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Horse pucky: Fee increase, special permit rile horse campers

The Oregon Department of Forestry has called for $13 million in cuts in the upcoming state budget

Horse enthusiasts are challenging a proposed fee that would make camping at Northrup Creek Horse Camp 11 times more expensive a night beginning this summer. 15 more words

Daily Astorian

Oregon Turns Up The Heat On Sudden Oak Death

Sudden Oak Death is becoming a big enough concern that even Congress is paying attention.

Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkleyrecently joined with a state legislator, Rep. 27 more words


Notification proposed for Oregon aerial pesticide sprays in forests

A bill would impose new notification requirements for aerially spraying pesticides in Oregon forests.

Proposed notification requirements for aerial pesticide sprays in Oregon forests are intended to enhance communication with neighbors, but opponents say they’re unnecessarily onerous. 44 more words

Oregon Legislature

A village free of open defecation, alcohol and violence

An open defecation-free (ODF) Garo village in Goalpara district of Assam is not only the state’s cleanest village, but also is a place where no one consumes alcohol, drugs or smoke and it has never witnessed any crime in at least past 17 years, which  is not only a model for the state but for the entire country. 725 more words


Rajasthan - The Terror of Toilets

The Rajasthan Government has declared war on the poor in the name of the Swachha Bharat Abhiyan. The Government of Rajasthan has become obsessed, not with making Rajasthan free of open defecation but with declaring Rajasthan to be Open Defecation Free (ODF). 584 more words


Project’s goals aim to enhance forest health

Eva Oveson will never forget t he charred landscape she saw as a little girl that was left in the wake of a wildfire in Lostine Canyon. 59 more words

La Grande Observer

Presentation highlights risk, solutions to West’s ‘megafires’

Paul Hessburg, a research landscape ecologist with the Forest Service, led a presentation on “megafires” Wednesday at Whitman College in Walla Walla.

Wildfires are getting bigger and hotter across the West, threatening communities and causing billions of dollars in damage as forests become more cluttered and prone to disease. 33 more words

Dept. Of Forestry