U.S. Forest Service Hiring

MEDFORD, Ore. — Starting January, the U.S. Forest Service will hire 600 people in Oregon and Washington for temporary positions, including Southern Oregon. The jobs are for various specialties ranging from fire and trial management to recreation and botany. There are three phases to the hiring process. You can start to apply the first week … Continue reading »

Counties Fighting for Fire Season Funds

MEDFORD, Ore. – County commissioners in Oregon are fighting for awareness about a law in place that does not allow money to be pumped back into counties after timber is burned during fire seasons. Currently, 16 U.S.C. § 579c does not allow or address the fact that when timber is burned or destroyed by fire, and … Continue reading »

Rain Affecting Firefight at Labrador

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — The Labrador Fire in Josephine County is still zero percent contained. On Thursday, crews were unable to utilize helicopters because of visibility issues. Since the start of the fire firefighters could not fight the flames on foot very well because of the rough and dangerous terrain. A fire assessment team with … Continue reading »

Scientists Pit Owl vs. Owl for Survival

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Scientists are hoping they can save the spotted owl by killing off one of its competitors. The controversial plan involves killing off the barred owl, starting with four test areas, two in Oregon. A biologist for the U.S. Forest Service has been studying the spotted owls since 1960, and says they population … Continue reading »

USFS Fined for Creek Contamination

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — A U.S. agency is being fined over an algae infestation in a Rogue Valley creek. The U.S. Forest Service faces a nearly $9,000 fine. The state’s Department of Environmental Quality says an algae mat was allowed to escape a USFS nursery and flow down into Jackson Creek. The Central Point nursery … Continue reading »

Study Shows Climate Change Impacts

MEDFORD, Ore. — A 280- page report issued this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture warns that climate change could bring more massive wildfires and insect destruction of forests in the next 25 years. Officials with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management say they are managing forest lands in this area with … Continue reading »

Federal Official Talk Western Fires

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — A federal official is asking western communities, utilities, and others to work together on projects that would restore forests and range land charred by recent forest fires. The overseer for the U.S. Forest Service, told government officials at a Western Governor’s Association meeting this weekend, that the federal government is ramping up … Continue reading »

Congress Considers Fire Fight Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fires are still burning throughout Oregon and now Congress is considering providing emergency funding to help fund the fire fights. This comes as the U.S. Forest Service has exhausted it’s fire suppression fund. Senator Jeff Merkley says without emergency funding, the Forest Service would be forced to fund firefighting operations by cutting … Continue reading »

Sen. Merkley: ‘We Need Emergency Funds’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Forest Service has exhausted their firefighting funds. The extensive fire season and the huge costs of fighting those fires is putting a strain on the federal agency. Senator Jeff Merkley is urging Senate Leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell to make additional resources available. Senator Merkley said the Forest Service may … Continue reading »

Sucker Creek Restoration

NEAR OREGON CAVES, Ore. – U.S. Forest Service officials and volunteers are showing off a four year project to restore a stretch of Sucker Creek, near Oregon Caves National Monument. It’s a project that officials hope will point the way to more stream restoration projects in the Illinois Valley. Sucker Creek is splashing and gurgling … Continue reading »