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DREW — Orange flames wrapped around layers of smoking black and gray pieces of wood that were once small trees crowding a remote section of the Umpqua National Forest. Wildland firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service stood in a clearing, breaking up the charcoal inside a kiln before piling…

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A biochar expo is slated for 10 a.m. Oct. 28 at the West Side Community Garden, 1771 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg. The workshop will teach gardeners of all skill levels about biochar, a form of charcoal used in compost and soil to hold in nutrients and moisture. Participants are encouraged to v…

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The white-breasted nuthatch depends on pine and oak woodlands in the Pacific Northwest, but its range is predicted to falter over time as climate change increases temperatures. The olive-sided flycatcher relies on large snags in burned landscapes, but it’s losing its habitat as wildfires bur…

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The white-breasted nuthatch depends on pine and oak woodlands in the Pacific Northwest, but its range is predicted to falter over time as climate change increases temperatures. The olive-sided flycatcher relies on large snags in burned landscapes, but it’s losing its habitat as wildfires bur…

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The State Land Board plans to provide informational updates regarding the Common School Fund real property and the Elliott State Forest, a 82,500-acre forest in Douglas and Coos Counties, from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 17 at the Department of State Lands, 775 Summer St., Salem.

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The Douglas Forest Protective Association is now issuing burn permits for back yard debris burning. The free permits require an onsite inspection from a DFPA forest officer before they can be issued.

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Hiking through a forest in central Peru 11,000 feet above sea level, Noah Strycker of Cottage Grove searched for a glimpse of black-and-gold feathers. The golden-backed mountain-tanager can only be found in five remote areas in Peruvian elfin cloud forests and Strycker was determined to see it.

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Ken and Jenny Carloni built their home next to the North Umpqua River with the goal of leaving the smallest ecological footprint they could. Using wood they had salvaged or recycled, they designed the house to allow the fresh river breeze to cool it down in the summertime, and added two sets…

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The Bureau of Land Management Roseburg District revised the emergency closure of public lands near the Horse Prairie Fire between Riddle and Camas Valley. The closure is limited to the fire perimeter.

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The Bureau of Land Management Roseburg District revised the emergency closure of public lands near the Horse Prairie Fire between Riddle and Camas Valley. The closure is limited to the fire perimeter.

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The Douglas Forest Protective Association worked with landowners over the weekend to safely complete prescribed agricultural burns in the Umpqua Valley.

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The City of Roseburg Fire Department will begin issuing residential burn permits from Oct. 1 until Oct. 31. Permits cost $71 and are issued for seven days for burning residential yard waste only.