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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...

ODF to host virtual webinar on post-fire recovery plans in the vicinity of Shellburg Falls on Santiam State Forest

ODF to host virtual webinar on post-fire recovery plans in the vicinity of Shellburg Falls on Santiam State Forest

Salem, Ore — Join the Oregon Department of Forestry at a virtual public presentation and information session at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, to learn more about plans for recovery and restoration in the vicinity of the Shellburg Falls...

Board of Forestry hosts a virtual special meeting on Oct. 20

Board of Forestry hosts a virtual special meeting on Oct. 20

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Forestry will hold a virtual special meeting starting at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20. The meeting will be livestreamed on the department’s YouTube channel.The agenda includes adoption of the proposed...

Committee for Family Forestlands meets Oct. 19

Committee for Family Forestlands meets Oct. 19

SALEM, Ore. — The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet virtually Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To join the virtual meeting, please use the Zoom video conference information found on the agenda. To provide public...

State receives federal grant to continue developing Habitat Conservation Plan for western Oregon state forests

State receives federal grant to continue developing Habitat Conservation Plan for western Oregon state forests

Salem, Ore. -- The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Oregon Department of Forestry are pleased to announce the state has received an additional $750,000 federal grant to continue developing a Habitat Conservation Plan for...

Fire Danger Level Decreases to Low in the City of Grants Pass and the Southwest Oregon District Following Widespread Rain, Additional Forecasted Weather Systems (Photo)

Fire Danger Level Decreases to Low in the City of Grants Pass and the Southwest Oregon District Following Widespread Rain, Additional Forecasted Weather Systems (Photo)

Consistent fall-like weather and widespread rain has made it possible to ease off on some public fire prevention regulations within the City of Grants Pass and the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District. Effective...

ODF's SW Oregon District lowers fire danger to low; fire season there remains in effect

ODF's SW Oregon District lowers fire danger to low; fire season there remains in effect

JACKSON and JOSEPHINE COUNTIES, Ore. – Consistent fall-like weather and widespread rain has made it possible to ease some public and industrial fire prevention regulations on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry...
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