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Elliott State Forest Sale
4:44 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Oregon Land Board Ponders Future Of Elliott Forest

Protesters demonstrated in front of the capitol prior to the meeting of the State Land Board.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

A large state owned forest in Oregon might end up in new hands.

The State Land Board endorsed a proposal Tuesday to transfer ownership of the Elliott State Forest. But it's not clear who the new owners would be.

The Elliott State Forest in southwest Oregon is supposed to be managed to bring in as much money as possible. And that money is supposed to go to public schools. But the forest is actually losing money in the wake of restrictions on logging.

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Forest Recovery
5:54 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Study Finds Forests Recover 'Quickly' After Fire, In Tree Years Anyway

Odessa Lake and subalpine forest in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA.
Credit Philip Higuera / University of Idaho

Fire season has come alive here in the Northwest. On Monday 20 homes in Idaho's Sun Valley area were briefly under evacuation when a fire broke out in a nearby canyon. A 5,000-acre fire north of Wenatchee, Wash., continues to threaten houses in the area. Fires can be devastating to people's lives, but according to new research at least certain types of forests recovery fairly quickly.

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Forest Privatization
5:21 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Conservationists Say They'll Sue Over Privatization Of State Forest

Conservation groups object to the potential privatization of the Elliott State Forest in Oregon's coast range.
Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

Conservation groups want timber companies to know they'll sue if an endangered seabird's habitat is threatened by logging. The groups object to the potential privatization of the Elliott State Forest in Oregon's coast range.

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Northwest Forests
5:38 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Risk Of Falling Trees Shutters Northwest Camping Areas

Forest managers in north Idaho and western Washington will be closing some popular camping areas this year.
Credit U.S. Forest Service

Forest managers in north Idaho and western Washington will be closing some popular camping areas this year. They say nearby trees are infected with root rot and post a threat to campers. It’s a problem Northwest forests may see more of in the coming years, as Jessica Robinson reports.

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Olympic Conservation
4:59 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Legislation Revived To Protect 126,000 Acres Of Olympic Peninsula

New legislation could put 126,000 acres of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula into permanent conservation.
Credit Dominio Público / Wikimedia Commons

New legislation could put 126,000 acres of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula into permanent conservation.

Democratic Senator Patty Murray introduced the Wild Olympics Act on Friday. It’s a chunk of national forest land almost as big as the city of Chicago. The Act would also provide protection for 19 rivers on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Elliott State Forest Sale
7:50 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Top Oregon Officials Approve Sale Of Parcels In Elliott Forest

The threatened seabird likes to nest in old trees near the coast and the Elliott has plenty.
Credit USFWS - Pacific Region/Flickr

Environmentalists gathered in Salem Tuesday to protest Oregon’s decision to sell off state forest land. The governor and other top state officials approved a plan to auction off about 3 percent of the Elliott State Forest. It’s their latest attempt to make the forest produce revenue for schools. Any prospective buyers will have to deal with an endangered sea bird.

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Oregon Land Auction
5:21 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Elliott State Forest Land To Be Auctioned Off

Credit Oregon Department of Forestry / Flickr

Tuesday the Oregon State Land Board gave the green light to sell five scattered tracts in the Elliott State Forest east of Coos Bay.

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Anti-Logging Protest
4:05 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Protesters Suspend Themselves On Oregon's Capitol Dome

Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 2:59 pm

Oregon State Police have removed a huge banner from the Oregon state capitol and detained five environmental protesters. 

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Oregon Forest Bill Threatened
6:07 am
Thu September 19, 2013

White House Threatens To Veto Forest Bill

White house budget officials say they will advise the president to veto a logging bill the House is discussing this week.

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Northwest Sequester Cuts
4:04 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Forest Service Cuts Maintenance Projects In Sequester Response

US Forest Service. A trail crew widens the tread on the Tubal Cain Trail in the Olympic National Forest.

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:23 pm

Remember the "sequester" cuts? The dust is finally settling and the consequences becoming real for a program in the U.S. Forest Service that sends money to timber counties.

At the beginning of sequestration, the Forest Service demanded that rural counties pay back some of the timber payments they'd already received and spent. But all of the recipients of the federal aid refused to go along with this approach to across-the-board federal budget cuts.

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