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Making a difference at Monarch Pass:

Project salvages beetle-kill trees on steep slopes to reduce wildfire risk, protect water resources While the Upper Arkansas Valley has received plenty of rain this summer, smoke in the air has served as a reminder that the threat of wildfire is never far away, a situation made more urgent by the brown forest of beetle-kill trees around Monarch Pass. Thanks to a collaborative effort led by the U.S. Forest Service and the Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC), the threat of catastrophic wildfire is lessening around Monarch Pass.  With 90% of mature trees in the area killed by spruce beetles, the …

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Stepping Up To Fire

STEPPING UP TO FIRE By Jan Jackson When Lee Miller, president and CEO of Miller Timber Services in Philomath, Oregon, sees a need that isn’t being met, he gets his team together and does something about it. His recent project was working with Ponsse to turn his regular forest machines into impressive pieces of firefighting equipment. It has taken two years, but they’ve done it. Ponsse, the privately owned Finnish company specializing in forest products and equipment, employs more than 1,800 people in 10 countries. They have years of experience coming up with quick, easy, and simple ways to equip their …

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Opinion: Loggers are firefighting heroes

There is nothing more disheartening than being called a hero during fire season and then slandered in the media or overregulated outside of fire emergencies. Firefighters are not just 20-person handcrews, hotshots and smokejumpers. They are also loggers, ranchers, road builders and much more. Forest contractors are being enlisted by public firefighting agencies to help stop the blazes across the state. In fact, the Oregon Department of Forestry and its federal partners rely heavily on the skilled labor that loggers and other contracted service people provide during fire season.  

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Baldy gets a trim to improve forest health

$350,000 in new funding this week expected to ramp up annual work The forests in and around the ski slopes on Bald Mountain are under attack by Douglas-fir beetle, dwarf mistletoe, white pine blister rust and other infestations. A combination of deadfall and canopy overgrowth has increased fire risk, as wide swathes of trees have died and gone brown in the last few years. The landscape, in other words, is struggling. But a new, multi-faceted initiative aims to aid it in its fight. Click HERE to view full article.

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Demonstration shows modern forestry advances

An aspect of the demonstration was to show how technologically advanced the industry has become. In about 30 seconds, the Finnish Ponsse harvester can cut a tree and section it to the length mills require. PHILOMATH, Ore. — Simon Babcock, forestry teacher at Philomath High School, compared the thinning of Downing Forest to Christmas morning. “I’m ecstatic,” he said. “It’s been needing to happen.” Click HERE to view the full article.

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New leaders emerge from REAL Oregon

The first Resource Education and Agricultural Leadership Program, or REAL Oregon, is in the books, wrapping up five months of leadership training and networking. Just two weeks after completing the first Resource Education and Agricultural Leadership Program, otherwise knows as REAL Oregon, Matt Mattioda was able to put his newly refined skills to the test. Mattioda, who works as the chief forester for Miller Timber Services in Philomath, Ore., was informed by a client that Oregon Tresaurer Tobias Read was interested in touring a project site to better understand how trees are harvested on the landscape. “I had a chance …

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Bald Mountain Stewardship Project Preserves Ski Resort Against Insects, Wildfire

Eye on Sun Valley Daily Local News – STORY AND PHOTOS BY KAREN BOSSICK Kurt Nelson surveyed a clearing that had just been carved out …

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The Bald Mountain Stewardship Project – National Forest Foundation

The purpose of the Bald Mountain Stewardship Project is to reduce fuels and associated fire risk, improve forest health, and preserve the recreational experience on …

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Taking Care Of Baldy

By Sabina Dana Plasse Photos courtesy Sun Valley Company As most Wood River Valley residents and those who frequent the area know, wildfire and beetle …

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Wyden, Merkley: U.S. Forest Service Contracts With Eight Oregon Businesses to Provide Wildland Firefighter Crews

Federal contracts slated for companies in Merlin, Redmond, Salem, Ashland, Philomath, Merrill, Sutherlin and Independence Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today …

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High tech mitigation protecting Colorado Springs water

By: Bill Folsom Posted at 12:00 PM, Oct 09, 2021 and last updated 12:00 PM, Oct 09, 2021   COLORADO SPRINGS — There is new fire mitigation technology …

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New technology improves forest health, decreases wildfire risk on Pikes Peak’s north slope

TELLER COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) — Removing dead or dying trees from steep mountain slopes can be a time-consuming and dangerous job, but new technology is …

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Making a difference at Monarch Pass:

Project salvages beetle-kill trees on steep slopes to reduce wildfire risk, protect water resources While the Upper Arkansas Valley has received plenty of rain this …

Read More →

Stepping Up To Fire

STEPPING UP TO FIRE By Jan Jackson When Lee Miller, president and CEO of Miller Timber Services in Philomath, Oregon, sees a need that isn’t being …

Read More →

Opinion: Loggers are firefighting heroes

There is nothing more disheartening than being called a hero during fire season and then slandered in the media or overregulated outside of fire emergencies. Firefighters are not …

Read More →

Baldy gets a trim to improve forest health

$350,000 in new funding this week expected to ramp up annual work The forests in and around the ski slopes on Bald Mountain are under …

Read More →

Demonstration shows modern forestry advances

An aspect of the demonstration was to show how technologically advanced the industry has become. In about 30 seconds, the Finnish Ponsse harvester can cut …

Read More →

New leaders emerge from REAL Oregon

The first Resource Education and Agricultural Leadership Program, or REAL Oregon, is in the books, wrapping up five months of leadership training and networking. Just …

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