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July 02, 2022
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Department of Forestry staff displaced by Labor Day 2020 wildfire move to temporary new office in Stayton (Photo)

Department of Forestry staff displaced by Labor Day 2020 wildfire move to temporary new office in Stayton (Photo)

STAYTON, Ore. — Oregon Department of Forestry staff whose Santiam Unit office in Lyons burned down in the wildfires of Labor Day 2020 are now in a new leased office in Stayton. Since the wildfire 16 months ago, staff had been working...

ODF awards National Forest $100,000 to help reduce wildfire risk in Medford's watershed

ODF awards National Forest $100,000 to help reduce wildfire risk in Medford's watershed

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Forestry has given $100,000 to the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest (RRSNF) for forest restoration work that will reduce catastrophic wildfire risk on 20,000 acres of the Big Butte Springs...

Committee for Family Forestlands meets Jan. 12

Committee for Family Forestlands meets Jan. 12

SALEM, Ore. — The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet virtually Wednesday, Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To join the virtual meeting, please use the Zoom video conference information found on the agenda. To provide public comment...

More areas re-open in Santiam State Forest after 2020 Labor Day fires

More areas re-open in Santiam State Forest after 2020 Labor Day fires

Salem, Ore. – About 4,000 acres of the Santiam State Forest will re-open to public access on January 1, 2022 after the 2020 Labor Day fires heavily impacted the forest.These areas are north of Highway 22, and much of the area burned in...

Colder temperatures prompt reminder to be fire safe when heating your home

Colder temperatures prompt reminder to be fire safe when heating your home

SALEM, Ore. – With the cold months of winter upon the state of Oregon, the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal would like to remind people to be safe when it comes to keeping warm and heating their homes. In 2020, heating was the number...

Holiday Food Drive for Almeda Fire Victims

Holiday Food Drive for Almeda Fire Victims

Medford Fire,  Jackson County Fire District 3 and 5, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, along with Country Financial Trey Berkey Agency, John L Scott and Guild Mortgage have teamed up to serve dinner to those still affected by the Almeda...

Board of Forestry welcomes a new member, this final addition brings the board up to full membership

Board of Forestry welcomes a new member, this final addition brings the board up to full membership

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Forestry’s chairperson will welcome its final new member at the Jan. 5, 2022, board meeting.Liz Agpaoa is the final member to join the board. “I am thrilled to have a person with such deep experience in...

Forestry Department issues call for proposals to support small forestland owners and Firewise USA communities

Forestry Department issues call for proposals to support small forestland owners and Firewise USA communities

SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Forestry issued a call for projects today for $5 million in grants funded by Senate Bill 762. The Small Forestland Grant Program, authorized by Section 24 of Senate Bill 762, will award $5 million to...

Two North Coast logging firms earn Award of Merit for their harvest practices

Two North Coast logging firms earn Award of Merit for their harvest practices

ASTORIA, Ore. – Two North Coast logging firms have been honored for their logging practices with an Award of Merit from the Northwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee, an advisory body to the Oregon Board of Forestry. Owner...

Coos County logger earns Award of Merit for protecting fish stream during timber harvest on steep ground (Photo)

Coos County logger earns Award of Merit for protecting fish stream during timber harvest on steep ground (Photo)

COQUILLE, Ore. – Fred Blaylock, owner of Blaylock Logging based in Coquille, has earned an Award of Merit from the Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee. Blaylock and his crew successfully protected buffers along a...

Douglas County logging firm is named Operator of the Year for Southwest Oregon

Douglas County logging firm is named Operator of the Year for Southwest Oregon

SALEM, Ore. – Plikat Logging of Winston in Douglas County has been named Operator of the Year for Southwest Oregon. The Oregon Board of Forestry will honor owner Wally Plikat and his crew along with two other regional awardees at its...

Harney County logging firm is named Operator of the Year for Eastern Oregon (Photo)

Harney County logging firm is named Operator of the Year for Eastern Oregon (Photo)

SALEM, Ore. – H Timber Contracting of Hines in Harney County has been named as Operator of the Year for Eastern Oregon. Owner Tony Hauth will be honored by the Oregon Board of Forestry along with other recipients at the Board’s Jan. 5...

Oregon's Operators of the Year named by regional forestry committees

Oregon's Operators of the Year named by regional forestry committees

SALEM, Ore. – Three logging firms representing southwest, northwest and eastern Oregon have been chosen as Operators of the Year for 2021. The Oregon Board of Forestry will honor the recipients virtually at its Jan. 5 meeting in Salem....

Forestry Department to open request for proposals under grant program authorized by SB 762

Forestry Department to open request for proposals under grant program authorized by SB 762

SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Forestry will issue a request for proposals today for $20 million in grants funded by Senate Bill 762. The Landscape Resiliency Program, authorized by Section 18 of Senate Bill 762, will award $20...

Oregon Community Trees honors Kristin Ramstad with its President's Award for urban forestry achievements (Photo)

Oregon Community Trees honors Kristin Ramstad with its President's Award for urban forestry achievements (Photo)

SALEM, Ore. – Salem resident Kristin Ramstad has been honored by Oregon Community Trees (OCT) for her many contributions to urban forestry in Oregon.Samantha Wolf is OCT president. She bestowed  the OCT President’s Award on Ramstad at...

Forestry department invites comment on Phase 2 of North Cascade District Annual Operations Plan

Forestry department invites comment on Phase 2 of North Cascade District Annual Operations Plan

SALEM, Ore. - Starting Monday, November 1 through Tuesday, November 30, the Oregon Department of Forestry is holding a 30-day public comment period to review the second phase of ODF’s North Cascade District’s Annual Operations Plan for...

Controlled burns to reduce forest fuels and lower risk of high-intensity wildfires are now underway (Photo)

Controlled burns to reduce forest fuels and lower risk of high-intensity wildfires are now underway (Photo)

(SALEM, Ore.) — Oregonians in forested areas may see smoke from a number of controlled burns – known as prescribed burns – this fall and winter. Forest landowners use prescribed fire to eliminate woody fuels that build up on their land...

Fire season has ended on all lands in Oregon protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (Photo)

Fire season has ended on all lands in Oregon protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (Photo)

SALEM, Ore. - Fire season has now ended on all 16 million acres of Oregon forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. The last three districts - Klamath-Lake, Northeast Oregon and the Walker Range Forest Patrol...

Limited Production Pinot Noir Cuvee Benefits Wildfire Relief and Prevention (Photo)

Limited Production Pinot Noir Cuvee Benefits Wildfire Relief and Prevention (Photo)

Keep Oregon Green® is collaborating with Union Wine Company and six of Oregon’s top wineries to introduce a limited production Oregon Pinot Noir cuvee with 100% of sales going toward wildfire relief and prevention.Since 1941, the...

Fire Season 2021 Comes to an Official Close, Fire Prevention Continues in Jackson and Josephine Counties

Fire Season 2021 Comes to an Official Close, Fire Prevention Continues in Jackson and Josephine Counties

The 2021 fire season on the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Southwest Oregon District has officially been declared over, effective Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

Fall Prescribed Burning Season Begins on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Fall Prescribed Burning Season Begins on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Burns to be conducted as weather conditions allow

Due to recent changes in weather conditions, the RRSNF will begin scheduled prescribed burning operations on the forest, a transition that happens each fall.

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