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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new study has found that older forests may be storing more carbon than researchers previously thought possible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Wild Olympics proposal has been modified to gain more support for preserving wilderness on the Olympic Peninsula.
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.
PORTLAND -- A state board Tuesday announced a delay in its investigation into the human health impacts of herbicide spraying on timberland in Lane County.
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.
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.
Earthfix presents Local Focus: Dollars & Trees. This program first aired on Southern Oregon Public Television Feb. 7. Here it appears in 8 parts.
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.
Join EarthFix Journalist Amelia Templeton on [SOPTV Tuesday](http://www.soptv.org/local-focus-dollars-trees/ "SOPTV Tuesday") at 8 p.m., when she will host the hour-long live program, “Local Focus: Dollars and Trees.”
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...
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.
Plans to log a state forest near Oregon's south coast is drawing protesters and leading to waves of arrests.
The Northwest's forests become tinderboxes when allowed to grow too dense with trees, the new U.S. Forest Service report concludes.