Bureau of Land Managament

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A conservation group is taking legal action against the Bureau of Land Management for its proposed logging in Thurston Hills near Springfield.

Rachael McDonald

A few dozen activists and concerned citizens gathered in front of the Seneca Sawmills in Eugene Thursday morning to protest a logging project near Springfield. They wore masks—kept their distance, and held signs decrying clear-cuts on public land.


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A logging project near Springfield is set to go forward after the Bureau of Land Management this week issued a decision. But, environmental groups are sounding the alarm with concerns over fire danger.

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The Oregon-Washington Bureau of Land Management is accepting public comment on the reclassification of public domain lands in Oregon. A recent environmental assessment report found no significant impact related to the transition.

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Climate change has created hotter and drier conditions, which in turn have made wildfires larger and more intense. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a new forest plan addresses those factors.

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Conservation groups gathered outside the Bureau of Land Management’s Springfield office Thursday morning to protest a timber sale in the Cascade foothills of Lane County.

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Friday the Bureau of Land Management released a menu of options for managing its public forests in Western Oregon. At stake are 2.5 million acres. They’re called O&C Lands because they were once owned by the Oregon and California Railroad. This is being closely watched by conservation groups, timber companies and local governments:

Timber sales on O&C Lands traditionally provided a lot of money for counties in Western Oregon. But that funding nearly dried up in the 1990s. That’s when a number of endangered species protections went into effect.

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Two environmental groups are challenging a timber sale outside of Springfield that they say is the largest clear-cut on federal land in 20 years. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Eugene.

The project, called The Second Show Timber Sale, is on nearly 260 acres of Bureau of Land Management Land near Shotgun Creek outside Springfield. Nick Cady is with Cascadia Wildlands, one of the conservation groups which filed the lawsuit. He says the BLM neglected to analyze the effects of the project in relation to other private logging projects in the area.

Wildfires Pose Threat To Sage-Grouse

Jun 16, 2014
Oregon News Service

Wildllife managers want to focus on protecting sage grouse habitat for the birds’ 11-state range including Oregon. Habitat destruction is the biggest threat to the bird and intense wildfires in the West are not making it easier.

The U.S. Interior Department told governors at a meeting last week in Colorado, the sage-grouse could end up on the endangered species list if more isn’t done to protect forests.  Bend Fire Captain Karl Findling is a former worker for the Bureau of Land Management. He says firefighters are noticing changes to wildfires themselves, and in weather patterns.