Public engagement sessions scheduled for Forest Resiliency Project

The Ochoco, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests will host a series of public engagement sessions in March to discuss the Proposed Action for the Forest Resiliency Project.   The Forest Resiliency project is part of the Forest Service’s broader strategy to accelerate the pace and scale of forest restoration in eastern Oregon and Washington to…

Greenwood Resources Earns Forest Stewardship Award

GreenWood Resources, Inc., a Portland-based global investment and timber management company, has received a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Leadership Award, which recognizes excellence in the use of FSC-certified products and a commitment to responsible forest management.   Thirteen companies from across the country earned awards from FSC, an independent nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally sound,…

Brothers Donate Shoreline Property to Wallowa Land Trust

Nine acres on the west shore of Wallowa Lake now in permanent conservation (Joseph, Oregon) Three brothers – Frank, Steve and Fred Kimball – had a choice: sell their nine-acre forested property on Wallowa Lake for quick cash, or ensure the land remain intact and forever protected in its natural state. They chose the latter….

Forest Department to Host Public Hearings on State Forest Recreation Topics

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will host three public hearings focused on recreation issues on Oregon state-owned forests.   The three hearings – scheduled in Salem, Portland and Astoria ­– provide a forum for testimony on recreation rule changes aimed to address recent challenges in implementing critical recreation services.   Demand for state forest…

ODA Traps Yield 14 Gypsy Moths in Oregon

After six straight years of single digit detections, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has trapped 14 gypsy moths this summer including two Asian gypsy moths in the Portland area. The results signal an increased concern of the threat posed by the plant-eating invasive species and has prompted an evaluation of next steps to deal with…

McDonald’s, Mars, and Other Marketplace Brands to Engage with Family Forest Owners on Sustainability

GreenBlue and American Forest Foundation Announces Sustainable Forest Management Partnership and Summit GreenBlue and the American Forest Foundation (AFF) today announced a new partnership to bring together America’s family forest owners and several of the most well-known marketplace brands, including Mars, Incorporated; McDonald’s USA; Avery Dennison; and Evergreen Packaging. For the first time ever, both…

Public Invited to Propose Forest Projects Under County Payments Program

In response to the two-year reauthorization by Congress of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act in April; the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests are soliciting project proposals to be funded under Title II of the act.   The federal legislation encourages individuals, non-profit organizations, local governments, and others to propose projects that…

Joseph Named Regional Timber Association President

American Forest Resource Council to Have New Executive July 31, 2015 — The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) has named Travis Joseph as its next President. Joseph will join AFRC after eight years in Washington D.C. working for Congressman DeFazio, the House Committee on Natural Resources, and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  …