Monday, September 20, 2021

Play

The American Rescue Plan could provide essential training to boost jobs in construction, and we explore a trauma-informed approach to preventing marijuana use in teens.

Play

Pfizer says its vaccine is safe for children ages 5 to 11, travel restrictions soon will ease for vaccinated international visitors to the U.S., and a Texas doctor who performed an abortion under new restrictions is sued.

Play

Lawsuits stall debt relief for America's Black farmers; Idaho hospitals using "critical care" protocols; grant money boosts rural towns in Utah and more conservation acreage could protect the iconic sage grouse.

Taming OR’s Backlog of Aging Forest Roads

Play

Thursday, December 24, 2009   

PORTLAND, Ore. - Thousands of miles of roads crisscross the Oregon backcountry, where washouts and slides are common. Bad roads affect water quality and fish habitat, as well as make access difficult for recreational uses. But a record $19 million is coming to the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon and Washington to change that, through the Legacy Roads and Trails Remediation program. The 2010 road and trail maintenance budget is double the amount the Northwest states normally receive.

Mary Scurlock, policy director with the Pacific Rivers Council, says the goals in Oregon will be to decommission unnecessary roads and fix the rest using modern techniques that are better for the environment.

"What we would like to do is reduce the number of road miles that we have, and have those road miles be - to the greatest extent possible - self-maintaining, so they don't cost the taxpayers money and we don't have ongoing threats and harm to aquatic habitat."

She says repairing and reclaiming old roads also will bring hundreds of jobs to people in rural communities. According to the Forest Service, contracts will be put out for bid this spring and the work should begin this summer.

Northwest conservation groups have been working with the federal agency to prioritize the projects. Scurlock says it will require an ongoing financial commitment to stabilize a road and trail system that has been neglected for many years.

"We basically have about twice as many roads as what we actually need, and every road that we have creates a legal and a financial liability, because of the need to maintain it and the need to prevent environmental harm from that road."

Oregon has 69,000 miles of national forest roads. The Forest Service estimates that nationwide, 1 million miles of road maintenance has been put off because of budget shortfalls.



get more stories like this via email

This, year the theme of Sea Otter Awareness Week is the species' key role in the mosaic of the ecosystem. (Wikimedia Commons)

Environment

MONTEREY BAY, Calif. - This week, conservation groups are celebrating Sea Otter Awareness Week with online and in-person events across the state…


Social Issues

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new Redistricting Advisory Council announced last week by Gov. Tom Wolf's office will focus on reducing gerrymandering as new …

Environment

DULUTH, Minn. - As Minnesota looks to address the impact of climate change on the region, land managers and policymakers are reminded of the role …


Almost three-quarters of nursing homes said their workforce situation had worsened since 2020, according to a recent survey.(Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

By Savanna Strott for Eye on Ohio, The Ohio Center for Journalism Broadcast version by Emily Scott for Ohio News Connection. COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio …

Health and Wellness

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- One in five unvaccinated Kentuckians say they are open to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new poll from the …

Rachel Winn, right, says her new van should be handicap accessible for her son by November. (Rural Dynamics)

Health and Wellness

HELENA, Mont. - It can be hard for people with disabilities to afford the assistive technology they need to perform daily activities. A program in …

Social Issues

LA CONNER, Wash. - The exhibit of an artist who depicted the lives of farmworkers in northwest Washington has been recognized for its quality…

Environment

WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. - A farming project on a Puget Sound island is looking to reshape agriculture and access to land. The nonprofit Agrarian …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021