ODF Committee to address Oregon’s Increasing Wildfire Activity

ODF committee begins work on finding solutions to address Oregon’s increasing wildfire activity.   Oregon experienced a significant increase in wildfires over the past several years. Not only have these fires increased damages and costs to Oregon’s forests, landowners, and local communities but they have stretched the state’s “complete and coordinated fire protection system”.  …

Fish and Wildlife Commission delists wolves statewide in split vote (4-2):

Also ask for increased penalties for unlawful taking of wolves and Oregon ESA change to allow partial delisting of species in future November 9, 2015 SALEM, Ore.—The Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to delist wolves from the state Endangered Species Act throughout Oregon today. The meeting began at 8 a.m. and adjourned at 6:44 p.m….

Forest Service Chief Reviews Fire Season, Calls for Two-Part Solution to Fire Budget

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell reviewed the 2015 fire season and provided insight into longer term trends and challenges for the agency during testimony before the House Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee. Tidwell highlighted concerns over the increasing cost of suppressing wildfire, emphasizing that more than half of the agency’s annual budget now goes…

The Anatomy of an Interagency Incident Management Team

By Lori Kimbel The process fascinates me. With roughly 50 experts, they come together, like a family gathering, only it’s never a picnic.   Many of the people organizing the safety of the firefighters, the equipment they need and the supplies they will go through have been away from home most of the summer. With…

Wildfire: the natural, and man-made, disaster of the west

By Lori Kimbel To say this summer’s fire season is one for the record books is an understatement. With more than 7 million acres burned across the lower 48 states, fire crews struggle to contain these natural and man-made disasters.   As of August 23, 2015 there were 69 large fires burning in the United…

Rising Firefighting Costs Raises Alarms for Forest Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2015 — For the first time in its 110-year history, the Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is spending more than 50 percent of its budget to suppress the nation’s wildfires. A new report released today by the Forest Service estimates that within a decade, the agency will spend…