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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! 

Mid-Session Update: Clean Engines, Clean Air

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Apr 28, 2017.

Oregon’s opportunity to reduce toxic diesel pollution is NOW. A $72.9 million settlement with Volkswagen jumpstarts Oregon’s investment in cleaner engine technology, but we also need deadlines to make sure heavy-duty trucks and construction equipment clean up their engines. A couple of weeks ago, legislators weakened the bill, passing on important protections, and even sidestepping […]

Mid-Session Update: Transportation for Oregon’s Future

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Apr 28, 2017.

Oregon’s Transportation Package must invest in the infrastructure and services that most meet Oregonians’ needs: rural and urban transit, safe walking and biking options, and clean air solutions. Rural and urban Oregonians deserve a modern, connected transportation system with safe, affordable, healthy options for everyone. More info visit Transportation for Oregon’s Future info page. BILL […]

Mid-Session Update: Clean Energy Jobs

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Apr 28, 2017.

The impacts of climate change are hurting Oregonians. Our families, farmers, fishermen and firefighters are all bearing the burden. Enforcing limits and putting a price on climate pollution will shift the burden off Oregonians and hold large polluters to the same standards of responsibility as the rest of us, while creating good jobs in clean […]

Mid-Session Update: Sustainable Water Management

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Apr 28, 2017.

Oregon must catch up to our neighbors and start accounting for how much water we have and how quickly it is being consumed. These bills offer the solutions. For more details, visit our Smart Water Management page. HB 2705: Measure our water use. Status: Passed out of House Energy & Environment to the House Rules […]

Mid-Session Update: Safe Well Water

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Apr 28, 2017.

This bill provides public education about areas with tainted groundwater, loans for water treatment, and a requirement that landlords inform renters about the quality of their drinking water. For details, visit our Safe Drinking Water page. HB 2404 Status: Unanimously passed out of House Energy & Environment to Ways & Means Committee.  Upcoming Action: Contact your state […]

Oregon’s 79th Legislative Session

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Apr 28, 2017.

Mid-Session Update Last week was the official halfway point of Oregon’s 79th legislative session. It was also the move-or-die moment for the more than 2,500 bills and proposals introduced since session began in February. Good news for Oregon Environmental Council: ALL of our efforts this session are alive (to some degree) and moving through committees. […]

1000 Friends of Oregon Announces New Executive Director

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

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Alyson Marchi-Young
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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featured 1 – coal

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 28, 2017.

“Doctors, parents, farmers, business owners, and many others have spoken out in unprecedented force against Millennium’s dirty coal export project. This environmental review validates many of their concerns about how coal export will harm our climate, health, and Columbia River. Now we look to state leaders to stand up to the coal industry and deny all permits for Millennium,” -Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Co-Director, Power Past Coal coalition; Senior Organizer with Columbia Riverkeeper.

Proposed Coal Export Terminal in SW Washington Will Cause Significant and Long-Lasting Harm to People, Community, Climate, and Columbia River

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 28, 2017.

Today, the Washington State Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County released the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals project in Longview, Washington, the last remaining coal export terminal proposed in the Pacific Northwest. State agencies and Cowlitz County will use the FEIS to decide whether to issue or deny permits to Millennium.

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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Holcombe Waller Performs “Notes from the Riverkeepers”

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 27, 2017.

Holcombe Waller to perform an in-progress concert of new music inspired by his three-month artist residency with Columbia Riverkeeper May 4-6, 2017, at Headwaters Theater, 55 NE Farragut St #9, Portland, OR.

Redirect State Funds to Benefit All Washingtonians

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 27, 2017.

“We are calling on Governor Inslee and the Washington Department of Transportation to redirect state funding to projects that benefit all Washingtonians,” explains Columbia Riverkeeper’s Senior Organizer, Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, who works closely with residents in Kalama and Cowlitz County to protect the Columbia and river communities from the methanol refinery’s air pollution and climate impacts. “The world’s largest methanol refinery would severely undermine Washington’s commitment to combat climate change and restore endangered Columbia River salmon.”

Trump Wades Deeper into Fight over Public Lands

By Alexander from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Apr 27, 2017.

Yesterday the Trump Administration waded deeper into the fierce, on-going battle over America’s public lands. Alongside the head of the Interior Department, President Trump issued a new Executive Order that directs a special review of over 20 National Monuments designated since 1996, threatening to undermine decades of conservation work and weaken a key conservation tool used by presidents for a century, the Antiquities Act.

Passed in 1906, the Antiquities Act grants presidents the authority to protect areas of ecological or cultural significance as national monuments, preserving these landscapes and vibrant ecosystems for generations to come. Nearly half of America’s National Parks such as the Grand Canyon and the Olympics started out as National Monuments. Almost every president from the past 100 years has used this tool to protect our nation’s natural and cultural heritage, and this includes members of both parties. 

Trump’s unprecedented move constitutes the most aggressive action against public lands yet taken by his nascent administration. The goal of the Interior Department review is to suggest modifications to the size of more than 20 national monuments, which may be the first step down a slippery slope towards revoking protections for thousands of acres of protected public land across the country. Attempting to shrink or rescind National Monuments designated by previous presidents is constitutionally unprecedented, but this is hardly surprising as this administration has proven to be unprecedented in almost every way.

The Executive Order comes at a time when conservative radicals are waging a full-out assault on America’s public lands, largely as a means to circumvent environmental protections and boost extractive profits. So far this year we’ve seen proposals in Congress to liquidate millions of acres of public lands, efforts in state legislatures to erode public ownership of our shared lands, and multiple attacks on the Antiquities act, one of the key conservation tools used by presidents in the past.

Put simply, Trump’s attack on the Antiquities act is an attack on America’s historical and natural heritage. Protected public lands are where Americans camp, fish, climb, hunt, float, and play, and polling consistently shows strong support amongst the general public for these land protections. Despite the numerous threats to National Monuments, more than 90% of Americans support the president’s ability to use the Antiquities Act to declare new national monuments. Senator Jeff Merkley echoed this sentiment yesterday when he said, “National monuments are American treasures that belong to the people. Only Congress has the power to undo a monument, and the president should back off of this legally dubious attack on our American tradition of public lands that are open to all.”

A recent poll instigated by Oregon Wild found that support for public lands protections is especially strong here in Oregon, where 70% of our state’s residents support creating more Wilderness Areas, an even stronger designation than National Monuments. The poll also found that 8 out of 10 Oregonians (91% of Democrats and 67% of Republicans) would be less likely to support a politician who had privatized or sold off public land in the past, demonstrating a strong consensus that eroding public ownership of our shared lands is deeply unpopular in our state.

As with Trump’s previous actions, yesterday’s Executive Order left ambiguity on its actual extent, such as whether or not Southern Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was subject to review. The monument, which was expanded earlier this year by the Obama Administration, seems to meet the necessary criteria for review, yet as of yesterday the very department meant to conduct the review remained unsure about Cascade-Siskiyou’s inclusion. 

By the end of this week, President Trump will have signed more Executive Orders in the first 100 days of a presidency than any other president since World War ​II. Yesterday’s order is only the most recent blow in a wave of attacks on the environment by an administration bent on unlocking natural resources for extractive profit. Trump’s decision to dive into the battle over America’s public lands yet again pits his administration in stark contrast with the the decided majority of the general public because his it threatens to undermine the public-lands-legacy at the core of our identity as Americans. #KeepItPublic

Photo Credits: 
Cascade-Siskiyou - Jim Chamberlain; Pilot Rock - Steven Holt

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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#bikemore with TriMet this May!

By Lauren Hugel from The Street Trust. Published on Apr 27, 2017.

There’s a lot of overlap between transit and biking. Part of what makes Portland such a great place to live and work is it’s awesome active […]

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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Trump Attacks National Monuments

By FSEEE from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Apr 26, 2017.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order today that could open millions of acres of national monuments to industrial development or even rescind such designations altogether—a move no previous president has ever attempted. The ... More

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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People’s Climate Movement and March – Oregon Locations

By Sophia Aguilera from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Apr 25, 2017.

The People’s Climate Movement & March is taking place across the country to highlight climate justice and the needs of communities disproportionally impacted by climate change. Marches will be taking place on April 29 and can be found throughout Oregon and across the country in solidarity with a flagship in Washington D.C. Join the movement and stand with fellow […]

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 Kathy 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!

Join us for a Wolf Plan Webinar!

By Danielle from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Apr 24, 2017.

I just returned from a trip to Klamath Falls, where I had the opportunity to testify for wolves at the Oregon Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Commission hearing. This was the first chance for Oregonians to publicly weigh-in on Oregon’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan since draft revisions were unveiled two weeks ago. 

For those who live in the Portland area, make your voices heard by sharing your concerns directly with wildlife officials. 

Oregon Wild Training: Testify for Wolves
Tuesday, May 16th
Portland, OR
Taborspace at 6:30 PM
RSVP for more info

ODFW Commission Hearing
Friday, May 19th
Starts at 8 AM
Embassy Suites, Portland Airport
Details & RSVP

Submit Public Comment
If you haven’t already, please submit a comment to the ODFW Commission, letting them know you want a wolf plan which focuses on conservation and prioritizes non-lethal methods over killing wolves. 


 
As ODFW continues to take public input, and we prepare for a key hearing in Portland May 19th, it’s important that all Oregonians who care about native wildlife know what’s at stake. In order to better inform you and answer any questions you may have, I’ll be hosting a webinar on May 2nd.
While in Klamath Falls, I received several questions from Oregon Wild members and supporters about the specifics of the wolf plan; in particular, what we like and dislike about it. At this webinar, I’ll go over concerns we have regarding ODFW’s plans to allow members of the public to hunt wolves, provisions in place which de-emphasize using non-lethal methods to reduce wolf-livestock conflict, and much more. 
 
Because the state removed Endangered Species Act protections in 2015 (when there were only around 80 known wolves), Oregon’s wolves are in a fragile spot.  Without a strong conservation and management plan leading the way, we could see their recovery continue to stall like it did in 2016.
 
This is a critical juncture for wolves because the finalized plan will determine how wolves are managed in the state for the next five years! 
 
 
 

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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Weigh In: Oregon City/Willamette Falls Riverwalk

By Kate Walker from The Street Trust. Published on Apr 24, 2017.

SAVE THE DATES: Riverwalk Transportation & Access Summits The Willamette Falls Legacy Project is about to begin developing the Riverwalk Parking, Access and Transportation Plan for […]

The Future of Clean Energy Is Bright: How Oregon Solar Could Go from 1% to 10% in 10 Years

By Devon Downeysmith from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Apr 24, 2017.

It’s an exciting time to be alive. From amazing medical developments, like bionic prosthetics and the ability to grow entirely new organs from stem cells, to advancements in technology that have enabled us to find ice on Mars and break the petaflop barrier, and expansions in clean energy technology that have resulted in its widespread […]

Camping Restrictions Considered for Colorado Wilderness

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

Forest Service officials in Colorado are laying plans to limit camping in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, which holds some of the most iconic mountain scenery in the nation. The number of visits to ... More

2017 Wildfire Season Off to Fast Start—But Not on National Forests

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

Wildfire season in the West has barely begun, but across the nation it’s already been a busy year in terms of acres burned. Virtually all of those acres, however, are on state or private ... More

The Roundup for April 7, 2017

By Jennifer Fairbrother from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Apr 23, 2017.

Objections to Olympic National Forest War Games Rejected – FSEEE Olympic National Forest officials have largely dismissed objections filed by more than 100 people opposed to a Navy plan to conduct electronic warfare drills on the ... More

Objections to Olympic National Forest War Games Rejected

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

Olympic National Forest officials have largely dismissed objections filed by more than 100 people opposed to a Navy plan to conduct electronic warfare drills on the forest. In a letter dated March 29, forest ... More

The Roundup for March 31, 2017

By Jennifer Fairbrother from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Apr 23, 2017.

The standoff between Trump and green groups just boiled into war – The Washington Post The first shots have been fired in what’s likely to be a long, bitter war over the environment between conservationists and ... More

Trump Rescinds Obama Environmental Protection Measures

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

Donald Trump’s assault on Obama administration environmental protection measures continued this week as the president signed an executive order to remove regulations governing coal, oil and gas production, including on public lands. One of ... More

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 […]

Spot 5 – featured

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

Pete Seeger Birthday Celebration & Tribute: April 30, 2017; 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm; in Portland, OR. Celebrate Pete Seeger’s birthday with a live musical tribute and sing-along at the Clinton Street Theater.

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.

“Environmentalists sue BNSF to cover coal trains, prevent water pollution”

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

Nov. 7, 2016. Seattle Times.

“BNSF Railway agrees to study covers for rail cars transporting coal to reduce dust”

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

Nov. 15, 2016. Spokesman Review.

“Oil Train Opponents Hail Track Expansion Defeat In Columbia Gorge”

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

Nov. 4, 2016. OPB News.

April Hells Bells

By Kirsten Johnson from Hells Canyon Preservation Council. Published on Apr 20, 2017.

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State Asks for More Information on Methanol

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

Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is taking a closer look at the Kalama Methanol Refinery proposal’s impacts on the Columbia River and Washington’s climate. A letter from Ecology to Cowlitz County on April 18, 2017, explained that the methanol refinery’s Shorelines permit contained outdate and incomplete information.

#bikemore this May and get a Bike Friday pakiT bike!

By Lauren Hugel from The Street Trust. Published on Apr 20, 2017.

Celebrating their 25th Anniversary, Bike Friday are a custom folding bicycle manufacturer in Eugene, Oregon. Bike Friday empowers people by hand-crafting bicycle systems for the modern world […]

#bikemore with Filmed by Bike in May!

By Lauren Hugel from The Street Trust. Published on Apr 20, 2017.

Want to ride more this May? This year, the Filmed by Bike film festival will feature 80 of the world’s best bike movies at the Hollywood Theatre May […]

OEC Celebrates Scientists: Joel Nigg, Neuroscientist

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

“A good decision is very difficult if you are not asking the right question, if you are not looking at reality as accurately as you possibly can. Science is the best source we have for deciding what course of action is most likely to be correct.” —Joel T. Nigg, PhD Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, and Behavioral Neuroscience […]

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.

Mosier Anniversary: One Year After The Oil Train Fire

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

Save the Date: Please join us on June 3, 2017 to mark the one-year anniversary of the frightening, nearly catastrophic oil train derailment, spill, and fire in Mosier, Oregon. We will gather in Mosier to make a statement against additional oil trains coming through the Columbia River Gorge.

New Hampshire’s Energy Future is Now

By Bruce Clendenning from Conservancy Talk. Published on Apr 19, 2017.

There’s a reality about stories that journalists and cops know best. When you talk to eyewitnesses and gather hard facts, a story often turns out very different than what you were first told. Here in New Hampshire we’ve heard a recurring story about energy, specifically electricity rates. It goes like this: “New Hampshire has some […]

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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Calling all who breathe. Call your State Senator!

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Apr 18, 2017.

Just as we are about to take to the streets to celebrate science, the Oregon Legislature is about to reject it. In a last-minute move, the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources stripped SB 1008 “Clean Engines, Clean Air Act” of nearly every feature that would have ensured clean engines—and restored clean air—to our state. They also stripped any mention of […]

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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Tips for Walk+Roll Challenge Tracking

By Kate Walker from The Street Trust. Published on Apr 17, 2017.

The 2017 Walk+Roll Challenge kicks off May 1st! Are you ready? Easy tracking is key to success. Tracking can take as much or as little time […]

Helping Employees Make Sustainable Choices

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Apr 17, 2017.

In honor of Earth Month, we’re excited to share this changemaker story from CSR@Intel about Sydney Wirsig, an Intel employee, Northwest Earth Institute course organizer and sustainability champion. As Intel notes, “Sydney Wirsig is one employee who has turned her passion… Read More!

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Rally for Water & Wildlife with Oregon Wild!

By Jason from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Apr 14, 2017.

 On Wednesday, April 19th, Oregonians from across the state will arrive at the Capitol to tell their legislators to take a stand for Oregon’s water & wildlife. The rally will feature speeches from Representatives David Gomberg and Pam Marsh, as well as forest, water, and wildlife advocates and conservation groups from around the state! 

This rally, co-organized by Oregon Wild and 17 partner community and conservation groups, brings Oregonians from all over the state to tell their elected officials in Salem they want strong environmental leadership. Oregonians are insisting we need strong state laws to protect our forests and streams, save our native pollinators, and recover the other wildlife like salmon and wolves that make Oregon great. 

We are so excited about the enormous coalition of Oregonians that has come together to host the Rally for Water & Wildlife. 

The Rockaway Beach Citizens group doing outreach at Oswald West State ParkFor example, the Rockaway Beach Citizens for Watershed Protection are rallying their supporters to protect streams for fish and drinking water! Oregon’s weak logging laws have lead to nearly 90% of their watershed being clearcut & aerial sprayed in the last 15 years, and Oregon Wild joins them in calls to reform the Oregon Forest Practices Act! From almost the other end of Oregon’s coast, co-hosts Coast Range Forest Watch are calling for a protected and public Elliott State Forest, streams originating from this forest provide drinking water to local communities, and over 20% of Oregon’s annual Coho Salmon, while providing important recreation and hunting opportunities for the local population of Coos and Douglas Counties. 

Click here for a list of carpools and more info about the rally!

At the Rally, we’re hearing from concerned Oregonians like Kate Taylor, who owns a fishing guide business in Tillamook County. Kate is concerned about the health of our streams and salmon. Also speaking: Douglas County forest and water advocate Francis Eatherington! Then we will hear what’s going on statewide with Wildlife protections from Defenders of Wildlife’s Quinn Read, and finally, we will hear from Lisa Arkin of Beyond Toxics about why they’re championing a bill in the legislature to save Native Pollinators from dangerous neonicotinoid pesticides, and bills to help Oregonians protect themselves from herbicides the logging industry sprays out of helicopters! 

Can’t make it to the Rally for Water & Wildlife? Rally with us online! 

Below, you will find ways that you can support the rally from your computer or cell phone. Send an email, make a phone call, retweet or share a post, there are many ways you can pitch in! 

Other Co-hosts will have information to share, and deserve your support, find them here:

Forest Web of Cottage Grove , Citizens of Rockaway Beach for Watershed Protection,Defenders of Wildlife , Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, Pacific Rivers, Cascadia Wildlands, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Coast Range Forest Watch, Rogue Riverkeeper,KS Wild (Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center), Willamette Valley Broadband, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, 350 EUG, Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Chapter, Sierra Club

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 […]

Join NWEI Founders for an Earth Day Evening of Music and Song – April 21st

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

For those of you in the Portland area, join NWEI founders Dick and Jeanne Roy and the Center for Earth Leadership for an Earth Day Evening of Music and Song, to be held Friday, April 21 from 7:30-9pm. The event will be… Read More!

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#bikemore with Portland Pedal Power this May!

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

What do burritos, baked pies, bicycle, and beer all have in common? They are just a sample of the tasty items that Portland Pedal Power delivers […]

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
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Housing Bill Moves Forward in the Legislature

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Fruit Tree Giveaway is CANCELLED

By Kathy 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!

Solar Eclipse 2017 News

By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Apr 10, 2017.

Become a Foundation Member today and you could have the winning bid on a campsite for the weekend of the 2017 Solar Eclipse!

Podcast: A new data infrastructure in CA

By Joe Whitworth from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Apr 10, 2017.

How does California use its water? Not long ago this question wasn’t being

Women Bike: Meet Tia…The Street Trust’s newest team member

By Elizabeth Cabral from The Street Trust. Published on Apr 10, 2017.

Meet Tia Sherry! Tia’s the newest member to our Street Trust team, joining us in February 2017. Today, we highlight Tia and share her story as women bicyclist […]

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’s Beach Bill Anniversary!

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

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Oregon’s Beach Bill! The bill designated all 362 miles of Oregon’s ocean shore as a state recreation area – the longest Oregon State Park! To celebrate Oregon’s amazing coast, the Oregon State Parks Foundation and Protege Publishing are pleased to announce the release of a new book, The Oregon […]

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.

Testify for Safe Routes to School on April 12th

By Kate Walker from The Street Trust. Published on Apr 07, 2017.

HB 3230 gets a hearing! On Wednesday, April 12th at 8:00 a.m., in Hearing Room D at the Oregon State Capitol, Salem decision-makers will hold a […]

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 […]

5 Tips for Biking to the Airport

By Lauren Hugel from The Street Trust. Published on Apr 06, 2017.

Portland International Airport offers resources to make bike access easy. Their comprehensive and interactive website map shows all the trail routes and facilities. With a little […]

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.

Mega Tollway Testimony

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

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Mary Kyle McCurdy
Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:10pm

Dear Chair McKeown and Committee Members:

1000 Friends of Oregon opposes HB 3231. 1000 Friends of Oregon is a nonprofit, membership organization that works with Oregonians to support livable urban and rural communities; protect family farms, forests and natural areas; and provide transportation and housing choice. 

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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).  

NWEI Is Hiring!

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Apr 04, 2017.

NWEI is hiring! Currently, we are looking for two new individuals who will join the Northwest Earth Institute team this spring. We welcome you to learn more and apply! We are currently accepting applications for a Development and Communications Manager and… Read More!

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Get ready to ride!

By Lauren Hugel from The Street Trust. Published on Apr 04, 2017.

2017 Bike More Challenge registration is OPEN! Our friendly workplace-to-workplace competition is for both new and existing riders to see who can #bikemore during the month of May! Here’s why […]

The Next Generation of Oregon Conservationists (and Oregon Wild staff?)

By jonathan from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Apr 03, 2017.

Oregon Wild's mission has long been to protect and restore Oregon's wildlands, wildlife, and waters as an enduring legacy for future generations. Recently, we had the absolute honor to connect with one of the most inspiring future leaders of the younger generation of Oregon conservationists, Penelope Allen. In a time when so many people are growing up being inundated by technology, Penelope is working to get people to get outside and explore this great state!

I am Penelope Allen, and I am an eighth grader in Portland, Oregon. I absolutely love hiking, camping, exploring and everything else about the Oregon outdoors. Every eighth grader at my school must complete a year long independent project on a topic of their choice, and it didn't take me long to decide I wanted to do something related to my love for the outdoors. I started keeping track of all the hikes I have done around Oregon, and made a website about how, and where to explore our amazing state. I have also been focusing on and experimenting with landscape photography, so I included that in my website as well.

One of the main focuses of my project, and website, is getting kids outside and excited about adventuring. I have taken a few of my friends hiking lately and I think they enjoyed it more than they expected. I want to get my generation excited about and loving the outdoors. One of the reasons for this is so we can continue to protect these great lands we love to explore, but also because I believe everyone should be able to experience and enjoy Oregon, because it truly is amazing. I have been designing stickers and T-shirts with PNW designs that I am going to be selling on my website to raise money for Oregon Wild as another part of my project. This aspect of my project is my attempt protect the great lands that I love so much.

To be even more inspired, check out Penelope's website at: https://getoutoregon.com/

With incredible youth like Penelope leading the charge, we're confident that the next generation will carry the torch and keep protecting the most special wildlands, wildlife, and waters across Oregon!

Thank you Penelope for all your amazing work and for the extra dose of inspiration that you've provided for all of us here at Oregon Wild!

 

 

 

Wolf Reintroduction Opposed By Pigs, Hoods

By Tom Kaye from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Mar 31, 2017.

AVALON, CA.  April 1, 2017.  Bringing back predators can revive age old conflicts.  Efforts to reintroduce wolves in Oregon, California, and Idaho have resulted in an injunction filed in federal court in Avalon, CA.  Three porcine plaintiffs have brought suit against the US Fish and Wildlife Service to halt all reintroduction efforts.  “This ‘huff, puff and […]

Forests and Watersheds up for Protections in Salem

By Jason from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Mar 31, 2017.

If you read our alerts and blogs you are well aware of the attack that the Trump administration has launched against important environmental rules and laws recently, and you know that Oregon Wild is fighting back to defend the wild places you care about. In the face of these unprecedented attacks, we are continuing our 40 year history of working to implement and defend rules that protect vast wild landscapes and endangered species, and keep public land in public hands, and that work is as important as ever. But many of Oregon’s forests and watersheds aren’t managed by the federal government, and Oregon Wild knows that we must have strong state laws, rules and policies that defend Oregon’s Forests and Watersheds from destruction no matter who owns them. 

Today, I want to tell you about some of the work we are doing on that front, because it has never been more clear that Oregon must do more to protect clean water and healthy forests with strong state laws, and today, those laws do not exist. 

Join us for The Rally for Water and Wildlife, April 19th in Salem! 

We have gotten started on a very busy 2017 in Salem, with Oregon Wild and our conservation partners working to reform Oregon’s ‘weakest in the West’ logging laws, and I want to fill you in on what’s going on in the 2017 legislature with our backyard forests and streams! 

Now, let’s dig into some legislation! 

To start, in the State Senate, we are very excited to announce that Senator Dembrow has introduced a bill in the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources that would protect Oregonian’s drinking water from the dangerous practice of aerial spraying clearcuts, an important step in reforming Oregon’s out of date logging laws. SB954, which is modeled on Oregon Wild’s 2016 ballot initiative, would help ensure that the herbicides logging companies spray out of helicopters never get anywhere near our water. This bill is simple, it says if the watershed has a drinking water source, you can’t buzz around in a helicopter spraying herbicides. It seems like common sense to most folks, nearly 70% of Oregonians polled favor an outright ban on the practice, but we expect stiff resistance and big spending from the logging and chemical industries to stop us. 

I am also excited to say Oregon Wild is supporting 3 Senate bills from our partners at Beyond Toxics to; protect the native pollinators forests and farms depend on, warn nearby landowners of toxic sprays before they happen, and help farmers and landowners recover damages if aerial spray still manages to drift on to their property. Please click the blue text to support Beyond Toxics bills! 

On the House side, we are supporting several bills that takes steps to reign in Oregon’s out of control corporate clear-cutters and herbicide sprayers. 

The biggest logging reform bill in play this year, introduced by Representative Holvey, with support from a number of conservation groups, is HB3226, and implements comprehensive reform of the Oregon Forest Practices Act. This bill, which we urge you to support by clicking here, would ensure streams are protected from clearcutting, protect people and streams from clearcut induced landslides, restrict aerials spraying, and much more. 

 Support Comprehensive OFPA Reform! 

Representative Holvey has also introduced two separate bills to reform logging taxes in Oregon, requiring clear cutting companies to pay their fair share for the damage they do. One of those bills, HB2467, is based on an Oregon Wild concept calling to stop using logging taxes to fund logging propaganda from the Oregon Forest Resources Institute. Holvey’s second timber-tax bill would raise taxes on clearcuts and  provide incentives to companies who provide more jobs to local mills instead of exporting our forests,  go out of their way to protect water, and other best practices! 

On a County level - If you missed it, make sure to check out our blog endorsing community efforts in Lane and Lincoln Counties, where concerned citizens are done waiting for environmental leadership in Salem, and are working to protect themselves from dangerous aerial spray. If you're in Lane County, Sign Here to get this measure on the ballot, and HERE  if you can volunteer to help, Lincoln County residents Click Here.

Reading about all of this, you may be under the impression that Oregon Wild spends a lot of time in Salem wandering the halls of the Capitol Building, but to tell you the truth, that is such a small part of how a bill becomes a law. Without the support of Oregonians like you, these ideas never become laws. I spend my time in the field, in small coastal towns, hearing your concerns, helping you reach lawmakers and educate your communities every day. 

These bills are possible because Oregonians in towns like Rockaway Beach, Garibaldi, Gold Beach, and elsewhere have refused to back down for years. You demanded change, and we’ve got your backs! More than ever before, elected officials in Oregon are hearing rural Oregon’s demand for fair treatment, clean water, and truly sustainable economies. Thank you for all your hard work. 

I’ll see you out there! 

 Jason Gonzales

Forest & Watershed Campaign Organizer

JG@oregonwild.org

541-344-0675

 

2017 Oregon Active Transportation Summit SlideShare

By Kate Walker from The Street Trust. Published on Mar 30, 2017.

2017 Oregon Active Transportation Summit Attendees worked to create a shared vision of  the transportation system investments, policies, and programs that could most effectively transform our communities into […]

Robots & rivers: How machine learning plays a role in restoration and conservation

By Nick Osman from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Mar 30, 2017.

You’ll often hear The Freshwater Trust (TFT) stress the importance of data. But

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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 […]

Mulford’s milkvetch research update

By Tom Kaye from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Mar 30, 2017.

It takes a full day of driving from western Oregon to reach the closest populations of Mulford’s milkvetch (Astragalus mulfordiae) in the Owyhee Uplands of Malheur County.  This rare species occurs in scattered populations in rangelands of Oregon and southwestern Idaho, mostly on sandy soils on rolling hills, flats and near the Owyhee and Snake […]

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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Infographic: What is BasinScout?

By Danielle from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Mar 29, 2017.

BasinScout™ is a diagnostic tool that looks at an entire watershed. It allows

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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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Acting on Climate for the Win

By Lynn Scarlett from Conservancy Talk. Published on Mar 28, 2017.

During March Madness, one is reminded that a winning basketball season is never the product of a single player’s ability. It requires teamwork—a group of players executing plays, scoring points and playing strong defense. Climate change, more so than almost any other challenge we face as a planet, will not be fixed by one nation […]

Bipartisan Bill Would Improve Farm Worker Housing, Stabilize Costs for Oregon Farmers

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

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Robin Maxey
Office of the Senate President
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:40pm

(SALEM) – Bipartisan legislation aimed at improving and increasing housing for farm workers in Oregon cleared its first key hurdle Tuesday when the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue approved Senate Bill 1 for consideration by the Joint Ways and Means Committee.

The measure creates a personal income or corporation tax credit for the operating costs of housing for agricultural workers. It is sponsored jointly by Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem/Gervais/Woodburn) and Senator Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River).

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A new year with new impacts

By Caylin Barter from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Mar 27, 2017.

Friends, Record-breaking snowfall. Raging rivers. The western water crisis is over, right? Wrong.

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National Native Seed Conference 2017

By Tom Kaye from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Mar 27, 2017.

Native plants drive habitat restoration and seed industries nationally and globally. Designed to bring together restoration practitioners, seed producers, academics, and agencies, the National Native Seed conference is a bi-annual chance to network across disciplines and areas of interest. The 2017 National Native Seed Conference was the largest and most successful yet. Over 330 people […]

Guest Blog by Marina Richie: Protecting the Places We Love

By Kirsten Johnson from Hells Canyon Preservation Council. Published on Mar 27, 2017.

Like bears emerging from hibernation, we’re shuffling out into the sun and marveling at snowmelt, rising rivers, bird song, and those first buttercups winking up at us from the forest floor. We’re pulling out maps and plotting trips into this grand ecosystem with Hells Canyon at its heart. If you’re a river rat daydreaming of […]

Join NWEI’s Next Course Organizer Training Webinar, April 13th!

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Mar 27, 2017.

Earth Day is just around the corner! We believe every person has the power to create positive action, and next month is a perfect time to do a little extra. These days, there’s no shortage of information about the serious challenges… Read More!

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Start Rallying Your Team, the Bike More Challenge is Coming!

By Lauren Hugel from The Street Trust. Published on Mar 27, 2017.

It’s that time of year again. Thousands of people across Oregon are pumping up their tires, lubing their chains and checking their brakes as they get […]

The Roundup for March 24, 2017

By Jennifer Fairbrother from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Mar 24, 2017.

Forest Service Asks Public’s Help with Train Maintenance – FSEEE Last year, Congress passed the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act, which calls for doubling the amount of trail work undertaken by volunteers by 2021. ... More

APRIL: BUY 2 TOWNS CIDER & PLANT TREES!

By Kathy from Growth Rings. Published on Mar 24, 2017.

You’re thirsty. You love trees. You want your dollars to make a difference. You’re in luck! April is a big month for trees, community, and putting your dollars to work for good!  2 Towns Ciderhouse  supports trees + community this month!   April Thirst-Quencher: 2 Towns Ciderhouse Benefit 2 Towns Ciderhouse is donating 50¢ per 6-pack of cans purchased anywhere […]

Honoring Barbara Roberts and her Lifetime of Service

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Mar 23, 2017.

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Mary Kyle McCurdy
Thu, 03/23/2017 - 3:30pm

2017 Tom McCall Legacy Award

On March 18th, at our 2017 McCall Gala, we recognized the Honorable Barbara K Roberts for her lifetime of service to Oregon. The Tom McCall Legacy Award is given to those who have demonstrated a deep commitment to Oregon and our land use planning system. 

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Forest Service Asks Public’s Help with Trail Maintenance

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

How do you maintain 158,000 miles of trails on a shoestring budget? Ask for volunteers. The U.S. Forest Service manages more miles of trails than any other government agency. But with firefighting consuming an ever-growing ... More

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.

American Fisheries Society, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service Recognize Salmon River Restoration

By Haley Walker from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Mar 22, 2017.

PORTLAND, OR — The Freshwater Trust (TFT) and the Sandy River Basin Partners

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World Water Day: March 22

By Mary Beth Leavens from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Mar 22, 2017.

The United Nations dedicated March 22 as World Water Day in 1993. Since

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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!

March 22nd is World Water Day! 4 Things You Can Do To Help Conserve Water

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Mar 22, 2017.

Since 1993, World Water Day has been held every year on March 22nd to raise awareness around limited access to fresh, clean water for millions around the globe. Hosted by the United Nations, annual World Water Day campaigns have focused on improving… Read More!

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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 […]

Hunting for OHV trails: An Intern's Tale

By guest from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Mar 20, 2017.

by Emma Gosser

As I stood in the middle of a dusty dirt road looking out across the Crooked River National Grasslands, I wondered how on earth I was going to find illegal ATV trails on this vast desert expanse. Though I knew there was enormous environmental importance to this landscape, to my untrained eyes there was nothing but sage, dirt, juniper and the occasional bird that flew across the skyline. Or so I thought. I soon discovered it was not hard to find illegal trails at all. They are everywhere. 

Illegal OHV trail heading into Wilderness

As part of my internship with Oregon Wild, I surveyed Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trail systems  in the high desert of central Oregon. The goal of this hot, dusty exercise was to gather evidence to help fight a Forest Service proposal for an ATV trail system that would cut right through the heart of the Ochoco Mountains. There is rampant illegal motorized traffic on the Ochoco National Forest, yet the Forest Service claims that if a designated ATV  trail system were in place, there would no longer be a problem of illegal ‘user-created’ trails criss-crossing the forest.  Part of my job was to prove them wrong. 
 
I thought finding illegal trails in the dry summer would be a difficult task. I assumed the dry dust in the grasslands would blow over the tire marks thus concealing all but the most devastating or fresh tracks. Boy was I wrong.  As I drove, biked, or walked many road miles I would frequently find the evidence I was looking for; deep ruts in the earth where ATV’s had turned off in search of a new adventure. These user created trails were everywhere, open wounds of dead dry grass and sagebrush that lacerated the landscape. These wounds will turn into scars that will not heal for years. I soon realized how delicate this ecosystem is, for one reckless user could leave a lasting imprint.
 


 
Illegal spur trail at Henderson Flat

After the Crooked River National Grasslands, I surveyed the Henderson Flat and Millican OHV areas, hopeful that the ATV users there would recreate responsibly and stay on the designated route. What I found did not reflect my hopes. Branching off curves and trail intersections were dozens of illegal trails. Managers of the area even tried cutting down trees or putting up closed tape to block people from going off trail. Instead, people just went around the trees or ripped right through the tape. Recent tire tracks bypassing a sign saying “AREA CLOSED - OHVs ARE PERMITTED ON DESIGNATED ROUTES ONLY,” made me incredibly sad for this place. Henderson Flat OHV area has 18 miles of maintained trails. Within just a small section of this 18-mile trail system, I found many illegal trails that were obvious to my untrained eye. If this user group ignores the rules here, how can we expect them to respect the rules elsewhere? Will designating the Ochoco Summit OHV trails system really be different?
 
Rewarding this user group that blatantly breaks the rules with new trails through the heart of our beloved Ochoco National Forest and through the proposed Ochoco Mountains National Recreation Area is wrong. There is plenty of motorized access on our public lands. In central Oregon there are nearly 1,000 miles of designated trail miles on various sites. The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests have a combined total of over 9,000 miles of mixed-use open roads to ride their heart outs on. To put that in perspective, if one was to drive for two weeks straight 24 hours a day at an average speed of 25 mph (the ATV speed limit on Oregon’s beaches) one would not be able to finish all the open roads and trails in central Oregon alone.  

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Illegal roads have proliferated from established trail systems like a festering wound.  If more trails are built, more illegal trails will be created. We should not incentivize new illegal trails. Instead, we need to protect this land for clean water, wildlife, and quiet recreation. 
  
I was born and raised in Oregon. I took this internship to help protect the land I love. Before this internship, like many Oregonians, I believed that Oregon’s natural areas were well protected.  As I have witnessed through the surveying of roads for illegal trails, our natural areas need our help. I spent the summer hiking through the Ochoco Mountains old growth forests, taking in the solitude and beauty of the area.  Before this internship I hardly knew where the Ochocos were, now they are one of my favorite places in Oregon. The Ochocos now more than ever need to be protected against this kind of high impact use.

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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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The Roundup for March 17, 2017

By Jennifer Fairbrother from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Mar 17, 2017.

Trump Budget Would Slash Environmental Programs, Research — FSEEE Scientific research and environmental protection programs would suffer major cuts under a proposed budget outline released this week by the Trump administration. Trump to repeal Obama fracking ... More

A New Podcast on A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World

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

This month, NWEI’s Director of Learning Lacy Cagle had a conversation with our colleagues at Simple Living Works about our newest course book, A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World.  Lacy, who led the development process of A… Read More!

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Fuel Economy Standards Are Essential to Our Health, Environment and Economy

By Mark Tercek from Conservancy Talk. Published on Mar 14, 2017.

Why rolling back fuel economy standards would be a huge step backward for the U.S., according to President and CEO Mark Tercek.

Have a Pint, Change the World: Support NWEI at Oregon Public House!

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Mar 14, 2017.

This season, we’re excited to be one of the non-profit organizations receiving donations from Oregon Public House! Since they opened in 2013, they’ve donated $195,292 to diffierent local non-profit organizations focusing on social justice, community and the environment. Currently we are… Read More!

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Why the Paris Agreement is in the U.S.’s Best Interest

By Mark Tercek from Conservancy Talk. Published on Mar 10, 2017.

President and CEO Mark Tercek discusses why it is important for the U.S. to remain in the Paris Agreement and uphold its emissions reduction pledge.

Changemaker Interview: Miguel Arellano on Living Simply & Finding a Different Way

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Mar 09, 2017.

NWEI’s newest course book, A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World, features interviews with inspiring changemakers who have found their own path in living a simple, values-driven life. This week we share an excerpt of our interview with Miguel… Read More!

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The Zombie Westside Bypass Marries Godzilla

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Mar 07, 2017.

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Living the Dream: Collecting Seed at Crater Lake

By Anna Ramthun from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Mar 06, 2017.

In 2016, IAE was thrilled to begin working on a new seed collection project at one of the most beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest: Crater Lake National Park in southeastern The pretty, pink flowers of Shasta buckwheat, one of many small forbs adapted to survive in the sterile pumice desert and one of our […]

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

Coalition Defends Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Mar 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.

An Interview with Journey Author Beckie Elgin

By jonathan from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Mar 02, 2017.

The story of Oregon's most famous wolf OR-7 (aka Journey) continues to be one of the most inspiring wildlife stories in Oregon's history. To capture this incredible tale, Southern Oregon author Beckie Elgin recently published a book with Oregon Wild business supporter Inkwater Press entitled Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History.

Traveling over 4,000 miles in search of a mate and capturing the excitement of wildlife lovers across the globe, Journey's story is certainly one that's worth capturing. Beckie does it beautifully in her new book and shared some of her thoughts on the book in a recent interview.

What was your motivation to write Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History?

I have great respect for the natural world and believe wolves are an essential part of it. Throughout history wolves have been a scapegoat for some people’s fears and resentments, and this has resulted in an unreasonable stereotype and treatment of these animals. In writing about Journey I wanted to add my part to the legacy of literature that strives to dispel myths and present facts about wolves, with the hope that this might help forge a healthier relationship between humans and wolves. 

What's your background with wolves? Have you had any personal experiences?

I had the good fortunate of growing up in a zoo and working with wolves there. While I understand the controversy surrounding zoos, by spending years in one I was able to see the great effort made by zoo people to provide the best facilities and care for their animals. And I appreciate the tremendous progress these places have made over the years, including their success in preserving rare species. When I was young I was given the job of taming a pair of three month-old wolf pups that had never been handled before. That summer I spent all of my time with them until finally, the pups accepted me and allowed me to handle them and take them on walks. By becoming comfortable around humans the wolves lived with much less fear in the captive setting.  

Your book is geared towards kids but it's quite accessible for adults - that's not an easy line to balance. What went into that thought process?

My thoughts were that if I wrote a book for a middle-grade audience I would reach people both younger and older. This has proven to be the case. I’ve had tons of feedback from adults who say they are enjoying the book and learning from it. And I have heard from people who are reading Journey to their younger kids so they can enjoy the book together. Besides, it’s fun to write for a youthful audience. I felt a greater sense of freedom and this created the sections through the point of view of Journey, which many readers say are their favorite parts. 

What do you see as the educational value of your book? How do you think teachers can use it?

The book teaches not only about Journey and his travels, but also about wolves in general.  Readers learn of the history of wolves in our country, what they eat and how they interact with each other, how biologists study wolves and of the issues with livestock. I’ve presented the information in an objective manner, hoping the book will garner classroom discussions about our role in the environment. For example, how much should we intervene in the lives of wild wolves? And what are the solutions to the livestock-predator issues? The book is richly illustrated with photos and maps, which is nice for visual learners. There are in-depth source notes, a bibliography and glossary. We are completing a Teacher’s Guide for Journey that will supplement the educational value of the book. Watch for it on http://journeyor7.com and on my website http://wolvesandwriting.com. Another benefit of writing for the middle-grade audience is that it gets me around kids. I’m doing school and library talks and enjoying every minute of it!

What do you see as Journey's impact on the future of wolf recovery in Oregon?

OR-7 began a veritable procession of wolves to Southern Oregon and Northern California. Of course, another wolf would have eventually done the same thing, but he was the first one that we know of so his impact will never be surpassed. Journey and those that followed him are doing their part to recreate a truly natural wilderness in this area, one that has not existed for over sixty years. 

How has your view of wolves and wolf recovery changed during the process of writing this book?

Along with this book I also write articles on wolves for magazines and newspapers and keep a blog that highlights news on wolves. In doing this I’ve come to realize the deep dedication of people involved in wolf recovery, including those at Oregon Wild. Despite the challenges we face, I believe that the strength and wisdom of these groups and individuals will succeed in the long run in the effort to preserve wolves. In a large sense, we already have. My view of wolves hasn’t changed much. I still consider them enthralling and intelligent animals, struggling to exist in a world that is all too inhabited by people and their ways. Yet, they carry on and are returning to native habitats not only in Oregon and California, but in areas across the globe where they haven’t lived for many, many years. They’re survivors and deserve what help we can give them, not only for their sake, but also for the essential role they play in a healthy environment

 

Beckie will be reading her book on April 3rd at 7:00pm at:

Annie Bloom's Bookstore
7834 SW Capitol Highway
Portland, OR 97219

Click here to purchase* your copy of Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History.

*A portion of the proceeds of Beckie's book will support Oregon Wild's wolf recovery efforts!

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Photos by Inkwater Press

A Better Way to Meet America’s Needs: Invest in Nature

By Glenn Prickett from Conservancy Talk. Published on Mar 02, 2017.

Media reports this week indicate that the Trump administration is considering substantial funding cuts in federal environmental and natural resource programs. Reportedly, these and other budget cuts are intended to offset increases in funding for national security. While all government functions should be scrutinized for waste and inefficiency, deep cuts in environmental programs that protect […]

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.

Affordable housing is a challenge, but sprawl is not the answer

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

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2017 Oregon State of Agriculture Industry Report

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

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Agriculture continues to be one of Oregon's leading industries, providing over $50 billion in sales of food, fiber, and agricultural products, and providing over 325,000 full and part-time jobs.

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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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A New Film from The Story of Stuff Project: The Story of Microfibers

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Feb 28, 2017.

Since the launch of our newest course book, we’ve been looking for new ways to curb consumption and make an impact. Luckily, the Story of Stuff Project (who joined us for our annual EcoChallenge in 2016) is releasing a new movie this week on… Read More!

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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 […]

February Hells Bells

By Kirsten Johnson from Hells Canyon Preservation Council. Published on Feb 24, 2017.

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2016 Accomplishments

By Kirsten Johnson from Hells Canyon Preservation Council. Published on Feb 24, 2017.

Thank you to our members and supporters for making 2016 a success, despite the many challenges the year brought. Linked below are just some of the accomplishments we are proud to share with you. 2016 Accomplishments Letter Online Thank you again for caring about the Greater Hells Canyon Region!

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).

Creating greener highways + more tree news: February Treemail

By Kathy from Growth Rings. Published on Feb 23, 2017.

This month we celebrate the return of the Living Highways program; get to know our good partners the Port of Portland; acknowledge our amazing community support; and share ways to get more involved. Read all about it in February 2017 Treemail.

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 […]

Bridging the Gap: Strengthening Community Conservation in Canada and Africa

By Claire Hutton from Conservancy Talk. Published on Feb 17, 2017.

But with different cultures, different histories, different landscapes, different threats, different socio-political drivers, what commonalities could there possibly be? More than you may think.

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 […]

Gone But Not Forgotten - OR4 in NYC

By guest from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Feb 16, 2017.

By Ester Curini

I am an Italian artist. I live and work in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Standing Tall by Ester Curini

I had never seen a real life wolf in my life until I visited the Wolf Conservation Center in North Salem, NY, four years ago. Seeing wolves up close and listening to their howls has been a life-changing experience for me. I decided to have an exhibition just about wolves, one of the most misunderstood and persecuted animal of all time.

Since my first visit in a cold winter day in 2012, I have traveled to the WCC regularly for the past four years to become acquainted with the wolves and take pictures I use as a reference for my portraits. It takes up to three months to complete a painting.
 
There are moments in life so striking that when you think about them you remember exactly what time it was, what were the weather conditions, or what kind of light came through the window. 

One of those moments happened when I came across Rob Klavins' blog post “A Eulogy for OR-4”.

A human being was saying goodbye to a wolf, a wild one in a way so honest and sensitive that it broke my heart. “He was a good father”.

I envisioned the scene, as if I was in the helicopter myself…of the 10-year old OR-4, his limping mate and their two pups running for their lives. In that exact moment, I decided that OR-4 had to be part of my pack of wolf paintings with the role he had in life as an Alpha wolf.

In the eyes, I painted a vague human figure because it is up to us to find a way to coexist with these magnificent animals. We need to preserve and protect them in a compassionate way. 

I am Essential by Ester Curini

The painting, entitled “I Was Wild. They Named Me OR-4” will be included with other works in an upcoming exhibit called “Endangered” in New York City.

March 2 – April 1
Bernarducci Meisel Gallery
37W 57th Street, New York, NY

My aim is to connect the urban population with nature through my painting, and most importantly to raise awareness about their importance in our ecosystem.

The center of my work is capturing the unique energy, essence and the spirit of each creature I paint. Isolating the figures on a seamless background is my way to concentrate only on the essential that matters to me.
 
The Wolf Conservation Center, located in South Salem, NY, is private not-for-profit organization founded in 1999 by Helene Grimaud. Their valuable mission is to promote wolf conservation by teaching about wolves how they are essential in our ecosystem. You can find out more at nywolf.org

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 […]

Journey to Tikopia: Conservation Challenges in Remote Melanesia

By Rick Hamilton from Conservancy Talk. Published on Feb 15, 2017.

A visit to remote and spectacular locations throughout Melanisia, home to incredibly diverse coral reefs, reveals the far-flung impacts of the Anthropocene.

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.

IAE Volunteer Expedition to Oregon’s Illinois Valley

By Tom Kaye from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Feb 08, 2017.

Join us for a multi-day service and learning trip to southern Oregon’s serpentine country to monitor populations of the endangered Cook‘s desert-parsley Location: Southern Oregon’s Illinois Valley, Oregon Date: May 1st-May 5th, 2017 (1-Week) Cost: $150 to cover the costs of lodging and meals Dates: 5/1-5/5/17 (Register by 4/3/17) Departure: from Corvallis 8:30 am on 5/1, return by 7:00 pm on 5/5 […]

We Applaud Proposed Conservative Case for Addressing Climate Change

By Mark Tercek from Conservancy Talk. Published on Feb 08, 2017.

President and CEO Mark Tercek on why a proposed plan for carbon dividends may be just the step we need to make real progress on climate.

Public Outcry Defeats Lands Privatization Bill

By Alexander from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Feb 07, 2017.

Public lands advocates claimed a crucial win last week! An outpouring of citizen opposition forced one of the nation’s most prominent public lands privatization boosters to withdraw support for his own bill calling for the sale of over 3 million acres of public lands across the west.The victory was an incredible example of people from across the country uniting in a common cause and making their voices heard to protect public lands.

When Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced The Disposal of Excess Federal Lands Act (H.R.621), intense opposition sprang up from a broad coalition of public lands advocates, conservationists, hunters, anglers, and other elected officials. Last week also saw massive pro-public lands rallies in Montana and New Mexico. In addition to rallies, thousands contacted their elected officials, then reached out to get support from recreation and hunting businesses.

Of the 3.3 million acres proposed to be sold, over 70,000 acres were in Oregon. The specific land to be sold could not be identified on a map, as the bill was based on a 20 year old survey that only provided acreage numbers by county and some descriptions. Since the bill’s sponsor has pulled his support, these specific lands are safe for now; however, this legislation was a shot across the bow, demonstrating the growing influence of the “anti-Parks caucus” in Congress.

In their first day back in Congress this year, House Republicans paved the way for the Chaffetz bill and future land give-aways by officially designating the value of all public lands to be $0. This move allows House members to bypass accounting rules that require an analysis of the financial losses associated with disposing of publically owned land, which makes it easier to sell off vast swaths of the American west.

Proposals like the Chaffetz bill to sell off public lands to private interests are perhaps the most direct threat posed to public ownership, but they are not the only threat. Armed standoffs have given this movement national attention and in recent years, there has been a wave of legislative proposals in DC and state capitals to transfer the ownership of federal land to state governments. The idea of transferring land to the states was once a fringe idea rejected by the mainstream left and right; however, this past summer the idea was officially endorsed by the GOP platform and continues to receive support from industry-friendly members of Congress.

At first, transferring land to the states may seem benign, so why are corporate interests and anti-government groups working together to build the land transfer movement? These groups seek land transfers because they know that states don’t have the regulatory or financial capacity to adequately manage large amounts of land in the west, and therefore they are often forced to privatize. Put simply, eliminating federal ownership of these landscapes​ will ​inevitably lead to less public access and the increased exploitation of natural resources, which is attractive to states like Utah where federal environmental regulations are seen as cumbersome and unfriendly to development.

Despite these growing threats, polls show strong support for public lands, partially due to the billions of dollars and millions of jobs that come from the recreation economy.​ Oregon Wild has fought against privatization efforts for many years, and recently we hired an organizer to help grow the pro-public lands movement in our state. This coming year, we will need advocates of the planet like you to stand up and get loud to ensure public lands stay in public hands.

 

January 2017 Hells Bells

By Kirsten Johnson from Hells Canyon Preservation Council. Published on Feb 07, 2017.

Hello, all!  Please find our January Hells Bells here!

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.

Tree planting at Herbert Farm

By Peter Moore from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Feb 02, 2017.

On February 1st 2017 a crew from R. Franco Restoration planted 7,500 trees and shrubs at Herbert Farm and Natural Area, a City of Corvallis property in Benton County, Oregon. IAE is helping Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, who hold a conservation easement on the property through the Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program, to restore […]

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.

Getting ready for the 2017 session of the Oregon Legislature

By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jan 25, 2017.

In some ways, it feels like we just recessed from the 2016 legislative session, in which we had several real victories, like passing the historic Clean Electricity Coal Transition bill. But we’re already headed back to Salem next week for the 2017 session, which is going to be a tough one on many fronts (see […]

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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Addressing Environmental Challenges Today – Core Principles for a Time of Change

By Mark Tercek from Conservancy Talk. Published on Jan 24, 2017.

Mark Tercek, President and CEO, shares his views on the core principles environmentalists can follow to address environmental challenges today.

Islands of Prosperity

By Peter Moore from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Jan 23, 2017.

Recently IAE hosted the Gold 5 AmeriCorps team, a group of young volunteers who devote 9 months to community service. Among other projects they spent two days planting native species to enrich the plant community and enhance habitat for Fender’s blue butterfly at Fir Butte, a Bureau of Land Management site just west of Eugene. […]

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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Unite Against Hate with the One Oregon Coalition

By magdamendez from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jan 11, 2017.

It’s been two months since the election and I’m still reeling. Donald Trump’s victory represents an assault on people of color – undocumented people and  other immigrants in particular. The Southern Poverty Law Center documented over 700 hate crimes committed in the week following the election. The danger for LGBTQ people, people of color, immigrants, […]

2015-16 Monitoring Report (aka, about the trees we planted)

By Kathy from Growth Rings. Published on Jan 10, 2017.

by Jesse Batty, Neighborhood Trees Senior Specialist; ISA Certified Arborist Planting a tree is a relatively simple act. Ensuring that a tree survives the first growing season and the subsequent years thereafter is more difficult. The goal of FOT’s Neighborhood Trees monitoring program is to provide proper tree planting education and after-planting care assistance to new tree owners so […]

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.

It’s cold out there! Arctic-weather tree-care tips

By Kathy from Growth Rings. Published on Jan 05, 2017.

Yep, it’s cold out there! Friends of Trees plants trees that are adapted to our hardiness zone, though cold and icy weather can still take its toll. Here are some tips: 1) Have your trees assessed by an ISA Certified Arborist at the beginning of winter 2) Add an organic mulch like wood chips around […]

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 […]

Inmates honored for conservation actions

By Jessie Brothers from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Dec 30, 2016.

Inmates who dedicated over 100 hours managing a nursery that produces plants for habitat conservation in Oregon, such as early blue violet plants for feeding and restoring habitat for the Oregon silverspot butterfly, received Certificates of Achievement on March 18th, 2016. IAE's Executive Director, Tom Kaye, spent the morning honoring a select group of women inmates […]

Al Kitzman receives 2016 Ecological Conservation Award

By Tom Kaye from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Dec 29, 2016.

The 2016 Ecological Conservation Award was presented to Al Kitzman for his long-term contributions to habitat restoration in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  Al retired in 2014 from the Benton County Natural Areas and Parks Department after 34 years of service.  He managed several natural areas and parks for their habitat and recreational values, including […]

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 […]

New Report Highlights 10 Wildlife Conservation Priorities for the Trump Administration

By magdamendez from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Dec 21, 2016.

Among list of imperiled species are Wild Snake River spring/summer Chinook salmon, threatened by four lower Snake River dams, climate change The report, “removing the Walls to Recovery: Top 10 Species Priorities for a New Administration <http://removingthewallstorecovery.org/> ,” highlights some of the most significant threats to vanishing wildlife such as wild salmon, jaguars and elephants, […]

PGE Tests Biomass at Boardman Coal Plant – New Report Highlights Climate and Forest Consequences for Country’s Largest Biomass Proposal

By magdamendez from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Dec 21, 2016.

On December 7th, 2016, we released a report analyzing a proposal from Portland General Electric (PGE) to convert the state’s last coal plant in Boardman, Oregon into one of the world’s largest biomass facilities. The report finds that the proposal may pose major implications for air quality, forest health, and carbon reduction goals. The Boardman Power […]

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

Volunteers, Members and Friends Gathering: January 26th 2017

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Dec 20, 2016.

Volunteers – are you ready to help reduce waste in your neighborhood? To reduce greenhouse gases? To help Recycling Advocates expand the BYOC (Bring Your Own Cup) campaign? There are various tasks we could use your help with as we roll out the campaign across the region. Let’s get together on Thursday January 26th, 2017 […]

The Behavioral Economics of Recycling

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Dec 20, 2016.

This is an article “The Behavioral Economics of Recycling,” recently published in the Harvard Business Review. https://hbr.org/2016/10/the-behavioral-economics-of-recycling The author is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Questrom School of Business, Boston University. She and her colleague conducted research looking at behavioral bias in recycling and disposal habits. She found that people are more likely to recycle items that haven’t been distorted—like undented […]

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.

FERC Rejects Jordan Cove LNG & Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline – Developer Turns to Trump

By tedgleichman from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Dec 19, 2016.

A leader from the Yurok Klamath First Nation speaks to a NO LNG Coalition rally at the Oregon State Capitol, November 14, 2016 Article and Photos By Ted Gleichman The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has conclusively rejected the only remaining US West Coast plan to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Canada and the […]

Keepers of the Door by Brock Evans

By Kirsten Johnson from Hells Canyon Preservation Council. Published on Dec 16, 2016.

This piece was written by one of our founding members, current board member, and conservation hero Brock Evans nearly 15 years ago.  The piece is as relevant today as it was then.  Take heart, fellow Keepers of the Door! Keepers of the Door I find much to be happy about, living in these times. Our […]

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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Tell State Lawmakers: Cancel the Elliot State Forest Sale

By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Dec 06, 2016.

By Mike Allen In one week the State Land Board will vote on whether to sell the oldest state forest in Oregon. The Elliott State Forest near Coos bay is home to several threatened or endangered species including Coho salmon, Pacific lamprey, spotted owl, and the vanishing marbeled murrelet. The murrelet nests high in large […]

Its Winter in the Northwest….Best Time to Eat Lots of Delicious Local Seafood!

By Kendra Manton from The Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Dec 06, 2016.

Planning a holiday gathering or meal out with a friend? Consider going to TWC’s longtime supporters; Nostrana, St Jack, La Moule or XICO. These restaurants each have a deep commitment to sustainable seafood and understanding of the importance of conserving and restoring healthy estuaries. Cathy Whims of Nostrana states it best “At Nostrana, our menu

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Rally for the Elliott State Forest

By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Dec 02, 2016.

This is it! The Oregon Department of State Lands has received a bid that would see the Elliott State Forest sold to a private timber company and heavily logged. Our elected leaders, including Governor Kate Brown, Treasurer Ted Wheeler, and Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins have the opportunity to stop the privatization process and Save […]

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.

WHY NOW IS THE TIME TO FREE THE SNAKE RIVER

By Pacific Rivers from Pacific Rivers. Published on Nov 30, 2016.

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. We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to restore wild … Continue reading WHY NOW IS THE TIME TO FREE THE SNAKE RIVER

Rally for wild salmon!

By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Nov 28, 2016.

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to restore wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia and Snake Rivers, once the greatest salmon rivers in the world. We can do this by removing four outdated and expensive dams on the lower Snake River. But we need your help. Please RSVP to attend rallies and public meetings in The Dalles, Portland, […]

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...

“Behind The Scenes” with our Executive Director

By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Nov 23, 2016.

Learn a bit about the Foundation from our Executive Director, Seth Miller,  from this recent interview with KXL-FM’s Brett Reckamp http://bit.ly/2eYNe54

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?

As The Year Ends, a Letter from our Director

By Kendra Manton from The Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Nov 21, 2016.

Dear Friends and Supporters, While wetlands are adaptable by their nature, threats like climate change, rising sea levels sprawl and competing water uses may be more than they can withstand. Without healthy wetlands * We lose natural resiliency that create refuges of green during droughts. * The oysters, crab and salmon won’t have the clean

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On Replanting

By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Nov 17, 2016.

Imagine that you were told by your neighbor that he was going to tear down your house, rip out your plumbing, (and spray you with a blend of chemicals (something we won’t get into here). In response to your protests, he just calmly told you not to worry: “Oregon law requires that I rebuild it.” […]

UPDATE #3: Portland Moving Forward Against New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

By magdamendez from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Nov 15, 2016.

Sometimes it takes a long time for things to happen quickly — in this case, good things.  Portland City Council is finally poised to approve unprecedented zoning restrictions on new fossil fuel infrastructure (FFI) for export or storage, before year’s end.  This process began in 2015, culminating last November with a pair of unprecedented binding policy […]

Holiday Open House December 9th

By Kirsten Johnson from Hells Canyon Preservation Council. Published on Nov 15, 2016.

Open house for members and supporters at our office on Friday, December 9th,  7:30 p.m. through 9:00 ish.  Feel free to bring cookies, refreshing beverages, etc.  We will have food, wine, hot mulled things, and good cheer!  (We may need a little extra this season!) Who: You and HCPC members What: Holiday Open House When: […]

We won’t stop working for clean water and healthy rivers for all

By Pacific Rivers from Pacific Rivers. Published on Nov 14, 2016.

Fellow River Lovers, For many on our staff the past few days have felt very dark, we like many others are afraid of what is coming. We’ve dedicated our lives to protecting the rivers of the Pacific Northwest for the good of all people and we’ve heard many messages from the President-elect that run contrary … Continue reading We won’t stop working for clean water and healthy rivers for all

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.

You never know what you might learn when you get a Ticket2Ride!

By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Nov 10, 2016.

KGW’s Grant’s Getaways recently aired a story about our new Ticket2Ride program. Click the picture to check it out here:

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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Consumption, Conservation, and Commitment: Lessons from Borneo

By Rebecca McKay Steinberg from Greenbelt Land Trust. Published on Oct 14, 2016.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness,” wrote Samuel Longhorn Clemens in Innocents Abroad. “Charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”  With Mark Twain’s admonition in mind, this summer John Bliss (OSU Professor Emeritus and Greenbelt board member) led a class of OSU students to explore conservation on the island of Borneo, one of the world’s great hotspots of biodiversity.  Their objectives were to identify major conservation challenges, learn from conservation leaders, and make connections between the Borneo situation and their own in the Willamette Valley. It wasn’t difficult to identify the biggest Read More

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.

How the Greater Hells Canyon Region Will Help Species Suvive Climate Change: Connectivity Is Key

By Kirsten Johnson from Hells Canyon Preservation Council. Published on Oct 06, 2016.

Guest Blog by Marina Richie, HCPC’s newest board member.  Welcome, Marina! Have you ever watched the play of light and shadows on the bunchgrass shoulders that pitch down into Hells Canyon? Have you savored the summit of Eagle Cap on a cloudless morning with dizzying views of alpine lakes and peaks in all directions? Have […]

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.

Exploring the Willamette River

By Rebecca McKay Steinberg from Greenbelt Land Trust. Published on Oct 01, 2016.

Over the past few years, I’ve traversed the Willamette River in all four seasons. The open Piney Woods, flooded ravines, and the bank of the Willamette provide some unique ecological niches and spectacular vistas. This year, I walked all the main trails of Willamette Park and several of the overgrown paths connecting them. I plan on making my own map with some whimsical place names. This photo journal covers the spring and summer seasons.                     Blog post and photos by Rick Kleinosky. Rick is a Corvallis resident, valued Greenbelt Land Trust member, and celebrated local photographer. You’ll often Read More

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. 

Oregonians Applaud House Introduction of Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary Bill

By Pacific Rivers from Pacific Rivers. Published on Sep 23, 2016.

September 23, 2016 — Portland, Ore—Today, Congressman Peter DeFazio introduced a bill that would protect roughly 100,000 acres in Douglas County, Oregon. The legislation was introduced by Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley in the Senate in May, 2015, and passed out of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in July, 2016. The Frank … Continue reading Oregonians Applaud House Introduction of Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary Bill

Fall Gala on October 22, 2016!

By Kirsten Johnson from Hells Canyon Preservation Council. Published on Sep 22, 2016.

Saturday, October 22, 5 – 9 pm Catholic Church Parish Hall 1002 L Avenue, La Grande, Oregon  Please join us for a special night of socializing, celebrating, fundraising, and getting energized to protect, connect, and restore our wonderful corner of the planet. Tickets are $25 for adults; $10 for youth ages 5 – 12; and […]

Tom Simpson joins Oregon State Parks Foundation Board

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

The Oregon State Parks Foundation welcomes Tom Simpson, Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs at The Standard, as the newest member of its Board of Trustees. Mr. Simpson represents The Standard before federal, state and legislative bodies and other public policy decision makers. In addition to the Foundation Board, Mr. Simpson is a member […]

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.

Summer Potluck 2017

By Kirsten Johnson from Hells Canyon Preservation Council. Published on Aug 15, 2016.

It’s August again, and time for our Annual Summer Potluck!  This was one of our favorite events last year, and we can’t wait to see you at it again! Who: You and any new friends you care to bring! What: A casual potluck packed with amazing food and great conversation about conservation in the Greater Hells Canyon Region today.  All of HCPC […]

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. […]

Crow Feather Farm

By Ellen Rifkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Jul 31, 2016.

Beyond Toxics is publicizing local gardens friendly to our increasingly fragile population of pollinators. In this blog we visit Jessica Jackowski’s garden in Eugene. Along a path at Crow Feather Farm, borage blossoms unfurl in spirals. A honeybee dances among them, then attaches herself upside down to a nectar-rich mini-grotto, proboscis sucking up sweetness. A... Read more »

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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.

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

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.

Great Blue Heron Week: June 1 - June 12

By aberman from News. Published on May 26, 2016.

Join us for Great Blue Heron Week and explore Portland's official bird as you discover natural areas all around the city.

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.

NCAP's Statement About the Zika Virus

By Kim Leval from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Apr 29, 2016.

Keeping informed about disease outbreaks and how to protect you and your family is important. Vectors such as mosquitoes can transmit disease. Zika virus is one of many vector-borne diseases and is primarily transmitted by aedes species mosquitoes. Zika virus is spreading and is being linked to birth defects in babies born to women who have contracted the disease while pregnant.

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.

Solar Oregon Presents the 2016 Solar Winery Tour

By Lisa Holmes from News – Solar Oregon. Published on Apr 13, 2016.

On Saturday, May 21st, Solar Oregon will present the 2016 Solar Winery Tour, hosted by local solar-powered wineries. Transportation will be provided, with pick-up locations in the Portland, Tualatin, Salem, and the Eugene area.

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.

High Desert Speaker Series finale in Bend

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

The Oregon Natural Desert Association's High Desert Speaker Series finale in Bend takes place on April 26 at 7 p.m. with a special presentation from ONDA Central Oregon Wilderness Coordinator Gena Goodman-Campbell.

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.

The View from My Desk

By Megan Selvig from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Feb 18, 2016.

I have an office job…in the middle of the woods. I am a year-round resident of Jawbone Flats. It is winter, which means no  more...

High Desert Speaker Series continues in Bend

By elisa@onda.org from Press Releases. Published on Feb 12, 2016.

The Oregon Natural Desert Association’s High Desert Speaker Series continues in Bend on March 15 at 7 p.m. when Chuck Gates, founding board member of the East Cascades Bird Conservancy, will present details of the lives and behaviors of the many fascinating birds that call Oregon’s high desert home.

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."

Meet Our New Program Director, Jay!

By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Jan 08, 2016.

Jay Davis just moved to Oregon from Wisconsin, with a background in running experiential education programs in both Minnesota and California. With a Master’s  more...

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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