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The ongoing drought in California has been tough on trees.  Or has it?

While it's apparently true that 12 million trees have died in recent years in California, the deaths are probably caused by a combination of drought and insects. 

Naomi Tague at UC-Santa Barbara's Ecohydrolab is one of the authors of a study that assessed the various causes of various tree deaths. 

It clears up the relationship between bugs and droughts, and provides possible future patterns for tree deaths in certain climate conditions. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife

"Threatened" status may not be enough for the Northern Spotted Owl. 

The old-growth forest dweller continues to decline in number, and that could lead to its reclassification as "endangered." 

EPIC, the Environmental Protection Information Center based in Arcata, petitioned to reclassify the owl nearly three years ago. 

Now the federal Fish and Wildlife Service is beginning a review to see if the move is warranted. 

Inside The Embattled Forest Service

Apr 13, 2015
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Did anybody LIKE the U.S. Forest Service around 1990? 

It was constantly in the middle of battles over proper forest management, the timber industry demanding more logs on one hand and conservationists urging more protection on the other. 

Jim Furnish was more than halfway through a long career with the Forest Service then. 

In Toward a Natural Forest, he details the pressures and pleasures of life within one of the most visible and controversial government agencies. 

Arbor Week In Oregon

Apr 6, 2015
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When your state is known for its trees, just one day for Arbor Day is not enough. 

So both Oregon and California take a full week to celebrate trees and all they provide to the planet. 

Arbor Week is this week in Oregon (April 5-11). 

Moving Forward On The Elliot Forest

Dec 17, 2014
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Oregon's Elliott State Forest will not be sold to timber companies, but it could very well get some new owner. 

The Oregon Land Board decided against a plan to sell the Elliott, but now a new proposal to seek another public buyer, or a public-private partnership, is in the works. 

Cascadia Wildlands and other groups strongly opposed the earlier sale idea. 

Pushing For More Deliberate Fires

Sep 15, 2014
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The question is often asked during fire season, when thousands of acres are going up in smoke: weren't we talking about restoring regular fires to the ecosystem? 

The answer is yes. 

Or yes, BUT... the scientific answer is one thing, the political is another. 

The Bureau of Land Management and other agencies do perform prescribed burns. 

Justin Corns / Oregon Dept of Forestry via www.rogueweather.com

UPDATED | Friday 9/22 10:16 a.m.

An evacuation advisory in the Applegate has been lifted by fire officials, who say significant progress has been made fighting the Old Blue Mountain Fire burning three miles from Applegate between the towns of Gold Hill & Rogue River. A roadblock on Foots Creek Road was also removed on Thursday.

The 99 acre fire is the largest of eight fires sparked by lightning Monday evening in Jackson and Josephine counties. 

Arbor WEEK In Oregon

Apr 9, 2014
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When you're as known for your trees as Oregon is, Arbor DAY is just not enough.

That's why Oregon calls the first full week of April Arbor WEEK (California does, too, just a month earlier). 

Speaking For The Trees In The Applegate Valley

Mar 18, 2014
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The concept of protecting lands through conservation easements is well-established. 

Property owners agree not to log (or farm, or mine, or whatever the easement specifies) their land far into the future.  A group in Oregon's Applegate valley called Speak For the Trees is working to reach conservation easements to protect forest land from logging. 

Pesticide Use On Private Forests In Oregon

Dec 20, 2013
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Public forests are managed with limits on their uses and are required to keep detailed records. 

Private forests, on the other hand, have to follow laws like the Oregon Forest Practices Act, but the records are less open to the public. 

Oregon Wild Campaigns Against Clearcuts

Sep 6, 2013
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Congress returns to business today, and a key item of business for the region is up for consideration.  Members of Congress from both parties in Oregon support a plan to divide the former O & C lands managed by the federal government, with a portion managed intensively for timber (and county revenue).  Opponents are mounting a campaign against the measure, under the banner "Oregon Home of the Clearcut."