Climate change, drought, wildfires reduce value of private forestland in the West by billions

BY: - November 27, 2023

This article was first published by the Oregon Capital Chronicle. Investing in private timberland in the West has become increasingly risky, according to a new study from Oregon State University researchers, with values declining by billions of dollars in the last two decades. The economic value of private timberland in California, Oregon and Washington has […]

Plan to protect vulnerable species in western Oregon forests moves forward for now

BY: - September 7, 2023

A plan to protect threatened and endangered species in Oregon’s Western state forests by limiting some logging will move forward for now, despite a recent attempt to make last-minute changes that could have further delayed it. The Oregon Board of Forestry decided Thursday not to vote on a controversial proposal from Chair Jim Kelly that […]

New committee will advise on key plan for future of Northwest forests, adapting to climate change

BY: - July 11, 2023

A panel of regional experts will spend the next two years updating a nearly 30-year-old plan for how to manage and protect millions of acres of federal forestland in the Northwest. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Friday appointed 21 people, more than half of whom are based in Oregon, to the Northwest Forest […]

On a record day in D.C. for smoke pollution, U.S. Senate panel debates wildfire strategy

BY: - June 8, 2023

As smoke from Canadian wildfires caused the most hazardous air conditions on record in the Washington, D.C., area on Thursday, members of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee said that Congress should lift federal firefighter pay and encourage logging to reduce the risk of future blazes. “Smoke from the wildfires burning right now […]