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The 2014 Tom McCall Gala Sponsors
By amanda from The Latest. Published on Mar 10, 2014.
The 2014 Gala Sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor - $5000 Thriving Working Landscape Presenting Sponsor
Co-Sponsor - $2500 Great Communities Co-Sponsor
Scholarship Seat Sponsor - $1500 Mt. Hood Scholarship Sponsor
All 2014 Gala Sponsorships are 100% tax-deductible.
All 2014 Gala Sponsors will be featured in our Oregon Stories email newsletter promoting the event in May, 2014.
Oregon State University comes back for more solar in 2014
By Alexis from Daily News. Published on Mar 10, 2014.
How one local dive bar turned a pile of beer tabs into 175 neighborhood trees
By andym from Growth Rings. Published on Mar 10, 2014.No one can say Portlanders don’t love their beer—or their trees. Last weekend 175 trees were planted along the streets of northeast Portland, thanks in part to a local dive bar’s affinity for Rainier Beer. “I just love that a bar can help plant trees,” says Mara Hamilton, Manger of Billy Ray’s Neighborhood Dive, a […]
Kids Know Best! People’s Hearing Success!
By jasmine from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Mar 10, 2014.500 people rallied on Saturday, March 8, 2014, to support youth voices calling on Governor Kitzhaber to deny all coal export permits on the Columbia River. Watch our video and see photos from the People's Hearing.
State Forest Conservation Area Open Houses!
By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Mar 10, 2014.The Department of Forestry is marking the implementation of High Value Conservation Areas with a series of open houses. These events are to celebrate and understand this classification and to explore the areas themselves. There will be self-guided tours, Google Earth maps, and ODF staff to answer questions. These are great opportunities to pack the […]
Zero to bee geek: Spot these local bees this spring
By JennyD from Growth Rings. Published on Mar 10, 2014.Most of us can recognize a honeybee. But with a careful eye and a few tips from our friends at The Xerces Society, you’ll be able to spot some lesser-known but important native bees the next time you’re outside. “Once you start seeing bees, you get pulled into it. You can spend hours sitting around and […]
Tickets on sale now: Alice Awards & Auction
By Will Vanlue from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Mar 10, 2014.The Bicycle Transportation Alliance is excited to announce tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Alice Awards & Auction. Each year, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance […]
3 Things to Grow Your SRTS Program
By LeeAnne Fergason from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Mar 10, 2014.I saw daffodils on a walk yesterday, and we all know what that means! Daffodils are the precursor to tulips which bloom right before the roses […]
National News: March 10, 2014
By email@example.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Mar 09, 2014.
Should Oregon Lead on Carbon Taxes? A Panel Discussion
By Alexis from Daily News. Published on Mar 09, 2014.
Oregon Energy Forum Breakfast Meeting
By Alexis from Daily News. Published on Mar 09, 2014.
Oregon Future Energy Conference
By Alexis from Daily News. Published on Mar 09, 2014.
BETC Rulemaking Public Hearing Mar. 26
By Alexis from Daily News. Published on Mar 09, 2014.
Rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square against coal exports focuses on youth and families
By christinas from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Mar 09, 2014.Oregonian. March 8, 2014.
Anti-coal activists form Oregon map
By christinas from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Mar 09, 2014.KOIN-TV. March 8, 2014.
All New Spring Programs at Avery House!
By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Mar 07, 2014.Avery House is super excited to offer some brand new programs after school this spring! Learn how to be a nature biker, or explore the intricate and intriguing ecosystem around fallen trees. Maybe both? Beginner Nature Bikers and Log Life start in April! Log Life Wednesday 3:15-4:45 Ages 7-9 April 9th-May 28th Beginner to advanced readers are
Celebrate rain, prepare for drought
By JenC from News. Published on Mar 07, 2014.Three cheers for rain and snow relieving a dry winter! Dry times are a part of our climate future; see tips for living green in dry times.
Go paperless with PGE and support FoT
By andym from Growth Rings. Published on Mar 07, 2014.If you’re a Portland General Electric customer, and you switch to the PGE Paperless Bill option between now and April 15, 2014, you’ll reduce paper use, simplify your life, and help plant trees. PGE will donate $1 to Friends of Trees for every customer who switches to paperless billing. Please tell your friends, family and […]
Future Commuter: “I Really Enjoyed The Whole Thing”
By LeeAnne Fergason from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Mar 07, 2014.Every year the BTA and partners teach over 10,00 students to ride safely, using the BTA’s Safe Routes for Kids curriculum. We have picked one of […]
Game Changing News About Coal Export
By christinas from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Mar 06, 2014.The good and the bad -- two consecutive days of coal export announcements from Oregon and Washington.
Comics for Change, Cheryl Johnson
By christinas from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Mar 06, 2014.Activist and Riverkeeper member, Cheryl Johnson, is featured in a comic book about the LNG fight.
How the U.S. Exports Global Warming
By christinas from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Mar 06, 2014.Rolling Stone. February 3, 2014.
Wyden-style Clearcut Causes Mudslide on O&C Lands
By chandra from Press Releases. Published on Mar 06, 2014.Press release on mudslide caused by Buck Rising clearcut - a style of logging promoted by Senator Wyden in proposed legislation.
Announcing our new course book. And first-ever Crowdfunding Venture!
By Danny Lampton from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Mar 05, 2014.
We’ve got big things coming. Really, close to as big as you can go: how does one weave such loaded concepts as peace, justice and sustainability into a coherent story? That’s exactly what our new discussion course book, Seeing Systems: Peace,… Read More!
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Full Fender & Big Business
By Will Vanlue from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Mar 05, 2014.We want to thank Widmer Brothers Brewing and KEEN for inviting us to be a part of last night’s Widmer Brothers’ Full Fender Brown Ale bottle […]
How oil trains showed up in Oregon without the public knowing about them
By christinas from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Mar 04, 2014.The Oregonian. March 4, 2014.
Port of Portland no to Big Oil – feature
By christinas from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Mar 04, 2014.The State of Oregon’s largest port, the Port of Portland, announces that it will not open its doors to crude oil-by-rail projects.
Port of Portland Putting the Brakes on Oil-by-Rail
By christinas from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Mar 04, 2014.The State of Oregon’s largest port announced that it will not open its doors to crude oil-by-rail projects.
Help Out at Office Volunteer Day
By Nicole from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Mar 04, 2014.Have you been searching for the perfect place to get involved? Want to help encourage investments in safe bicycling infrastructure and education, but aren’t sure where […]
Support better bicycling with a bottle of Escapada
By Megan Van de Mark from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Mar 04, 2014.Whether you are looking to relax after a long day, want to enjoy wine with dinner, or need a bottle of vino to take to your […]
Member Profile: Renata Hahn
By Nicole from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Mar 04, 2014.This month we travel over the West Hills into neighboring Washington County to chat with BTA member Renata Hahn about why she supports the BTA. Renata […]
Save the Date for the Portland Employers Bike Summit
By Stephanie Noll from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Mar 04, 2014.Portland Employers Bike Summit Friday, May 16th, 1:00-4:00pm Regence Campus, Downtown Portland We are excited to once again partner in this fabulous event, now in its third […]
Oil train terminal near Clatskanie violated state law by growing without required permit, DEQ says
By christinas from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Mar 03, 2014.The Oregonian. March 3, 2014.
Earth Ball: An All Species Masquerade
By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Mar 03, 2014.Celebrate with us - April 19th, Squirrel's Tavern, 8pm
Today on the Land Use Trail: Oregon City
By craig from The Latest. Published on Mar 03, 2014.
We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, March 3: Oregon City, the oldest incorporated city west of the Mississippi.
Emerging Leaders Board: Celebrating Four Years
By Graeme Byrd from News. Published on Mar 03, 2014.Graeme Byrd recalls his two terms on OEC's Emerging Leaders Board.
Registration Now Open for all 2014 Programming
By kristina from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Mar 03, 2014.Spring is rapidly approaching, which means that soon enough we will be throwing open the gate […]
For bees, Oregon sets important new legislative precedents!
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Mar 03, 2014.It started eighteen months ago, when a group of passionate and dedicated bee keepers came to the Beyond Toxics office to talk with us about the bees. They were well informed and brought published studies revealing the role pesticides play in the demise of honey bee colonies. What a true … Read more
Show Up for Safety on TV Highway
By Lisa Frank from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Mar 03, 2014.Washington County Advocacy There’s a lot going on in Washington County, and we want you to be a part of it! Learn more. […]
Coffee, High Fives, and Comfy Rides from Pedal PT
By Will Vanlue from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Mar 03, 2014.Trivia question: Who was the first certified BikePT in Portland? Kevin Schmidt of Pedal PT. Perhaps you’ve seen Kevin along SE Clinton in the mornings, handing […]
Creating a Unified Vision of Protections for an Urban River
By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Mar 03, 2014.
Creating a Unified Vision of Protections for an Urban River
By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Mar 03, 2014.
National News: March 3, 2014
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Mar 02, 2014.
Eugene volunteers beautify riverfront natural area
By andym from Growth Rings. Published on Feb 28, 2014.By Jennifer Killian Last Saturday on a chilly but spring-like morning, Friends of Trees volunteers planted 240 native trees and shrubs in the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park. The the City of Eugene generously funded Friends of Trees’ work on this shrub pod project. We were impressed to see nearly 100 volunteers attend our event, with […]
Future Commuter: “Thank You Very Much”
By LeeAnne Fergason from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Feb 28, 2014.Every year the BTA and partners teach over 10,00 students to ride safely, using the BTA’s Safe Routes for Kids curriculum. We have picked one of […]
Portland Rides In Style: Match Your Bike
By Tanja Olson from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Feb 28, 2014.Guest blogger, Tanja Olson of Tanja Olson Images, has brought us some photos from the street. Once a month Tanja will be sharing her street scenes of Portland’s bike-riding […]
Living Green: Making Better Choices Possible
By JenC from News. Published on Feb 27, 2014.How do you choose what's best for you and for Oregon? From fuel to homes to toys, OEC works to make good choices possible.
ADVANCED NATURE ADVENTURE CAMPS
By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Feb 27, 2014.July 7th – 11th Extreme Oregon - Waterfalls, lakes, giant trees, wild trails and ocean waves. Take a van to some of the most amazing places in Oregon on daily field trips to experience a new adventures each day. Overnight tent camping on Thursday extra van fees $20 a day. July 28th – Aug 1st
Executive Director search update
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Feb 27, 2014.Feb. 27, 2014: The Audubon Society of Portland’s Board of Directors has selected the firm Campbell & Company to help lead the search for Executive Director Meryl Redisch’s successor.
6th Annual Northwest Environmental Health Conference
By TylerG from News. Published on Feb 26, 2014.This conference will host leading scientists, researchers, and health professionals to continue our robust dialogue on the interrelationship between the environment and health and healthcare practices.
State Announces Wolf Recovery Numbers
By Rob from Press Releases. Published on Feb 26, 2014.Populations are up. Conflict remains low.
Time to ease up on spring garden cleanup?
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Feb 25, 2014.Feb. 24, 2014: As spring sets in, one could argue there’s a cultural obsession with “cleaning up” the yard. Perhaps it’s the ghost of the English garden haunting us from the hinterlands, or that finicky ornamental and disease-prone plants demand special treatment.
Stop the Bull Run Takeover
By brightonw from Growth Rings. Published on Feb 25, 2014.By Brighton West Friends of Trees has joined 37 other local non-profit organizations, neighborhood groups and unions in opposing the upcoming ballot initiative to remove control of the water and sewer bureaus from Portland City Council. We do not believe that this will lower water rates (except maybe for the large industrial water users who […]
Tonkon Torp’s Ryan Bledsoe Joins Board of Trustees at OSPF
By OSPF from . Published on Feb 25, 2014.The Oregon State Parks Foundation welcomes Ryan Bledsoe, senior associate in the Litigation Group at Tonkon Torp LLP, as the newest member of its Board of Trustees. Twice named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, Mr. Bledsoe represents individuals and companies of all sizes, working on cases in both federal and state courts addressing antitrust, [...]
NCAP is Hiring!
By jvincent from The Latest News. Published on Feb 24, 2014.Passionate about pesticide issues? Here's a chance to join our team.
National News: February 24, 2014
By email@example.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Feb 23, 2014.
A Win for Farmland: Court Reverses Overreaching Urban Reserves
By craig from The Latest. Published on Feb 22, 2014.
On February 20, the Oregon Court of Appeals released a historic ruling that is a big win for Oregon farmland. By reversing Metro's urban and rural reserves proposal, the court agreed with 1000 Friends that Washington County and Metro had stepped outside the law and tried to open too much farmland to development.
1000 Friends released this statement on the ruling:
Practical Guidelines for Wetland Prairie Restoration
By tom from News. Published on Feb 21, 2014.One-Day Workshops Offered in Eugene on May 29 and 30, 2014
End of the Hemlocks, A Lament
By Randy Edwards from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Feb 21, 2014.End of the Hemlocks, A Lament
Backyard Habitat Certification Program staff present to Portland City Council
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Feb 21, 2014.Feb. 21, 2014: This week, Backyard Habitat Certification Program staff presented to Portland City Council to encourage them to continue investing in green infrastructure and to demonstrate how those efforts leverage public resources.
Fire for Flowers
By michellea from News. Published on Feb 19, 2014.New video released on use of fire to manage prairies on Willamette Valley Wildlife Refuges. Features IAE's Tom Kaye and the golden paintbrush. Produced by George Gentry.
Weed Guides for Oregon Available
By tom from News. Published on Feb 19, 2014.Three separate books cover most of Oregon from the coast to the Willamette Valley to the eastern half of the state
IAE Volunteer Expedition: Illinois Valley, Oregon 4/28-5/2/14
By tom from News. Published on Feb 19, 2014.Join us for a multi-day service and learning trip to southern Oregon's serpentine country to monitor populations of the endangered Cook's desert-parsley.
Tom Kaye to speak at Triad Club Feb. 20
By tom from News. Published on Feb 19, 2014.
Full Time Position Available
By michellea from News. Published on Feb 19, 2014.The Conservation Research program is hiring a full time Program Director.
Court Ruling on Metro Urban/Rural Reserves Expected Thursday
By craig from The Latest. Published on Feb 19, 2014.
The Oregon Court of Appeals is expected to rule Thursday on a court case challenging the 50-year growth plan the Portland region adopted in 2010.
What the court says about the plan could determine the outcome of a major piece of legislation Oregon lawmakers are working on that would redraw the map that local governments agreed upon.
Help our pollinators!
By andym from Growth Rings. Published on Feb 19, 2014.By Logan Lauvray Do you enjoy gardening? Do you like being outside during the spring and summer? Are you interested in helping to increase habitat for our local pollinators? Become a Pollinator Plant Steward in Wilsonville and satisfy all of these interests! Six years ago, Friends of Trees, the City of Wilsonville and the Xerces […]
We knew the demand was there
By Chris Hagerbaumer from News. Published on Feb 18, 2014.Once made eligible for funding, requests came in from across the state to build bicycle and pedestrian trails.
The Mahi-Mahi and the Map
By Shawn Margles from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Feb 18, 2014.The Mahi-Mahi and the Map
Last Chance to Get Paid to Go Solar!
By bpasko from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Feb 17, 2014.Oregon’s Solar Incentive Program is coming to an end soon! The popular Oregon Solar Incentive Program (OSIP) has one last application period coming up on April 1, 2014. Sign up now for a free consultation, or read more about the program below. The Oregon Solar Incentive Payment program (also known as the Feed in Tariff) […]
Event cancellations and office closures - February 2014
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Feb 17, 2014.Feb. 6, 2014: Due to unsafe travel conditions caused by winter weather, the Audubon Society of Portland is canceling or postponing certain events, including Raptor Road Trip.
Missing Tim Lillebo
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Feb 17, 2014.
Hells Canyon Preservation Council recently lost a great friend when Tim Lillebo passed away. Tim went out to shovel snow at his home in central Oregon on Saturday, February 8 and apparently died of a heart attack or another sudden critical health problem. Along with Tim’s family and many friends, we are mourning his loss and celebrating the bright spirit of Tim Lillebo.
- Brian Kelly, Restoration Director, Hells Canyon Preservation Council
Sourcewater Collaborative's New Toolkit For Working with Two Agricultural Allies
By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Feb 16, 2014.
2014 Legislative Update
By bpasko from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Feb 14, 2014.The 2014 “short session” of the Oregon Legislative Session is two weeks in, and Sierra Club staff and volunteers are closely tracking and testifying on numerous bills. The frantic pace of the short session – with its tight deadlines and quick turnaround times – makes it even harder than usual to keep up with everything […]
Idaho Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange Honors Pioneers
By Jennifer Miller from The Latest News. Published on Feb 14, 2014.Farmers committed to organic and sustainable agriculture aren’t the new kids on the block, anymore.
Featured: Behold the Babirusa
By Matt Miller from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Feb 14, 2014.Behold the Babirusa
Managing Mummy Berry and Spotted Wings in Blueberries
By Jennifer Miller from The Latest News. Published on Feb 13, 2014.Plump, juicy blueberries are a nutritious and tasty treat, well loved by children and adults, alike. Two pests also find these berries to be a great food source, thus creating challenges for farmers.
Stakeholder Group Sends Ideas to the Board of Forestry
By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Feb 13, 2014.The first milestone towards a new Forest Management Plans for our North Coast State Forests has concluded with a stakeholder group sending a variety of proposals to the Board of Forestry for further consideration. In total, five plans were formally presented and a number of other elements were discussed. Not surprisingly, sawmill representatives pushed forward […]
Portland People Pushing Pedals
By ColinP from News. Published on Feb 13, 2014.What's the latest on biking in PDX?
Funding eco-activism like the United Way
By Shelby Schroeder from All News. Published on Feb 13, 2014.
Participate in Climate Research Project through Evergreen State College: Student Hosts NWEI’s Change By Degrees Course
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Feb 11, 2014.
Robyn Wagoner, a Master of Environmental Studies candidate at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, is currently recruiting participants for her thesis research on pro-environmental behaviors. She’ll be hosting NWEI’s Change By Degrees, which explores global warming and the big… Read More!
Action alert: Survey about cats in Portland-metro area
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Feb 10, 2014.Feb. 10, 2014: Please take a few minutes to fill out a new survey about cats. Portland Audubon, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, Multnomah County Animal Services and the Bonnie Hayes Animal Shelter are working together to develop strategies to address cat overpopulation that are good for cats and wildlife. Your answers will help inform our joint efforts - thanks for your help!
Goodbye to a key forest advocate and our friend
By Shelby Schroeder from All News. Published on Feb 10, 2014.The Oregon environmental community lost a true icon this weekend with the untimely death of Oregon Wild’s Tim Lillebo.
National News: February 10, 2014
By email@example.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Feb 09, 2014.
Bees, pesticides and freedom
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Feb 09, 2014.When I read the Oregonian’s “Editors’ Agenda 2014” editorial (1/5/2014), I felt compelled to respond. The editors urged Oregonians to pay attention to upcoming statewide issues that may either increase or decrease personal freedoms. One of the legislative bills they warn against is HB 4139, the Save Oregon Pollinators Act. … Read more
Sage-Grouse Habitat Restoration through Prisons
By tamara from News. Published on Feb 09, 2014.The Snake River Correctional Institution Project
Toxics hearing highlights
By Angela Crowley Koch from News. Published on Feb 07, 2014.On one side: toy and chemical industries. On the other: Oregon's doctors, scientists, and parents. See what they said about a bill to address toxics in children's products in 2014.
Your Comments Needed NOW
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Feb 07, 2014.Please help protect the Joseph Canyon area--an important part of your National Forest lands and waters.
- Protect all old trees, large trees, old growth forests, and previously un-logged forests from logging.
- Protect all roadless areas and potential wilderness areas from logging.
- No construction of new roads or temporary roads should be allowed.
- Roads that are unneccessary or harmful to fish and wildlife habitat should be closed and restored.
- Wildlife habitat should be protected and improved.
- Aquatic restoration projects to improve fish habitat and water quality should be included in the project.
- Two new Research Natural Areas should be created.
Wildlife Care Center staff provide advice about hummingbirds in cold weather
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Feb 06, 2014.Dec. 9, 2013: Since the cold temperatures have hit Oregon, the Wildlife Care Center has been receiving a number of phone calls about wintering birds. The majority of these inquires have been about hummingbirds. While it is true that most species of hummingbird migrate out of Oregon for the winter, there is one species that stays in the state all year round: the Anna’s Hummingbird. Learn about how these little birds' energy-saving behaviors, and get tips for keeping hummingbird feeders defrosted.
Wyden O&C Hearing: Clearcut Plan Wrong
By chandra from Press Releases. Published on Feb 06, 2014.Oregon Wild Executive Director Sean Stevens testifies against Senator Wyden's logging bill in Senate hearing today.
Senate Passes $1 Trillion Farm Bill Agreement After Long Delays
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Feb 06, 2014.
Those of you who have participated in the Menu for Future or Hungry for Change discussion courses offered by Northwest Earth Institute have likely been following the Farm Bill, which sets policies for hundreds of programs, including farm subsidies and… Read More!
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Settlement protects Marbled Murrelet on Oregon State Forests, cancels 28 timber sales
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Feb 05, 2014.Feb. 5, 2014: Three conservation organizations secured a major victory today for Oregon’s coastal forests, reaching a settlement agreement with the state that cancels 28 timber sales in habitat for the threatened marbled murrelet on the Elliott, Clatsop and Tillamook state forests and improves future management practices to ensure the rare seabird is not harmed.
Learn! The Power of Tribes and the Clean Water Act Webinar Series
By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Feb 05, 2014.
Learn! The Power of Tribes and the Clean Water Act Webinar Series
By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Feb 05, 2014.
Wolf Creek Conservation Area
By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Feb 04, 2014.A group of Oregonians from Astoria, Banks, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Portland, and Jewell recently went about exploring part of the Wolf Creek Terrestrial Habitat Anchor in the Tillamook State Forest. The 4,203 acres of this area are soon to be formally classified as “High Value Conservation Area,” a designation which thousands of Oregon Chapter Sierra Club […]
Action alert: Oppose O&C Land Grant Act
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Feb 04, 2014.Feb. 4, 2014: Please submit comments in opposition of the O&C; Land Grant Act of 2013 (S.1784), which threatens Oregon’s wildlife, public lands, and its clean air and water.
Afraid of Statisics? Have We Got a Resource For You!
By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Feb 04, 2014.
Enviros Line Up Against Wyden’s Oregon Logging Bill
By bpasko from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Feb 03, 2014.Over two dozen Oregon-centered conservation organization, including the Sierra Club, have sent a letter to Senator Ron Wyden opposing his O&C bill. The letter details how the bill would: • weaken environmental laws and policies; • dismantle the Northwest Forest Plan; • not solve county budget problems; • mandate agressive logging and harms water […]
Audubon Society of Portland statement on West Hayden Island
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Feb 03, 2014.Jan. 8, 2014: Today the Port of Portland announced that it is withdrawing its application to the City of Portland to annex West Hayden Island for Marine Industrial Development. Audubon Society of Portland commends the Port of Portland for this decision. Audubon has opposed industrial development on West Hayden Island for nearly three decades. We have served on multiple advisory committees that explored possible development scenarios on West Hayden Island including the 1998-2000 advisory committees and the 2008-2013 advisory committees. The work of those committees has repeatedly reaffirmed the ecological importance of this natural area and raised legitimate, unanswered questions about the need for development.
Linn Conservancy in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania Hosts Discovering A Sense of Place Course
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Feb 03, 2014.
The Merrill Linn Conservancy, which works to preserve the land and waterways of Union County and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania, is offering Northwest Earth Institute’s seven-week Discovering A Sense of Place discussion course beginning this month. Sarajane Snyder, who has… Read More!
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Water Quantity & Quality Come Together: Lab Reports from the Jordan River Learning Lab
By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Feb 03, 2014.
Water Quantity & Quality Come Together: Lab Reports from the Jordan River Learning Lab
By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Feb 03, 2014.
Christmas Bird Count wrap-up
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Feb 03, 2014.Feb. 3, 2014: The 88th Portland Christmas Bird Count was conducted on Jan. 4, 2014, under clear skies. 262 field observers (a record number) and 153 feeder watchers (also a record) combined to find 123 species – considerably down from last year's record 130.
National News: February 3, 2014
By email@example.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Feb 02, 2014.
Nymphs in Nature
By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Feb 02, 2014.Class meets on Fridays 9-10pm. Active wildlife adventures for Ages 2-5. Register Now online!
River Rally 2014 Registration is Now Open!
By mburke from What's New at River Network. Published on Jan 31, 2014.
Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jan 30, 2014.
A year ago the Northwest Earth Institute helped spread the word about a terrific resource co-authored by longtime NWEI supporter Rob Dietz: Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources. This week Rob and co-author… Read More!
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Oregon Desert Trail info to be released to public Feb. 4
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Jan 29, 2014.The Oregon Natural Desert Association will debut the Oregon Desert Trail guide information, including write-ups, maps and GPS data, during a free event on Tuesday, Feb. 4, in Portland. Special guests include 1859 - Oregon's Magazine Editor Kevin Max and New York Times contributor Tim Neville.
OCN announces 2014 Priorities for a Healthy Oregon
By Christy Splitt from OLCV News Archive. Published on Jan 27, 2014.
National News: January 27, 2014
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Jan 26, 2014.
Greetings from Nicole Silk, River Network's New President!
By kkasowski from What's New at River Network. Published on Jan 24, 2014.
Water Words That Work, LLC Partner Discounts
By ddifuria from What's New at River Network. Published on Jan 24, 2014.
NWEI Staff Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day With Volunteerism, School Gardening
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jan 23, 2014.
In what has become an annual NWEI tradition, NWEI staffers spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day this past Monday volunteering at Gilbert Park Elementary School in Southeast Portland, working in their school garden. Last year NWEI Executive Director Mike Mercer… Read More!
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Successfully bring your outdoor cat inside this winter
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Jan 23, 2014.Jan. 22, 2014: Have you considered transitioning your cat indoors but haven’t been able to get started? there’s no better time than winter to get started! Our friends at the Feral Cat Coalition agree that bitter cold winter temperatures and dreary rain present the perfect opportunity to begin the transition. Cats are naturally less interested in being outdoors at this time of year.
Are You Responsbile for Your, Well, Poo?
By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Jan 22, 2014.
Roseburg BLM Clearcut Logging Plan Challenged
By Tommy from Press Releases. Published on Jan 22, 2014.With 100-year old trees on the chopping block, conservationists go to court to stop the clearcutting of old-growth in the White Castle timber sale.
Willamette Week: Bill Could "Bust the Boundary"
By craig from The Latest. Published on Jan 22, 2014.
Bees by the Numbers
By John Jordan-Cascade from Beyond Toxics. Published on Jan 21, 2014.“Bees are as important to Oregon’s agricultural sector as water and the sun.” - Alan Turanski, VP, GloryBee Foods There are a lot of reasons to be concerned about the rapid decline of many species of bees worldwide. Honey bees and bumble bees have played a crucial role in human … Read more
Oceans at risk
By JenC from News. Published on Jan 21, 2014.West Coast ocean waters are more acidic than other places; so when acid levels increase, our oysters feel it first.
Hassle-free loans for energy-efficient upgrades?
By TylerG from News. Published on Jan 21, 2014.How on-bill financing can make energy-efficient home upgrades easy.
Best of 2013: Our 13 Most Popular Posts from 2013
By Michael Lewis from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Jan 21, 2014.In case you missed them, here are our top 13 most popular posts from 2013.
Polar Vortex ≠ Climate Change
By Mark Tercek from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Jan 21, 2014.Polar Vortex ≠ Climate Change
Sustainable World Coalition Joins NWEI’s Network of Partner Organizations
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jan 20, 2014.
We are proud to welcome NWEI’s newest partner, the Sustainable World Coalition, to NWEI’s network of partner organizations. As you may know, NWEI has formed partnerships with individuals and organizations across North America to actively inspire others to change for… Read More!
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Wildlife Watchers Field Report for 2013
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jan 17, 2014.From HCPC Restoration Director Brian Kelly:
We were hoping that by the middle of last June that we’d be able to drive up to Dunns Bluff. The bluff is an impressive rock outcrop near the edge of the Eagle Cap Wilderness. But as we climbed higher and higher on the rough Forest Service road, we found ourselves busting through deeper and deeper snowbanks. The back of the four-wheel drive pickup truck was loaded with wildlife cameras, meat for bait, trapper’s lure for attracting wildlife, cables, locks, tools and an assortment of hardware. All of this bounced around in the back of the pickup making enough racket to scare away just about any wild animal within a mile. At the time, it seemed like a strange way to attract wildlife, but we knew that once things quieted down, we’d get some good wildlife photos. Finally, we had to accept the fact that there was just too much snow for us to drive to our destination. And it was too far to walk. We turned the truck around and retreated for the day with a promise to return.
|meat (bait) was placed inside metal cylinders|
|Volunteer Allan Gorthy sets up trail camera|
The eleven cameras captured photos of northern flying squirrel, bobcat, mountain lion, black bear, mule deer, white-tailed deer, Rocky Mountain elk, Douglas squirrel, bushy-tailed wood rat and coyote.
Three wildlife species of particular interest in the Castle Ridge area are the American marten, wolverine, and the wolf. We were disappointed that we did not capture any photos of these species with our eleven trail cameras during the field season. However, it’s important to note that the absence of photographs does not necessarily mean that these animals are not present or traveling through the area or utilizing the habitat during certain seasons.
The Meaningful Life is a Road Worth Traveling
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jan 16, 2014.
Today we are excited to share Clifton Parker’s article from the Stanford Report, which details a Stanford research project that explored the key differences between lives of happiness and meaningfulness. While the two are similar, dramatic differences exist – and… Read More!
New 1000 Friends Report Details Dangers of Columbia River Crossing
By craig from The Latest. Published on Jan 15, 2014.
Oregon is at a pivotal moment in its transportation future. Will we proceed with a risky $2.8 billion-plus Columbia River Crossing project, with Oregon shouldering the whole burden? Our new report outlines the reasons to say "no."
Water quality in Oregon
By JasonM from News. Published on Jan 14, 2014.OEC’s executive director Andrea Durbin on Comcast Newsmakers explaining why every major river in Oregon is polluted and doesn’t meet the standards set in the Clean Water Act.
COCN Announces Priority for a Healthy Central Oregon
By Nikki Roemmer from OLCV News Archive. Published on Jan 14, 2014.
BEND — Today, the Central Oregon Conservation Network (COCN) announced its second Priority for a Healthy Central Oregon by declaring support for the protection of the Whychus-Deschutes area.
The priority and campaign to Protect Whychus-Deschutes seeks support from local elected officials and community members for permanent designation such as wilderness for the Whychus-Deschutes area to ensure that this spectacular landscape remains wild for future generations. “Whychus-Deschutes has importance for the environment, recreation and the economy,” explained Nikki Roemmer, OLCV Central Oregon Regional Director and COCN Coordinator. “Our region is growing again, and we need to seize this opportunity to protect one of the places that makes Central Oregon so special.”
Winding through rugged canyons, Whychus Creek is one of Central Oregon’s most important waterways. It provides prime spawning habitat for salmon and steelhead and is crucial winter range for mule deer and other wildlife. Whychus Creek and the Middle Deschutes River to the east are popular recreation destinations, with thousands of visitors fishing, hiking and exploring the canyons each year. In spite of the importance of Whychus Creek and the Deschutes River to our region, the confluence of these two waterways lacks permanent protection. “Confluences are critical for wild fish populations and this location is vitally important for native redbands and recently reintroduced steelhead and Chinook salmon.” said Darek Staab, with Trout Unlimited, adding, “We are excited to help protect this important area for our future and I'm thrilled that our Central Oregon Conservation Network members also support this as a priority."
To learn more about the Protect Whychus-Deschutes campaign, join OLCV for a presentation at its monthly gathering, Pints and Politics, on Thursday, January 16th. Gena Goodman-Campbell of the Oregon Natural Desert Association joins us for a presentation about this spectacular area needing protection. Come to learn, ask questions and find out how you can get involved. Thursday, January 16th from 7 pm – 9 pm at Broken Top Bottle Shop, 1740 NW Pence Lane #1 in Bend. Details at www.olcv.org.
The Oregon League of Conservation Voters Education Fund coordinates the Central Oregon Conservation Network (COCN), a growing coalition of 9 local organizations that work with elected officials and community members to protect the region’s environment and natural legacy. COCN sets Priorities for a Healthy Central Oregon each spring and fall.
Learn more about COCN, Protect Whychus-Deschutes and other priorities at www.centraloregonpriorities.org.
The Oregon League of Conservation Voters Education Fund works to increase the political effectiveness of Oregon's environmental community by educating, training, and coordinating citizens and organizations. www.olcveducationfund.org.
Predictions for a cleaner future
By JenC from News. Published on Jan 14, 2014.Happy New Year! With 2014 upon us, we’re taking a look at what’s old and on its way out and what’s new in healthier and more efficient living.
Living Green: Oregon-friendly habits for 2014
By JenC from News. Published on Jan 14, 2014.Turn the power of habits into a force for good by giving them a healthy spin.
Buildings that take your breath away
By ColinP from News. Published on Jan 14, 2014.Do buildings affect our rate of asthma? A new report dives into the details.
Today on the Land Use Trail: Hood River Valley
By craig from The Latest. Published on Jan 13, 2014.
We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, January 13: The Hood River Valley, America's top pear producer and one of Oregon's most beautiful farming regions.
The Forest Connection
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jan 13, 2014.
An excerpt from Michael Pollan's recent New Yorker article "The Intelligent Plant."
When I reached Simard by phone, she described how she and her colleagues track the flow of nutrients and chemical signals through this invisible underground network. They injected fir trees with radioactive carbon isotopes, then followed the spread of the isotopes through the forest community using a variety of sensing methods, including a Geiger counter. Within a few days, stores of radioactive carbon had been routed from tree to tree. Every tree in a plot thirty metres square was connected to the network; the oldest trees functioned as hubs, some with as many as forty-seven connections. The diagram of the forest network resembled an airline route map.
The pattern of nutrient traffic showed how “mother trees” were using the network to nourish shaded seedlings, including their offspring—which the trees can apparently recognize as kin—until they’re tall enough to reach the light. And, in a striking example of interspecies coöperation, Simard found that fir trees were using the fungal web to trade nutrients with paper-bark birch trees over the course of the season. The evergreen species will tide over the deciduous one when it has sugars to spare, and then call in the debt later in the season. For the forest community, the value of this coöperative underground economy appears to be better over-all health, more total photosynthesis, and greater resilience in the face of disturbance.
In his talk, Mancuso juxtaposed a slide of the nodes and links in one of these subterranean forest networks with a diagram of the Internet, and suggested that in some respects the former was superior. “Plants are able to create scalable networks of self-maintaining, self-operating, and self-repairing units,” he said. “Plants.”
As I listened to Mancuso limn the marvels unfolding beneath our feet, it occurred to me that plants do have a secret life, and it is even stranger and more wonderful than the one described by Tompkins and Bird. When most of us think of plants, to the extent that we think about plants at all, we think of them as old—holdovers from a simpler, prehuman evolutionary past. But for Mancuso plants hold the key to a future that will be organized around systems and technologies that are networked, decentralized, modular, reiterated, redundant—and green, able to nourish themselves on light. “Plants are the great symbol of modernity.”
National News: January 13, 2014
By email@example.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Jan 13, 2014.
Oregon Wild Opposes Misguided Portland Water Initiative
By Tommy from Press Releases. Published on Jan 09, 2014.Oregon Wild strongly opposes the Portland Public Water District Initiative. We believe the initiative will weaken accountability, transparency and the public's ability to participate in critical decisions affecting Bull Run watershed.
Northwest Earth Institute Honored By EMMA 25
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jan 09, 2014.
The Northwest Earth Institute was selected this week as part of the 2013 Emma 25, a program run by My Emma email marketing service provider Emma, Inc. that annually awards charitable organizations free email and communications tools for the lifetime… Read More!
Today on the Land Use Trail: Owyhee River Canyonlands
By craig from The Latest. Published on Jan 08, 2014.
We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, January 8: The Owyhee River Canyonlands, one of Oregon's most hidden gems.
Advocating for Strong Water Quality Standards
By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Jan 08, 2014.
February Eco Film Festival
By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Jan 07, 2014.February 28 at Odd Fellows Hall. Doors at 6:30pm - Program begins at 7pm Click the picture for more.
Native Plant Propagation Workshop
By michellea from News. Published on Jan 07, 2014.Come learn at Shonnard's
IAE is now Hiring!!
By michellea from News. Published on Jan 07, 2014.
An Emphasis on Purposeful Living: Voluntary Simplicity and the New Year!
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jan 06, 2014.
In honor of the New Year, and in the spirit of sharing inspiration with the NWEI community as we contemplate making changes in the year ahead, today we share an excerpt from Duane Elgin’s Voluntary Simplicity and the New Global… Read More!
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Easy, Clever Ways to Package & Spread River-Saving Tips
By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Jan 06, 2014.
Easy, Clever Ways to Package & Spread River-Saving Tips
By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Jan 06, 2014.
1000 Friends Celebrates Victory for Marion County Farmland
By craig from The Latest. Published on Jan 03, 2014.
In March 2012, a slight Marion County farmer named Lolita Carl spoke at 1000 Friends' Tom McCall Legacy Gala. Lolita, whose family has farmed in Marion County for generations, told our guests how 1000 Friends staff were helping her defend her farmland and way of life in Woodburn.
Contribute to EarthShare at your workplace: it’s so easy
By bpasko from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jan 03, 2014.Threats to our natural world are growing, as are demands on the lands, water, food, energy and other resources people and wildlife need to thrive. As green as Oregon is, it’s simply not enough. We need more people and businesses supporting the environmental movement. EarthShare is working to make that happen. EarthShare Oregon, of which […]
Today on the Land Use Trail: Oswald West State Park
By craig from The Latest. Published on Jan 03, 2014.
We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, January 3: Oswald West State Park, an emblem of Oregon’s century-long protections for its incomparable coast.
Oregon Wild "Home of the Clearcut" Billboard Debuts at PDX Airport
By Tommy from Press Releases. Published on Jan 03, 2014.With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Oregon, Oregon Wild's "Home of the Clearcut" billboard is now on display at Portland International Airport.
North Coast State Forests in 2014
By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jan 02, 2014.Happy New Year! 2014 will be a hugely important year for the future of the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests. It’s possible that, by the end of the year, the Board of Forestry will have a new Forest Management Plan to consider implementing in Northwest Oregon. The process that will dictate what an alternative plan […]
Meg Campbell, Conservation Hero
By greenbelt from . Published on Jan 02, 2014.There could be worse legacies than a bald hilltop with a stunning view preserved for all to enjoy. As she recalls how that legacy began, Meg Campbell’s blue eyes twinkle. We meet for lunch at the local bakery as the spring rains rattle the windows and begin to split open the buds on the hillside’s […]
40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Dec 31, 2013.Dec. 31, 2013: This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), one of the most important and powerful wildlife protection laws ever enacted. As we enter a new year, we thought we would a look at some of the species in our region whose survival has depended upon the ESA.
Action alert: Protect Portland's trees
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Dec 31, 2013.Dec. 18, 2013: Please take a minute to send Portland City Council an email and ask that they move forward this Thursday (tomorrow) with adopting and implementing the new tree code and protection package. Regulations and resources to protect our urban canopy are out of date and underfunded.
Executive Director transition update
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Dec 31, 2013.Dec. 31, 2013: The Audubon Society of Portland’s Board of Directors has convened a transition committee to select a firm to help lead the search for Meryl Redisch’s successor. The search firm will be hired in January 2014, and updates about the recruitment process will be posted on the Audubon website.
Action alert: Last chance this year to send a strong message on West Hayden Island
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Dec 31, 2013.Dec. 31, 2013: Please take a few minutes before the New Year to send the City of Portland a strong message about protecting West Hayden Island and critical wildlife habitat. The City is seeking comments on the Draft Comprehensive Plan Update until the end of the day on December 31, 2013. The Comprehensive Plan will guide land use in Portland in the coming decades. Right now the Plan shows 300 acres of wildlife habitat on West Hayden Island being converted to industrial use, even though no decision has yet been made on whether this should happen.
‘Tis the Season
By katie from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Dec 21, 2013.For me the holiday season is always a time of reflection and excitement; reflection on the […]
KS Wild launches new film
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Dec 21, 2013.The eight minute film, "Guardians of the Klamath-Siskiyou" explores the varied wonders of southern Oregon and northern California.
"The 12 Clearcuts of Christmas" Video Skewers Oregon Politicians
By Tommy from Press Releases. Published on Dec 20, 2013.A handful of Oregon politicians are due to receive lumps of coal this holiday season with their policies on Oregon's forests, so the elves at the Oregon Wild workshop produced this little video clip.
More Super-Siting from the Oregon Legislature?
By craig from The Latest. Published on Dec 20, 2013.
A potential bill in the 2014 legislative session could usurp citizen appeals and open Washington County farmland to immediate development, The Oregonian's Christian Gaston reports. It's another example of legislative "super-siting": overriding local plans to pave the way for development.
Eastern Oregon Forest Bill Loses Conservation Support
By Tommy from Press Releases. Published on Dec 18, 2013.After coming to a compromised solution amenable to all parties four years ago, Sen. Ron Wyden drops a bombshell and radically alters the Eastside Forest Restoration Act at the behest of Republicans on his committee, enabling the logging of trees up to 200 years old and removing the required restoration of eastside ecosystems.
Celebrate, Anticipate: A Year in Review
By craig from The Latest. Published on Dec 18, 2013.
It’s time for our traditional year-end compilation of things we’re celebrating from the year past, and things we’re watching in the year ahead. 2013 could stand as a pivotal year in Oregon’s land use history—but much of its ultimate importance will depend on what happens in 2014. The year ends with many accomplishments and threats left unresolved, and we will begin the new year quickly returning to them.
AmeriCorps Team Helps IAE Restore Prairies
By tom from News. Published on Dec 18, 2013.Ten young adults, a van, and a mission of service
Leaf Pack Connects Students with Nature
By ddifuria from What's New at River Network. Published on Dec 18, 2013.
What's Under Your Tree?
By craig from The Latest. Published on Dec 18, 2013.
Many Oregonians enjoy a tradition of going to a Christmas tree farm to find the perfect tree. But many don't know that Oregon's Christmas tree industry is the nation's largest, with most trees exported across the country and world. We thought we'd celebrate this industry with an infographic.
Annual Report 2012-2013
By jvincent from The Latest News. Published on Dec 17, 2013.See what we've been up to all year, and what we have planned for 2014! NCAP's 2012-2013 Annual Report is now available.
Proposal to Strip Federal Wolf Protections Faces Strong Opposition
By Tommy from Press Releases. Published on Dec 17, 2013.Members of the Pacific Wolf Coalition join over one million Americans urging the Obama administration to maintain basic protections for wolves.
Cold Snow & Floods
By greenbelt from . Published on Dec 17, 2013.In January 1973, Becca and I, two cats and our dog Isaac piled into a 1959 white Pontiac station wagon and left North Carolina for New England. For some reason that I cannot remember, we ended up in Cabot, Vermont, a small community in the northeastern part of the state. We moved into a poorly […]
Oregon Field Guide Considers Oregon Land Use
By craig from The Latest. Published on Dec 16, 2013.
In 25 seasons, OPB's Oregon Field Guide program has taken viewers to every corner of the state. Recently, the program chose to examine a key force behind the beautiful landscapes and thriving communities the program has visited: land use planning.
National News: December 16, 2013
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Dec 15, 2013.
Court Ruling Favors Free Speech on Portland Airport Clearcutting Ads
By Tommy from Press Releases. Published on Dec 13, 2013.A Multnomah County Circuit Court judge has ruled PDX Airport violated free speech protections in the Oregon Constitution by rejecting Oregon Wild's "Home of the Clearcut" billboard ad.
Today on the Land Use Trail: Yamhill County Vineyards
By craig from The Latest. Published on Dec 12, 2013.
Throughout the year, we'll be featuring stops on our Land Use Trail. Today, December 12: Yamhill County Vineyards, the beautiful heart of a $3 billion industry.
“The Eternal Battle” The Success of the Wilderness Act at 50
By hilshohoney from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Dec 11, 2013.“The Eternal Battle” The Success of the Wilderness Act at 50 Ronald Eber – Oregon Chapter Historian Introduction The 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of September 3, 1964, provides an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved and its importance to Oregon and for future wilderness campaigns; because wilderness protection is the […]
New Rules Will Make Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program More Efficient
By TylerG from News. Published on Dec 09, 2013.Oregon DEQ considers streamlining Clean Fuels Program for small businesses.
River Network Appoints Nicole Silk as New President
By mburke from What's New at River Network. Published on Dec 09, 2013.
Oregon State Parks Foundation Office Remains Closed Due to Power Outage
By OSPF from . Published on Dec 09, 2013.UPDATE: As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, power has been restored to our building and our office is open. Thanks for your patience! The Oregon State Parks Foundation office, which is located in Pioneer Tower, remains closed due to an ongoing power outage in downtown Portland. Phone service also has been disrupted; Foundation staff [...]
Keeping toxics out of your holiday shopping
By Jennifer Coleman from News. Published on Dec 06, 2013.While toxics are in everyday products, you can take steps to avoid some of the worst.
Conservationists Urge Wyden, Kitzhaber to Protect Klamath Wildlife
By Tommy from Press Releases. Published on Dec 05, 2013.The Klamath Basin Task Force has arrived at a tentative deal on water, but the natural marshes of the Klamath National Wildlife Refuges are once again left high and dry.
Our 2013 Accomplishments
By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Dec 04, 2013.Your support made this possible in 2013! AVERY HOUSE NATURE CENTER expanded its local place-based nature education programs: Natureplay Preschool engaged 235 of our youngest naturalists in the local ecology through observation, investigation and play, including our new Kinder Science program. Explore! Nature summer day camps offered a full summer of new outdoor learning adventures
Logging Plan Threatens Proposed Crater Lake Wilderness
By Tommy from Press Releases. Published on Dec 04, 2013.In conjunction with Cascadia Wildlands and the Western Environmental Law Center, Oregon Wild has filed a legal challenge against the Loafer Timber Sale in the Umpqua National Forest.
A Human Place
By greenbelt from . Published on Dec 02, 2013.Bologna is a veiled city, a hidden city, a layered city. It shows up in the pages of Byron (home of “popes, painters, and sausage”), in Dickens (“There is a grave and learned air about the city, and a pleasant gloom upon it. . . .”); Mozart played the organ in the cathedral of San […]
National News: December 2, 2013
By email@example.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Dec 01, 2013.
Passaic River Coalition Beautifies the Riverfront
By cmeyer from What's New at River Network. Published on Nov 27, 2013.
Clearcuts and Controversy as Wyden Logging Bill Introduced
By chandra from Press Releases. Published on Nov 26, 2013.Sen. Ron Wyden has released his logging bill for the O&C; lands, but Oregon Wild and the Sierra Club have serious concerns and significant reservations about the bill's impacts on public lands in Western Oregon.
Clearcuts and Controversy as Wyden Logging Bill Introduced
By bpasko from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Nov 26, 2013.Senator embraces logging, conservation groups representing tens of thousands members express disappointment FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Eugene, OR – This morning,Senator Ron Wyden, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the much anticipated “O&C” logging legislation, the O&C Land Grant Act of 2013. The Sierra Club and Oregon Wild, which represent tens of […]
Senator Wyden’s O&C proposal is a positive step forward
By kalei from Press Releases. Published on Nov 26, 2013.Senator Wyden’s O&C; proposal is a positive step forward
Breaking News – Wyden Set to Release Sweeping Forest Legislation
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Nov 26, 2013.Senator Ron Wyden’s long-awaited forest legislation has far-reaching and long lasting impacts on public forests in Oregon. The stakes are huge. His legislation affects public forests in an area fifteen times the size of Crater Lake National Park, drinking water for 1.8 million Oregonians and wild rivers and recreation throughout the state.
Beauty and the Bees
By Kim Leval from The Latest News. Published on Nov 26, 2013.A recap of Shanik Resaurant's recent fundraiser for pollinator protection.
John Muir – The Sierra Club and Oregon
By hilshohoney from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Nov 25, 2013.John Muir and the Sierra Club have a longstanding relationship with Oregon. Beginning in the 1870’s, Muir was interested in the forests and glaciers of the Cascades and in 1880 presented three impromptu lectures in Portland after his first visit to Alaska. Speaking to standing room only crowds, he “talked of the youth of the […]
Bees Get Their Day at the State Legislature
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Nov 23, 2013.The Legislative hearing on Bee Health and Pesticide Use on November 21 was an important milestone. Lawmakers heard from a number of panelists that pesticides are harming bees. The day started with Beyond Toxics delivering nearly 12,000 signatures to Katy Coba, the Director of the Department of Agriculture calling for … Read more
ONDA begins sage-grouse draft plan review
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Nov 22, 2013.The Oregon Natural Desert Association is beginning an in-depth review of a plan for managing for the Greater sage-grouse in Oregon, released by the Bureau of Land Management.
Our North Coast State Forests Deserve Better
By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Nov 21, 2013.Tell Governor Kitzhaber that our State Forests are more than just logs! The Board of Forestry is considering alternative Forest Management Plans that would shape how the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests are managed for the next decade and beyond. Any new plan needs to improve conservation values on these public lands: fish and wildlife […]
Your Support Makes This Possible!
By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Nov 21, 2013.Celebrate our accomplishments and help us grow. Click the picture for more
New Proposals for Post-Fire Logging Fail to Protect Northern Spotted Owls
By Tommy from Press Releases. Published on Nov 21, 2013.As the federal government puts the finishing touches on the Spotted Owl Recovery Plan, the impact of salvage logging in the wake of wildfires still needs to be taken into consideration.
Herbicide spraying in Curry County draws complaints, state investigation
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Nov 18, 2013.The state of Oregon is investigating complaints that an herbicide sprayed from a helicopter on commercial timberlands in Curry County drifted over people's homes and made some of them and their animals sick.
National News: November 18, 2013
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Nov 17, 2013.
A Willamette Future
By greenbelt from . Published on Nov 15, 2013.In 1962, the KGW reporter, Tom McCall presented the television documentary “Pollution in Paradise” with the opening lines “clean water and clean air are imperative to life itself.” The documentary was a powerful message to the citizens of Oregon that the degradation of our waterways was impacting the health and welfare of our state. The […]
Fate of timber burned in summer fires up in the air
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Nov 08, 2013.The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Medford District is working to evaluate whether salvage "post-fire" logging is the best thing to do in the area of last summer's Douglas Complex Fire.
Learn! Webinar on "Re-engaging Your Volunteer Monitoring Organization"
By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Nov 07, 2013.
The 2013 Give!Guide is Live!
By kristina from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Nov 06, 2013.If you haven’t yet heard the news, Opal Creek is one of 129 featured non-profits in […]
U.S. EPA Releases "Importance of Water in the U.S. Economy"
By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Nov 06, 2013.
Turn Trash to Treasure
By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Nov 04, 2013.Donate your unwanted items to the ARC and help raise money for the Corvallis Environmental Center!
Medford treatment plant's impact on Rogue studied
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Nov 04, 2013.A study funded by the Rogue Flyfishers Association finds algae and plant growth from nutrient loading 10 times higher downstream of the Medford Wastewater Treatment plant compared to algae growth upstream.
Buy Local Lunch: February 11
By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Nov 01, 2013.On Tuesday January 14th, at all 509j elementary schools students can choose Carrot and Black Bean Wraps on the Lunch Line! Click the picture to find out more.
Sustainability Events Calendar
By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Nov 01, 2013.Check out this month’s sustainability events calendar brought to you by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition. HERE
Action! Support Good Science for Clean Water Act Protections!
By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Oct 28, 2013.
Action! Support Good Science for Clean Water Act Protections!
By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Oct 28, 2013.
"Eco-Forestry" Isn't Quite What It Implies
By Tommy from Press Releases. Published on Oct 25, 2013.Sen. Ron Wyden may embrace controversial "eco-forestry" clearcutting to bail out O&C; county governments.
Wolverines Found In Oregon
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Oct 25, 2013.Researcher Audrey Magoun has found three wolverines in her first season of research since moving to Oregon, making discoveries that had eluded the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife for decades.
Connect with Habitat Program Online Resources!
By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Oct 25, 2013.
Becoming a Witness to Climate Change
By Sanjayan from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Oct 22, 2013.Becoming a Witness to Climate Change
Exploratory science in a youth prison
By tom from News. Published on Oct 22, 2013.
The Camas pocket gopher - Small but fierce!
By tom from News. Published on Oct 22, 2013.IAE and ODOT find win-win solution for gopher and lupines
2013 Oregon Values and Beliefs Survey Results
By admin from OLCV News Archive. Published on Oct 22, 2013.
2013 Oregon Values and Beliefs Survey Results
By Andrew Hogan from OLCV News Archive. Published on Oct 22, 2013.
The Oregon Values and Beliefs Project has released the results of three statewide surveys they conducted in April and May of this year. The results highlight the Oregon values and beliefs that we share.
In particular, there are three environmental issues that many Oregonians care deeply about:
Cattle spurn shutdown, graze anyway
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Oct 17, 2013.Twenty-eight cows that moseyed onto the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument last week obviously didn't know about the partial federal government shutdown.
What Works Snapshot on Riparian Buffer Restoration Projects!
By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Oct 17, 2013.
Tribal Ceremony Celebrates the Restoration of Tyee Nature Reserve
By tamara from News. Published on Oct 17, 2013.Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and IAE bring treasured prairie remnant back to life.
Cheldelin Students Experience Wetlands
By tom from News. Published on Oct 16, 2013.Outdoor Experience at the Jackson-Frazier Wetland
Time is running out
By tom from News. Published on Oct 16, 2013.Please support IAE’s on-the-ground programs through work place giving – Donate to EarthShare Oregon
Oregon lacking in the science of forestry
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Oct 15, 2013.Profitable timber production can readily coexist with protections for water quality and community health. That is the lesson of commercial logging operations in Washington, California and even Idaho. Then there is the way we do it in Oregon. We are governed by the Oregon Forest Practices Act (FPA), now … Read more
The Impact of Opal Creek: Going Full Circle
By Keeley from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Oct 14, 2013.As the leaves start to change and the sound of tiny rubber boots splashing in puddles […]
Tell the Oregon Water Resources Department that LNG exports are not in the public interest!
By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Oct 10, 2013.The Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club has been very active in its opposition to the proposed LNG export facility in Warrenton, Oregon. Now we have yet another reason to be concerned about this boondoggle: the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) is currently considering an application by Oregon LNG to use millions of gallons of […]
A Not-So-Special Result from the Oregon Legislature’s Special Session
By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Oct 10, 2013.The Oregon Legislature convened on September 30 for what was supposed to be a one-day session to resolve some matters related to PERS and revenue reform. As many of you no doubt heard, the process was tarnished by the last-minute addition of a bill to remove local control of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically […]
Supporting the Sierra Club at work – it’s never been easier!
By bpasko from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Oct 10, 2013.How concerned are you with the quality of the air you breathe? How about the water you drink? With threats to our natural environment growing each day, we count on conservation groups across Oregon and our country to protect our forests, farmland, streams and air quality. The Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club is a […]
SB863 passes both the House and Senate
By Andrew Hogan from OLCV News Archive. Published on Oct 02, 2013.
This afternoon, both the Oregon House and Senate passed SB863, which bars local governments from regulating GMOs. SB 863 passed the House 32-22, and the Senate 17-12. For more information on the bill and how votes were cast, click here.
We at OLCV cannot say THANK YOU enough to the thousands of Oregonians who have taken action and generated phone calls and emails over the past 15 days. Our members and supporters make a difference.
2013 Cooperative Association Conference Filled With Golden Opportunities
By OSPF from . Published on Oct 02, 2013.The Oregon State Parks Foundation, with its primary work occurring at the statewide level, has relatively few opportunities to interact with park visitors on the ground. Much of that in-person outreach is left to 17 Friends groups (also termed cooperative associations) that work tirelessly to improve the state park experience at individual parks around the [...]
In Praise of the vernacular
By greenbelt from . Published on Oct 01, 2013.Yes, it’s Latin—with a wide spectrum of shades. Wendell Berry speaks of the need to find a vernacular when we speak or write, the duty to use those references and habits of thought so that we are intelligible to our neighbors and, more particularly, to ourselves. Berry came upon this in the poetry of William […]
Adminstration Moves on Clean Water Act Jurisdiction
By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Oct 01, 2013.
Adminstration Moves on Clean Water Act Jurisdiction
By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Oct 01, 2013.
A humbling hike to South Sister
By Shelby Schroeder from All News. Published on Sep 29, 2013.Nature enthusiast, EarthShare employee and contributor Meghan Humphreys finds danger and gratefulness in the wild.
Giving Season is Upon Us!
By kristina from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Sep 26, 2013.We are rapidly approaching the giving season and Opal Creek has exciting news! We’ve been selected […]
Big Win for Wildlife
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Sep 25, 2013.
Take Action to Protect the Pacific Northwest from Nuclear Waste!
By bpasko from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Sep 24, 2013.Dear Friend, I first learned about “atomic waste” in my high chair; I grew up in the fifties in Washington State and my grandfather frequently had business at the Hanford Reservation (now the most contaminated nuclear waste site in North America). I remember my mother arguing with him about the dangers of nuclear waste: she […]
House passes bill to increase logging in Northwest forests
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Sep 23, 2013.The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that would boost logging on some federal lands in the Northwest in exchange for protecting other lands for fish and wildlife habitat — despite the Obama administration's veto threat.
Tell Governor Kitzhaber: No Deal on GMOs
By admin from OLCV News Archive. Published on Sep 23, 2013.
River Rally Workshop Proposals Due by October 24
By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Sep 23, 2013.
The Adverse Effects of Climate Change in Oregon
By melissaprovinsal from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Sep 23, 2013.Climate change is gradually unveiling itself throughout the Pacific Northwest in a variety of ways, including alterations in precipitation and temperature that will ultimately affect numerous industries in the state of Oregon. More specifically, agriculture, skiing, forestry, and salmon will all be impacted by Oregon’s changing climate. Salmon are often identified as an iconic species […]
The future of Oregon’s clean-flowing drinking water
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Sep 18, 2013.Over the past few months The Register-Guard has held a back-and-forth debate about Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio’s plan to increase logging in Oregon’s federal forests. What’s at stake? Nothing less than the future of Oregon’s clean-flowing drinking water. There is also growing awareness about the issue of rural community health … Read more
Wilderness Calls Us Back to Ourselves
By Gabbi from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Sep 17, 2013.When I tell people I work for Opal Creek, I see an envious glimmer enter their […]
O&C lands bill threatens forest watersheds
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Sep 15, 2013.The bill drafted by Oregon Reps. Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader and Greg Walden to significantly boost harvests from federal forestlands in western Oregon would drastically change the management of most of the so-called O&C; lands.
By Shelby Schroeder from All News. Published on Sep 13, 2013.Find and subscribe to up-to-date news, events and volunteer opportunities.
Conservation Leaders Urge the US State Department to Restore the Columbia River’s Ecosystem in a Modernized Columbia River Treaty
By john from Press Releases. Published on Sep 13, 2013.Portland, Oregon – National and regional environmental organizations and fishing and recreational businesses will meet with the United States Department of State Department on Friday, September 13, 2013 to discuss the Columbia River Treaty, which the United States entered into with Canada in 1964.
Second Annual Mountain Music Festival at Opal Creek
By kristina from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Sep 10, 2013.Join us September 20-22 in Jawbone Flats for our second annual Mountain Music Festival! This year’s […]
Wandering Wolf 'OR-7' Appears To Have Found A Home
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Sep 09, 2013.The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the wandering gray wolf has spent the summer in Southeast Jackson County and Southwest Klamath County.
Photo Contest: Finding Ourselves in Nature
By bpasko from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Sep 09, 2013.Contest runs now through October 13, 2013 Many of us find fulfillment going out into nature, but why? Explore the concept of human connection to the natural world. Through photography, examine the ways that nature affects our emotions, relationships, and our personal and social identities. Photographs could represent personal moments or reflections exploring this concept […]
Help Replace the Damien T. Ficek Memorial Telescope at Ecola State Park
By OSPF from . Published on Sep 04, 2013.UPDATE AS OF SEPT. 16: Our fundraising goal has been reached! We are currently working with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to order and build a replacement telescope, which is scheduled to be reinstalled in early spring 2014. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously to the Damien T. Ficek Memorial Telescope campaign. The [...]
10 Amazing Fall Foliage Photos
By Michael Lewis from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Sep 03, 2013.10 Amazing Fall Foliage Photos
By greenbelt from . Published on Aug 30, 2013.In mid-August, Becca and I dropped our kayaks into the Willamette River just north of Corvallis for an afternoon paddle to Albany. The river was filled with canoeist, kayaks, rafts, and inner tubes of various makes, colors and conditions. The river was lazy and slow and our kayaks occasionally scrapped river bottom gravels because of […]
River Network Awarded 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility
By stwelker from What's New at River Network. Published on Aug 28, 2013.
OSPF to Serve as Sponsorship Program Partner for 2013 Cooperative Association Conference
By OSPF from . Published on Aug 28, 2013.The Oregon State Parks Foundation is proud to be working with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department as a sponsorship program partner for the 2013 Cooperative Association Conference. On September 20-22, staff from the Foundation will travel to John Day to attend the biennial conference, Journey Through Time: Prospecting Golden Opportunities. This much-anticipated event allows [...]
Clean Water Advocates Call on Senator Wyden to Prevent Clearcuts, Toxic Herbicides on O&C Lands
By Kate from Press Releases. Published on Aug 26, 2013.
PRC, Ernie Niemi Publish Economic Analysis that Compares Conservation and Timber Values Produced on O&C Lands
By Kate from Press Releases. Published on Aug 26, 2013.
Permafrost: Another Reason to Oppose Arctic Drilling
By melissaprovinsal from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Aug 25, 2013.The Arctic is at the epicenter of several environmental and economic crises involving land conservation, oil exploration, coal mining, global warming, and expanded development. An ecological phenomenon lies below this environmental hotspot and forms the foundation (literally) of the Alaskan Arctic; permafrost. Climate change has recently started to tamper with the stability of the active layer […]
Salmon Cam: A Live Look at Migrating Fish
By Michael Lewis from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Aug 20, 2013.Salmon Cam: A Live Look at Migrating Fish
New Tool Tracks State Nutrient Water Quality Critiera
By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Aug 17, 2013.
New Tool Tracks State Nutrient Water Quality Critiera
By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Aug 17, 2013.
State Forest Management and Oregon’s Drinking Water
By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Aug 15, 2013.Sometimes it’s easy to think of Oregon’s forests as distant and removed–places meant for weekend escapes. The realities of how much our forests mean for our day-to-day lives can be striking. When we’re grilling salmon, breathing clean air, building additions to our homes, we’re using forest products. One of the most important forest products in […]
OCN Priority will curb suction dredge mining permits
By Christy Splitt from OLCV News Archive. Published on Aug 13, 2013.
Medford Mail Tribune
July 17, 2013
Author: Paul Fattig
A measure passed by the state Legislature earlier this month aims to cut nearly two-thirds of the permits allowed for suction-dredge mining in Oregon's salmon-bearing rivers, including the Rogue River.
Oregon and pesticides: our chance to make a stand for safety
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Aug 13, 2013.Oregon has become somewhat of a focal point for pesticide issues. That is hardly cause for celebration for a state that wears its green credentials on its sleeve. The only hope is that Oregon will respond to the crisis with better regulations, safer policies and a commitment to protecting Oregon … Read more
The Women of Jawbone Flats
By Carmen from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Aug 07, 2013.Author’s note: This was all inspired by Keeley’s mom, Bonnie McAnnis, who is an amazing woman. […]
Interesting Intersection: Water Quality Certification, Flows & Aesthetics
By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Aug 05, 2013.
A Look Back
By greenbelt from . Published on Aug 02, 2013.Since its founding in 1989, Greenbelt Land Trust has celebrated many conservation accomplishments, developed relationships with friends of open spaces, expanded our horizons to include four Counties throughout the mid-Valley, and emerged as a leader among Oregon conservation. We often look back at the people who founded this organization, inspired by their grassroots ambitions and […]
Update on Bighorn Protection from Darilyn Parry Brown
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jul 28, 2013.Hells Canyon Preservation Council is a member of a regional Bighorn Advocacy Group whose primary aim is to see wild bighorn sheep herds in eastern Idaho, northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington gain the permanent protections they need to thrive in their native habitat. HCPC has been a key advocate for bighorn herds in the greater Hells Canyon area for nearly a decade. Though again and again, we’ve won our battles to protect bighorns in the courts, these victories are still not secured.
Wild bighorn sheep are extremely susceptible to a pathogen carried by domestic sheep. Bighorn sheep die-offs have been on-going in Hells Canyon for over twenty years. In 1991, the Forest Service publicly acknowledged one of the first documented die-offs in Hells Canyon when ninety percent of the Seven Devils bighorn herd was wiped out. Other documented die-offs in the region date back even further. In 1986, a massive bighorn die-off was discovered in the nearby Wallowa Mountains within the Eagle Cap Wilderness in northeast Oregon. This was not the first die-off, but was the most devastating. The discovery of the diseased carcass of “Spot,” the largest bighorn ram ever found in the continental United States, and the loss of over two-thirds of the herd (66 animals) to disease in a period of a few weeks, was a tragedy that attracted substantial public attention. The cause of the die-off was determined to be pneumonia linked to Pasteurellabacteria. In 1992, there was another massive bighorn die-off, this time in the Hells Canyon NRA in the Sheep Creek drainage on the Idaho side of the Canyon. The culprit was again verified as pneumonia symptoms tied to Pasteurella bacterial infection. Other die-offs have followed since, in herds within Hells Canyon as well as other nearby areas.
Unfortunately, the Forest Service is not implementing or enforcing meaningful risk reduction measures. During the past two grazing seasons there were numerous instances where herders and/or herd dogs were not evidently present with their bands, animals were scattered and not recovered, and observers noted sheep outside allotments - in the areas with the greatest likelihood of domestic sheep and bighorn contact. Scattering events and sheep unaccounted for contribute to increased risk of contact between wild bighorn and domestic sheep.
In September 2012, a foraying ewe was sighted on three different occasions by hunters on the Grassy Mountain allotment that was just vacated that season due to the 2010 decision to close allotments. Had we not challenged the Payette National Forests’ interpretation of the Simpson Rider intended to stop the implementation of grazing allotment closures just a few months earlier, there would have been domestic sheep on the allotment where the ewe forayed. This was a very narrow miss that could have proven disastrous to an entire herd of wild bighorn.
Winter Biking Tips: What You Need to Know
By Michael Lewis from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Jul 23, 2013.Winter Biking Tips: What You Need to Know
Respecting Human Rights is Essential for Sustainable Conservation
By Michael Lewis from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Jul 18, 2013.Respecting Human Rights is Essential for Sustainable Conservation
2nd Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Opal Creek!
By kristina from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Jul 18, 2013.Mark your calendars! On Friday, September 6th, Opal Creek will be hosting its 2nd annual golf […]
Tires Trashing Your Stream? We (& Bridgestone) Can Help.
By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Jul 18, 2013.
Protecting Our Liquid Gold
By Nikki Roemmer from OLCV News Archive. Published on Jul 18, 2013.
Published: July 18, 2013
We live in a desert. Water is precious. That much should be agreed upon.
Fortunately, we have a newly formed Central Oregon Conservation Network (COCN), a dream team collection of area environmental organizations, which is watchdogging how the region and regional agencies manage this resource—and, more keenly, what infrastructure is being planned and installed to manage this resource. The most recent battleground over this issue is the city of Bend's nearly $70 million Surface Water Improvement Project (SWIP).
Get Your Cleanup Tires Collected for Free
By mburke from What's New at River Network. Published on Jul 17, 2013.
Snow Basin Update
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jul 28, 2013.
HCPC is seeking a Preliminary Injunction to stop the release and logging of two timber sales in the Snow Basin Vegetation Management Project. The Skull and Empire sale areas within the project contain thousands of old growth trees and Bull trout habitat.
Bugs of Summer
By greenbelt from . Published on Jul 15, 2013.Ah, summer. Long days, cools nights, delightful picnics, and bugs. The world’s most annoying creatures. They’re not even cute. And for a number of reasons, bugs are weird. That may be their only redeeming feature. Ask any kid, or sci-fi aficionado, or horror-movie producer, bugs are scary- strange—too many eyes, too many legs, sometimes furry, […]
Groundwork Cincinnati - Mill Creek: Healthy People, Healthy River
By cmeyer from What's New at River Network. Published on Jul 15, 2013.
Humor, Facts, and Fundraising - Tom Lang's books
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jul 14, 2013.
It was at the Green Action Day in Portland, back in May, when Tom Lang walked up to the HCPC booth and introduced himself to HCPC’s Restoration Director Brian Kelly. They got to talking, sharing interests in protecting wild places and blues music. Tom, impressed with HCPC’s accomplishments, came up with a way he could support that work. As an author, selling his books from his website, he could offer HCPC part of the proceeds of the sales of his books. Their discussion continued through emails, and came up with a plan.
You can read excerpts from Tom’s books below and on his website. Tom’s personal eye view from the perspective of the animals he writes about includes a generous helping of humor leavened with detailed factual information. He seems to find the crux of the interaction between people and the wildlife and help us look on both sides of the equation. Anthropomorphizing? Yes, but with a point – and a very useful one. Laughter is a way to get us outside our comfort zone – looking at ourselves, looking at others from a different place. We mammals (and fish J) have more in common than we are usually willing to admit … and the about-face brings us closer to our connections.
Here’s an excerpt from Tom’s book “Bear”, giving us that “about-face” look:
“I’m Cervida and I’m missing my male.”
“I’ll bet he’s missing you, too.”
“That’s not what I mean. He’s missing. Gone.”
“How long has he been gone?”
“That’s not long.”
“It is for one of my bulls. I tell my males when it’s time to be missing and when it’s time to be gone.”
“I hear you’re the best.”
“Best at what?”
“I’m not bad.”
“No, you’re not.”
She chewed the leaf slowly as we stood staring at each other.
“Are you free to find my male?”
“I ain’t free and I ain’t cheap.”
“Neither am I,” she said.
I stripped a branch from above me and chewed and stared while she chewed and stared back.
“Sure, Ms. Cervida–”
“Call me Vida.”
“Okay, Vida, I’ll graze around and see what I can find.”
I’m Al Gigas, moose detective. I’ve roamed the mean riverbeds of the Chilkat Valley for ten years and I’ve seen things no creature should ever see and I’ve seen creatures that will never see again. A missing moose is a bad sign but I didn’t mention that to Vida. She wasn’t the first ungulate to walk into my office looking for a loved one. I’ve had brothers looking for brothers, calves for mothers, mothers for calves. I find things, Vida was right about that. But what I find this time of year would be better if it stayed lost.
October was almost here.”
Up a creek without the facts
By Nikki Roemmer from OLCV News Archive. Published on Jul 14, 2013.
Published: July 14. 2013 4:00AM PST
If there’s a campaign to save Tumalo Creek, it’s got to be careful with the facts. Central Oregon Conservation Network’s campaign should be more careful.
The conservation network is a collection of local and state environmental organizations — Central Oregon LandWatch, Trout Unlimited, 1000 Friends of Oregon and five more. The effort is coordinated by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.
Columbia Land Trust Acquires Iconic Columbia River Island
By jdavis from News. Published on Jul 12, 2013.
Groups rally to save Tumalo Creek
By Nikki Roemmer from OLCV News Archive. Published on Jul 12, 2013.
Published: July 12, 2013 4:00AM PST
A coalition of conservation groups is calling for more water in Tumalo Creek.
The Central Oregon Conservation Network — which started this spring and has eight groups as members — has identified the creek running from the Cascades into Bend as its top priority, and is leading the Save Tumalo Creek campaign.
Father’s Day, Sunday June 16, 2013
By Peter Scriven from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Jul 11, 2013.I am at the company store explaining to a family about our backpacking trips for teenagers. […]
July 2013 -- The Water Issue
By Meghan Humphreys from All News. Published on Jul 11, 2013.
Go Behind the Scenes at Oregon State Parks with OSPF Insider Tours
By OSPF from . Published on Jul 07, 2013.You’re invited to join the Oregon State Parks Foundation and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff for exclusive insider tours at three very special state parks this summer and fall. These FREE field excursions are designed for the whole family and provide unique experiences most park visitors don’t get. Tours begin Saturday, July 20, at [...]
By greenbelt from . Published on Jun 28, 2013.Spring and early summer days are filled with wildflowers and insects. While resting along a pathway at Bald Hill Farm last weekend, I watched numerous bumble bees (Bombus spp.) alight on the petals of a nearby wild rose bush and extract pollen from the stamens. Their hind leg hairs (corbicular fringe) were ablaze with yellow […]
Wildlife Watchers Project Begins New Season
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jan 13, 2014.
Welcome to early summer in the Blue Mountains.
- Brian Kelly
New pesticide reduction law a significant win
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Jun 28, 2013.Protecting human health has always been a race between action and disaster. Consider how long society waited to remove lead from gasoline and paint, and the disaster that inaction inflicted upon generations of children and their brain development. As our technologies race ahead of our prudence, we’ve learned that local … Read more
New Map & Database of 400 Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Programs
By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Jun 27, 2013.
New Map & Database of 400 Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Programs
By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Jun 27, 2013.
2013 River Heroes Awards
By mburke from What's New at River Network. Published on Jun 26, 2013.
What’s Up with Brownfields and Environmental Justice?
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Jun 24, 2013.The City of Eugene, the City of Springfield, and Lane County are looking for public input in the process of finding, cleaning up and redeveloping brownfields. Brownfields are abandoned properties that are not being re-purposed because of the likely presence of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants. Brownfield result in neighborhood … Read more
June 2013 - "Your Share" E-newsletter
By Meghan Humphreys from All News. Published on Jun 18, 2013.
PRC Statement on Supreme Court Dismissal of Review of Decision on Sierra Nevada Forest Plan
By Kate from Press Releases. Published on Jun 17, 2013.
Beer and Porches
By greenbelt from . Published on Jun 14, 2013.Summer nears. I can barely remember May—some heat, some rain. And suddenly we’re in to June; “Spring is gone and summer cannot last”: it won’t be long—alas—before we yearn for the rains of October, then May again. There was a time when seasons stretched beyond the horizon—their cities and peoples distant, vast, and beyond. Those […]
Defending Buffers; Protecting People and Property
By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Jun 13, 2013.
Defending Buffers; Protecting People and Property
By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Jun 13, 2013.
Go Figure. More Habitat = More Fish.
By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Jun 04, 2013.
Victory is Sweet!
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on May 29, 2013.WE DID IT! The Safe Public Places Bill has passed in both chambers of the Oregon Legislature and will be signed into law this week! What a sweet victory! Laudatory coverage of the successful passage of HB 3364 was immediate from key state media. From the Oregonian newspaper: “The Senate’s … Read more
Finding Common Ground on Eastern Oregon Forests
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on May 29, 2013.
Unfortunately, how to best manage these public lands is often a source of conflict. This is especially true when the Forest Service pursues poorly designed timber sales, like the Snow Basin logging project on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in northeast Oregon.
After a century of short-sighted management decisions, our east side forests are at a crossroads. Fire suppression and logging practices of the past have created forests significantly removed from what nature intended. Most of our old growth trees — those most resilient to fire — have already been logged, and a tangle of roads fragment our wildlife habitat.
The good news is conservation groups like Oregon Wild and Hells Canyon Preservation Council are successfully working with other forest stakeholders, including elected officials, landowners and the timber industry, to design logging projects which support rural economies while reducing the risk of fire, and protecting the remaining old trees and un-roaded wildlands on our forests. This common sense approach of working together to restore forests and watersheds has gained support in recent years, and is leading to enhanced trust and agreement, less controversial projects, and more forest and watershed restoration work getting done.
Unfortunately, the Snow Basin project is an example of a logging sale which fails to build on this common ground. Instead of focusing on thinning dry forest stands and reducing the risk of fire to homes and communities, the Forest Service has chosen to rush forward with a plan that includes logging in fragile, high elevation moist forests where fire risks are low and science demonstrates intensive logging is not appropriate. Many leaders and land managers are calling for “increased harvest” off of Eastern Oregon’s public lands. If they are serious, they should embrace a science-based approach that focuses on areas of consensus, and recognizes that today our forests are just as valuable for clean drinking water and our tourism and recreation economy as they are for two-by-fours. That is the only way to forge a sustainable, consensus-based path through the woods.
Now is the time to be far-sighted in our actions. Advancing projects which strengthen local economies and forest health depends on all stakeholders working together and using science as our guide. We must site logging projects in areas where they do not compromise the forest’s ability to respond to a changing climate, survive high-intensity fires, and support fish and wildlife. There may be room to increase the pace and scale of restoration-based thinning in east side forests, but we must avoid the mistakes made with Snow Basin. Any increase in logging must go hand and hand with increased protection for important environmental values.
Many leaders and land managers are calling for “increased harvest” off of Eastern Oregon’s public lands. If they are serious, they should embrace a science-based approach that focuses on areas of consensus, and recognizes that today our forests are just as valuable for clean drinking water and our tourism and recreation economy as they are for two-by-fours. That is the only way to forge a sustainable, consensus-based path through the woods.
Veronica Warnock, Conservation Director
PRC Statement on Wyden Framework for O&C Legislation
By Kate from Press Releases. Published on May 23, 2013.PRC statement responding to Wyden framework for O&C; legislation
Your phone's last call should be to a recycler
By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Apr 12, 2013.The Oregonian covers cell phone recycling. Did you know that EarthShare can help you recycle your cell phones at work? Read on to find out more.
Biophilia: This is Your Brain on Nature
By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Apr 12, 2013.Studies and articles abound showing the positive effects of natural settings on the human mind and body.
Your Share - April 2013
By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Apr 02, 2013.Burgerville Rocks!, Meet our Newest Charities & More!
Your Share - May 2013
By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Apr 02, 2013.Plastic recycling changes in the Metro area, the best hikes & lots of spring inspiration!
Burgerville Employees Pledge $22,000 to EarthShare Member Groups
By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Mar 26, 2013.Burgerville employees give generously to environmental nonprofits during their Spring workplace giving campaign.
PRC Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Review Ruling on Sierra Nevada Forest Plan
By Kate from Press Releases. Published on Mar 20, 2013.
News & Press
By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Mar 14, 2013.Get the latest updates from EarthShare and our members.
EarthShare Oregon welcomes seven new member groups
By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Mar 14, 2013.Oregon’s environmental federation expands to offer more choices for employee engagement.
GROUPS FILE PETITION TO REVOKE STEENS TRANSMISSION LINE APPROVAL
By Gena Goodman-Campbell from Press Releases. Published on Mar 08, 2013.The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) and the Audubon Society of Portland have filed a petition requesting U.S. Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, to revoke the December 2011 Record of Decision allowing industrial scale wind development on Steens Mountain.
Charles Jones Remembers Jack Barry
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Mar 06, 2013.
Green Your Camping Trips!
By Meghan Humphreys from All News. Published on Mar 05, 2013.Here are our green tips for making the most of your outdoor experience, while taking care to leave a healthy environment when you pack up and head home.
Remembering Beginnings: Brock Evans on HCPC History
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Feb 27, 2013.
Columbia Land Trust Hires a New Deputy Director and General Counsel
By jdavis from News. Published on Feb 20, 2013.
Brian Booth State Park Announced
By OSPF from . Published on Feb 19, 2013.The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has announced that two Oregon coast parks, Ona Beach State Park and Beaver Creek State Natural Area, have been combined into the newly designated Brian Booth State Park. Brian Booth was instrumental in making Oregon’s parks what they are today, and we are so pleased that his legacy is [...]
Celebrating 100 years of Oregon’s Public Beaches
By OSPF from . Published on Feb 15, 2013.On February 13th, 2013, we celebrate 100 years of Oregon’s remarkable public beaches. The man behind the accessibility and protection of our coastline? Oregon’s 14th Governor Oswald West, a Democrat who took office in 1911. West recognized our coastline as a unique and beautiful feature of our state, and worthy of being protected. Though it [...]
Oregon's Senators reintroduce Cathedral Rock and Horse Heaven under the Oregon Treasures Act of 2013
By Ben Gordon from Press Releases. Published on Feb 15, 2013.Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced legislation today in the U.S. Senate which would greatly improve public lands protection throughout Oregon including the protection of nearly 18,000 acres as Wilderness along the John Day River in eastern Oregon’s prized high desert. These areas are known as Cathedral Rock and Horse Heaven and are included under the Oregon Treasures Act of 2013.
"We all do better when we all do better" - EarthShare Oregon
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Feb 14, 2013."We all do better when we all do better."
I love that quote, which I first heard from populist philosopher Jim Hightower. I think of that wisdom when we ask how to be effective in a world with so many challenges. Another way of thinking of it is "How do we love all children, of all species, for all time?" (a quote I heard on the E2 program on OPB).
One of the great answers to that is beautifully illustrated in the children's book "Swimmy" - a simple idea - join together.
HCPC is proud to be a member of EarthShare Oregon - a joint effort by a broad range of Oregon's environmental groups. Read about EarthShare Oregon on their website.
You can support HCPC and the other members of EarthShare Oregon by bringing EarthShare into your workplace (see below).
Imagine this beautiful, amazing and awe-inspiring earth we all love singing, in the words of classic R&R "Come together - right now - over me!"
Wishing you all a cozy Valentine's Day
with lots of togetherness,
Hells Canyon Preservation Council
Your Share - January 2013
By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Jan 23, 2013.Your Share, January: Plant trees, Volunteer, Meet our new Marketing and Communications Associate
PRC & Bark Release New Recommendations for Protection of Freshwater Resources on Mt. Hood
By Kate from Press Releases. Published on Jan 16, 2013.
Jack Barry - Visionary Voice 1925 - 2012
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jan 04, 2013.
We at HCPC are grieving the loss of one of the visionaries who founded the organization to prevent further damming of the Snake River back in the mid-60s. Jack Barry passed away on Christmas evening following a lovely dinner with family and friends. We are going to sorely miss his keen insight and wit.
The obituary below was written by his wife Lois Barry:
Native fish benefit from decade of dogged advocacy on John Day River
By Gena Goodman-Campbell from Press Releases. Published on Nov 28, 2012.Steelhead trout in the John Day River can expect to see improved habitat conditions after over a hundred years of habitat degradation caused by cattle grazing in eastern Oregon's streams.
Rosemont Road Pathway Update – November 5th
By rroberts from News. Published on Nov 21, 2012.Update on the construction of Rosemont Trail as of November 5th, 2012.
NW Natural Donates $10,000 to the Oregon State Parks Foundation
By OSPF from . Published on Nov 01, 2012.We are excited to announce a major donation from the NW Natural Smart Energy Campaign, and wish to publicly thank both NW Natural and the caring customers who chose to enroll in the Smart Energy Program. Through voluntary contributions, NW Natural’s residential and commercial Smart Energy customers help lessen their impact on the environment by [...]
Haul Road Construction Closure Information- UPDATE 10/31/12
By rroberts from News. Published on Oct 31, 2012.A description of the road closure protocol and how to find out more information on road closure due to fire precaution levels.
OSPF Announces New Executive Director
By OSPF from . Published on Oct 29, 2012.John Hoffnagle (left) and Tim Wood (right) of OPRD.On July 11th, over 50 attendees gathered at the offices of the Oregon State Parks Foundation to celebrate new beginnings. At a reception attended by donors, former trustees, and officials from the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation, the Foundation unveiled its new name (formerly the Oregon [...]
Backyard Habitats Certification Program
By eric from News. Published on Oct 08, 2012.Columbia Land Trust and Audubon Society of Portland have joined forces to offer the Backyard Habitat Certification Program. Learn more and get certified today.
Leading scientists blast Steens Mountain wind proposal for devastating wildlife impacts
By Gena Goodman-Campbell from Press Releases. Published on Oct 08, 2012.Sage-grouse and golden eagle populations on Steens Mountain would be greatly harmed by a proposed industrial wind energy development and high-voltage transmission line, according to leading wildlife experts in court filings today.
Haul Road Restoration Phase 3 Underway
By rroberts from News. Published on Aug 10, 2012.Update on the progress of the 3rd phase of restoration on the Haul Road.
560 More Acres of Columbia River Shoreline Conserved!
By rroberts from News. Published on Aug 02, 2012.Columbia Stock Ranch acquisition article
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Earl Blumenauer Honored during Great Outdoors America Week
By email@example.com from Press Releases. Published on Jul 23, 2012.
The Dawn of Dam Removal
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jul 06, 2012.In honor of HCPC's inception, winning the fight to stop the final damming of the Snake River in Hells Canyon, we bring you an essay by former Secretary of Interior, Bruce Babbit.
The Dawn of Dam RemovalBruce Babbitt
Early Fall 2012
I went to the Olympic Peninsula to take a look. Sure enough, it seemed the perfect place to begin. The two dams down near the mouth of the river appeared completely out of place in the splendor of the great old-growth forests. I convened a press conference to announce a new era of dam removal, beginning here at the Elwha River.
And then all hell broke loose. Washington State’s senior senator angrily condemned the idea, vowing, as ranking member of the Department of Interior Appropriations Committee, to put an end to such nonsense. Other members of the congressional delegation chimed in, in opposition. Newspaper editorials ridiculed the plan.
A few weeks later President Clinton took me aside, looking somewhat bemused, and asked, “Bruce, what is all this stuff about tearing down dams?” His innocent-sounding question was really a cautionary admonition. Our administration was already caught up in a bitter and politically costly controversy over the spotted owl and logging of old-growth forests in the Northwest. Friends reminded me that cabinet secretaries who stir up too much controversy can and do lose their jobs. The Elwha project would have to go on the back burner for a while.
That public opinion was flooding in against us was hardly surprising. Back then, tearing down dams to restore rivers seemed a capricious idea dreamed up by another meddling bureaucrat. Why tear down perfectly good dams?
We quietly set about rebuilding our case. Within the Department of the Interior we began preparing an environmental impact statement loaded with cost estimates, hydrologic computations, sediment studies, fish mortality statistics and regional economic impacts. However, of all the arguments thrown up against dam removal, the most effective was simply, “It won’t work. The salmon have been gone for a hundred years. What makes you think they’ll return?”
Somehow, somewhere, we had to demonstrate that fish do come back. We needed to show and tell – with a small dam, built within recent memory, surrounded by a friendly community that actually remembered the fish runs and their importance to the community.
And finally we found a candidate, at the other end of the country on a little-known river on the Atlantic Coast of North Carolina.
It turned out that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was already quietly at work on the Neuse River where a small diversion dam built in 1952 near the mouth had killed off one of the most prolific spawning runs of American shad, herring and stripers on the Atlantic Coast. A power company had built the Quaker Neck Dam to draw water for cooling, and it was perfectly feasible to design an alternate intake method.
On a clear winter day in 1997, we assembled on the river bank. I took a few swings at the concrete with a sledgehammer, and a wrecking ball finished the job. By springtime, fish were swarming up the river, passing through Raleigh 70 miles upstream.
The success at Quaker Neck brought national press and began to turn public opinion. Across the country local communities came up with proposals, and dams began to come down – at Kennebec in Maine, along the Baraboo River in Wisconsin, the Rogue River in Oregon, and the Butte and Clear Creeks in California.
With public opinion now moving our way, nationally and in the Northwest, we ratcheted up our efforts in Congress to finish off the Elwha dams. Slowly, at what seemed a glacial pace, funding started to flow, finally coming to fruition in the Obama administration.
In the space of two decades, dam removal has evolved from a novelty to an accepted means of river restoration. Most importantly, the concept has taken root in hundreds of local communities as residents rediscover their rivers, their history, and the potential not only to restore natural systems, but, in the process, to renew their communities as well.
I am asked, “After Elwha, what is your next priority?” That’s like asking, “What is my favorite national park?” My answer tends to vary depending on what I have been reading and where I have been hiking most recently. But my nomination would be the four dams – Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite – that have transformed the great Snake River in western Washington into a slack-water barge channel, destroying thousands of miles of salmon habitat in the Rocky Mountains and driving four salmon species to the brink of extinction.
Others will have their own compelling priorities – and there are still 75,000 dams for consideration.
Circling back to Wallowa County with HCPC
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jun 20, 2012.After three wonderful years in La Grande, I recently moved back to Wallowa County for the summer. Now that I’m back, it’s very rewarding to see the many ways that HCPC’s work, past and present, helps to improve the lives of many people here in Wallowa County.
I recently bumped into a friend of mine that I haven’t seen for about three years on the streets of Joseph. I used to work for him when I was a naturalist/guide for Wallowa Resources Elderhostel program some years back. We were catching up and he told me that he was working as a Wilderness Ranger in the Eagle Cap and was on his way up to check Wilderness signs at a few remote trailheads. I knew that HCPC had been able to direct some money to the Forest Service in order to fund a Wilderness Ranger position in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. If you like that kind of work, it’s hard to find a better job.
There used to be a lot more Wilderness Rangers than there are today and they are sorely needed to help maintain trailheads, clear trails, and to help with restoration and invasive plant removal. HCPC was able to fund this position, with the potential to last for a decade, as a result of our settlement agreement on the Boardman Power Plant. The Boardman Power Plant burns coal and pollutes the skies of the Eagle Cap and Hells Canyon Wilderness areas, not to mention our own communities. I even heard that mercury has been found in the fish in some high elevation Wilderness lakes. HCPC’s work has helped to result in a reduction and eventual stop to this coal-burning plant’s pollution of our environment, while leveraging good jobs in our community.
It’s very inspiring and eye-opening to see how HCPC’s historic work of preventing the damming of Hells Canyon continues to change lives and create new opportunities for people. Some of my neighbors are hard at work this time of year guiding dozens and dozens of people down the areas many beautiful rivers. It amazes me to think of all the sustainable jobs generated through the rafting industry, and all the people that connect with the awesome Hells Canyon ecosystem by floating through it on the Snake River. And the river rafting industry seems more vibrant today than ever, attesting to the sustainability of rafting and the desire of people to be out in nature.
The fundamental accomplishment of saving Hells Canyon forever changed Wallowa County and it’s nowhere more evident than in the composition of the local communities. I know many of these remarkable people would not be in Wallowa County today were it not for the work of HCPC. I am really thankful that they are here.
David Mildrexler, Ecosystem Conservation Coordinator, Hells Canyon Preservation Council
Ninth Circuit Court Upholds Decision on Sierra Nevada Forest Plan
By Kate from Press Releases. Published on Jun 20, 2012.
HCPC welcomes summer intern Joshua Axelrod
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jun 08, 2012.
|Josh (red bandana) and his dad crossing a snow bridge above Hurricane Creek, July 2011.|
|Josh (right), his younger brother Ezra, and his dad in the hills above La Grande, Christmas 2011.|
HCPC and Allies Await Approval for a Settlement Agreement Requiring DEQ to Re-Examine Controversial Mining Practice
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on May 25, 2012.
Alaska Airlines Magazine features Desert Basin Landscapes
By Barksdale Brown from Press Releases. Published on May 22, 2012.Alaska Airlines Magazine article by Eric Lucas highlights desert basin landscapes
Of Killdeer, Camas, and the Travel Management Plan
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on May 21, 2012.I recently worked with a volunteer from the Birdathon, printing small photos of habitat for kids to use in one of the hands-on learning projects Birdathon volunteers offer. I started thinking about habitat - that conjunction of space/food/water/shelter/structure that allows a species to live there.
It's hard not to notice the killdeer trying to occupy the gravel right-of-way along a back road. They can't nest there, between the tires and the cats and dogs and horses and bicycles. The seasonally scrubbed gravel beds along and in the river are mostly gone. I sometimes fantasize that we could take all the flat roofs on the downtown buildings, add a shallow gravel layer with a little silt for occasional native grasses, and create some of the nesting area that is now subdivisions and streets and straight narrow ditches. It would take creativity and commitment and a great deal of buy-in from people who probably mostly don't care about the nesting needs of killdeer.
It would have been so much easier to keep a few gravel ridges and sandbars along the river and major creeks, instead of subverting the natural riverine shapes and patterns to the straight and narrow of the Army Corps of Engineers. Human convenience, thoughtlessness and arrogance trumped the needs of other species. It would now take a great deal of money and time and effort to rebuild one gravel ridge or sandbar.
One of the reasons I support HCPC is that it works to protect the places that do still exist - public lands where wildlife can still find the habitat they need, knowing that it is so much more reasonable (and affordable) to preserve than to have to rebuild. And HCPC works to rebuild and restore habitat as well, knowing that we need to repair damage that has been done.
This is clear in the recent Travel Management Plan for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. I'm so proud of HCPC advocating for the protection of elk calving grounds from motorized disturbance, for the protection of high wet meadows from destructive and careless cross-country rutting by off-roaders, for the protection of roadless areas from new roads, and for the closure of excess old roads that were supposed to be closed down a decade ago.
I recently followed the Mt. Emily Road, looking for wildflowers and enjoying the abundance of blooms and silence and birdsong. It didn't take long though before I saw the terrible damage left by off-road vehicles tearing across a wet meadow. The ruts were deep, hard set, and showed as dark brown scars bereft of any green in the midst of wildflowers. In another case the damage went straight up a steep hillside that was now eroding badly. There were roads around, a LOT of roads - going off both sides from the Mt. Emily road. There was no need to go where these ruts went, in one case just cutting a corner between the main road and another side road.
I started thinking about how long it would take for those ruts to heal. Since we can still see the ruts from wagon wheels over 100 years ago, without our help such wounds last a long time. Wouldn't it be better not to make them in the first place?
Wild Places, Roads and Freedom
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on May 13, 2012.
Analysis confirms Wallowa-Whitman Travel Plan Decision leaves plenty of access
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on May 07, 2012.It is very important that we use this pause in the Travel Plan Process to better understand what the now withdrawn Decision would have actually done. One of the most common claims put forth against the Travel Plan Decision was that the Forest Service was taking away access to the Forest. Some even claimed that the Forest Service was using the Travel Plan to “lock them out” of the National Forest.
If there were any truth to these claims, HCPC would be very concerned. How are people supposed to cultivate the life-long connections to the National Forestlands that are ultimately necessary to encourage and advocate for better stewardship of these ecosystems, if people can’t connect with them in the first place? So let’s take a close look and see for ourselves what this Decision would do.
With our partners, we performed a GIS analysis based on the Selected Alternative Layer (i.e. the now withdrawn Decision). All open motor vehicle roads and trails are mapped in red. We put a one-mile buffer around all open motor vehicle roads and trails so we could visually see how many places on the National Forest could be accessed in less than one-miles distance from the nearest road, a modest distance. These areas are mapped in grey. If an area is further than one mile from a road, it is mapped in light green. Wilderness is in dark green.
The results graphically illustrate that outside Wilderness areas, nearly the entire National Forest is within one mile of a road. The few small islands that are further than one-mile from a road are usually inside Inventoried Roadless Areas (mapped in black crosshatch). These are very small islands, and based on a visual assessment, it appears that the Decision would not leave anywhere outside designated Wilderness further than two miles from an open road. It’s important to note that the map does not show the areas within Wilderness areas that are less than one-mile from a road. If it did, you could see that much of the North Fork John Day Wilderness would be grey color, and a surprisingly large part of the Eagle Cap Wilderness as well.
These results clearly show that the Forest Service strived to provide very widespread access to the entire Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in their Travel Plan Decision. In our opinion, the Decision did not go far enough to protect roadless areas, old growth forests, critical elk habitat areas, and fragile aquatic environments from the damages of motorized vehicles. We encourage the Forest Service to use this opportunity to strengthen the Travel Plan in these key natural resource areas.
As HCPC stated in our press release on the withdrawal of the Wallowa-Whitman Travel Management Plan, and as is clearly illustrated in the analysis above, there is no validity in the claims that people will no longer have access to the Forest. Moreover, the Travel Plan is not just about access, but also about protection of natural resources and the costs of maintaining the designated road system. As I stated in my editorial
(http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/04/wallowa-whitman_national_fores.html), what’s really at stake is the quality of the National Forest's we will be accessing.
David Mildrexler, Ecosystem Conservation Coordinator, Hells Canyon Preservation Council
Of Truth and Boots
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Apr 16, 2012.Wow. Been a very long week. Hard not to talk about the Wallowa-Whitman Travel Plan, with all the terrible misinformation going around. Reminds me of the saying that a lie can run around the world before the truth can get its boots on.
Truth and facts seem to be badly outnumbered by imagined outrages and fictional claims.
For the record:
No, logging will not be shut down by the Travel Plan - it will not be hampered by this Decision.
No, the forest will not be locked away - over 4,000 miles of roads will remain open.
No, the process of reaching this Decision did not shut out the public - it involved years of public participation and comments.
No, the process does not ignore different viewpoints - the Travel Plan includes new trails for off road vehicles (as much as I don't want that).
No, not all "locals" are against it. I'm local and I'm for an even stronger Travel Management Plan.
No, the Wallowa-Whitman is not a county or even a state forest - it is a National forest, held in trust not just for us locals, but for the nation; not just for this generation, but for the future as well.
The Travel Plan Decision is a compromise that addresses the concerns of all stakeholders with a moderate response to the need for travel management. It will close down some roads - mostly old, overgrown, eroded, or duplicate roads that would be too expensive to repair. It does include some protection for much-needed wildlife "security habitat" and some protection for streams with runs of native fish.
The Travel Plan doesn't go nearly as far as it needs to for wildlife, fisheries, and native plants. Still, I accept that both science and politics are at play, and the Forest Service has done the best it can to respond to all interests.
What I do not accept is the false portrayals of the issues that I see and hear in almost all venues, from town halls to local papers to neighborhood gossip.
Lies, even unintentional ones, do not make a good basis for decisions.
Now, on to the news that the seasonal progression of wildflowers is starting to unroll, bluebirds are back on Cricket Flats, and a sandhill crane was spotted out in the fields by Indian Creek (south of Elgin). Ospreys are back on the nest by Willow Creek and on Woodell Road, and curlews are in the fields north of La Grande.
Back to enjoying this wonderful place where we live -
Steens Mountain Threatened by Massive Wind Development
By katya from Press Releases. Published on Apr 05, 2012.
The Perverse Logic of Wolf Hunts
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Mar 30, 2012.
The Predator Persecution Complex
by GEORGE WUERTHNER
The hysteria that surrounds wolf management in the Rockies has clouded rational discussion. Wolves are hardly a threat to either hunting opportunity or the livestock industry.
ELK NUMBERS ABOVE OBJECTIVES
For instance, the Wyoming Fish and Game reports: “The Department continues to manage to reduce Wyoming’s elk numbers. The total population of the herds with estimates increased by 16 percent in 2009 and is now 29 percent above the statewide objective of 83,640 animals.”
Things are similar in Montana. Populations have grown from an estimated 89,000 animals in 1992 prior to wolf recovery to 140,000-150,000 animals in recent years.
In Idaho we find a similar trend. According to the IDFG 23 out of 29 elk units are at and/or above objective. Hunter success in 2011 was 20%: one in five hunters killed an elk.
Wolves are clearly not a threat to the future of hunting in any of these states.
LIVESTOCK LOSSES EXAGGERATED
Ranchers are equally irrational. In 2010 Wyoming livestock producers lost 41,000 cattle and calves due to weather, predators, digestive problems, respiratory issues, calving and other problems. But total livestock losses attributed to wolves was 26 cattle and 33 sheep!
Last year Montana livestock producers lost more than 140,000 cattle and sheep to all causes. But total livestock losses attributed to wolves was less than a hundred animals.
In 2010 Idaho cattle producers lost 93,000 animals to all causes. Respiratory problems were the largest cause accounting for 25.6 percent of the cattle lost. Next came digestive problems, accounting for 13.4 percent of the cattle deaths. Total cattle losses attributed to wolves was 75 animals.
To suggest that wolves are a threat to the livestock industry borders on absurdity.
WOLF CONTROL INCREASES CONFLICTS
Worse yet, the persecution of predators does not work to reduce even these minimum conflicts as most proponents of wolf control suggest.
The reason indiscriminate killing does not work is because it ignores the social ecology of predators. Wolves, cougars, and other predators are social animals. As such, any attempt to control them that does not consider their “social ecology” is likely to fail. Look at the century old war on coyotes—we kill them by the hundreds of thousands, yet ranchers continue to complain about how these predators are destroying their industry. And the usual response assumes that if we only kill a few more we’ll finally get the coyote population “under control.”
The problem with indiscriminate killing of predators whether coyotes, wolves, cougars or bears is that it creates social chaos. Wolves, in particular, learn how and where to hunt, and what to hunt from their elders. The older pack members help to raise the young. In heavily hunted (or trapped) wolf populations (or other predators), the average age is skewed towards younger age animals . Young wolves are like teenagers—bold, brash, and inexperienced. Wolf populations with a high percentage of young animals are much more likely to attack easy prey—like livestock and/or venture into places that an older, more experience animal might avoid—like the fringes of a town or someone’s backyard.
Furthermore, wolf packs that are continuously fragmented byhuman-caused mortality are less stable. They are less able to hold on to established territories which means they are often hunting in unfamiliar haunts and thus less able to find natural prey. Result : they are more likely to kill livestock.
Wolf packs that are hunted also tend to have fewer members. With fewer adults to hunt, and fewer adults to guard a recent kill against other scavengers, a small pack must actually kill more prey than a larger pack. Thus hunting wolves actually contributes to a higher net loss of elk and deer than if packs were left alone and more stable.
Finally hunting is just a lousy way to actually deal with individual problematic animals. Most hunting takes place on the large blocks of public land, not on the fringes of towns and/or on private ranches where the majority of conflicts occur. In fact, hunting often removes the very animals that have learned to avoid human conflicts and pose no threat to livestock producers or human safety. By indiscriminately removing such animals which would otherwise maintain the territory, hunting creates a void that, often as not, may be filled by a pack of younger, inexperienced animals that could and do cause conflicts.
INSANITY IS DOING SAME WRONG THING OVER AND OVER
We need a different paradigm for predator management than brute force. As Albert Einstein noted, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Unfortunately insanity has replaced rational thought when it comes to wolf management.
George Wuerthner is an ecologist with among others, a degree in wildlife biology, and is a former Montana hunting guide. He has published 35 books.
"Let us hold fast our hands..." - E. Dickenson
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Mar 26, 2012.Our good friends at Oregon Wild are sponsoring an open vote on Oregon's favorite wild places. Here at HCPC we are delighted that both the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area and Hells Canyon are in the running! We know they are very special places, and we work every day to protect and restore these areas. It is nice to hear someone else wax eloquent about their beauty and their incredible value for wildlife.
Oregon Wild points out, "The Wilderness also provides refuge for some of the state’s most endangered wildlife. Megafauna include bighorn sheep, elk, bear, cougars, eagles, and mountain goats." They go on to talk about how the Eagle Cap Wilderness, "Oregon’s largest Wilderness area," provides a special haven for wolves and wolverines. They also acknowledge that "Some of Oregon’s oldest trees – thousands, not hundreds of years old – survive in the Wallowa Mountains that make up the heart of the Wilderness."
For Hells Canyon, Oregon Wild writes, "Hells Canyon Recreation Area has been the stage for some of Oregon’s most exciting wildlife stories. Most notably, of course, is the return of gray wolves to our state." They go on to talk about Journey, the area's famous wolf, "Starting from the Imnaha pack adjacent to Hells Canyon, Journey’s search for a mate has taken him over 1,000 miles." They agree with us that " there’s no debate over its worth as one of Oregon’s most special places. Each and every gray wolf polled agrees." THANK YOU OREGON WILD!
Another group of friends, Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) just announced their 2012 Desert Conference. The conference will take place in Bend, Oregon from the evening of Thursday, September 20th through Saturday, September 22nd. Keynote speakers include Ursula Leguin and Kathleen Dean Moore. Workshops cover topics from Sage Grouse conservation to Beaver recovery, from NEPA to Energy Development.
HCPC is active in a number of forest collaborative groups that bring together diverse points of view from the Forest Service, the timber industry, local county government and conservation voices such as ours. While we value the opportunity to share and communicate with other stakeholders in the area, we sometimes need reminding to also value our opportunities to share and communicate with those who understand not only what we are doing, but why we are doing it - groups like ONDA and Oregon Wild, BARK and Friends of the Clearwater, the oh-so-wonderful Friends of the Badlands (FOBBITS) and so many more!
Thank you all for the work you do, the love you have for wild places, and the wonderful conversations we have had and look forward to having in the future!
HCPC Press release on the Wallowa Whitman National Forest Travel Management Plan Decision
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Mar 19, 2012.
We would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Forest Service for taking on this difficult issue. We are pleased to see that the Travel Management Plan Decision will provide some benefits to wildlife and fisheries and end cross country travel and the associated destructive impacts. However, the Decision does not adequately protect Inventoried Roadless Areas, designating 70 miles of motorized routes through these wild lands.
The Decision does not go far enough to protect elk from motorized vehicle disturbance. Of the 17 critical elk habitat areas identified in the project area, six will see no measurable increase in elk habitat security. Measureable reductions in road densities in these areas would prevent elk from leaving the National Forest for nearby private lands.
The Decision designates 75 miles of motorized trails within riparian areas, a threefold increase over the original proposed action (Alt. 2 in the DEIS). Within old growth forests the Decision designates 69 miles of motorized routes, 16 miles more than the Natural Heritage Alternative, the alternative based on HCPC’s comments (Alt. 6 in the DEIS). These sensitive areas warrant a greater emphasis on protection from the negative impacts of motorized vehicles.
Moreover, although the Forest Service Decision acknowledges that the Natural Heritage Alternative is the best choice for the natural resources of the Wallowa Whitman National Forest (e.g. wildlife, fish, forests, air and water quality), the Decision still designates 492 more miles of motorized routes on the Forest than the Natural Heritage Alternative.
While there are certainly some positive parts to this Decision, we would have preferred a greater level of protection for the incredible natural resources of the Wallowa Whitman National Forest and opportunities for non-motorized recreation and solitude as outlined by the Natural Heritage Alternative. The Decision designates 3,065 miles of open motor vehicle roads, enough miles to drive from La Grande to Miami, Florida to enjoy some Cuban cuisine and catch a Dolphins football game. And this does not include the roads in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and other areas that add another 1,235 miles for a grand total of 4,300 miles of roads open to motor vehicles within the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. This is more than enough roads to provide sufficient access to our Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
David Mildrexler, Ecosystem Conservation Coordinator, email@example.com
Famous Wolf Taking a Wilderness Tour Through Oregon and California
By katya from Press Releases. Published on Feb 28, 2012.
Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Flunks on Fish
By john from Press Releases. Published on Feb 07, 2012.Federal Court Finds Forest Service Failed to Evaluate Impacts on Fish
ONDA Partners with City Walls at City Hall’s INSIDE::OUT Art Show
By katya from Press Releases. Published on Jan 24, 2012.
Golden Eagle and West Butte Wind Project
By katya from Press Releases. Published on Jan 24, 2012.
2012 Wild Desert Calendar Exhibit
By katya from Press Releases. Published on Dec 26, 2011.
Wind developer drops the East and West Ridge proposals on Steens Mountain
By katya from Press Releases. Published on Dec 07, 2011.
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ONDA's Wilderness Stewardship Program wins Governor's Award for volunteerism
By jjacobs from Press Releases. Published on Nov 21, 2011.The Oregon Natural Desert Association's Stewardship Program has been selected as a regional winner of the Outstanding Volunteer Program category for the 2011 Governor's Volunteer Awards. The Governor's Volunteer Awards recognizes individuals and organizations for their dedication, commitment and determination in promoting and supporting volunteerism throughout Oregon with the purpose of inspiring individuals to make a positive difference by strengthening Oregon communities.
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Federal Judge Recommends Striking Down Illegal Oregon Logging Plan
By Newby from Press Releases. Published on Sep 30, 2011.
Columbia Land Trust Applies for Land Trust Accreditation
By thomas from News. Published on Aug 08, 2011.
Sandy River Hatchery Program is Illegal, Conservation Groups Say
By lauren from Press Releases. Published on Apr 16, 2011.
New Lands Conserved on Crooked Creek
By thomas from News. Published on Apr 15, 2011.
Wyden, Merkley, DeFazio Introduce Trio of Bills to Protect Natural Resources in Oregon
By lauren from Press Releases. Published on Apr 07, 2011.Bills Preserve 4,000 Acres of Oregon Caves National Monument; Designates Devil's Staircase as Wilderness; and Protects Chetco River from Suction Dredge Mining
More Land Conserved Near Long Beach
By thomas from News. Published on Mar 14, 2011.Island & Loomis Lakes Conservation Area Grows by 60 acres
Obama Plan Leaves National Forest Streams, Watersheds, and Wildlife Without Adequate Protection
By Kelly from Press Releases. Published on Mar 10, 2011.
Mount St. Helens forest conserved
By thomas from News. Published on Dec 30, 2010.
Critical Habitat Purchased for Lewis’s Woodpecker
By tom from News. Published on Dec 01, 2010.
Haul Road Restoration Project
By tom from News. Published on Oct 13, 2010.Columbia Land Trust to restore degraded fish habitat along Klickitat River.
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Alan Director to Lead Portland Projects
By tom from News. Published on Jun 04, 2010.Mr. Director will develop and implement several strategic initiatives to better implement the Land Trust’s mission.
Forest Legacy Grant Approved for Mt. St. Helens Forest
By tom from News. Published on Jun 04, 2010.Department of Natural Resources and Columbia Land Trust receive approval for $2.5 million grant to acquire development rights
Court Blocks Rock Creek Mine in Northwest Montana
By lauren from Press Releases. Published on Apr 01, 2010.PRC and allies claim victory in a suit brought to invalidate federal agency approval for the Rock Creek Mine project, which would have had devastating effects on over 10,000 acres of habitat for fragile species of bull trout and grizzly bear in Northwest Montana
Temporary Rules Filed On Business Energy Tax Credit Program
By David Wolf from Renewable Northwest Project. Published on Nov 02, 2009.
Nine Federal Agencies Enter into a Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Transmission Siting on Federal Lands
By David Wolf from Renewable Northwest Project. Published on Oct 29, 2009.
Energy issues are important to daily life
By renewables from Renewable Northwest Project. Published on Oct 16, 2009.
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By renewables from Renewable Northwest Project. Published on Oct 15, 2009.
Residential Basics of Going Solar
By renewables from Renewable Northwest Project. Published on Oct 15, 2009.
By firstname.lastname@example.org (admin) from Splash Page. Published on Oct 08, 2008.
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