin J. Hulac CQ-Roll Call (TNS) | www.union-bulletin.com | Jan 29, 2022 WASHINGTON — A series of forest fires burned 3 million acres in Idaho, […]

Editorial: A small piece in solving the federal forest puzzle

The Milli Fire shown here burning near Sisters in mid-August 2017.

The project outside of Black Butte is small compared to the total work that goes on in the Deschutes National Forest in any year. It’s miniscule compared to Biden’s $50 billion plan. But it’s the kind of work that needs to continue. Bulletin Editorial Board | www.bendbulletin.com | Jan 29, 2022 When you live in […]