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Editorial: State should put money into federal forests

Not enough forest restoration gets done on Oregon’s federal forests. Oregonians pay the price in increased wildfires, destruction of habitat and loss of clean water, recreation and income.

One report prepared for the state estimated in 2012 that the restoration work needs to double on the U.S. Forest Service-managed forests in eastern and south central Oregon or we will never catch up. That means going from working on about 129,000 acres a year now to 258,000 acres a year…

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Editorial: State should put money into federal forests. The Bulletin. October 26, 2014.

Lawmakers tour Deschutes Forest health projects

BEND, Ore. – Wildfire season is officially over, but the focus for lawmakers is already on next season.

They had a field trip Wednesday to visit thinning and other projects on the Deschutes National Forest in Bend and Sisters areas.

“Improving forest health, reducing the stand density, or number of trees per acre, so the fuel loading is reduced,” said Jim Pena, U.S. Forest Service regional forester. “So the risk to communities and the risk to other resources is reduced.”…

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Lawmakers tour Deschutes Forest health projects; Discuss measures taken and future funding . KTVZ.com. October 22, 2014.

State will again be asked to pitch in on federal forest restoration

ISTERS — Hoping to increase the pace and expand the scale of forest restoration projects around the state, the Oregon Department of Forestry is asking Gov. John Kitzhaber for more money to support collaboratives.

Forest collaboratives, which include representatives from local, state and federal leaders, as well as timber interests, environmentalists and other stakeholders, focus on federal forest management…

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State will again be asked to pitch in on federal forest restoration . The Bulletin. October 23, 2014.

Sustainable Northwest lands grant to study juniper

Sustainable Northwest has secured a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to research the structural characteristics of Western Juniper, which grows across wide swaths of Eastern Oregon.

The grant for $64,990, from the U.S.D.A. Rural Development’s Rural Business Enteprise grant program, will help certify the value of Western Juniper for commercial uses…

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Sustainable Northwest lands grant to study juniper. Sustainable Business Oregon. October 21, 2014.

Officials keep nervous watch on levees

The same railroad embankment that failed to stop the disastrous Vanport Flood of 1948 remains a weak link in Portland’s levee system designed to prevent floods.

A new engineering assessment of the Columbia River levee system found four problem areas that don’t meet stiffer federal flood-protection standards enacted after Hurricane Katrina. The biggest one is the railroad embankment used by Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains as they chug north and south between Heron Lakes Golf Club and Smith Lake in North Portland…

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Officials keep nervous watch on levees. Portland Tribune. October 21, 2014.

Oregon tech startup champion looks to nurture more non-Portland companies

For entrepreneurs in the south Willamette Valley an organization, cleverly called RAIN, is aiming a spotlight on the resources available in communities south of Portland and gathering momentum for its own funding vehicle.

The Oregon Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network ( RAIN) formally started in May and since then the board and its executive director Jim Coonan have been busy gathering resources and convening stakeholders…

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Oregon tech startup champion looks to nurture more non-Portland companies. Portland Business Journal. September 15, 2014.

Peek inside PSU’s future-worthy portable classroom (Photos)

Portable classrooms, the bane of students and teachers everywhere, are getting a green makeover courtesy Portland State University.

Margarette Leite, a PSU professor of architecture, initiated a project to reimagine the temporary classrooms as healthy, clean places for their inhabitants…

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Peek inside PSU's future-worthy portable classroom (Photos). Portland Business Journal. September 5, 2014.

First PSU-designed green portable classrooms go into service in schools

As students file back into school this fall, some will be studying in green modular classrooms designed at Portland State University.

The first batch of the innovative portable classrooms are being deployed at five schools in the Edmonds School District in Washington and the Corvallis Waldorf School…

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First PSU-designed green portable classrooms go into service in schools. Portland Tribune. September 2, 2014.

Portland Parks & Recreation Acquires Gateway Green Property

Bureau Plans to Develop 25-Acre Site for Off-Road Biking

(Portland, OR) –

An island of unused land at the confluence of two freeways takes another step towards becoming a new city park in east Portland, and a regional off-road biking destination.

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) has acquired the 25-acre Gateway Green property, with plans, in concert with Friends of Gateway Green, to build an off-road biking facility on the land. Portland City Council unanimously today authorized the land transfer from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) using funds from System Development Charges (SDCs), not tax dollars…

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Portland Parks & Recreation Acquires Gateway Green Property. The City of Portland. August 27th, 2014.

Eight companies start in business accelerator

Eight companies were in the inaugural class of the Eugene RAIN business accelerator that launched Monday.

The accelerator is an intensive 12-week mentorship and business development program.

The program is part of a broader state-backed economic development initiative called RAIN, which stands for Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network…

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Eight companies start in business accelerator. The Register-Guard. July 15, 2014.