Articles tagged forests

June 15, 2014, 12:03 a.m.

Redwood Burl Poaching Spreads To Oregon

Redwood burl poaching has long been an issue in the Redwood National Park in California. But now a conservation group says it's spotted evidence of this type of tree damage in a national forest in Oregon.

June 2, 2014, 1 a.m.

Can You Taste An Old Growth Forest In This Beer?

In a tasty test of forest species diversity, a brewer teams up with a conservation group to make beer using wild yeast from an old growth forest near Portland.

April 7, 2014, 4:49 p.m.

'Silicon Forest' Could Gain New Meaning With High-Tech Uses For Trees

Scientists at Oregon State University may have discovered a new high-tech use for the state’s abundant forests: the trees could play a big role in making energy storage devices.

March 7, 2014, 3:43 p.m.

Southern Oregon Sawmill To Reopen Thanks to State Help

A Southern Oregon county sawmill is poised to reopen. This time, the mill will be tooled to make lumber from more plentiful small logs -- not the large, old-growth timber that has become scarce for mills in the Northwest.

Jan. 3, 2014, 12:47 p.m.

Marbled Murrelets Show 30 Percent Decline? It's Not That Simple

Federal researchers are still trying to understand what's driving the marbled murrelet population. Unlike previous studies, they now find no significant population decline across 80 percent of the endangered seabird's range.

Nov. 14, 2013, 2:35 p.m.

Resolving Oregon's Truffle Kerfuffle

Forest owners got so fed up with truffle hunters on their land that the Legislature decided to regulate them the way they regulate mushroom gatherers. Now, rules for next year are being worked out.

Nov. 13, 2013, noon

China's Building Boom Revives Northwest Log Export Debate

Construction in China is building demand for wood from the Northwest. Right now, it means sending raw logs to be milled into lumber. But some think China may eventually want dimensional lumber - which would mean mill jobs in the U.S.

Oct. 7, 2013, 10:53 a.m.

How Old Growth Forests Could Change Climate Models

A new study has found that older forests may be storing more carbon than researchers previously thought possible.

Oct. 1, 2013, 11 p.m.

Season Of Smoke: Changing Climate Leads To Bigger, Smokier Wildfires

By 2050, wildfire season across the western United States are expected to run a month longer and be up to twice as smoky as a result of climate change.

Aug. 1, 2013, 10:47 p.m.

Once Resilient, Trees In The West Now More Vulnerable To Fires

On any given day, there's a wildfire burning somewhere in the U.S. — and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Many western forests have evolved with fire. But scientists are discovering that some trees in the West are now losing their ability to survive with fire.

July 23, 2013, 11 a.m.

Wildlife Officials Move Ahead With Killing Barred Owls

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces that it will experiment with killing barred owls in Northwest forests to keep these aggressive birds from crowding out their more genteel cousins, the federally protected northern spotted owls.

April 26, 2013, 11:54 a.m.

Court Tosses Agreement Over Rare Forest Species

A federal appeals court has thrown out an agreement between environmentalists and the federal government that restored protections for rare species in old growth forests.

March 21, 2013, 3 p.m.

Draft Bill Would Return Forest Land to Western Oregon Tribes

U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden have drafted a bill that would return about 30,000 acres of forest to tribes living near Roseburg and Coos Bay in Oregon.

Feb. 27, 2013, 6:17 p.m.

Logging Plan Next To Crater Lake Draws Opposition

Environmental groups are asking want the Forest Service to reconsider a proposed timber sale just outside the western boundary west of Crater Lake National Park.

Oct. 24, 2012, 6:39 a.m.

Northwest Wild Mushrooms In Short Supply

Northwest wild mushrooms are in short supply this year. That’s had a big impact on the region’s lucrative mushroom hunting industry. It’s also changed what’s on fall restaurant menus in the Northwest and across the nation.

Sept. 24, 2012, 6:53 a.m.

Ore. Starts Spraying Against Invasive Plants

This first Monday of fall brings a new effort against invasive species in Central Oregon. The U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Agriculture will begin spraying for invasive plants on Monday.

Sept. 24, 2012, 1 a.m.

Oregonians Fear Harm From Forest Herbicides

Major timber companies spray herbicides on their private forestland in Oregon. But many residents suspect chemicals are being carried on mountain currents, prompting health concerns.

Aug. 31, 2012, 9:12 a.m.

Scientists Look For Ways To Restore Northwest's Sick Forests

This week fire crews declared the Taylor Bridge fire 100 percent contained. Now that the massive blaze in central Washington is controlled forest scientists say Northwest residents should brace for more large fires like this. Munching insects, parasitic plants and global climate change are part of the problem.

Aug. 15, 2012, 1 a.m.

Maintenance Cutbacks For Forest Roads Mean More Sediment For Streams

Thousands of miles of federal forest roads and trails need maintenance and repairs, but the money to accomplish that work is on a downward spiral. The crumbling infrastructure allows sediment to flow into rivers, lakes and streams, damaging the environment and stressing out fish.

June 7, 2012, 9:31 a.m.

Northwest Residents Opt For DIY Pesticide Testing

A group of Lane County residents has formed an unusual partnership to test streams for chemicals. The residents are worried that herbicides sprayed onto clear-cut forests are drifting into nearby waters.

May 4, 2012, 4:22 p.m.

Expanded Wilderness Plan Unveiled For Washington's Olympic Peninsula

The Wild Olympics proposal has been modified to gain more support for preserving wilderness on the Olympic Peninsula.

April 26, 2012, 4:58 p.m.

Mild Fire Season Predicted For Much Of Northwest

Some hard-to-read global weather patterns are making this year’s fire season difficult to forecast. That’s according to experts at federal agencies that track wildfires. But as best they can tell, the Northwest is in for a milder season than other fire-prone parts of the country.

March 21, 2012, 10:34 p.m.

Oregon Delays Forest-Spraying Pesticide Investigation

PORTLAND -- A state board Tuesday announced a delay in its investigation into the human health impacts of herbicide spraying on timberland in Lane County.

Feb. 28, 2012, 1:32 p.m.

Obama Plan For Spotted Owl Targets Rival Barred Owl

WASHINGTON (AP) — To save the endangered spotted owl, the Obama administration is moving forward with a plan to shoot barred owls, a rival bird that has shoved its smaller cousin aside.

Feb. 21, 2012, 5 a.m.

Secretary Salazar Visits Oregon to Promote Ecological Timber Sales

Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar is promoting experimental timber sales in the Pacific Northwest that incorporate ecological principles and mimic some of the aspects of a large wildfire.

Feb. 14, 2012, 1 a.m.

Watch Local Focus: Dollars & Trees

Earthfix presents Local Focus: Dollars & Trees. This program first aired on Southern Oregon Public Television Feb. 7. Here it appears in 8 parts.

Feb. 7, 2012, 11:29 p.m.

Televised Forum on Oregon Forest Plan Produces Sparks

MEDFORD – The loss of federal support to Oregon’s forested counties is fueling a spirited debate about raising the level of logging on those counties. Sparks from that debate were on display Tuesday night on a forum hosted by Southern Oregon Public Television and Earthfix.

Feb. 3, 2012, 6:54 a.m.

Coming to SOPTV and EarthFix: Dollars & Trees

Join EarthFix Journalist Amelia Templeton on [SOPTV Tuesday]( "SOPTV Tuesday") at 8 p.m., when she will host the hour-long live program, “Local Focus: Dollars and Trees.”

Jan. 26, 2012, 7:09 p.m.

DeFazio, Walden Push Plan, Not Details, For More Logging

Sept. 21, 2011, 11:49 a.m.

Study: Wider Streamside Forest Buffers Aid Fish

A new study compared stream temperatures in two types of forestland: those where Oregon's minimal requirements for leaving trees standing along rivers and creeks were met and those where more stringent standards were upheld. Guess which approach maintained cooler, fish-friendly waters...

Sept. 20, 2011, 11:18 a.m.

'Big Burn' Author Says After-Effects of 1910 Fire Still Being Felt Today

Aug. 10, 2011, 10 p.m.

Factoring Forests Into Climate Change

A Northwest-produced computer model for predicting climate change underscores the importance of the region's conifer forests for carbon storage. It's part of an international effort to help understand choices about greenhouse gases.

Aug. 8, 2011, 2:05 p.m.

Logging Protesters In Oregon Gear Up Again

Plans to log a state forest near Oregon's south coast is drawing protesters and leading to waves of arrests.

Aug. 2, 2011, 5:19 a.m.

Study: 'Intensive' Thinning Necessary To Effectively Cut Wildfire Risk

The Northwest's forests become tinderboxes when allowed to grow too dense with trees, the new U.S. Forest Service report concludes.

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