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The Fate of Our Forests is a series of the East Oregonian Publishing GroupContributing newspapers: The Daily Astorian of Astoria, the East Oregonian of Pendleton, the Capital Press of Salem, t…

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PACIFIC COUNTY, Wash. — After a year and a half looking for a buyer, in February once-dominant logging giant Weyerhaeuser sold 82,000 acres of hemlock forestland in Pacific County and in neigh…

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JOHN DAY — Longtime Oregon lumberman John Shelk remembers the first time a colleague suggested that if he was interested in the idea of collaboration, he might want to talk to Andy Kerr.

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A professional forester who died 25 years ago would not recognize the words and concepts that are the new currency in the woods.

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A quiet revolution is sweeping across Oregon’s forests. The stability that timber companies provided communities for more than a century is vanishing. Sawmills and the family-wage employment t…

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Andy Kerr is a consultant  for the Larch Company. He has worked for two decades with the Oregon Natural Resources Council, the organization that made the Northern spotted owl a household name,…

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Pilot Rock is a mill town. Each entrance sign to the town of 1,500 hosts a broad circular saw painted with an Eastern Oregon landscape.

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A fourth-generation Oregon lumberman, John Shelk was raised in Prineville, earned a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University and did post-graduate work at Lewis and Clark College. He serve…

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ENTERPRISE — When Spencer Beebe, the prominent Portland environmental evangelist, was deciding how to manage his family’s mostly forested 2,463-acre property in the far northeastern corner of …

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Tony and Tim Nolan always have done things together. They grew up and went to high school together in Lexington. They took their first job at a quarry together. And for the past 17 years they …

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BOARDMAN — Spanning six miles along Interstate 84, the GreenWood Resources  tree farm is an imposing sight for motorists passing through this small Eastern Oregon town.

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U.S. Forest Capital seems to be at the junction of the economic and environmental forces that are reflected in how forestland ownership patterns are changing. Is that a fair statement?

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Brent Davies is the forest and watershed program director for the nonprofit Ecotrust. Her family owns 500 acres of actively managed forestland near the border of Clatsop and Tillamook counties…

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Katie Voelke is executive director of the North Coast Land Conservancy, a  nonprofit based in Seaside. NCLC owns properties and holds conservation easments from the Columbia River Estuary in C…

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BOARDMAN — The depressed market for wood products has the Upper Columbia Mill in “turtle mode”: head down, operating with a skeleton crew that produces less than capacity. 

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Of all the forms of renewable energy, biomass energy — or biopower — is the oldest.

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The mountains of the Cascade range create a rain-shadow effect with considerably higher levels of precipitation falling on the western side than on eastern slopes.

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Named after David Douglas, a 19th century English botanist and explorer, the Douglas fir is the most abundant and widespread tree in the Pacific Northwest.

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JOHN DAY – Over the past five years, a diverse group of people have been working through their differences toward a common goal: improving the resiliency of the Malheur National Forest and the…

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The amount of forest land in Oregon has essentially remained constant in the past 50 years – 30.7 million acres then, compared to 30.4 million today, according to a 2009 report by the USDA For…

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Designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through market mechanisms, caps are set and markets are used to allocate output from various regulated sources through the buying and selling of car…

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Our state’s forests are some of the most diverse and productive found anywhere in the country.

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   The past year has brought continuing economic challenges to the region, state and nation. However, 2010 also saw some developments in Grant County that are worthy of celebration. 

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Five years ago, few had heard of terms such as carbon offsets or carbon footprint. Today the terms are front-and-center in many people's vocabulary.

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According to the National Academy of Sciences, many indications of climate change have been occurring with more and more frequency:

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CORVALLIS - At a forest research site on the coast range, Beverly Law is studying the breathing patterns of a fast-growing Douglas fir stand.

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Cap-and-trade legislation isn't the only side-effect of the climate change debate that may complicate life for farmers and ranchers.