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BLM meetingLEABURG: Area residents had a chance to hear about the Bureau of Land Management’s plans for logging near Vida at a public meeting last Thursday. Agency staffers with backgrounds ranging from fish biologists to silviculurists explained some of the reasoning for tree removal on up to 2,000 acres on both sides of the McKenzie River.
How that might impact the local community was a concern for many of the people in the room.

Sahalie FallsUsually, when a major wildfire destroys a large forested area in a seasonal zone, snow tends to accumulate at a greater level in the burned area than in adjacent forests. But a new study found that the snowpack melts much quicker in charred areas, potentially changing the seasonal runoff pattern of rivers and streams.
The study by Oregon State University researchers, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, documented a 40 percent reduction of albedo – or reflectivity – of snow in the burned forest during snowmelt, and a 60 percent increase in solar radiation reaching the snow surface.

LRAPA logoTomorrow, October 1st, marks the first day of the open/backyard burning season for most residents in Lane County.

EWEB meetingLEABURG: Eugene Water & Electric Board chairman John Simpson made the case last Tuesday for why the utility was considering shedding some 3,000 of its McKenzie area customers. ”It’s not about making money. It’s about creating better internal savings over the long term,” he said.

Vida logging mapLEABURG: The Bureau of Land Management will host a meeting on Thursday to review possible logging near Vida. Up for discussion will be up to 2,060 acres in the McKenzie Landscape Project area.
According to BLM staffers, in 1994 the Northwest Forest Plan established adaptive management areas (AMAs) to test new methods of achieving resource and conservation goals.

Excerpts  from 2005 Sheriff’s Reports

 

Sept 11: 2620: Suspicious Subject - 89000 block, Old Mohawk Rd., Marcola Rd. 2 male subjects came to residence and asked 18 year old female if they could live with her. One subject had long black hair the other had long blonde hair They later returned and refused to leave.

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