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Drive With Smokey: New Oregon license plate pre-sale begins (Photo) - 12/17/18

Today, Keep Oregon Green, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry, is launching the sale of a brand new Oregon license plate design. The plate will feature the iconic image of Smokey Bear set against a green forested backdrop and the words ‘Keep Oregon Green,' as a reminder of the need to protect Oregon's scenic landscapes from careless human-caused wildfires.

The release of the plate design and voucher sale coincides with a year-long, nationwide celebration of Smokey Bear’s 75th Anniversary in 2019. Keep Oregon Green will promote the license plate on social media using the hashtag “#DriveWithSmokey” each week until they sell 3,000 vouchers. The Keep Oregon Green Association will also partner with other fire-fighting and emergency response organizations to help spread the message.

"Each year, approximately two-thirds of Oregon's wildfires are human-caused and they are all completely preventable," says Keep Oregon Green's CEO, Kristin Babbs. “Keep Oregon Green has been a household slogan since its inception in 1941, and this message is more important now than ever before. Wildfire awareness opportunities like this will help ingrain it in Oregonian’s DNA.”

In 2018, the number of human-caused fires represented 79 percent of all ignitions. The leading culprits behind a number of these fires included illegal burning, driving poorly-maintained vehicles that spark fires, and failing to extinguish campfires properly. Other fire causes include power lines, mowing dry grass, fireworks, and smoking.

Keep Oregon Green runs annual campaigns aimed at reducing the number of these types of wildfires. The phrase "Keep Oregon Green" is prominently shown on road signs on major highways, television, radio and in print advertisements each year, with a strong message emphasis during the summer fire season.

To purchase a $40 voucher and contribute to Keep Oregon Green’s fire prevention message, visit drivewithsmokey.com. The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will begin producing the license plates when 3,000 vouchers have been sold.

For more on wildfire prevention information and the Keep Oregon Green Association, visit www.keeporegongreen.org.

 

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State Forester Peter Daugherty (right) and retired State Forester Jim Brown (left) look on as retired State Forester Mike Miller shares historic photos from his time heading the Oregon Department of Forestry. ODF retiree Paul Bell is in back. The four gat
State Forester Peter Daugherty (right) and retired State Forester Jim Brown (left) look on as retired State Forester Mike Miller shares historic photos from his time heading the Oregon Department of Forestry. ODF retiree Paul Bell is in back. The four gat
State foresters and others reunite to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the State Forester's Office in Salem (Photo) - 12/03/18

SALEM, Ore. – The 80th anniversary of the historic State Forester’s Office Building in southeast Salem saw a rare reunion – that of current State Forester Peter Daugherty and five former Oregon State Foresters. The forestry leaders attended a Dec. 1 public open house in the historic structure. It was organized by Oregon Department of Forestry and Forest History Center staff. 

In attendance were Mike Miller (served 1980-1986), Jim Brown (1986-2003), Roy Woo (served as acting State Forester in 2003), Nancy Hirsch (served as acting State Forester in 2010) and Doug Decker (2011-2016). Along with many retired deputy state foresters and members of the public, the group toured their old offices. They also looked over old photos and historic forestry-related newspaper articles. One story from the 1960s featured a photo of a young Mike Miller on the same page announcing a Soviet cosmonaut had become the first person to walk in space.

The State Forester’s Office was designed by Linn A. Forrest, the same architect who had a hand in designing the exterior of Timberline Lodge. The structure was built in 1938 during the Great Depression by workers in President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. Eighteen different native Oregon woods were used in the interior. The different woods have darkened with age, but drew appreciative comments from visitors. Many noted the knot-free planks of old-growth Douglas-fir lining the building’s central hallway. Visitors got to peek at original 1930s tile and black porcelain fixtures in the executive restroom as well as the walk-in safe. Payroll cash and other records were stored in the safe before the era of paychecks and direct deposit.

Visitors also were able to admire hand-wrought iron door plates and decorative stair panels. Portraying trees, birds, fish and animals native to Oregon forests, these were hand-carved by Arthur Clough. Clough is also known for large carvings he did during the 1930s for the University of Oregon Library’s main reading room.

The State Forester’s Office has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988. It still serves as the administrative headquarters for ODF.  In addition to administrative offices, it includes the room where the Board of Forestry met from the 1960s to the mid-1980s.

The Forest History Center, also located on ODF’s Salem campus, was open for tours as well. The Center, which is housed in a building constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936, serves as a place to preserve and interpret the history of forestry in Oregon. It is staffed and operated by volunteers and funded primarily through donations and grants.

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Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committee will meet Dec. 5 to select Operator of the Year for eastern Oregon - 11/28/18

SALEM, Ore. — The Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committee will meet Wednesday, Dec. 5 starting at 10 a.m. for the purpose of selecting the Operator of the Year for eastern Oregon from among three nominees. The meeting will be held via conference call.

 

There will be an opportunity for public comment near the beginning of the meeting. Members of the public may call into the meeting by contacting ODF’s Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can also be directed Dominique at 503-945-7502.
 

Regional Forest Practice Committees are panels of citizens - mandated under Oregon law - that advise the Oregon Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Three Regional Forest Practice Committees, serving the Eastern, Northwest and Southwest and regions of the state, were created by the 1971 Oregon Forest Practices Act. Under Oregon law, a majority of the committees' members must be private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies.


Oregon’s forests are among one of the state’s most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits.  Additional information about ODF’s Regional Forest Practice Committees is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s web site: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/RFPC.aspx.

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Oregon Department of Forestry Strike Teams Head Home From Camp Fire (Photo) - 11/20/18

Salem, Ore. –  Strike teams from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) were released today by Cal Fire from their assignment on the Camp Fire in Butte County, Calif. Heavy rains forecasted for much of the area are expected to improve conditions and provide a much-needed reprieve for wildfire suppression throughout the region.

Reported as the deadliest wildfire in a century, the Camp Fire is estimated at 151,373 acres and 70 percent contained, with at least 79 civilian fatalities reported and over 13,000 structures destroyed. Tasks completed by ODF and DFPA resources included fire line construction and improvements, burning operations to assisting in recovery efforts in the City of Paradise and surrounding communities. The teams worked alongside Cal Fire and California Office of Emergency Management as well as numerous fellow firefighting agencies.

The 28 agency and association personnel head home to their families today just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Our crews came down readily willing to serve Cal Fire and the citizens of Butte County,” said ODF Agency Representative Matt Howard. “While the work they completed was within their scope, training and experience, the difference with the Camp Fire was the sheer magnitude of the incident. The severe loss of human life, infrastructure, and natural resources are unlike anything our folks have experienced.

“As the agency representative, I am extremely humbled to have shared this assignment with the two experienced Engine Strike Teams from the Oregon Department of Forestry and Douglas Forest Protective Association. Our homecoming is bittersweet as we head home to our loved ones,” Howard added. “Our heartfelt wishes are with our fellow firefighters, Paradise and surrounding communities, and all those impacted by this tragic fire.”

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Oregon's Forest History Center earns National Awards - 11/20/18

SALEM, Ore. – The Forest History Center received an Educational Award from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Legacy group in September. The group held its annual meeting at the Oregon Department of Forestry Headquarters in Salem where the History Center is located. The national CCC Legacy group presents this award annually to recognize individuals and groups for their work preserving CCC history.

This year’s CCC Legacy Educational Group Award was presented to Alan Maul, the Forest History Center’s Coordinator, along with other volunteer staff. They were recognized not just for their efforts to continue the CCC legacy in Oregon, but also for the work they do to interpret that legacy for the public.

“It was very interesting to talk to people from around the country about the CCC. Some I had communicated with through email or phone, and it was nice to meet them in person,” said Alan.

At a separate event, Alan Maul was presented with the Historic Preservation Medal by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This is the most prestigious preservation award the national society presents to individuals who have done extraordinary volunteer work in historic preservation.

Alan says, “One of the interesting things about working at the Forest History Center is you never know who is going to come through the door or when that phone rings, who is going to be on the other end of the line.”

Alan’s passion for preserving Oregon’s forest history and his determination and commitment to the creation of a place to collect that history can be seen at the Forest History Center located on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Salem Campus, 2600 State Street.

The CCC Legacy is a non-profit organization dedicated to research, preservation, and education to promote a better understanding of the CCC and its continuing contribution to American life and culture. More information is available at http://www.ccclegacy.org/.

The Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. More information is available at https://www.dar.org/.

The Forest History Center is staffed and operated by volunteers, and funded through donations and grants.

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