October 31, 2008 - FSC Sues U.S. Government for helping AFF and Family Woodland Owners

From Oregon Small Woodlands Association, Woodlander Update, SEATTLE, Washington — A coalition of conservation organizations filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Bush administration alleging that federal officials diverted $350 million from the public treasury to forestry foundations “dominated by the timber industry.” The suit alleges that the administration violated federal […]

October 30, 2008 - Dozen gypsy moths detected in Oregon (08). Why that’s good.

[Oregon Dept. of Agriculture Release] Gypsy moth trapping in Oregon has officially ended for 2008 with a final tally of 12 gypsy moths detected statewide- the same number of catches as last year. A majority of detections have taken place in a residential area of Eugene, which could lead to […]

October 29, 2008 - Illegal Logging Conundrum

From American Forest Research Council AFRC Newsletter, 10/21/08, Everyone agrees that we want to prevent illegal logging and have checks and balances in place to assure that no illegally harvested and/or processed wood makes its way into our country. With the enactment of the 2008 Farm Bill, the Lacey Act […]

October 28, 2008 - OFS Paulette Pyle is back in Oregon. Recuperating.

A special update from Sandi Schukar, Oregonians for Food and Shelter. The news about Paulette.  She’s home, and darned happy to be there.  They couldn’t get a flight out of Vienna until Tuesday, so they arrived at PDX Tuesday night.  Both she and Ken were exhausted from a long day […]

October 27, 2008 - Oregon Companies Team Up to Invest in Energy Efficiency

From: PORTLAND, Ore. –– Umpqua Bank, a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: UMPQ), and Energy Trust of Oregon Inc., an independent nonprofit organization, are joining forces to help Oregonians invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy as energy prices continue to rise.   The two organizations are working […]

October 24, 2008 - Bridge crew receives medal for rescuing State Inspector

Oregon Department of Forestry Press Release: A little over a year ago, a bridge-building crew working in a remote area of the Clatsop State Forest rescued a state inspector, and next week they will be awarded a medal.  Steve Godwin, Dwain Farner, Ron Billings and Larry Boettcher of Vinson Brothers […]

October 23, 2008 - DLCD starts Measure 49 claims – progress is slow

By Oregonians In Action Education Center, Looking Forward, Remember the Measure 49 campaign?  Those trying to pass the measure made some very interesting promises.  Here’s a sample of some of the arguments that Measure 49 supporters put in the Voters’ Pamphlet: — “Measure 49 protects the property rights of small […]

October 22, 2008 - Great taste of Oregon attracts frozen fruit tech company

From Oregon Dept. of Agriculture, Oregon’s berry industry gets a boost from “Froozer” — A Florida company with a new frozen treat product ready to unveil in the next few weeks has come all the way to Oregon for great tasting ingredients. Froozer- the product created by Cool Frootz, LLC- […]

October 21, 2008 - Nursery industry strategies for surviving a poor economy

From Oregon Association of Nurseries, With the markets in turmoil, nursery industry consultant Don Richards wrote in to share the following suggestions for nursery operators hoping to survive the current economy. We at the Oregon Association of Nurseries believe these are sound suggestions, and so without further ado, we wanted […]

October 20, 2008 - New Regulations for Harvesting Chinook Salmon

Submitted by: Gienie Assink A new bi-state fisheries advisory group met  in Portland this last week to develop recommendations on a catch-sharing plan for sport and commercial fisheries on the lower Columbia River. Created by fish and wildlife commissions in Washington and Oregon, the group met Wednesday October 15, 2008 […]