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Third Session of Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute

By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Jun 22, 2017.

I enjoyed attending the beginning of the third session of the Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute this week at Cottonwood Canyon State Park.  17  high school students from Arlington, Dufer, The Dalles and LaGrande, four college mentors from Eastern Oregon University, four faculty members from Eastern Oregon University, three high school teachers from Arlington and 6 […]

Why You Should Care About the Assault on the Antiquities Act

By arran from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Jun 22, 2017.

The Antiquities Act is under attack by dark money donors and the Trump Administration. While most Americans are very familiar with the iconic landscapes protected by the Act - places like the Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, and our own Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument - they may not be familiar with the law behind those protections. 

In a great infographic, author James Kaiser illustrates some Antiquities Act facts about how and where it's been used that help make the argument about why it, and the Monuments its protected, should be defended.

Here's where you can Take Action to defend our own Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. 

 

 

Who is protecting the public from oil-by-rail disasters?

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jun 21, 2017.

PGE’s plan to sell old oil storage tanks and other equipment to Global Partners LP—an oil company with a history of environmental violations—is not in the public interest. Submit your comment today and RSVP to attend the hearing 6/27/17 in Salem.

Deep Workforce Cuts Proposed for BLM

By FSEEE from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Jun 21, 2017.

As many as 1,000 jobs at the Bureau of Land Management may disappear next year, according to an email sent to agency employees last week by BLM Acting Director Mike Nedd, as the Trump ... More

Ice cream + fighting fossil fuels = winning combo

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jun 21, 2017.

Fossil fuel export update and donate-what-you-can fundraiser for the Portland All Nations Canoe Family to support their participation in the 2017 Canoe Journey on Saturday, June 24, 2017, 2:00 p.m. ice cream social fundraiser with members of the Portland All Nations Canoe Family; 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. fossil fuel export update (please arrive by 3:00 p.m. to participate in the Canoe Family’s water blessing ceremony).

Bella Vista Foundation Funds Continued Engagement in John Day Basin

By Haley Walker from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Jun 21, 2017.

PORTLAND – The Bella Vista Foundation awarded The Freshwater Trust (TFT) $135,000 to

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Report from AOR Sustainable Oregon 2017

By Adrienne Welsh from . Published on Jun 21, 2017.

By Bonita Davis, Recycling Advocates Volunteer Salishan Lodge on the central Oregon Coast was the site of Sustainable Oregon 2017 Conference, presented by the Association of Oregon Recyclers from June 7-9. Encouraged to attend by the board of Recycling Advocates, I learned the conference brings together diverse perspectives, shares current best practices, create networking opportunities […]

Better Late than Never

By Michel Wiman from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Jun 20, 2017.

This year, Willamette Valley biologists waited, waited and still waited longer for our favorite prairie pollinators, Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly and Fender’s blue butterfly, to emerge. Not one, not two, but almost three weeks late! Cold and rainy conditions delayed both plants and butterflies this year. These two endangered butterflies are the driver for much of […]

Deny Port Westward Rezone

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jun 20, 2017.

Riverkeeper is working with farmers and Columbia County, OR, residents to fight a controversial effort to open over 800 acres of high-quality farmland along the Columbia River for industrial development, including methanol and oil-by-rail terminals. We stopped the proposal before. Now we need your help to put this bad idea to bed forever.

Hanford – featured

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jun 20, 2017.

Did you know the Hanford Reach National Monument is under threat from a sweeping and unprecedented Executive Order issued by President Trump? The Order calls for the Secretary of the Interior to review national monuments designated since 1996. Time is running out—tell Interior to protect the one-of-a-kind Hanford Reach Monument.

Summer Is Here! Reconnecting with Earth

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jun 20, 2017.

Happy first day of summer! As author Gary Zukav says, “Each solstice is a domain of experience unto itself. At the Summer Solstice, all is green and growing, potential coming into being, the miracle of manifestation painted large…” We invite… Read More!

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A Roadmap for Managing Our Water

By Stacey Malstrom from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jun 20, 2017.

It’s hard to think about drought when it’s still raining in June, but Oregon is about to enter its dry season. Although this year’s snowpack looks strong, experts predict that climate change will bring more drought in the future. That’s why, five years ago, OEC was among the stakeholders who helped develop the state’s first […]

A Consensus Climate Solution

By Mark Tercek from Conservancy Talk. Published on Jun 20, 2017.

A climate solution that bridges partisan divides, strengthens our economy and protects our shared environment? President and CEO Mark Tercek on what that might look like.

Meet Katie, Oregon Wild's new Marketing & Graphic Design Intern!

By marielle from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Jun 19, 2017.

Greetings! My name is Katie Kelly, and I am the new Marketing & Graphic Design Intern at the Oregon Wild Portland office. I’m going into my fourth and final year at Lewis & Clark College this fall, graduating with B.A. in Environmental Studies. My concentration is titled “Climate Justice and Media in Periphery Nations.”

Originally from San Francisco, I’m a city girl through and through. Growing up is a mixture of memories, including pushing myself into crowded buses, eating good food, and running Bay2Breakers in a funny costume. My relationship with the natural world started with surfing in Pacific Beach, but I was very content with the built world surrounding me. It’s unclear when I first started tuning into climate news and learning about climate change, all I knew was I was scared (and very interested). From that point onwards, I started to value and connect to natural areas around me, like wilderness areas and national parks.

I started working with Naturebridge in Golden Gate National Recreation Area when I was in high school, and in college, I lived in both the Environmental Action and Outdoor Pursuits Living Learning Communities. On top of this, I have been the On-Campus Sustainability Intern for the Office of Sustainability and an event organizer for the Environmental Studies Symposium. During this time, I became very interested in both justice and activism. I landed a Project Leader position with the Office of Student Leadership and Service, which I have been extremely active in these past two years. In most of these organizations, I found my strengths lies in outreach.

I connect my two identities, climate-nerd and material-girl, through communication and media. I’m very concerned with accessibility, and a lot of spaces considered natural, are simply not accessible for many. And while that real connection with wilderness might not be available, the real fear of climate change is ever-looming. Because of this, I am very interested in the spread and mediums of information.

I am so excited to work as the Marketing & Graphic Design Intern. I have a background in journalism and graphic design, which I am excited to explore and enhance. In my work, I will be focusing largely on the organization of the Call of the Wild event. I will also be supporting the Oregon Brewshed® Alliance and other outreach.

This summer, I am excited to learn more about Oregon’s wilderness and wildlife. I’m also excited to explore different places in Oregon outside of the Columbia River Gorge and expose myself to different types of activism. I am ready to make connections, have great conversations, and learn about the state that is home to places like Crater Lake and Cannon Beach. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with Oregon Wild!

Under Attack: Hanford Reach National Monument

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jun 19, 2017.

Did you know the Hanford Reach National Monument is under threat from a sweeping and unprecedented Executive Order issued by President Trump? The Order calls for the Secretary of the Interior to review national monuments designated since 1996. Time is running out—tell Interior to protect the one-of-a-kind Hanford Reach Monument. Learn more

It’s not too late for clean air

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jun 19, 2017.

“The state choked on its own exhaust.” —Oregonian editorial board Let’s be frank. When it comes to cleaning up Oregon’s air, we know the bill for Clean Engines, Clean Air could be stronger in curbing dirty diesel. But we can still cut back the toxic air pollution our kids are breathing with what’s left in […]

Natural history of checker-mallows of western Oregon

By Tom Kaye from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Jun 19, 2017.

If you rode your horse or walked through western Oregon grasslands on a late May day 200 years ago, chances are you would have seen checker-mallows aplenty among the many wildflowers.  Today these grasslands are few and far between, but in some habitat remnants checker-mallows still make a showy spring bloom.  There are over 20 […]

Legislative Update: We’re in the home stretch!

By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jun 16, 2017.

As we enter the final month of the 2017 Oregon legislative session, it’s becoming clear that this year won’t be notable for its environmental successes. We’ve had a few victories and are hoping for a few more, but right now, it may be all we can do to stave off some real rollbacks! We need […]

Total Solar Eclipse information and resources

By JT Quanbeck from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Jun 16, 2017.

The word on the street is that there is a Total Solar Eclipse on its way in August! Have questions? We have pulled together some resources for you… Want some Solar Eclipse Oregon State Park gear? All Oregon State Park eclipse merchandise is sold from the  Oregon State Parks Online Store. (Note: The Eclipse hat […]

The 2017 Walk+Roll Challenge Winners!

By Lauren Hugel from The Street Trust. Published on Jun 16, 2017.

The 2017 Walk+Roll Challenge challenged kids, parents, and school staff to try walking and biking to school during the month of May. The 2017 Walk+Roll Challenge raked in […]

Help us defend Oregon’s values: Reject IP 22

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jun 16, 2017.

First, let’s be clear: Oregon Environmental Council supports the right of all Oregonians to live fulfilling lives and feel safe to participate in their communities. We support rights for immigrants in our state. We believe that immigrants in Oregon bring the social, cultural and economic diversity necessary for Oregon to thrive and build lasting environmental […]

Audubon Society of Portland Asks US Fish and Wildlife Service to Immediately Revoke Permits to Kill Double-crested Cormorants

By aberman from News. Published on Jun 16, 2017.

On June 15, 2017, Bob Sallinger, conservation director for Audubon Society of Portland sent the following letter to Robyn Thorson, Regional Supervisor for US Fish and Wildlife Service, asking that permits to kill Double-crested Cormorants on and around East Sand Island are immediately revoked. See below for the full letter.

Bill Would Roll Back Environmental Rules on Logging Projects

By FSEEE from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Jun 15, 2017.

Arkansas Rep. Bruce Westerman has reintroduced a bill that would roll back environmental regulations governing logging on national forests. The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017 would allow the Forest Service to sidestep laws ... More

City of Portland, Coalition Defend Portland’s Fossil Fuel Stand

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jun 15, 2017.

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) heard oral arguments today about a challenge to Portland’s landmark fossil fuel ordinance. In 2016, the City of Portland passed the land use ordinance restricting development of new major fossil fuel projects, such as oil-by-rail terminals or coal export terminals. The ordinance drew a challenge from the oil industry and the Portland Business Alliance, who have asked LUBA to overturn the policy. A coalition of groups including Columbia Riverkeeper, Portland Audubon Society, the Center for Sustainable Economy, and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility intervened to support the City’s case in defending the ordinance.

Reflections from a Mother-Daughter Volunteer Naturalist Morning

By Rebecca McKay Steinberg from Greenbelt Land Trust. Published on Jun 15, 2017.

Ellen It was a sunny, May morning as we headed out to Bald Hill to start our volunteer naturalist walk. I was eager to show my visiting mom, Jan, what I had learned about bird and plant identification in my volunteer naturalist orientation. Although my mom is currently an immunization nurse in Colorado, her undergraduate degree is in botany and I was excited to test her knowledge with some tree IDs! Although I have been out to Bald Hill many times to run on the winding trails, this was one of my first experiences quietly walking and simply noticing. We often stopped, kneeling next to Read More

How Will the Transportation Package Bill Invest in Walking, Bicycling, and Public Transit?

By Stephanie Noll from The Street Trust. Published on Jun 15, 2017.

Last week Oregonians came out in force at the State Capitol to testify in support of transit, safety, walking, bicycling, and Safe Routes to School in […]

Eat a burrito, plant a tree: June 28 Chipotle-FOT fundraiser!

By Friends of Trees from Growth Rings. Published on Jun 14, 2017.

Wednesday, June 28 | Chipotle-Friends of Trees fundraiser Chipotle will donate 50% of ALL SALES from Portland Metro stores when you mention Friends of Trees or show this post when you order. Be sure to say “Friends of Trees Fundraiser” or show this BEFORE you pay for your order! Participating Chipotles: Portland Downtown (3rd & Yamhill) Lloyd District […]

ACTION ALERT! Keep Eastern Oregon Included in Oregon's Land Use System!

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Jun 14, 2017.

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Where are our climate champions on methanol?

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jun 13, 2017.

Last week, Governor Inslee and the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) abandoned their duty to protect the Columbia River, and Washington’s climate, from methanol refining and export. Governor Inslee has said that we are the last generation that can do anything about climate change. Governor: The time for talk is over. As the Trump administration abandons and undercuts efforts to combat climate change, we look to Washington state for action. Massive fossil fuel projects like the Kalama methanol refinery undercut Washington’s commitments on climate change.

New Mexico A Different Way Course Participants Reflect on Change

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jun 13, 2017.

Since the launch of our newest discussion course book, A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World, over 600 people have organized discussion courses and come together to learn about and commit to living in simpler, more authentic ways. This new… Read More!

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The Bike Raffle is Back!

By Lauren Hugel from The Street Trust. Published on Jun 13, 2017.

The Street Trust is partnering with our friends at River City Bicycles to bring back the Bike Raffle! The Bike Raffle is the chance to win […]

Mosier Derailment Anniversary Observance and Rally

By gpmonahan from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jun 12, 2017.

When oil trains derail, they explode. We saw this happen last year in Mosier, Oregon, dangerously close to the community school. Children had to be evacuated and families remained separated without any way of contacting each other for hours. On the first anniversary of this catastrophe, June 3rd, over 250 community members from across the […]

Coal to Clean, NOT Coal to Gas

By gpmonahan from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jun 12, 2017.

Early this year, the Oregon Chapter’s Beyond Gas and Oil Campaign and the Beyond Coal Oregon Campaign recognized that they both wanted the same thing: In general to stop the spread of natural gas usage In particular, to block PGE’s plan to go From Coal to Gas instead of Coal to Clean We also recognized […]

Portland and Multnomah County Pass 100% Renewable Energy Resolutions

By gpmonahan from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jun 12, 2017.

Last Wednesday, June 1st, on the same day that Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement, the Portland, OR, City Council and Multnomah County Commission committed to a just transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2035, and to meet all energy needs, including transportation, heating and cooling, and electricity, with 100% […]

All Eyes on Bears Ears

By Alexander from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Jun 12, 2017.

Bears Ears National Monument - Photo provided by the BLM

Over the weekend, the head of the Department of Interior, Ryan Zinke, submitted a report to the White House recommending to scale back protections for the Bears Ears National Monument in Southern Utah. In his report, Zinke suggests that President Trump “revise the existing boundaries” of the monument, which was designated by President Obama after many years of hard work by a diverse coalition of tribal and environmental groups. This new development is the latest confirmation that the Trump administration intends to take bold, unprecedented action to erode the protections for millions of acres of land across the country that belong to you and me. 

Secretary Zinke’s report is the product of a review mandated by President Trump in his late-April Executive Order, which sought to challenge National Monument designations all across the country and erode one of the key conservation tools used by presidents of both parties for the past 100 years - the Antiquities Act. The order directs a special review of over 20 National Monuments designated since 1996, which could lead to the elimination of protections for millions of acres of public land, including Bears Ears and the newly expanded Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon. In essence, Trump’s move constitutes his administration’s most aggressive action against America’s public lands, and yet again pits his administration in stark contrast with the opinions of the overwhelming majority of Americans.
 
President Trump and radical anti-public land politicians in Congress claim that the general public was not involved in the decision-making for these designations, a problem the Trump administration allegedly sought to correct by opening up a short comment period for Bears Ears and a longer comment period for other monuments designated since 1996. This larger comment period will remain open until July 10 and includes the review of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. If you haven’t commented yet, consider doing so to make sure the Trump administration knows where you stand on this important issue.
 
If there was ever any ambiguity about how the general public felt about National Monuments before, this comment period has clarified the strong support Americans have for the Antiquities Act and the monuments it has created. Since late April, Zinke has received over 150,000 comments from the public, the vast majority of which demonstrate overwhelming support for National Monuments. 
 
The Center for Western Priorities conducted a random sample of hundreds of the comments submitted so far and they found that roughly half of comments generated mentioned Bears Ears specifically and yet just 2.8 percent called for eliminating or reducing monuments, with 96 percent of comments submitted urging Zinke to leave monument boundaries alone! Contrary to the rhetoric being tossed around by Utah politicians bent on eliminating the protections afforded by National Monuments, the Center for Western Priorities was able to determine that 88 percent of commenters who lived in Utah expressed support for keeping national monuments as they are, while only 11 percent requested President Trump shrink or rescind monuments.
 
Despite the nearly unanimous sentiment among the general public who commented, Zinke chose to ignore the findings entirely in his official report to the president and instead pointed to the handful of comments received from industry-friendly Utah politicians who oppose Bears Ears to justify his bold recommendations. This maneuver clearly exposes the actual motivation behind the review: to erode protections for these lands and open them up for extractive degradation and private profit.
 
One crucial question remains, is any of this even legal? Legal scholars and lawyers are largely in agreement that any attempt to amend or eliminate the monument designation of a previous president would constitute a violation of the Antiquities Act, unless Congress were to amend the act directly to give the president such authority. During his confirmation hearing, Zinke was asked about this specific point by Sen. Heinrich (D-NM), to which Zinke responded, "It will be interesting to see if the President has the authority to nullify a monument... Legally, it is untested." In the weeks that followed, Rep. Grijalva (D-AZ) also tried to receive further clarification on this front but failed to get a response. 
 
Well, now I think it’s safe to say Ryan Zinke has made up his mind about a president's legal authority under the Antiquities Act to redraw the monument boundaries. This week Zinke travels to Maine to review their new National Monument, let’s hope his next trip isn’t to Southern Oregon...

 

If you're in Portland, come check out forum on National Monuments on June 20 for some thoughtful discussion, free beer, and next steps on the campaign to protect our monuments!

If you're in Corvallis, consider joining Oregon Wild and coalition partners for a Public Lands Forum on June 22. This event is part of a series of community forums taking place across the entire state this summer to help build greater awareness of public lands, their many values, and their current political threats, so come check it out if you're nearby!

6/13 Events in Salem & The Dalles

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jun 12, 2017.

“Railroads and oil companies continue pressure to increase dangerous oil train traffic and terminals through our communities and along special places like the Columbia River, said Rebecca Ponzio, Director of the Stand Up to Oil coalition. “We call on the Oregon PUC and the Columbia River Gorge Commission to protect our communities and say no to these projects.”

Zinke to Trump: Roll Back National Monument Designation

By FSEEE from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Jun 12, 2017.

Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants President Trump to narrow the boundaries of Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument, marking a significant advance in the administration’s pledge to roll back national monument designations. In ... More

ONDA celebrates 30th anniversary with Portland event

By Corinne Handelman from Press Releases. Published on Jun 12, 2017.

To recognize its 30th anniversary, the Oregon Natural Desert Association will celebrate with a party in Portland on July 9. Called Stand for the Land: A Community Celebration of Conservation, this free, family-friendly event will bring together the Portland community over Base Camp Brewing beverage with ways to get informed and be involved on public lands issues in Oregon.

Infographic: The Freshwater Trust in the Rogue River Basin

By Danielle from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Jun 12, 2017.

  We began restoration work in the Rogue River Basin in 2012 by

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Update on Proposed Kalama Methanol Refinery

By gpmonahan from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jun 11, 2017.

The proposed Kalama Methanol Refinery has received approval for their Shoreline Substantial Development Permit from the Washington State Department of Ecology. This comes after environmental and social justice groups flooded Ecology with over 19.000 comments opposed to the refinery. If built, this would be the largest methanol refinery in the world! It would refine fracked […]

2017 Bike More Challenge Awards Party Recap

By Lauren Hugel from The Street Trust. Published on Jun 09, 2017.

Last night, The Street Trust and hundreds of Bike More Challengers partied at Oaks Park to celebrate Bike Month and the record-breaking 1,702,974 miles biked by 12,445 […]

Central Oregon Events and Adventures!

By Sarah from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Jun 09, 2017.

‘Tis the season for exploration! With summer quickly approaching, we have more daylight than ever to pack in as much adventure as we can. We're offering a variety of events over the next month that are fun, educational, and inspiring and we hope you can get outside (and inside) with us to learn more about the wild places and wildlife that we experience regularly here in Bend. We hope to see you there!

What We Want from the Wild - An Oregon Humanities Conversation

 

Tuesday, June 13th 4:00-5:30pm

Oregon Wild office
2445 NE Division Street, Suite 303. Bend, OR 97703
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Oregonians across the political spectrum place a high value on the diverse natural resources of our state, but we are divided about how these resources should be used and talked about. What do we want from nature? What do we understand nature to be, and how do we see ourselves fitting in? This is the focus of the discussion “What We Want from the Wild,” led by Adam Davis of Oregon Humanities and hosted by Oregon Wild and the Great Old Broads for Wilderness - Bitterbrush Broadband chapter. 


Wild Wednesday - Hiking the PCT (Oregon)

 

Wednesday, June 28th 5:30-7:00pm
Crow’s Feet Commons
869 NW Wall St Suite 4, Bend, OR 97703
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Thinking about hiking some or all of the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon? Join Oregon Wild and guidebook author Eli Boschetto at Crow's Feet Commons an evening of inspiring imagery and trail beta to help you start planning your own PCT adventure. Eli breaks down the state's 455 miles of PCT into manageable sections—each with stunning routes that can be hiked in a long weekend, a week or more. Details include trail accessibility, choosing campsites, finding water and getting the right permits for hiking from the rolling grasslands of the Soda Mountain Wilderness to the volcanic plains of the Central Cascades to the doorstep of Oregon's tallest peak, Mount Hood. Bring your questions, your appetite for adventure, and your thirst for great beer! 


Lookout Mtn Wildflower Hike

 

Friday, June 30th
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Experience the Ochocos in bloom on this scenic hike up central Oregon's Lookout Mountain. This 5-6 mile hike will take you through old growth forests and beautiful open wildflower meadows. At the summit, we will be rewarded with sweeping views of the Cascade Mountains! In addition to learning more about the wildflowers of the area, we will also discuss the efforts underway to protect the Ochoco Mountains on this fun day hike. 


Let’s Talk about Wolves

 

Wednesday, July 12th 5:30-7:30pm
Broken Top Bottle Shop
1740 NW Pence Ln #1, Bend, OR 97701
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Are wolves protected in Oregon? Where? Can you hunt wolves in Oregon? What’s the current state of wolves in Oregon? Get the answer to these questions and more at an evening presentation and conversation that covers the gray wolf in Oregon and its tumultuous history and perilous future. With wildlife poaching on the rise, mounting pressure to allow wolf hunts in Oregon, and efforts to further strip wolves of protections, now is a critical time for the future of Oregon's wolves. Learn about how to get involved and influence decisions currently underway in regards to protecting the gray wolf in Oregon. 


Crooked River Fly Fishing Trip

 

 
Friday, July 21st
 
Come fish the Crooked River and snag a beautiful rainbow trout! This beginner level day-trip will run you through the rod and reel basics, casting instruction and coaching, and entry level technique to get you out fishing on your own. In addition to experiencing the Crooked River Canyon, you will hear information about the entire Crooked River Watershed and the Ochoco Mountains that feed the beloved Crooked.
Photo Credits: 
Mule deer by Brett Cole Ochoco hiking by Jim Davis Ochoco flowers by Tanya Harvey Wolves via ODFW

Join us: Mekong River Night

By Pacific Rivers from Pacific Rivers. Published on Jun 09, 2017.

New dams proposed on the MeKong River threaten the largest inland freshwater fishery in the world and the food and economic security of sixty million people living in Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Eleven dams are proposed on the Mekong River. The first two lower Mekong hydropower mega-projects are currently under construction, a third … Continue reading Join us: Mekong River Night

HB 2007: An Introduction

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Jun 08, 2017.

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House Bill 2007 was introduced by Speaker Rep. Tina Kotek, with the goal of bringing more housing to Oregonians. Communities across Oregon are facing challenges in providing housing for all of their residents. HB 2007 takes significant steps towards implementing land use Goal 10, by making abundant, diverse, and more affordable housing available to more people of all ages, abilities, incomes, and backgrounds in every neighborhood.  

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Forest Service Approves Controversial Copper Mine

By FSEEE from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Jun 08, 2017.

A proposal to dig a $2 billion, mile-wide, half-mile-deep copper mine in southern Arizona cleared a significant hurdle yesterday when the Forest Service granted formal approval for the controversial project. Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals wants ... More

WA sup – featured

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jun 08, 2017.

The Washington Supreme Court today rejected the Port of Vancouver USA’s interpretation of the Open Public Meetings Act. Columbia Riverkeeper, Sierra Club, and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center alleged that the Port violated the Open Public Meetings Act by holding closed-door meetings about the nation’s largest oil-by-rail proposal.

Washington Supreme Court Delivers Victory for Open Government

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jun 08, 2017.

“Today’s decision (6/8/17) is a victory for people who believe in open, accountable government. The Washington Supreme Court’s ruling comes as scandal consumes Washington D.C. and affirms the responsibility of our state and local elected officials to answer to the people — not Big Oil in backroom deals.” -Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director for Columbia Riverkeeper

Intern with NWEI! Two Internships Kick Off in August & September

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jun 08, 2017.

Later this summer, NWEI is looking for two motivated, enthusiastic, sustainability-minded interns! As we head into our 25th year, we’re gearing up for another inspiring EcoChallenge this October – and we’re also developing new content and delivery models for NWEI’s… Read More!

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An Oregon Sales Tax on Bikes?!

By Stephanie Noll from The Street Trust. Published on Jun 08, 2017.

The Street Trust has long been working to partner with the Oregon legislature to raise funding for safe, inviting bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Oregon communities. The […]

Powerful Ocean Advocates

By Andrew Bill from Conservancy Talk. Published on Jun 08, 2017.

Dr. Sylvia Earle's life work has intersected with The Nature Conservancy on many occasions. See what we've accomplished to help #SaveOurOcean.

Pacific Rivers is looking for a Social Media Intern!

By Pacific Rivers from Pacific Rivers. Published on Jun 07, 2017.

Two whitewater rafting guides founded the Pacific Rivers Council in 1987 after witnessing the destruction of some of their most treasured rivers. Oil slicks, trash, and clearcuts were not only turning clients off, but also destroying the health of the rivers and nearby communities that depended on them. Since then, Pacific Rivers has been instrumental … Continue reading Pacific Rivers is looking for a Social Media Intern!

Stand for Clean Fuels

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jun 07, 2017.

Oregon has the opportunity to lead on climate.  But we need your help. Emboldened by federal action to undo climate commitments, big oil is yet again pushing our legislature to rollback one of Oregon’s most innovative and effective climate and clean air protections, the Clean Fuels Standard. This law is already a big success for Oregon, […]

Take Action: Stand for Clean Fuels

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jun 07, 2017.

FREE THE SNAKE RIVER WITH PATAGONIA PORTLAND

By Pacific Rivers from Pacific Rivers. Published on Jun 07, 2017.

The Northwest used to be home to the greatest salmon runs in the world: The Columbia-Snake River System. Snake River salmon migrate farther and higher than any salmon on the planet, through eight dams and inland to their high-elevation mountain homes in eastern Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Learn more about the Snake River, its one-of-a-kind … Continue reading FREE THE SNAKE RIVER WITH PATAGONIA PORTLAND

Women Bike May Recap

By Elizabeth Cabral from The Street Trust. Published on Jun 07, 2017.

The sun is out and so is Women Bike! This May we were busy leading coffee meet-ups, happy hours and rides. Rides!  We kicked off the […]

Take Action: Support Transportation Options for Oregon’s Future

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jun 06, 2017.

Oregon’s Transportation Bill

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jun 06, 2017.

We created this helpful infographic to walk you through what’s proposed in Oregon’s transportation funding package, House Bill 2017-3. Hearings are happening now, take action today! Hearings are happening now, take action today! Transportation bill offers key pieces for Oregon’s future + more work to be done

"Ban Aerial Spray!" - Oregon Voters

By Jason from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Jun 05, 2017.

As you have probably heard by now, there is much reason to celebrate. A local special election saw voters in Lincoln County, Oregon decide that their county should be the first in the country to ban aerial spraying by ballot initiative! 

Oregon Wild partnered with Citizens for a Healthy County to raise awareness about aerial spray in Lincoln County at many packed house events! 

The county initiative, championed by Citizens for a Healthy County and endorsed by Oregon Wild in this blog post earlier this year, has been in limbo since the May 16th election, but the vote has been tallied and Measure 21-177,  won by 61 votes! 

Although Oregon Wild is focused on fighting aerial spray, and the clearcutting that encourages it, at the State (not county) level, we have to stop and join aerial spray activists around the state in what is an undeniable victory achieved by local, rural grassroots activists up against hundreds of thousands of dollars in industry spending! 

This year, Oregon Wild and our partners worked on several pieces of legislation that would bring common sense reform to Oregon's "weakest in the West" regulations on aerial spray. The result of this effort is described here by the Portland Tribune: 

Apparently in this Senator’s mind, we are all just eco-terrorists with no right to clean water.
 
Senator Roblan's statements about aerial spray seem to put him at odds with his own constituents. 

"The deciding vote was cast by Sen. Arnie Roblan,  who said that he's uncomfortable with the notification requirements due to the history of sabotage against Oregon's timber industry. People who disagree with any logging could seek to disrupt forestry activities, just as they did in the past by spiking trees, potentially causing danger to themselves or other, Roblan said." (Source)

While it is frustrating that a single Senator can so easily block important legislation from even seeing the light of day in Salem, we find some joy in knowing that Senator Roblan's statements and actions were followed by an immediate rebuke from his own constituents.

Senator Roblan, and other leaders in Salem, should listen to Oregonians, 67% of whom told pollsters they'd favor a ban on aerial spray, and quickly move Oregon's logging rules in the right direction. 

This Satellite Image shows rampant clearcutting in Lincoln County, a quick view of Oregon shows similar patterns in most of the coast. 

If elected officials don't get the message soon, we may see another strong signal from Lane County that it's time for large scale reform, as they seek to get a similar measure on the November ballot.

Follow the link below for more on that effort. 
Click here if you are in Lane County and want to support a ban on aerial spray! 

Cheers, Friends!

We celebrate this victory, and we celebrate the voters who showed up to demand their right to clean drinking water, healthy fish, and thriving eco-systems. We will continue working every day to bring these common sense protection to all Oregonians and the water, wildlife and forests that we all love. 

Join Oregon Wild today and help us achieve what we only can accomplish together! 

Fighting for Survival

By FSEEE from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Jun 05, 2017.

In the waning days of 1973, Richard Nixon signed into law the Endangered Species Act. It was anything but a controversial step for the embattled president, who a few months later would resign his ... More

Guest Blog: Climate Action: “God Help Us!”

By Devon Downeysmith from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jun 05, 2017.

Guest blog by Reverend Vern Groves As I listened to our president announce his intention to withdraw our nation from the Paris Climate Accord, these three words came to mind: “God help us!” I guess they were a combination of swear words and prayer. As I’ve reflected on this I’m reminded of a modern day […]

Following the Trail Before Me

By chandra from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Jun 02, 2017.

Since Oregon Wild’s inception in the 1970s, protecting ancient forests has been a key part of the organization’s work. In 1991, Wendell Wood, one of Oregon Wild’s longest serving staff members and volunteers, published “A Walking Guide to Oregon’s Ancient Forests” to help draw attention to the need to protect our last remaining old-growth forests before it was too late. The original book (featuring more than 200 hikes!) served as a guide to areas across Oregon with accessible old-growth forests, and included information about Oregon Wild’s  campaigns to protect these forests.

This little blue book has been indispensible to me since I started working for Oregon Wild back in 2003. Over a decade old and a bit outdated even then, Wendell’s book led me to spectacular groves in places like McGowen Creek near my Eugene home, and to sections of the Upper Middle Fork, Upper Rogue, and McKenzie River Trails I might not have been otherwise turned on to. The “Walking Guide” also added more context and hike alternatives to trails I found in other books, adding a little Wendell “flair” to my excursions when I didn’t have him along to overwhelm me with information (in the best way possible) about the plants, animals, and history of an area.

Wendell, enjoying the forest bounty

I’d been thinking for a few years about the need for this well-loved book to be updated - what areas in the book had been protected?, which were still in danger of logging?, what trail conditions had changed? - when Wendell suddenly passed away in 2015. Without Wendell, would it be possible to do the update I felt was needed? I decided I needed to give it a try.

I’m excited to announce that I am embarking on a 6-month sabbatical to work on revising, updating, and republishing Wendell’s book as “A Guide to Oregon’s Ancient Forests.” (Click here to find out about sponsoring this work!)

In the 25 years since the original book was published, so much has changed in Oregon. The state’s population has grown by over one million people since 1990. While our new residents are often driven here by Oregon’s natural beauty, many have little understanding of the environmental history of our state and the sometimes precarious protections for the wild places they have come to love since arriving.

Alongside the demographic changes have come dramatic shifts in the way federal agencies manage our forests and how forest values are perceived. In the almost 25 years since Wendell wrote his book, Oregon Wild has advanced protection for millions of acres of old-growth habitat through Wilderness legislation, through support for policies like the Northwest Forest Plan and the "eastside screens," and through campaigns to secure permanent protection of mature and old-growth forests in the Northwest through federal legislation. Unfortunately, we’ve also seen the attempted erosion of some of these protections by agencies and elected decision-makers There is still much work to be done, and a new edition of the book can help people who care about our ancient forests be better advocates for thier protection and restoration at this critical time.

I’m not going to lie: As fun as it will be to work on this project, it’ll also be hard to step away from my everyday work in Oregon Wild’s Eugene office and throughout western Oregon - holding the Forest Service and BLM accountable to our common sense vision for public forest management, planning events and hikes to engage our local supporters, and strategizing how to ensure our long term goals of protecting and restoring Oregon’s forests and watersheds are accomplished.

 

Instead, I will be spending the summer hiking as many trails in old-growth forests across the state as my feet can find. I’ll be documenting what I find along the trails and how to get there, taking photos of charasmatic old trees, researching what has changed between 1990 and today throughout the region’s forests, and typing my fingers off.

 

I won’t be able to do it alone. Like the mycorhyzial network that helps support the ancient trees in a forest, I’ll need support from Oregon Wild and old-growth forest lovers as I put many miles on my car and break down the tread on my boots. I need some gear to get me through, and Oregon Wild needs resources to make sure our plan to get this book out into the hands of Oregonians and other nature lovers can come to fruition.

 

You can help by sponsoring the development of “A Guide to Oregon’s Ancient Forests”! Click here to donate.

 

You can also follow my adventures on Facebook and Instagram!

 

On Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jun 02, 2017.

Yesterday, President Trump exited the Paris Climate Agreement, a 2015 pact that was intended to bring the world community together to respond to climate change. With 195 nations having signed, and with the US as the world’s second largest polluter,… Read More!

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The Good News: Almost Everyone Else Knows That Global Warming Is Real

By Mark Tercek from Conservancy Talk. Published on Jun 02, 2017.

President and CEO Mark Tercek on why withdrawing from the Paris Agreement is a short-sighted mistake by the U.S.

Podcast: Laurel Firestone

By Joe Whitworth from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Jun 01, 2017.

The health of water is tied to the health of people. No one

June Wolf Pack Update

By arran from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Jun 01, 2017.

Over the last few months, we’ve seen enormous support for wolf conservation!

As you know, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is revising the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan that will set policies for the state for the next five years (You can learn what is at stake in these revisions by watching our online presentation). In addition to providing thousands of comments to state officials, we’ve also seen strong in-person turnout from across the state at the most recent meetings in Klamath Falls and Portland in support of wolf conservation.

Read Gaby Diaz’s testimony from the ODFW hearing in Portland.

While wolf conservation opponents made several scientifically baseless claims and advocated that Oregon look to Idaho’s bloody and controversial management practices as a guide, wildlife supporters stood up for science and policies that would prevent conflict.

Wildlife officials will meet next June 8th in Salem to discuss potential changes to the plan. This meeting will be open to the public, but public testimony will not be accepted. There is not currently a date set to vote on adopting a revised wolf plan.

RIP OR-42

In much sadder news, wildlife officials confirmed the death of wolf OR42 in NE Oregon. ODFW reports that a forensic examination "did not identify a cause of death and no foul play is suspected at this time. However, it is still under investigation and additional laboratory tests are being conducted."

Adding to this tragedy is that OR42 is suspected to have been the breeding female of the Chesnimnus Pack, dropping the known breeding pairs in Oregon from 8 to 7, down from 11 the previous year.

Wildlife Services Funding

The debate over state funding for Wildlife Services, the federal agency responsible for the unintentional killing of OR48, continues in the Oregon legislature. Wildlife Services has been a controversial agency for decades, and is well known for management policies that endanger not only wildlife, but the public and pets. Funding for the agency was stripped in Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s budget, but some lawmakers have worked to reinstate the funding with weak caveats that the agency not use state money for M44 cyanide bombs.

You can contact members of the Oregon Ways and Means Committee to help keep this taxpayer funding out of the final budget.

Crater Lake Wolf Rendezvous

We’ll soon be announcing dates and details for the annual Crater Lake Wolf Rendezvous! These exciting, multiday trips are a unique opportunity to experience Oregon wolf country and learn from advocates, biologists, and those who share the landscape with wolves. The 2017 Wallowa Wolf Rendezvous filled up quickly, but you can sign up here to be first to know when spots for the Crater Lake Rendezvous become available.

And speaking of wolves around Crater Lake, the main photo for this article is a new trailcam photo of OR-7 - Journey - whose Rogue Pack frequents the area was released by the US Fish and Wildlife Service! 

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Hey! Join our Neighborhood Coordinator crew for the 2017-2018 planting season

By Pablo Brito from Growth Rings. Published on Jun 01, 2017.

by Pablo Brito “As an NC, you are the face of Friends of Trees in your neighborhood. I like that I can help neighbors answer tree questions or connect them to a staff person at Friends of Trees who can.” Martha W., SE Portland Neighborhood Coordinator, full interview HERE What is a Neighborhood Coordinator? Well […]

Ants, wasps and fleas—oh my!

By Jen Coleman from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jun 01, 2017.

A recent pesticide poisoning incident at a Coos Bay day care reminds us of how dangerous mistakes can happen. A day care employee reportedly sprayed a flea pesticide designed for use in barns. A number of children and employees were sickened. It is hard to say what the long-term effects may be. The state’s Pesticide […]

Transportation Bill Includes Some Potential Wins for Bicycling, Walking, Transit, and Safe Routes- Your Voice Needed

By Stephanie Noll from The Street Trust. Published on Jun 01, 2017.

Yesterday evening the full text (289 pages!) of the long-awaited transportation funding bill was released by the Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization. Being […]

House Bill 2007 Fact Sheet

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Jun 01, 2017.

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An Emphatic Ruling Against a Montana Mine

By FSEEE from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Jun 01, 2017.

Question: How many laws can the federal government violate by giving the green light to a copper and silver mine in a wild corner of Montana? Answer: At least five. Earlier this week, U.S. ... More

Transportation bill offers key pieces for Oregon’s future + more work to be done

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jun 01, 2017.

The Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization just released the long-anticipated House Bill 2017 – a 298-page plan for funding transportation improvements across our state over the next ten years. Hearings are happening now, take action today! “We are pleased to see a plan that gets Oregon moving towards reducing pollution, increasing safety, and making […]

Reflecting on Friday’s Attack on Portland MAX Train

By Stephanie Noll from The Street Trust. Published on May 31, 2017.

We started our week with great sadness for the people who lost their lives and were injured in Friday’s attack, and for the very presence of […]

Policy Update: Legislative and PUC Happenings

By Lisa-Logie from News – Solar Oregon. Published on May 31, 2017.

  Legislature: With a little more than a month to go in Oregon’s 2017 legislative session, it’s budget writing time in Oregon’s State Capitol. The legislature’s first job, above all others, is to pass a balanced state budget for the next two years. That’s a daunting challenge due to this year’s $1.4 billion difference in […]

First Campus EcoChallenge Wraps Up With Big Impact!

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on May 31, 2017.

In January, Northwest Earth Institute kicked off its first-ever Campus EcoChallenge, which drew 400 participants from 30 campus teams this past semester! Throughout the semester, students and staff teamed up to make an impact, choosing new sustainable actions such as… Read More!

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Speaking for the Voiceless

By Gaby from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on May 30, 2017.

This wolf track was found near Crater Lake National Park during the 2016 Oregon Wild Crater Lake Wolf Rendezvous. It may very well be that of OR7. Credit Jonathan Jelen.

On May 19th, I testified in front of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on wolves in Oregon. The Commission listened to hours of public testimony from conservation-minded Oregonians who asked the agency to protect and restore Oregon's fragile wolf population. 

Chairman Finley and Commissioners, thank you for being here today and providing the opportunity to hear public comments. My name is Gaby Diaz and I’m here today to speak on behalf of the voiceless.

Last September, I encountered my first wild wolf tracks near Crater Lake National Park. In the middle of a rusty, dirt road there were a set of  five large wolf prints headed up the way to a grove of pines. While the prints were old and dusty, I couldn’t help but imagine what this lone wolf was doing, and where he was going once he disappeared into the trees. 

I wondered what his life was like on the Oregon landscape in the fall of 2016. 

With only 109 others of his kind spread out across hundreds of thousands of acres of land, I imagined he felt alone, and maybe longed to see a familiar face. In thinking about the harsh winter months that followed, what would happen if his hunger got so great he had no choice but to kill a calf? What if he had a mate not too far from that dusty road, and pups playing innocently nearby? What price would he have to pay to feed and protect himself and his family? 

Those who sit before me and stakeholders in the crafting of this Plan have determined that price - and it is death.

Death, because they place a higher value on ungulates to hunt and eat than another animal’s right to live. Death, because full market value compensation for a dead cow isn’t enough. Death, because the fear living in balance with the wolf and wildlands they inhabit.  

I’m here today to speak on behalf of those wolves, the ones who face persecution more than any other creature in this state.

I implore you, Commissioners, to create more conservation funding options for grey wolves under the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan so that someday future generations will have the same experience I did. I am not a hunter nor do I have a hunting license, however, I would be more than willing to pay a conservation fee to see wolves thrive in Oregon.

Those wolf tracks were a testament of strength, perseverance, and a willingness to live. They deserve to be here too. 

Thank you. 

You can share your perspective on wolves with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife by clicking here

 

Photo Credits: 
Photos of the 2016 Oregon Wild Crater Lake Wolf Rendezvous were taken by Jonathan Jelen and Gaby Diaz. These tracks may very well be of Journey (OR-7) or his family - the aptly named 'Rogue Pack'. Group photo of the Wild Ones shows wildlife advocates at a previous ODFW hearing - credit Oregon Wild.

Female Forest Service Employees Report Hostile Workplaces

By FSEEE from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on May 30, 2017.

A 2015 study commissioned by the U.S. Forest Service’s California region found that female employees in the agency were more likely to face hostile working conditions than their male colleagues. The McClatchy news organization ... More

Stop the Dump: 1000 Friends files an amicus brief

By alyson from The Latest. Published on May 30, 2017.

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1000 Friends has filed an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief asking the Oregon Supreme Court to review a recent Court of Appeals decision that will impact farmland across the state. 

State law bars a non-farm use like a landfill from expanding onto farmland if the expansion will have "significant" impacts on area farms.  In approving an expansion of a local landfill on farmland, 

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High School leads recovery of Rare Plant Species

By Jessie Brothers from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on May 30, 2017.

May 25, 2017 Twenty-eight juniors and seniors from College Hill High School conducted ecological surveys at Bald Hill Farm. Students assessed the health of a restoration site where they will plant the rare thin-leaved peavine (Lathyrus holochlorus) in 2018. During today’s field trip, students learned and applied plant conservation and land stewardship principles while working to prevent […]

Connecting with Nature in Texas City

By Bronwen Butler from Conservancy Talk. Published on May 30, 2017.

When the day was done, volunteers had collected 6,500 pounds of trash, including a bevy of unusual finds: a paddle boat, a Coast Guard buoy, a Jabba the Hut figurine.

House Bill 2007: An Introduction

By alyson from The Latest. Published on May 26, 2017.

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House Bill 2007 was introduced by Speaker Rep. Tina Kotek, with the goal of bringing more housing to Oregonians. Communities across Oregon are facing challenges in providing housing for all of their residents. HB 2007 takes significant steps towards implementing land use Goal 10, by making abundant, diverse, and more affordable housing available to more people of all ages, abilities, incomes, and backgrounds in every neighborhood.  

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Women Bike: Karla’s Story

By Karla Ibarra from The Street Trust. Published on May 25, 2017.

When I was a kid, my parents gave me a shiny pink bike. I was elated because I finally owned my own bike! We lived in […]

Ticket2Ride offered statewide

By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on May 25, 2017.

I am very pleased that our Ticket2Ride program is growing nicely.  After our small 8 school test last fall, we began offering funding of field trips for K-8 classes from Title 1 schools across the state this Spring.   More than 1,700 students visited 14 State Parks across the state this Spring!  Thought I would share […]

Become a Tree Team Ambassador this Summer 2017

By Pablo Brito from Growth Rings. Published on May 25, 2017.

Join Friends of Trees as we hit up Summer and Fall events to motivate, empower, and educate the local community around our mission to bring people together to plant trees. by Pablo Brito This role is a good fit for an extroverted and a talkative tree-friend who can attend 2-4 events with us throughout Summer […]

#bikemore this month and win 2 entries to the WEEKENDER

By Lauren Hugel from The Street Trust. Published on May 25, 2017.

Cycle Oregon is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming individuals and communities through bicycling. Cycle Oregon showcases unique and beautiful parts of rural Oregon. Their events connect […]

Farm Worker Rights in the Age of Trump

By Mysti Frost from Beyond Toxics. Published on May 24, 2017.

Oregon has over 300 registered farm worker housing camps and another 200 unregistered camps. Most of these camps are located within orchards and fields that are regularly sprayed with pesticides that are human carcinogens and neurotoxins. To protect farm workers, the federal law requires a minimum 100-ft. no-spray buffer around farm worker housing. You may... Read more »

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Ranching for Biodiversity

By Tony Malmberg from The Freshwater Trust. Published on May 24, 2017.

My grandfather used to say, “Cattle do better on a mixture of grass.”

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Join NWEI at the World Environment Day Global Goals Fair June 3rd!

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on May 24, 2017.

World Environment Day is just around the corner! This year, NWEI will be collaborating with Portland’s Global Goal’s Fair to celebrate World Environment Day. The Fair will increase awareness of the United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals and the local… Read More!

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When Life Gives You Rain…

By Kara Kukovich from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on May 24, 2017.

Not many people appreciate that Opal Creek Wilderness is a rainforest–not a tropical one like you see in Central America or Southeast Asia but  more...

Noxious Weeds at Azure Standard Farm

By Jade Florence from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on May 24, 2017.

5/23/2017 UPDATE: 

Last week, on May 17, 2017, the Sherman County Court held a discussion regarding the Sherman County Weed Control Ordinance violation associated with Azure Standard Farm. After a social media blitz and the Sherman County Commissioners office receiving a staggering 57,000 emails as of last Wednesday, all parties involved met to discuss the issue. As a follow-up to this meeting, NCAP spoke with Tim Butler, Program Manager of Noxious Weed Control for the Oregon Department of Agriculture. There were two points that Butler wanted to clarify: 1) that the county has not switched its statutory code interpretation from management to eradication and 2) that the county has not insisted that Azure Standard Farm use conventional herbicides to eradicate weeds on their property. Butler confirmed that neighbors on surrounding land (who are growing certified weed-free wheat seed and are at risk of losing their certification) are concerned with the proliferation of weeds, which has been a consistent problem since 2006. Butler made it clear that this is a unique problem and that many organic farms in the area do a great job of managing weeds. He continued by saying that it’s in everybody’s best interest to manage noxious weeds and prevent them from damaging our natural ecosystems and the agricultural landscape. Azure Standard Farm has proposed an organic weed management plan, which is currently under review by county commissioners.

“Preserve the Best and Conserve the Rest”

By FSEEE from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on May 23, 2017.

The work of a Forest Service wildlife biologist is not that of your typical desk worker—just ask Hadley B. Roberts. Roberts, a longtime FSEEE member, was a Forest Service employee for nearly three decades. ... More

New BottleDrop Center Opens in Beaverton

By Adrienne Welsh from . Published on May 23, 2017.

Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) opened the new Beaverton BottleDrop Redemption Center on May 16, at 9307 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway. It’s fully staffed, open seven days a week from 9am to 6pm, and offers three ways to redeem Oregon deposit containers: BottleDrop Account – Pre-labeled bags can be filled with deposit containers at home and dropped […]

ONDA celebrates 30th anniversary with Bend event

By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on May 22, 2017.

To recognize its 30th anniversary, the Oregon Natural Desert Association will celebrate with a party in Bend on June 30. Called Stand for the Land: A Community Celebration of Conservation, this free, family-friendly event will combine live music by Coyote Willow and beverages with ways to get informed and be involved on public lands issues in Oregon.

Connect with Nature: A Transformative Tale

By Jacqueline Gray Miller from Conservancy Talk. Published on May 22, 2017.

From researching plants for the best shade trees to planting pollinator gardens, volunteers invest sweat equity into each vacant lot we transform.

The Roundup for May 19, 2017

By Jennifer Fairbrother from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on May 19, 2017.

Go West, BLM? – FSEEE Two Republican lawmakers from Colorado have introduced legislation that calls for moving the Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters from the nation’s capital to a western state. Timber! Loggers hope to fire ... More

A huge step forward on the Elliott State Forest

By orchapter from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on May 18, 2017.

Many breathed a sigh of relief on May 9th as the State Land Board voted to keep the Elliott State Forest open and accessible to all. While there’s still much work to be done to craft an inclusive solution that preserves this ecologically unique and historically special place that connects us to our past and future […]

Chinook Book wants you to #bikemore!

By Lauren Hugel from The Street Trust. Published on May 18, 2017.

The Chinook Book mobile app was launched in 2010 for delivering secure one-time-use coupons, and it has grown to be accepted at over 2,500 merchant locations. […]

Jordan Cove LNG: The Empire Strikes Back

By tedgleichman from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on May 18, 2017.

By Ted Gleichman We have complex Jordan Cove news, so I will overstrain this Star Wars metaphor right from the get-go. View of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal site on Coos Bay. Credit: Jes Burns, Oregon Public Broadcasting / EarthFix We all remember the temporary victories of last year: the valiant Rebel fighters […]

We are thrilled to announce two new faces!

By orchapter from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on May 17, 2017.

Ethan Taswell joins us as our Storyteller Intern for the summer of 2017.  In his new role, Ethan will embark on a multimedia storytelling project to increase awareness of our Organization’s work, with a focus on the volunteer, community-based advocates who make it possible.  In addition to telling the story of the Oregon Chapter and […]

Women Bike: Women who Inspire

By Karla Ibarra from The Street Trust. Published on May 17, 2017.

“I love the challenge of dirt riding.” Gritchelle began biking in 2005, while living in San Francisco; first as a form of commuting and, like many […]

Trouble for California Salmon

By FSEEE from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on May 17, 2017.

Salmon, trout and steelhead in California face a grim future if present trends continue, according to a study released this week, and climate change is the primary culprit. The report, titled “Fish in Hot Water,” ... More

Earth Day 2017 Accomplishments: OSU Volunteers vs. Scotch Broom

By Anna Ramthun from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on May 17, 2017.

It can be difficult to wake up early on a Saturday morning, especially if it is cool and rainy, but on Earth Day, April 22nd, thirty-five volunteers from Oregon State University got up bright and early to pull Scotch broom at Beazell Memorial Forest. The volunteer event was coordinated with the help of the Diverse […]

End of Season Tree Sale: find your perfect tree while supplies last!

By Friends of Trees from Growth Rings. Published on May 16, 2017.

  Celebrate spring by purchasing and planting a tree at your home! Friends of Trees planted over 55,000 trees and shrubs this season, and there are a few dozen leftovers needing a home. All trees are between six and 12-feet in height, and selected from various Willamette Valley nurseries. Trees are generally priced between $25-75. […]

Don’t Call It Climate Change – A Guest Post from Ecotrust

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on May 16, 2017.

Just a few weeks ago, more than 300 Oregonians gathered at the Natural Capital Center in Portland to hear best-selling author, environmentalist, and climate advocate Paul Hawken present Drawdown, his long-awaited new book that chronicles over 100 creative solutions for addressing… Read More!

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Legislative Update: Suction dredges, clean energy jobs, Elliott, and nukes!

By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on May 15, 2017.

We’ve now passed the midway point of the 2017 Oregon legislative session, and so far, it’s been something less than a walk in the park. As noted in previous updates, after several sessions with some real environmental progress (but also partisan divisiveness), we knew we would have a hard slog in making much progress in […]

Volunteering in Paradise

By Noël Rozny from Conservancy Talk. Published on May 15, 2017.

The volunteer posting read: “Must have a willingness to get your hands dirty.”

Climate Recovery’s Essential Ingredients

By orchapter from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on May 12, 2017.

If you’re concerned about climate change, you know that time is of the essence. To meet the Paris Agreement’s 1.5 Degree Celsius target (that Climate scientists recommend), the world must reduce GHG emissions to essentially zero by 2050[1]. To accomplish this we must immediately start to replace fossil fuel energy with renewable energy and energy efficiency.  […]

A Sunrise Place

By Lillie Stewart from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on May 10, 2017.

I’ve been out here for four days, twenty miles, eleven teammates, and a menagerie of surprises. I have trod through a perfect ancient forest.  more...

NWEI’s New White Paper on Behavior Change for Sustainability

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on May 10, 2017.

Have you every wondered why changing habits can be so difficult? Or why it is that if you change one habit it can have a cascading effect on the rest of your life? And why is it that so many… Read More!

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Australia’s Kimberley: Natural Wonderland, Cultural Landscape and Conservation Beacon

By James Fitzsimons from Conservancy Talk. Published on May 10, 2017.

James Fitzsimons is Director of Conservation for the Australia Program of the world’s largest global conservation organization, The Nature Conservancy. He oversees the organization’s conservation planning, science and policy functions for all of Australia. He was thrilled to develop his sea legs and travel with his wife Janelle and new friends and fellow adventurers as […]

Beaver Monitoring Pilot Gets Started

By Kendra Manton from The Wetlands Conservancy. Published on May 09, 2017.

On the very first hot day of the year, 30 Portland Community College biology students put on their waders and started ducking under bushes, finding pathways through mud and wading through shallow water in search of beaver activity and dams.  These biology students were learning first hand the importance of this keystone species. Beavers create

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Podcast: Dr. Juliet Christian Smith

By Joe Whitworth from The Freshwater Trust. Published on May 09, 2017.

Climate change pulls no punches. Not with the economy, not with the health

The Most Interesting Man in Florida

By Andrew Bill from Conservancy Talk. Published on May 08, 2017.

Forget for a moment how he came by the name “Sticky.” How did a boy from suburban Westchester, New York, with ambitions to become an artist, end up working for The Nature Conservancy for 30 years, creating and restoring Tiger Creek Preserve and six other wilderness preserves in Central Florida? Steve Morrison – naturalist, raconteur, […]

Housing for all Oregonians: Our Values

By alyson from The Latest. Published on May 05, 2017.

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Everyone deserves to have a safe, affordable home. Housing people is a metric of a community’s livability and health. Oregonians share this value and have always prided our state on its livability. We now face an outsized challenge in housing. It’s been a long-time brewing, and has now boiled over. Costs are rising because there are not enough homes to go around.

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I’ll walk the creek with you.

By Haley Walker from The Freshwater Trust. Published on May 04, 2017.

Once a day, Diane Seitz walks to Little Butte Creek with her dog

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Coalition Defends Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on May 03, 2017.

Ashland, Oregon-Late last Friday, local and partner conservation groups intervened in two lawsuits to protect the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument from challenges brought by timber interests. The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is one of the most biodiverse places in North America.

Western Pond Turtles Found at Nyberg

By Kendra Manton from The Wetlands Conservancy. Published on May 02, 2017.

After nearly a year and half of removing reed canary grass our Nyberg wetland finally has some open space!  Reed canary grass, an invasive species, can grow six feet tall and cover every inch of ground.  This makes it impossible for turtles to sun themselves, making the wetland uninhabitable for these important creatures. Last weekend

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Wolf Plan Webinar

By arran from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on May 02, 2017.

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Spring Flood on the River of Sorrows

By John Sanderson from Conservancy Talk. Published on May 02, 2017.

With good science and good collaboration with farmers and rafters, we hope that our efforts will build a future where the Dolores is now longer a river of sorrow.

Wendy Veliz joins Oregon State Parks Foundation Board

By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on May 01, 2017.

Wendy Veliz joins Oregon State Parks Foundation Board The Oregon State Parks Foundation is pleased to welcome Wendy Veliz to its Board of Directors, effective May 15, 2017. Veliz is an employee of Portland General Electric (PGE) where she currently works in the Government Affairs department.  Her responsibilities include managing utility and business issues that […]

Nurturing Natural Resource Volunteers: The Oregon Master Naturalist Backstory

By Rebecca McKay Steinberg from Greenbelt Land Trust. Published on May 01, 2017.

Jill Bushakra is a returning Greenbelt Volunteer Naturalist who is dedicated to environmental education in our community. Jill is also an Oregon Master Naturalist– a hard-earned distinction achieved through countless hours of learning about our region’s natural resources and providing service to our community through public outreach and volunteerism. In this GLT blog post, Jill describes the Oregon Master Naturalist (OMN) program and includes interviews with OMN Program Coordinators, Jason O’Brien and Brandy Saffell. Read on to learn more about OMN and how you can get involved… What is an Oregon Master Naturalist (OMN)? A visit to the website HERE explains the mission and talks about Read More

Take Action this Spring – NWEI Course Book Sale May 1-15th!

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on May 01, 2017.

As you know, the little things add up to make a big difference – and that’s why we are offering a course book sale between May 1st-May 15th! If you haven’t checked out NWEI’s series of sustainability focused discussion course… Read More!

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A Brewfest for Earth Day

By chandra from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on May 01, 2017.

Earth Day 2017 dawned bright and breezy in Eugene - an auspicious beginning to a day full of events with the Oregon Brewshed Alliance. First, we set up for a river and park clean-up and maintenance event at Clearwater Park in Springfield. In conjunction with SOLVE Oregon and Willamalane Parks & Recreation, OBA sponsored this event that turned out over 50 earth-lovers to collect litter, spruce up the parking areas of the park, remove invasive plants, and care for native plants in a restoration area along the Middle Fork Willamette River. Big thanks to groups of employees from Target, EWEB, and Eugene OG - along with many families and individuals who came out to make a difference in keeping Oregon a beautiful place to live. 

After all that hard work in the park, while many folks in Oregon attended Marches for Science, a team of Oregon Wild staff and volunteers worked to set up the main event of the day: the 1st annual Earth Day Oregon Brewshed Brewfest in Springfield. After all, without science, there is no beer!

The event in the Sprout! Markethall in downtown Springfield was co-sponsored with one of the Brewshed Alliance's charter members, Claim 52 Brewing. With their and Bigfoot Beverages Distributing's help, we transformed the Markethall (an old church) into a Brewfest with 19 beers and ciders on tap, Happy Mountain Kombucha, and over 200 attendees who came to support protecting clean water by drinking beer!

Congressman Peter DeFazio paid the 'Fest a visit between speaking at the Science March and heading back to Washington D.C. Twelve raffle prizes (bags stuffed with great brewery swag donated by brewshed partners!) were drawn throughout the event, and attendees carefully considered what brew should win "Brewshed Best." It was a tough choice for many, with some great ciders, IPAs, and pilsners - but in the end the people spoke out for 3 brews. Congrats to our Brewshed Best winners:

  • 1st Place: Worthy Brewing's Stoker Red
  • 2nd Place: Portland Cider's Sangria
  • 3rd Place: McMenamins High Street's Devils Lock Helles Bock 

Our team of nearly 20 volunteers - who helped with set-up, pouring beers, checking people in, selling raffle tickets, and event clean-up helped make everything go super smooth for a first-time event. Thanks to everyone who lent a hand, and to everyone who attended to make this a successful event!

Missed the Earth Day Brewfest? You'll have another chance to support the Brewshed Alliance at the 2nd annual Portland event May 17. Hope to see you there! 

1000 Friends of Oregon Announces New Executive Director

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Apr 28, 2017.

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Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:45am

Long-time senior executive of The Nature Conservancy, Russ Hoeflich, appointed Executive Director of 1000 Friends

Portland, Oregon- April 28, 2017 – The Board of Directors of 1000 Friends of Oregon announced today that they have selected long-time conservation leader, Russ Hoeflich, to serve as the new Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon, effective June 1, 2017.

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Q & A with Russ Hoeflich

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Apr 27, 2017.

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Alyson Marchi-Young
Fri, 04/28/2017 - 8:00am

Meet the New 1000 Friends Executive Director

1000 Friends of Oregon is pleased to welcome our new Executive Director, Russ Hoeflich, to the team. We are very interested in getting to know more about Russ and what makes him tick, so our Marketing and Communications Strategist Alyson Marchi-Young got together with Russ for a quick Q & A. This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

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Growing hops and brewing beer in the high desert

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Apr 27, 2017.

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Meriel Darzen
Thu, 04/27/2017 - 5:30pm

Good Earth Brewing and Smith Rock Hop Farm make the most of Terrebonne's Farmland

When Natalie Hoshaw and Clare Thompson moved to Central Oregon in 2013, one of the first new friends they made was Miles Wilhelm. Natalie and Clare, both health care professionals, found common ground with Miles, a digital modeler, over a love for good beer and a deep interest in farming.

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Infographic: Green vs. Gray Infrastructure

By Danielle from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Apr 27, 2017.

  Green projects tend to be mostly self-maintaining and feature low or zero

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Bad grades present big opportunities

By Alex Johnson from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Apr 27, 2017.

Alex has led the analysis, development and implementation of some of the first

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Rooftop to Blacktop ™

By Lisa-Logie from News – Solar Oregon. Published on Apr 27, 2017.

By Laurel Hamilton — Solar PV systems and electric cars go together like PB&J. Pair the two and you can both power that hot tub you’ve been feeling guilty about AND your daily trips around town completely with clean energy from the sun! Installing solar panels on your roof to power your electric vehicle (EV) […]

LOBBY DAY TO EXTEND OREGON’S SOLAR INCENTIVES

By Lisa-Logie from News – Solar Oregon. Published on Apr 26, 2017.

  Solar advocates from around the state converged at the State Capitol on April 17, 2017 to advocate for a six-year extension of the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) and property tax exemption for on-site solar. The solar incentives were created in 1977 and 1975, respectively, to promote home energy savings and encourage the alternative […]

Oregon Food Systems Convening

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Apr 26, 2017.

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Greg Holmes
Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:30pm

Earlier this month 1000 Friends staffers Greg Holmes and Alyson Marchi-Young joined the new Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture and about 70 other Oregonians at the annual Convening of the Oregon Community Food Systems Network.

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Missing Middle Housing: What you need to know to make it happen in your community

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Apr 26, 2017.

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Mia Nelson
Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:00pm

AARP and 1000 Friends of Oregon partnered to bring ‘missing middle’ conversations to Oregon communities for the second time within a year. This time, we were honored to participate in conversations in Springfield and Medford, with keynote speaker, architect and urbanist, Daniel Parolek, AIA. Mia Nelson spoke at the Springfield event and shares with us her big takeaways from Parolek’s presentation.

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Earth Day, Marches and Beyond – What Next?

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Apr 26, 2017.

This Earth Day, over 600 marches happened around the world in celebration of science – and the Earth Day Network inspired over two billion “acts of green.” This weekend, the People’s Climate March will happen in hundreds of communities around the… Read More!

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The Good, The Bad, and The Dead: A Legislative Mid-session Update

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Apr 25, 2017.

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Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 04/25/2017 - 4:40pm

The Oregon Legislature has reached the halfway mark in the 2017 session.  This is the point when many bills die for lack of support and there is a clearer picture of which legislation still has a chance of becoming law by the time the Legislature ends this session, which will be in late June/early July.

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Recovering Salmon in the Willamette Basin:
the need to address pesticides and other toxins

By Sharon Selvaggio from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Apr 25, 2017.

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(by Sharon Selvaggio, Healthy Wildlife and Water Program Director)

The Willamette Basin has sustained salmon and steelhead (salmonids) for fifteen million years. Despite their recognized economic, cultural and ecological significance, fish populations are in trouble. Hope for recovery rests on a concerted, broad-based effort to implement actions in a recently developed recovery plan.[1] 

Advantis members: Go paperless & plant trees!

By Friends of Trees from Growth Rings. Published on Apr 25, 2017.

Go Green with Paperless Billing + Support Community Tree Planting Advantis members: Reduce your paper clutter & help the environment! Advantis will donate $3 to Friends of Trees for every member that registers for eStatements through May 31. Switch now and make a difference!

Why You And I Are Thrilled to Protect Oregon’s People, Pollinators and Places – Again!

By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Apr 24, 2017.

I’m writing this from the bedside of my childhood friend who grew up on the same street as I. Ten days ago she was fine. Today she is transitioning to her passing. Her breathing is ragged, her eyes are unfocused. Her doctors at Stanford University Medical Center told the family they have never seen such... Read more »

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Welcome 2017 Conservation Research Interns!

By Meaghan Petix from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Apr 21, 2017.

On April 9, Conservation Research welcomed our new crew of interns: Lucy Keehn, Abbie Harold, and Nadav Mouallem! We have already put them to work, and they have gained valuable experience planting Kincaid's lupine in Douglas county and monitoring Bradshaw's lomatium in the West Eugene Wetlands. Lucy graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in […]

Why We March for Science

By Mark Tercek from Conservancy Talk. Published on Apr 21, 2017.

President and CEO Mark Tercek discusses why it's important to continue investing in science, research and technology ahead of Earth Day and the March for Science.

The future depends on new relationships

By Haley Walker from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Apr 19, 2017.

Jason Saulan landed in Eagle Point, Oregon three years ago. General Manager of

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Final ruling reinforces protection for Greater sage-grouse on Steens Mountain

By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Apr 19, 2017.

The long-running case over the impacts of proposed industrial-scale wind energy development on Steens Mountain in southeastern Oregon was put to an end on April 18 by order of a federal court.

Over 300 Volunteers Make OCN/OLCV Lobby Day for the Environment a Big Success

By April Christenson from . Published on Apr 18, 2017.

Oregonians Urge Oregon’s Lawmakers for Leadership, Now More Than Ever, on Protecting the Elliott State Forest, Cleaner Air, and Climate Change Salem, OR – With devastating anti-environmental rollbacks coming from ...

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The Freshwater Trust Explores Opportunities to Reduce Nutrients in San Francisco Bay Through Trading Program

By Haley Walker from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Apr 18, 2017.

Sacramento, CA — The Freshwater Trust (TFT), a freshwater conservation and restoration nonprofit,

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City of Portland Will Divest all Corporate Securities & Consider a Public Bank

By magdamendez from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Apr 13, 2017.

By Ted Gleichman In a local political shocker, the Portland City Council, deeply divided, has voted to divest all corporate securities from its investment portfolio.  A majority also said they will consider creating a public bank.  This surprise turn to a decade of arguments over corporate behavior and city investments came at the end of […]

Annual Benefit

By trkpost from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Apr 13, 2017.

TRK hosted our 19th Annual Benefit, River Connections this past Saturday, April 8. This year’s benefit was bittersweet, as we took a moment to honor the life of Jeff Douglas, one of our most valued leaders in the movement to protect and care for the Tualatin River. Jeff passed away from cancer earlier this year. […]

River Professors discuss cattle grazing for prairie restoration

By trkpost from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Apr 13, 2017.

On Friday, March 17, Tualatin Riverkeepers and Ash Creek Forest Management hosted the first of two biannual River Professor Events titled: Using Cattle Grazing in Native Prairie Restoration. A full house of community members joined us at Cooper Mountain Nature Park, eager to learn more about how partnerships with local cattle ranchers can be used […]

Working to Make Oregon’s Clean Energy Power Grid a Reality

By gpmonahan from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Apr 12, 2017.

Portland General Electric wants to build new fracked gas power plants which will lock us into decades of climate wrecking fossil fuel pollution. PGE’s own analysis shows that our future energy needs can be reliably and affordably met with clean renewable energy which will create hundreds of new green energy jobs for our region. There […]

Update on the Campaign to Block the Proposed Kalama Methanol Refinery

By gpmonahan from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Apr 12, 2017.

Cowlitz County has approved a permit for the world’s largest gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, WA on the Columbia River, thirty-seven miles from Portland. The Department of Ecology has an opportunity to overturn this permit, and stop the project. A Chinese government corporation, Northwest Innovation Works LLC, plans to exploit inexpensive fracked gas and water prices […]

Supporting Local Communities to Plan for Their Housing Needs

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Apr 11, 2017.

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Alison Macintosh & Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:50am

Housing Bill Moves Forward in the Legislature

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Fruit Tree Giveaway is CANCELLED

By Friends of Trees from Growth Rings. Published on Apr 11, 2017.

Alas, our annual Fruit Tree Giveaway is CANCELLED this year, and likely into the future 🙁 We simply can’t get the stock. But please, keep planting trees any way you can!

A Message From Joe Moll

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Apr 08, 2017.

  Last night, we hosted another sell-out crowd of over 500 people for a particularly special McKenzie Memories event. In addition to looking back over the last century, to remind ourselves of the vision and hard work and sacrifice of the people who came before us, we very much looked forward, with a shared vision […]

Nectar Cafe Launches Reusable Mason Jar Program

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Apr 07, 2017.

Motivated by our Bring Your Own Cup campaign, Nectar Cafe has launched a reusable mason jar program. Simply pay $1 deposit to get your coffee in a reusable jar, and you can take it with you. Next time you return to the shop, bring the jar with you, and they’ll exchange your jar with a […]

New Publication to Celebrate Oregon Beach Bill’s Anniversary!

By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Apr 07, 2017.

To celebrate Oregon's amazing coast, we and Protege Publishing are pleased to announce the release of a new book, The Oregon Coast, A Legacy Like No Other - available July 1.

McKenzie Homewaters Campaign News Release

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Apr 07, 2017.

Announcing our $6 million effort to protect, restore, and steward the McKenzie River.

Papaccino’s Coffee House See 50% Reduction In Cup Usage

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Apr 07, 2017.

by Donna Lomnicki This coffee shop certainly earns one of the top ranking for coffee cup reduction. As I look around the very inviting and comfy shop, about 90% of the patrons have reusable cups. I notice the “Bring Your Own Cup” literature on the counter, the bowl of BYOC buttons, and the smiling face […]

OBRC and Double Mountain Brewery partner for recycled beer bottles

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Apr 07, 2017.

The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) has partnered with Double Mountain Brewery & Tap Room to pilot a program to refill beer bottles. Today, beer bottles are recycled by crushing, melting, and making bottles from the glass. The new process will be to clean and sanitize a modified 20 ounce beer bottle and return it […]

Rally for Water and Wildlife

By Sharon Selvaggio from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Apr 05, 2017.

Water is truly the source for all life. Where would we be without clean water to drink?

Let’s spare a few minutes to think about our fish. Oregon salmon and steelhead pass through urban, farm and forest lands during their freshwater residencies. Fry like to hang out in low-flow areas where pesticides can concentrate. In some watersheds, multiple pesticides commingle in streams downstream of urban and agricultural areas, and anything living in the water can’t avoid exposure.

Congrats to Master Recycler Class 64!

By Adrienne Welsh from . Published on Apr 05, 2017.

Congratulations to recent Master Recycler graduates, including Recycling Advocates President Brion Hurley. Here’s a photo of Class 64 from their tour of The Rebuilding Center (photo courtesy of Lauren Norris).  

Oregon Solar Plan Outlines 10-year Solar Blueprint

By Lisa-Logie from News – Solar Oregon. Published on Mar 30, 2017.

Earlier this month the Oregon Solar Plan was released by Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association and Green Energy Institute.  The plan provides a long-term vision for solar in Oregon. It outlines the bold goal to achieve 10% of Oregon’s electricity mix from solar by 2027, that’s enough solar to power over 500,000 homes across Oregon.  This plan […]

New 1.02MW Solar Installation in Portland City Limits

By Lisa-Logie from News – Solar Oregon. Published on Mar 30, 2017.

In mid-March, Imagine Energy at last completed one of the largest solar installations Portland has yet seen: 1.02 MW on the Montgomery Park commercial complex. The 1920 building, formerly a Montgomery Ward mail-order catalog warehouse, was acquired in the 1980’s and fully renovated into what is now the second largest office building in Oregon. Since […]

Mating call of the Pacific chorus frog can’t compete with traffic noise

By Rebecca McKay Steinberg from Greenbelt Land Trust. Published on Mar 30, 2017.

Have you heard them? Each night is a spring symphony of chorus frogs calling out for mates. Recently, OSU’s Dr. Tiffany Garcia led a GLT Herp Walk at Luckiamute Meadows in Kings Valley. We caught and released amphibians, such as the Pacific chorus frog, and learned about their cool adaptations and behavior. Her research team studies the conservation challenges of the Pacific chorus frog and other species of amphibians in the Willamette Valley. We hear from Greenbelt Guest Blog Writer and Oregon State University Extension Service’s Chris Branam, who recently covered their research findings below: It’s a little frog with a big voice – and a big Read More

Gala Recap: an inspiring, fun-filled, and successful evening

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Mar 29, 2017.

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Hilliary Giglio
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 3:10pm

The 2017 McCall Gala was a huge success. We are so grateful for the amazing community of 300 supporters who come together to celebrate the urban growth boundary and giving Oregonians the best of both worlds! We hope everyone had a fantastic time.

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Senator Michael Dembrow champions the health of rural Oregonians

By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Mar 29, 2017.

Senator Michael Dembrow first championed the rights of rural Oregonians in the matter of aerial herbicide spray exposures in 2014. As Chair of the Senator Environment and Natural Resources Committee, he convened a public information hearing in Dec. 2014 and hosted residents from Curry, Douglas and Lane counties to offer testimony of their experiences with... Read more »

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Women of Land Use: the founders and early years

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Mar 29, 2017.

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Alyson Marchi-Young
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:00pm

March is Women’s History Month. Women have made powerful impacts throughout history, and often their stories go untold. This is why we are taking the time to highlight a few Oregonian women who have made indelible marks on the state’s land use history and future. Today, we profile a few of those outstanding individuals in celebration of Women’s History Month.

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Buying Bee Friendly: What It Should Mean

By Sharon Selvaggio from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Mar 23, 2017.

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We know that you care about pollinators and their well-being. People are eager to know that the food they eat and the plants they buy are safe for bees.

Rethinking the Perfectly Manicured Lawn

By Eden Powell from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Mar 22, 2017.

(By Eden Powell, Communications and Campaign Assistant)

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Do you wish that reducing your environmental footprint was as accessible as your front yard? Well it turns out that it is!

Update: Six weeks into the 2017 Oregon Legislative session

By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Mar 22, 2017.

By Rhett Lawrence, Conservation Director As predicted in last month’s legislative preview, it’s been a challenging session in the 2017 Oregon Legislature. After several sessions with some real environmental accomplishments (but also partisan divisiveness), we knew we would have a hard slog in making much progress in 2017. So things have gone pretty much as […]

New quilt showcases McKenzie River Watershed

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Mar 22, 2017.

“My family and I have been boating on the McKenzie River since 1981 and we love this place,” says Mary Nyquist Koons, a member of the McKenzie River Trust with her husband, James, since 2009. “As members of the Trust we discovered we could help protect this beautiful, sacred river and land with a financial […]

Working to Make Oregon’s Clean Energy Power Grid a Reality

By gpmonahan from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Mar 21, 2017.

Portland General Electric wants to build new fracked gas power plants which will lock us into decades of climate wrecking fossil fuel pollution. PGE’s own analysis shows that our future energy needs can be reliably and affordably met with clean renewable energy which will create hundreds of new green energy jobs for our region. There […]

A Very Wet Central Coast Tour

By Kendra Manton from The Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Mar 21, 2017.

Each year as a Wetlands & Wellies auction item, Paul Engelmeyer and Esther Lev offer a tour of TWC’s central coast preserves. The tour is an all-day adventure, touring TWC properties and restoration projects, meeting with land owners, and sharing stories and food with TWC’s coastal partners. This year our eight intrepid attendees embraced the rainy weather

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Intercepting Garbage

By Kendra Manton from The Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Mar 21, 2017.

Alsea Bay is an important place for many reasons, incredible habitat for shorebirds, Coho and Chinook salmon, crab, eagles and sometimes brown pelicans seen diving for a meal. It is also a place that collects garbage after big storm events.  This is not something anyone would celebrate. However, it means that we have a short

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Update on the Campaign to Block the Proposed Kalama Methanol Refinery

By gpmonahan from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Mar 21, 2017.

Cowlitz County has approved a permit for the world’s largest gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, WA on the Columbia River, thirty-seven miles from Portland. The Department of Ecology has an opportunity to overturn this permit, and stop the project. A Chinese government corporation, Northwest Innovation Works LLC, plans to exploit inexpensive fracked gas and water prices […]

More Nurseries Support Pollinators

By Megan Dunn from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Mar 19, 2017.

More and more local stores are committing to sell bee-friendly plants, untreated by a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids. Pollinators feeding on neonic-contaminated pollen or nectar can experience toxic effects at very low doses, so it’s critical to know how a flowering plant was grown before adding it to your yard.

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Watch Shane Anderson’s preview for his latest film, A River’s Last Chance.

By Pacific Rivers from Pacific Rivers. Published on Mar 03, 2017.

The Eel River is arguably the best opportunity for wild fish recovery on the entire west coast. Its resilient population of fish has weathered decades of abusive logging practices, catastrophic flood, and a hydropower dam that siphons water out of basin. Today the Eel’s remaining wild fish compete for water with the region’s underground cannabis … Continue reading Watch Shane Anderson’s preview for his latest film, A River’s Last Chance.

Now is the time for Comprehensive Reform

By Pacific Rivers from Pacific Rivers. Published on Mar 03, 2017.

by Hilary Shohoney— Pacific Rivers has long been a vocal advocate for comprehensive reform of the Oregon Forest Practices Act (OFPA), the rules that govern forestry on private forestlands. In 2015 we produced a 30-minute film on the topic that has reached thousands of Oregonians and generated a barrage of comments that were sent to … Continue reading Now is the time for Comprehensive Reform

Same Bill New Name: Steelhead Sanctuary Bill Reintroduced

By Pacific Rivers from Pacific Rivers. Published on Mar 03, 2017.

by Christafien Dixon — What was originally named the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary Act has been reintroduced by Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Congressman Peter DeFazio under a new name. To honor Frank Moore’s wife and her conservation contributions the bill was renamed the Frank and Jeannie Moore Wild Steelhead Special Management … Continue reading Same Bill New Name: Steelhead Sanctuary Bill Reintroduced

Oregonians Applaud Reintroduction of Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Bill

By Pacific Rivers from Pacific Rivers. Published on Mar 02, 2017.

Legislation would honor legendary couple and protect clean water, the economy, and wildlife Contact: Oakley Brooks, 503-307-3927, obrooks@wildsalmoncenter.org Hilary Shohoney, 503-228-3555 X 207, hilary@pacificrivers.org For Immediate Release Portland, OR (March 2, 2017)—Today, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Congressman Peter DeFazio reintroduced a bill that would protect roughly 100,000 acres in Douglas County, … Continue reading Oregonians Applaud Reintroduction of Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Bill

Paving the Path for Peer Outreach

By Rebecca McKay Steinberg from Greenbelt Land Trust. Published on Mar 01, 2017.

I am an Oregon State University student who is a senior majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy, and I have been volunteering as the first student board member of the Greenbelt Land Trust since last August. I’ve found that Greenbelt Land Trust (GLT) is not commonly known among students at OSU, including the environmentally-knowledgeable ones. I want to help spread awareness of GLT’s mission and highlight the value of conservation in our community. I think that some of Corvallis’s appeal to residents is due to the close proximity to nature and multi-use trails, to which much credit is owed to GLT, who has done valuable work Read More

Landmark Bill Seeks Modernization of Oregon’s Forest Practices Act

By Pacific Rivers from Pacific Rivers. Published on Mar 01, 2017.

February 28, 2017 — Salem, Ore. – Today, Representative Paul Holvey (D-Eugene) introduced HB 3226 to modernize Oregon’s Forest Practices Act (OFPA) in order to reverse decades of catastrophic damages to the State’s waters, fish, wildlife and soils from clearcutting and other industrial logging practices. The proposed legislation would make the OFPA consistent with best … Continue reading Landmark Bill Seeks Modernization of Oregon’s Forest Practices Act

Double Your Gift

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Mar 01, 2017.

Join or Renew: Donate Now! Every gift in March will go twice as far thanks to our friends at Mountain Rose Herbs who are offering a $10,000 Match Gift Challenge. Update, March 28: We met the match! Now help us reach our stretch goal of $15,000. Our Goal: 1,000 Members in 2017 In 2017 we’re […]

Backyard Habitat Certification Program Expands to New Clackamas County Cities

By aberman from News. Published on Mar 01, 2017.

Thanks in large part to support from the Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District and Metro regional government, new areas of Clackamas County are now able to participate in this popular program. Beginning in March, properties (under one acre) in Milwaukie, West Linn, and the Oak Grove and Jennings Lodge area can receive our full suite of program services.

Register Now for Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute: June 18-23

By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Feb 28, 2017.

Cottonwood Canyon Summer Institute is a week long field study course at Cottonwood Canyon State Park.

Cold Chilly Morning for Amphibians

By Kendra Manton from The Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Feb 28, 2017.

On Sunday morning, I woke up to rain flooding the streets in my neighborhood.  I packed my vehicle full of chest waders, and I drove south on I-5 where I was bombarded by snow.  By the time 10 volunteers showed up to Hedges Creek wetlands in Tualatin, the precipitation had stopped, but the cold air

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Comment Toolkit: Stop PGE’s Fracked Gas Plans

By gpmonahan from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Feb 27, 2017.

Thank you for helping us transition to 100% clean renewable energy by stopping  Portland General Electric’s plans to build two new gas-fired power plants in Boardman, OR. Clicking on the links below will bring up a .pdf document in your web browser which you can either print or download. Comment cards to submit to the […]

Take Action

By Kim Leval from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Feb 23, 2017.

Last month our suggested actions included opposing the confirmations of two nominees of concern to our work and priorities: Scott Pruitt for head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Sonny Perdue head of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

A Touch of Appreciation: Lessons Learned from Trees

By Jay Davis from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Feb 23, 2017.

I have a deep appreciation for trees. It’s the reason why I chose to work for Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. I can easily  more...

SB 199: Extended Producer Responsibility for Household Hazardous Waste

By Adrienne Welsh from . Published on Feb 17, 2017.

On Thursday February 16, 2017, the Oregon Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources held an informational meeting on SB 199 followed by an initial hearing. This is the first step for this piece of legislation, and if passed, will implement an extended producer responsibility program for household hazardous waste products in the state. Recycling […]

Foundation Supports Parks Department Budget proposal

By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Feb 16, 2017.

Our Executive Director, Seth Miller, recently testified to the Joint Ways & Means Committee reviewing the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department budget.  The Department is asking for a much needed increase in field staffing to deal with the explosive growth in usage of the State Parks system (more than 54 million visits last year!), and […]

Electricity From Clean Renewable Energy Sources

By gpmonahan from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Feb 16, 2017.

Portland General Electric (PGE) wants to build 2 new gas fired electrical power plants next door to the Boardman Coal Plant. If allowed to go forward these plants would lock us into another 40 years of emissions from fracked gas and destroy our chance to move to a clean energy future.   Earlier this year […]

We welcome a new face!

By magdamendez from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Feb 15, 2017.

Nakisha Nathan joins us as our new Organizer. In her new role, she will start off with legislative organizing the clean energy jobs bills, and other climate work. Nakisha’s love for nature and commitment to Environmental Justice stem from spending her formative years living in Panama, Canada, Texas and throughout the United States. A few […]

ONDA to testify in defense of public lands in Salem House hearing Thursday

By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Feb 14, 2017.

The Oregon Natural Desert Association will testify Thursday, Feb. 16, in Salem against a short-sighted bill aimed at divesting Americans and Oregonians of our public lands.

Another Way to Be

By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Feb 07, 2017.

We all deal with the wilderness differently. For some, it’s a frightening thing, to be so far from streets and buildings and cell service,  more...

Volunteers Needed for Habitat Restoration

By trkpost from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Feb 07, 2017.

Volunteers can directly improve water quality with their own hands by engaging in these native plantings events. For more information, contact Mike at mike@tualatinriverkeepers.org. November 12, 2016 & February 25, 2017: Join us as we plant trees and shrubs at Sherwood’s Woodhaven Park from 9am to 12pm. We tend to average 1,000 plants in the […]

Responses to Willamette Week article about bottle bill deposit increase

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Feb 07, 2017.

In the February 1st edition of the Willamette Weekly, an article titled “Corporate Lobbyists Turned Oregon’s Iconic Bottle Bill Into a Sweet Payday For Their Clients” discussed the financial impact of the bottle bill increase from 5 cents to 10 cents on April 1st. In the article, it was mentioned that unclaimed deposits result in […]

OCN ANNOUNCES THE 2017 PRIORITIES FOR A HEALTHY OREGON

By April Christenson from . Published on Feb 06, 2017.

The Oregon Conservation Network – a coalition of environmental advocates from across Oregon coordinated by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters – has announced their 2017 Priorities for a Healthy ...

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Clackamas County Master Recycler Program Accepting Applications

By Adrienne Welsh from . Published on Feb 05, 2017.

Curious about how recycling works? Learn from the experts. Share what you know.    The Clackamas County Master Recycler program is now accepting applications for their spring course beginning on March 29th. Registration is open now through March 8th.   Make a difference. Become a Master Recycler this spring. www.masterrecycler.org.

Beaver Events Kick-off This Week

By Kendra Manton from The Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Feb 01, 2017.

This week marks the beginning of a whirlwind year of events all about Oregon’s beloved beaver.             Frances Backhouse Reading February 8, 7:00-8:00 pm Broadway Books, Portland The Wetlands Conservancy welcomes Canadian author Frances Backhouse who will do a reading of her book Once They Were Hats: In Search of

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Solar to Go – Powering a Home Office Away from Home

By Lisa-Logie from News – Solar Oregon. Published on Jan 31, 2017.

More companies are encouraging their employees to work from home a day a week or more to increase staff productivity, save space, and improve work-life balance (we hope), which leads to additional electric power usage at the house during the day. Hence, telecommuting is another argument for installing solar which allows you to take advantage […]

Take Three Actions Today to Protect Community and Environmental Health

By Kim Leval from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Jan 30, 2017.

From our experience, strategically targeted phone calls to your own legislators, including Senators and Representatives in Congress, have a significantly stronger impact than mass emails and petitions. Phone calls take only a few minutes.

Finding Frogs and Salamanders: Amphibian Monitoring 2017

By Kendra Manton from The Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Jan 26, 2017.

January 21st kicked off our 2017 Amphibian Monitoring trainings in partnership with Metro, Clean Water Services and Tualatin Hills Parks & Rec. Over the next two months, citizen science volunteers will be looking for Northern red-legged Frog, Northwestern salamander, Pacific chorus frog and long-toed salamander egg masses in their local wetlands. Presence of amphibians in

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Developing a Rapid Response Team

By magdamendez from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jan 26, 2017.

In response to the Trump administration’s anti-environment, anti-justice agenda – Oregon Sierra Club is creating a state-based Rapid Response Team. The Rapid Response Team is a powerful network of grassroots volunteers who want to take immediate and regular action to defend Oregon’s progress and values. By uniting and raising our voices, we will defend justice and equity in our communities; ensure […]

Groups to Defend Portland's Historic Fossil Fuel Ordinance from Industry Attack

By aberman from News. Published on Jan 26, 2017.

Today Columbia Riverkeeper, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Audubon Society of Portland, and the Center for Sustainable Economy filed a motion to intervene in an industry-backed lawsuit challenging Portland’s historic fossil fuel ordinance. Last year the City of Portland unanimously passed a first-in-the-country ban on new bulk fossil fuel storage facilities that exceed two million gallons; the ordinance also forbids existing terminals from expanding.

Oregon Forestry Agency Suppresses Science

By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Jan 25, 2017.

  It is all of our duty to hold our elected leaders accountable for actions that put the health of our communities at risk. Beyond Toxics has been working for 4 years to bring sound scientific reporting and analysis of forestry pesticide applications into the decision-making processes at our state capitol. Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)... Read more »

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State Forester betrays public trust by ignoring sound science

By Pacific Rivers from Pacific Rivers. Published on Jan 23, 2017.

Portland, Ore – In the wake of a shocking Oregon Public Broadcasting story revealing that a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) report was silenced by Big Timber and Oregon’s State Forester, conservation and citizen groups are calling on Governor Brown to provide the accountability and transparency promised when she took office. In a letter signed … Continue reading State Forester betrays public trust by ignoring sound science

RA and AOR receive DEQ grant for Recycling 101 course update

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Jan 22, 2017.

Recycling Advocates was awarded a grant from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to assist in updating the Recycling 101 online course. RA is proud to be partnering with the Association of Oregon Recyclers (AOR) and the DEQ to strengthen and expand the Recycling 101 class for all Oregonians. Recycling 101 is modeled after the […]

ONDA to release its 2017 calendar of stewardship trips

By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Jan 19, 2017.

More than 30 trips with the Oregon Natural Desert Association into Oregon’s high desert – from floating the John Day River to counting Greater sage-grouse – will open for registration on Monday, Feb. 13.

Klamath Advocates Go To Court Over Wildlife Mismanagement

By aberman from News. Published on Jan 18, 2017.

Yesterday three conservation groups, Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Wild and WaterWatch of Oregon filed litigation in federal court against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failure to follow federal law in the creation of the Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex. In 2015, the same groups won a court order to compel the agency to finally produce the long-overdue plan, which is required by law.

We are Hiring! Associate Director

By Kendra Manton from The Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Jan 18, 2017.

JOB TITLE: ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR REPORTS TO: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE The Wetlands Conservancy is seeking a full-time (40 hours/week) Associate Director to design, implement and oversee systems focused on efficient financial management and human resource management, office and operational management, regulatory compliance and organizational sustainability. Candidates should have a Bachelors degree or higher in public

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Hydro Flask provides transportation grant for Ticket2Ride

By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Jan 11, 2017.

Ticket2Ride is the Foundation's program to provide students with an in field experiential learning experience.

Frontline Communities Need Air Data

By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Jan 11, 2017.

All communities need their voices heard and their rightful place in the decisions to strengthen Oregon’s air quality laws. In order to be effective advocates for their own communities and their families’ health, impacted residents need accurate and complete data about toxic pollutants in the Air. The following letter was submitted on Jan. 10 &... Read more »

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Join us for our 2017 annual meeting on January 28th, 1-4pm at the Winona Grange (8340 SW Seneca St, Tualatin OR)

By trkpost from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Jan 10, 2017.

In addition to an update on TRK’s 2016 highlights and success, we’ll screen a short film about the plight of bees and have an in-depth discussion about the role of pesticides in the watershed guided by Sharon Selvaggio from NW Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. We’ll also have a Local Honey Tasting and enjoy light […]

Audubon Society of Portland Statement on the Portland Harbor Superfund Record of Decision

By aberman from News. Published on Jan 06, 2017.

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its Final Record of Decision (ROD) on the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. The Record of Decision formally adopts a Cleanup Plan for Portland Harbor which was listed as a Superfund Site in the year 2000.

Court Halts Logging of Elliott State Forest Tract Sold to Timber Company

By aberman from News. Published on Jan 05, 2017.

A U.S. District Court in Eugene has issued a preliminary ruling preventing Scott Timber from clearcutting a parcel of the Elliott State Forest purchased from the state of Oregon. The court found that the proposed logging of the Benson Ridge parcel by the subsidiary of Roseburg Forest Products would likely harm threatened marbled murrelets, in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act.

Strides to Improve Air Quality and Ban Asbestos

By Anna Suarez from Beyond Toxics. Published on Jan 05, 2017.

Healthy air should be a basic right, but all over the world, people face exposure to toxins that remain unregulated and dangerous. It’s important that the public becomes more educated about these toxins, both in the natural environment and those hidden in consumer products or construction materials within our own homes. With better awareness and... Read more »

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Trip Leader Training

By trkpost from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Jan 05, 2017.

Trip Leader Training Classroom Session Saturday, February 18, 2017 Tualatin Heritage Center 10am to 3pm Will cover the volunteer job positions plus TRK history and current programs descriptions, fleet/equipment review, and a riverside “mock” paddle trip training Pool Training Session Saturday, March 11, 2017 Tualatin Aquatic Center at Tualatin High School 9am – noon Review […]

Oregon State Parks Foundation welcomes Four New Board Members

By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Dec 22, 2016.

The Oregon State Parks Foundation is pleased to welcome four new members to its Board of Directors. Jennifer Allen (ex officio) Jennifer is an Associate Professor, Public Administration, Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University.  In the past, Jennifer has served as the Director of PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions, and as the Executive Vice […]

Columbia River Treaty Update

By Pacific Rivers from Pacific Rivers. Published on Dec 20, 2016.

by Greg Haller — U.S. and Canada move closer to formal negotiations The modernization of the U.S.-Canada Columbia River Treaty moved closer towards reality when the U.S. State Department finalized its negotiating position this past fall. Although the U.S. position won’t be released publicly, we believe it will be guided by the Regional Recommendation, which … Continue reading Columbia River Treaty Update

City of Portland Bans New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure!

By aberman from News. Published on Dec 20, 2016.

On Wednesday afternoon, as snow began to fall in the Northwest, Portland City Council voted unanimously to enact a new city ordinance banning new fossil fuel infrastructure in the City. Joined by community leaders and grassroots activists, Council asserted Portland's leadership in the climate justice movement—this is the strongest fossil fuel infrastructure ban in any city in the United States.

Why I Give. What Inspires You?

By Rebecca McKay Steinberg from Greenbelt Land Trust. Published on Dec 15, 2016.

I did it. I took the leap and made the commitment. I admit that at first, automatic monthly withdraws from my checking account gave me minor heart palpitations.  It’s not that I was afraid of committing; I was just nervous about meeting my monthly budget and trying to save a bit. This last part would make my Depression era-molded Grandmas proud. I could give once a year which is perfectly wonderful and great, but to be honest, I don’t want the hassle of remembering organizations each December and being worried that my checking account can’t handle all the year-end gifts that I frantically make in Read More

Beyond Toxics Speaks Truth to Timber’s Tall Tales

By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Dec 15, 2016.

AERIAL SPRAY RESPONSE: (this was published as a Letter to the Editor of the Eugene Weekly) The Register Guard published a Nov. 30 guest viewpoint written by former Lane County Commissioner, Anna Morrison, who no longer lives in Oregon. Displaying her ignorance, she suggested that aerial pesticide sprays are nothing to worry about. If Morrison... Read more »

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Top Ten Things You Can Do To Support Solar Oregon

By Lisa-Logie from News – Solar Oregon. Published on Dec 15, 2016.

Essentials Become a member. Annual membership dues range from $20-$60 a year. Truly committed may consider a Lifetime membership. Volunteer. There are frequently opportunities where help is needed. Your help. Engage others. Interact with the community and talk about the benefits of solar energy. Encourage others to consider investment in solar technology, and to join […]

Community Solar: An Exciting Next Step for Solar in Oregon

By Lisa-Logie from News – Solar Oregon. Published on Dec 14, 2016.

Community solar is a phrase that has been popping up in lots of places around the country. Essentially, community solar allows consumers who can’t put solar on their roof for some reason (too much shade, they rent, local homeowner associations are too restrictive) to buy into a larger system and see the energy benefits on […]

Trip Leader Training

By trkpost from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Dec 14, 2016.

February 18, 2017 Tualatin Heritage Center 10am – 4pm This training includes a classroom session that will cover the volunteer job positions plus TRK history and current programs descriptions, fleet/equipment review, a riverside “mock” paddle trip training, and (weather-permitting) a paddle trip.

Wetland Gift Guide

By Kendra Manton from The Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Dec 07, 2016.

It feels good to give loved ones awesome presents, especially gifts that benefit Oregon’s wetlands. Shop from the list below and your purchase will benefit not just your gifts recipient, but the work of The Wetlands Conservancy. Pack your sleeping bag, an adventurous spirit and join us for a weekend at Camp Westwind.  Located on

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Beaver T-Shirt

By Kendra Manton from The Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Dec 07, 2016.

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Beers Made By Walking returns to Eugene

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Dec 01, 2016.

Drink up the land when Beers Made By Walking returns this winter. The

Coyote Creek Meadows Protected

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Dec 01, 2016.

With your generous support, 38 acres of wetlands and camas-filled meadows are now permanently protected for conservation.

Two-Year State Parks Calendar Available

By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Nov 28, 2016.

Oregon State Parks calendars are here! We have a gorgeous 8.5″ x 11″ calendar with stunning images from Oregon State Parks.  Unlike a classic calendar, this is a TWO-YEAR calendar (2017 & 2018). Make a donation and choose the calendar as a thank you gift! Get your calendar here!  

A Safe Place for All to Visit

By katie from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Nov 28, 2016.

Two weeks ago the staff of Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center gathered in Jawbone Flats to celebrate the end of another successful program season.  more...

Abolish the EPA? Clean Water and Healthy Communities at Risk

By Sharon Selvaggio from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Nov 22, 2016.

(By Sharon Selvaggio, Healthy Wildlife and Water Program Director)

President-elect Donald Trump has threatened to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on numerous occasions. This rhetoric has been popular with conservatives for years. But is the agency really headed for the trash bin?

Air Toxics are Unreported, thus Unaccounted

By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Nov 13, 2016.

Portland Clean Air is releasing today a new report calling into question the validity of Oregon’s air permitting system. The study, A Comparison of Toxic Chemical Use by Permit Type in Multnomah and Washington County, looks at toxic chemicals used by manufacturers in Multnomah and Washington Counties that are reported to the State Fire Marshall... Read more »

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Charting the Path Ahead

By Ashley Chesser from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Nov 11, 2016.

"The United States now enters uncharted territory, with a president-elect who has precious little political experience and is deeply distrusted by a huge portion of the American public." -Politico

Standing up for public lands

By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Nov 10, 2016.

Let’s stand together for public lands. If you have been taking your public lands for granted, this year has been a wake-up call to rise in support of our natural heritage.

Oregon Politicians Attempting to Roll Back Hard-Fought Protections for Salmon and Floodplains

By aberman from News. Published on Nov 02, 2016.

After years of effort by Portland Audubon and other conservation groups, Oregon is poised to implement important and long overdue protections for Oregon’s floodplains (flood-prone areas). However, some Oregon politicians are now doing the bidding of big developers and trying to make a last-ditch effort to undo these reforms. We will need your help to send a strong message to the Governor and the Oregon Delegation that they need to support these reforms and put protection of our communities, our environment, and our economy above the profits of irresponsible developers.

The Hook Brings You Back

By Adam Chenoweth from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Nov 01, 2016.

In my short time living in Jawbone Flats, I have paid attention to what brings people here, what keeps people coming back, and what  more...

Moving forward from the Malheur Refuge takeover

By Gena Goodman-Campbell from Press Releases. Published on Oct 28, 2016.

Earlier this year thousands of people from all across the country expressed their peaceful opposition to the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Today those thousands of people and millions of Americans from all walks of life continue to cherish the public lands that belong to all of us.

Audubon Society of Portland Statement on the Verdict in the Malheur Occupation Case

By aberman from News. Published on Oct 28, 2016.

Audubon Society of Portland is deeply disappointed by the jury’s verdict in the case of seven defendants who occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in early 2016. We respect the legal process, but believe that the armed occupation of public lands, which included destruction of public property and disturbance of Native American archaeological sites, should have resulted in substantial penalties.

Central Oregon Community College Redmond Campus will be 90% Solar Powered

By Lisa-Logie from News – Solar Oregon. Published on Oct 27, 2016.

Installation of Central Oregon Community College’s (COCC) half megawatt solar array at the school’s Redmond campus is now complete and went live today (Thursday, Oct. 27). The College and its partners celebrated the milestone with an event that included remarks from US Senator Ron Wyden and Redmond Mayor George Endicott. The array, funded through a […]

Coos Bay nonprofit gets a major contribution from the sun

By Lisa-Logie from News – Solar Oregon. Published on Oct 26, 2016.

COOS BAY, Ore. – October 26, 2016 – The Nancy Devereux Center held an event today to unveil a new solar electric system that will cut operating costs and could even help expand its services to the community. The Nancy Devereux Center, 1200 Newmark Avenue, Coos Bay, is a nonprofit organization founded in 1979 to […]

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians Regain Salmon-Bearing Wetlands in Ancestral Homeland

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Oct 25, 2016.

The purchase of the Fivemile Creek property restores Tribe’s ancestral homeland while protecting critical coho salmon habitat.

The Oregon Desert Trail invites you to get inspired

By Renee Patrick from Press Releases. Published on Oct 24, 2016.

The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) is presenting a series of events west of the Cascades that will inspire you to head over the mountains and discover the high desert on your next hiking trip. The 750-mile Oregon Desert Trail begins right outside of Bend in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness, and through a series of trails, old 2-track roads, and cross-country travel, hikers will discover mountains, deserts, rivers, and canyons to end in the stunning Owyhee Canyonlands area.

Near Nightmare on Roosevelt Boulevard

By Joel Iboa from Beyond Toxics. Published on Oct 17, 2016.

I love my home. I have lived in Eugene my entire life. Every night I rest my head on my pillow in the Whitaker as I have since I was a boy. The only other neighborhood I have lived in is Jefferson Westside. My cousins currently live in West Eugene. Comprised of Bethel and Trainsong neighborhoods... Read more »

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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Matter

By Kim Leval from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Oct 10, 2016.

[By Kim Leval, Executive Director, with input from Ashley Chesser, Chair, NCAP Diversity Team; Megan Dunn, Healthy People and Communities Program Director]

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In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 10, 2016, the Board of Directors and staff of the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides release our newly updated Equity, Diversity and Inclusion statement.

ONDA volunteers perform restoration work at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Oct 02, 2016.

Fifteen Oregon Natural Desert Association volunteers pulled roughly 1.5 miles of obsolete barbed wire fence over three days at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon.

Space Prom in Jawbone Flats

By Barrett Zimmerman from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Sep 30, 2016.

The sound of the tractor rumbles up the hill as I stroll down from my cabin. James has decided that instead of the white  more...

Producer Roundtable Gathers Grower Input

By Jade Florence from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Sep 26, 2016.

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On August 24th, the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides held a producer roundtable event in partnership with Purple Sage Farms in Middleton, Idaho. Attendees were representative of the food supply chain from production to consumer education and product development. Of all attendees, 60% were producers and 40% worked in other areas of the food supply chain. 

Protections for the Oregon Spotted Frog

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Sep 20, 2016.

After years of illegal grazing, KS Wild and our allies have secured an initial court victory that requires the Forest Service to do its job and protect rare frogs and their fragile riparian habitat.

Nedsbar Timber Sale

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Sep 20, 2016.

KS Wild filed a formal protest on September 15 2016.

Rachel Carson Award Winners 2016

By Ashley Chesser from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Sep 19, 2016.

NCAP is excited to present the Rachel Carson Award to the following individuals for each of our program areas at the 2016 Healthy Harvest Celebration on September 30.

Regulating air for community health – a new concept in Oregon?

By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Sep 19, 2016.

Governor Kate Brown initiated the Cleaner Air Oregon campaign after state agencies discovered that glass makers were the source of heavy metals – arsenic, cadmium, nickel and chromium – impacting nearby neighborhoods in Portland. Toxics heavy metals were found in the air and in the soil, including the soil of home gardens. Children were taken... Read more »

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Desert Conference: Public Lands, Common Ground brings diverse voices to Bend October 14

By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Sep 16, 2016.

The 2016 Desert Conference will bring landowners, conservationists, elected officials, scientists and engaged citizens together in Bend on Oct. 14 to explore shared solutions for managing our public lands.

Explore the Oregon Desert Trail by Boots, Bike or Boat

By Corinne Handelman from Press Releases. Published on Sep 12, 2016.

Join the Oregon Natural Desert Association and the Mountain Shop to learn about new opportunities to explore your public land on the 750 mile Oregon Desert Trail; on foot, by bike or packraft. Our adventure panelists will discuss the value of public lands and importance of proper gear to set out on your next Eastern Oregon exploration!

Judge: U.S. Army Corps Illegally Authorized Cormorant Killing on Columbia River

By aberman from News. Published on Sep 01, 2016.

A federal district court ruled late Wednesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acted unlawfully by failing to consider alternatives to killing double-crested cormorants on the Columbia River.

Lawsuit Filed to Protect Threatened Marbled Murrelet From Logging on Former Elliott State Forest

By aberman from News. Published on Aug 25, 2016.

Cascadia Wildlands, the Center for Biological Diversity and Portland Audubon filed a lawsuit in federal court today seeking to block Scott Timber Company from logging a portion of a 355-acre parcel of land that until 2014 was part of the 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest and provides habitat for the threatened Marbled Murrelet.

Back to School: Join the Call to Protect Students

By Megan Dunn from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Aug 22, 2016.

(By Megan Dunn, Healthy People and Communities Program Director) 

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Across the country over 50 million kids are heading back to school–and they need you to advocate for healthy standards!

A Perfect Pairing

By Kim Leval from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Aug 18, 2016.

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Perched on a hill in Dundee, Oregon, Cameron Winery provided spectacular views of the valley for NCAP’s recent Dinner in the Vineyard event. Guests shared a gorgeous summer evening of wine, food and stories with their vintner hosts John Paul and Teri Wadsworth.

Supporting Sustainable Agriculture Producers

By Jade Florence from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Aug 15, 2016.

This month, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) held a summer meeting on August 7-10 in Orono, ME. NSAC advocates for federal policy reform for the sustainability of food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. NCAP partners with NSAC to advocate for policies and programs that promote agricultural practices to conserve our soil, water, wildlife habitat, and energy resources.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival brings best outdoor, conservation films to Bend on September 9

By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Aug 12, 2016.

Experience rock climbing in Lebanon, skiing in Antarctica and more when the Wild & Scenic Film Festival makes its stop in Bend on Friday, Sept. 9. Tickets are on sale now for two screenings at the Tower Theatre in downtown Bend.

Clean Water, Healthy Soil

By trkpost from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Aug 11, 2016.

The Tualatin Soil and Conservation District has served the people of Washington County since 1955. The District is asking voters to approve a permanent tax levy to provide services needed to protect the water, soil, and other natural resources in Washington County. The resource needs of the region exceed the District’s ability to provide services. […]

Elected Officials Race in Canoes and Kayaks August 6, 2016

By trkpost from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Jul 25, 2016.

The winner is… Tigard City Councilor John Goodhouse. Also participating (L to R) … State Rep Joe Gallegos Jen Nelson, Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District Forest Grove City Councilor Victoria Lowe Mark Jockers, Clean Water Services Washington County Commissioner Roy Rogers Tigard City Councilor John Goodhouse (winner) Washington County Commissioner Dick Schouten Team Gallegos Tualatin […]

A New Life in a Different World

By Bryan Kurz from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Jul 25, 2016.

It’s hard to describe exactly what Opal Creek is without experiencing it for yourself. For me it has been eye opening in beauty and  more...

Stronger Implementation

By Sharon Selvaggio from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Jul 20, 2016.

NCAP Successfully Opposes Efforts to Weaken Oregon’s Aerial Spraying Rules

(By Sharon Selvaggio and Megan Dunn) 

In June 2016, Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) finalized rules addressing aerial pesticide spraying. NCAP’s involvement helped to ensure the rule reflects the values of Oregonians and helps to safeguard the health of their communities. The final rule OAR 603-057-0108 reflected NCAP’s comments, and will help ensure that spray operators are held to high standards in the law addressing training prior to being issued an aerial pesticide applicator’s certificate. 

Remembering Deb

By aberman from News. Published on Jul 09, 2016.

Deb Sheaffer, Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Veterinarian, passed away on July 5, just a little more than a month after she learned that the cancer she had battled so bravely last summer had returned. Our deepest condolences go out to Deb's husband Ron, her children, Nate and Mary, and all those who knew and loved her.

Video Series: All-Seasons Approach to Monitoring and Managing Spotted Wing Drosophila

By Sharon Selvaggio from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Jul 07, 2016.

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Widen your focus to include proactive approaches for managing spotted wing drosophila throughout the year! View the following videos taken from a webinar hosted by NCAP on April 12, 2016.

Greater Protections Sought for Threatened Marbled Murrelets in Oregon

By aberman from News. Published on Jun 21, 2016.

Conservation groups submitted petitions today asking the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and the Oregon Board of Forestry to take new measures to better identify and protect important forest areas for protected marbled murrelets.

Oregon Appeals Court Set to Rule on Plan to Sell off Elliott State Forest

By aberman from News. Published on Jun 15, 2016.

The Oregon Court of Appeals is set to decide the legality of a 788-acre timber sale on the Elliott State Forest following a court hearing last Friday.

Groups Plan to Sue over Pacific fisher

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Jun 14, 2016.

KS Wild was joined by several conservation groups who plan to sue the federal government for backtracking on more than a decade's worth of studies when it failed this spring to list the Pacific fisher as a threatened species, saying isolated populations, including those in southwest Oregon, warrant protection.

New and updated materials now available for Oregon Desert Trail

By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Jun 13, 2016.

New tools and updated information are now available to help plan adventure on the Oregon Desert Trail, a 750-mile route through Oregon’s high desert.

Wilsonville Bee Stewards Project

By Jeremy Olsen from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Jun 12, 2016.

In 2013, the shocking death of an estimated 50,000 bumblebees in the parking lot of a Wilsonville, Oregon shopping center catalyzed a worldwide conversation about bee health and pesticides. The cause? Those bees visited trees treated with pesticides. The incident, with photos of bees littering the asphalt, became national news and was featured on the cover of Time magazine, in the LA Times and in The Huffington Post bringing the previously arcane topic of neonicotinoid insecticides into millions of American households.

Detective Work in the Ancient Forest

By Claudia Christensen Garcia from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Jun 10, 2016.

I moved to Jawbone Flats in March with the understanding that I would spend the spring season developing skills as an environmental educator. What  more...

Understanding the IARC Cancer Listing For Glyphosate

By Megan Dunn from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on May 26, 2016.

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In March of 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) listed the chemical glyphosate–the active ingredient in Roundup–as a ‘probable carcinogen’ (International Agency for Research on Cancer, 2015). Glyphosate is the most widely used pesticide, a common tool for groundskeepers in schools and parks, and aggressively sold to homeowners. Community members across the country have been responding to this new classification and while many are justifiably worried, many are still skeptical. What does the IARC mean by “probable?” Isn’t glyphosate as safe as a tanning bed?

 

Ruling protects Greater Sage-Grouse on Steens Mountain

By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on May 26, 2016.

A three-judge panel from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling May 26 that rejects the Secretary of the Interior’s approval of an industrial-scale wind project proposed for Steens Mountain.

Tremendous sugar pines in the Applegate

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on May 23, 2016.

The Butte Fork trail is the lowest elevation and most gentle of all the hiking routes in the Red Buttes Mountains. There’s a lot to love about this route through the last untouched valley in the upper Applegate, including wildflowers, views of the snowy Siskiyou Crest ridgeline and the cascading of the Butte Fork and its tributaries. Surprising old-growth Sugar Pines along the trail to Cedar Basin will not disappoint.

Cormorant Nesting Colony Targeted by Federal Agencies Suffers Complete Failure

By aberman from News. Published on May 20, 2016.

Audubon Society of Portland calls on federal agencies to permanently stop the slaughter of cormorants and immediately launch a comprehensive investigation of the killing program

Plan Your Summer Adventures with Tualatin Riverkeepers

By trkpost from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on May 04, 2016.

This Summer Tualatin Riverkeepers has a big menu of adventures for you to experience.  Canoe trips, kayak trips, the ever popular waterfall tour, River Professors Lectures and a new event, the Bird & Wine Tour are planned for you.  Join our group events. Check out the complete menu  and register online at our Eventbrite Page. […]

Update: Westside Salvage Logging

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on May 03, 2016.

Clearcutting has started in the recovering post-fire "Westside Salvage" logging units. KS Wild is supporting the Karuk Tribe in emergency legal motions that will ask the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in early May to halt the logging while affected wildlands and wildlife get their day in court. Cross your fingers and stay tuned as we continue to do all we can to promote real restoration and protect forests and watersheds of the Marble Mountains from clearcutting.

Safety Video Emphasizes the Right Life Jacket Fit for Kids

By trkpost from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on May 01, 2016.

Tribe AND Conservationists File Suit to Protect Wild Salmon, Rural River Communities

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Apr 27, 2016.

The Karuk Tribe, along with the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC), Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center (KS Wild), Center for Biological Diversity, and Klamath Riverkeeper, filed suit in federal court challenging a massive post-fire logging plan in Klamath National Forest that will increase fire danger, degrade water quality, and harm at-risk salmon populations. The Tribe leads a diverse plaintiff group united by a common interest in restoring healthy relationships between people, fire, forests and fish.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Announces Inexplicable Decision to Reverse Course on Protecting Rare Forest Mammal

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Apr 14, 2016.

Agency abruptly withdraws proposed rule that would have protected the Pacific fisher under the Endangered Species Act.

High Desert Speaker Series Wraps with New Look at Old Favorite: the John Day

By paul@onda.org from Press Releases. Published on Apr 11, 2016.

The Oregon Natural Desert Association's High Desert Speaker Series concludes in Portland on April 25th at 7 p.m. with the talk, Hidden Wonders of the John Day, by ONDA Stewardship Director Ben Gordon.

Upholding the Legacy

By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Mar 23, 2016.

I grew up in New England with a forest outside my back door, but my grandparents grew up in the high desert above San  more...

Feds reject Jordan Cove LNG terminal

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Mar 11, 2016.

Federal regulators have rejected plans for a liquefied natural gas terminal in Coos Bay. On Friday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied applications from two Delaware companies to site the massive Jordan Cove Energy Project in the Southern Oregon coastal town.

KS Wild Joins Statewide Actions to Support Public Lands

By Amy from KS In The Press. Published on Jan 21, 2016.

"We're going to be positive. We're going to be peaceful and we're going to talk about how much we love public lands."

Press Release: McKenzie Camp acquisition

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Dec 30, 2015.

The McKenzie River Trust protects clean water and salmon habitat near Blue River following a land acquisition from Rosboro.

It’s the trees

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Dec 21, 2015.

Thanks to you, an oak woodland and working forest is protected.

‘Safe Harbors’ for native fish

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Nov 17, 2015.

This is part of a series about the MRT members who have played a part in the incredible comeback of Oregon chub. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll share more stories of MRT members who aided the recovery. Gail and Eric Haws “The chub seems like such an insignificant little creature,” MRT member Gail […]

OLCV Hosts 2015 Photo Contest!

By April Christenson from . Published on Aug 14, 2015.

We are excited to announce that OLCV is hosting its 2015 photo contest! As we ramp up to launch our Legislative Scorecard, we wanted to see Oregon through the eyes ...

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OCN Announces the 2015 Priorities for a Healthy Oregon

By April Christenson from . Published on Aug 14, 2015.

Today, the Oregon Conservation Network – a coalition of environmental advocates from across Oregon coordinated by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters –together announced their 2015 Priorities for a Healthy ...

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Clean Fuels Program Drives On

By April Christenson from . Published on Aug 14, 2015.

PORTLAND, OR- The bill to lift the sunset on the Clean Fuels Program, SB 324, was approved by the Oregon Senate today by a vote of 17-13. The program is key ...

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200 Volunteers Join Together in Salem for the OCN/OLCV Lobby Day

By April Christenson from . Published on Aug 13, 2015.

Salem, OR – Volunteers and environmental leaders from across the state arrived in Salem today for the OCN/OLCV lobby day – the Clean, Green Lobby Machine. From southern Oregon to ...

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Clean Fuels Statement from OLCV, Oregon Environmental Council, & Climate Solutions

By April Christenson from . Published on Jun 20, 2015.

Portland, OR – Today, Oregon’s Governor confirmed what had become clear to many over the last week: Oregonians don’t have to choose between good roads and clean air. Representatives of ...

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Statement from OLCV Executive Director on Passage of Clean Fuels Extension by Oregon House of Representatives

By April Christenson from . Published on Mar 04, 2015.

Portland, OR – After more than five hours of debate, the Oregon House of Representatives passed SB 324, legislation that lifts the 2015 sunset on Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program, which ...

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A Message from OLCV on the Resignation of Governor Kitzhaber & Transition to Governor Brown

By April Christenson from . Published on Feb 16, 2015.

Oregon League of Conservation Voters thanks Governor John Kitzhaber for his service and his commitment to protecting Oregon’s environment, especially his leadership on the critical issue of climate change. We ...

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OLCV Announces Delegation Scores from LCV’s 2014 National Environmental Scorecard

By April Christenson from . Published on Feb 16, 2015.

Portland, Oregon – Oregon League of Conservation Voters today unveiled scores for the Oregon delegation released this morning as part of the League of Conservation Voters 2014 National Environmental Scorecard. ...

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By jmac from WaterWatch of Oregon. Published on Aug 10, 2012.

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By David Wolf from Renewable Northwest - Making the Northwest's Clean Energy Potential a Reality.. Published on Nov 03, 2009.

Nine Federal Agencies Enter into a Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Transmission Siting on Federal Lands

By David Wolf from Renewable Northwest - Making the Northwest's Clean Energy Potential a Reality.. Published on Oct 29, 2009.

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As important as energy is to our economy and quality of life, it isn't surprising that energy issues are in the news on a daily basis these days. Dependence on foreign energy suppliers and on fossil fuels - which contribute to climate change - is not a strategy that is sustainable for our needs. Ultimately, a clean, secure, homegrown energy future will be needed to revitalize our economy and sustain us for the long-term.
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