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Toxic Trespass Knows No Barriers

By Niria Garcia from Beyond Toxics. Published on Apr 15, 2014.

As an Environmental Studies major I’ve gotten very used to discussing issues of injustice and land degradation through a scholarly/objective lens, however I had never drawn these connections back to myself and how they affect me as an Oregonian. Never would I have imagined that a trip out to interview … Read more

Portland Audubon helps advance protections for forage fish

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Apr 15, 2014.

April 15, 2014: On April 10, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council unanimously approved a new management option for certain forage fish species that are vulnerable to overfishing, which means basic conservation measures can be put in place quickly. This is great news for seabirds and other top marine predators that depend on these small, schooling fish for food.

Action alert: Protect forage fish so seabirds can thrive!

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Apr 15, 2014.

March 20, 2014: The Pacific Fisheries Management Council, which sets catch levels on the west coast for important seabird prey like anchovy and sardine, will be meeting in April to consider management options for forage fish species. These small fish form the base of the ocean food web, and seabirds and other marine wildlife depend on them for food. Please let the Council know that a healthy ocean ecosystem is important to you too by sending them a quick email.

Pre-Solar Now! University Meet and Green & Solar Tour

By Alexis from Daily News. Published on Apr 14, 2014.

Solar Winery Tour

By Alexis from Daily News. Published on Apr 14, 2014.

Solar Oregon is hosting an amazing trip through wine country. The day will include transportation to and from the Portland metro area, tours of 3 solar powered wineries by professionals, three flight tastings at each winery and lunch.

Here Come the Ants

By Jennifer Snyder from The Latest News. Published on Apr 14, 2014.

Spring brings a bounty of bugs -- not the least of which is ants.

Procession of the Species

By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Apr 14, 2014.

Come on Down: Parade begins at noon on April 19th at First and Jackson St

A Captive Audience

By Colin Price from News. Published on Apr 14, 2014.

Says Colin Price: Last week I went to prison. Fortunately, I was at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem by choice.

No more ‘wait and see’ at Hanford nuclear site: Guest opinion

By jasmine from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 14, 2014.

The Oregonian. April 14, 2014.

Consuming Kids

By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Apr 14, 2014.

For more information email: enrollment@corvalliswaldorfschool.org

Crude Oil Terminal’s Oil Spill Plan Lacks Adequate Protection and Response

By jasmine from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 14, 2014.

Oregon’s only crude oil terminal is taking more heat for their dangerous crude oil terminal on the Columbia River. Riverkeeper and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC), as well as farmers who make a living near the oil terminal, agree that the oil company’s plan, currently under review by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), doesn’t go far enough to protect the Columbia River or local water supplies from an oil spill. Both Riverkeeper and NEDC submitted comments to DEQ about the oil spill plan and criticized its lack of financial assurances for spill response, and the lack of funding for local emergency responders who are underequipped to deal with a crude oil fire, explosion or spill.

Solar Now! University Conference 2014

By Alexis from Daily News. Published on Apr 11, 2014.

Shiver me Timbers, it’s ARRRRRbor Day!

By jennyb from Growth Rings. Published on Apr 11, 2014.

Oregon has Arbor Week, and Portland has Arbor Month including a specific Arbor Day.  But the pirates of our community have been asking, when is ARRRRRbor Day?  Well this year they took the matters into their own hands.  ARRRRRbor Day is a pirate-themed fundraiser for Friends of Trees on Saturday, April 26 at the Clinton […]

Discovery Season Camping Discounts Available Through April 30

By OSPF from . Published on Apr 11, 2014.

Discounts make camping even sweeter. Discovery Season is still in effect until May 1 at Oregon state parks, which means discounted rates on regular campsites, deluxe yurts and deluxe cabins for those ready to enjoy the outdoors. April is a great time to camp if you’re prepared and don’t mind a few occasional raindrops, plus it’s [...]

Springtime Star Parties in Oregon State Parks: Lunar Eclipses and Celestial Sights

By OSPF from . Published on Apr 11, 2014.

Reach for the stars! Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with OMSI and Rose City Astronomers to offer star parties at three state parks this spring. These free viewing parties are a great chance to see planets, lunar eclipses and other celestial sights through telescopes and binoculars of all sizes. From beginners to [...]

Changing of the Guard: Tim Wood Leaves a Lasting Park Legacy

By OSPF from . Published on Apr 11, 2014.

After 15 years of service and nine years at the helm, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Tim Wood retired in January 2014, leaving a strong parks legacy that benefits all Oregonians. Much of the credit for preserving and improving Oregon’s state parks system goes to Tim’s strong leadership and his commitment to providing a [...]

What’s So Special About Tualatin River Prairies?

By admin from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Apr 11, 2014.

Wetland prairie restoration represents a unique opportunity to improve water quality, create habitat for mammals, raptors, threatened salmonids and amphibians and reestablish a rich diversity of native plant species.  Prairies naturally hold the Tualatin Rivers’ winter flood waters, filtering and cooling them, recharging ground water, and releasing cool clean water slowly back to the Tualatin each […]

Pyrethroids

By sconnor from The Latest News. Published on Apr 11, 2014.

Information on daily exposure to pyrethroid chemicals

11 Industrial Chemicals that May Require More Attention

By sconnor from The Latest News. Published on Apr 11, 2014.

Recent science is showing a growing link between certain industrial chemicals and neurological disorders in children.

Recent Success Stories from the Oregon State Parks Foundation

By OSPF from . Published on Apr 11, 2014.

With the help of our generous supporters, the Oregon State Parks Foundation is proud to have accomplished several recent goals that enrich the state parks experience for generations to come: * For the fourth consecutive summer, the Foundation provided funding to purchase camping equipment for the Let’s Go program, which offers Oregon families their first [...]

Worker Protection Revisions Need Your Input!

By sconnor from The Latest News. Published on Apr 11, 2014.

Currently the EPA is looking for public input concerning the revisions. Comments must be received before June 17, 2014.

Western Snowy Plover Nesting Season In Effect Until September 15

By OSPF from . Published on Apr 11, 2014.

Make way for plovers! Nesting season has begun for the tiny western snowy plover, which lives along the Oregon Coast and is protected under the Endangered Species Act. From now until September 15, be prepared to leash your dog or take a break from kite-flying when you see seasonal restriction signs intended to protect these [...]

12 Oregon State Parks to Host Let’s Go Camping Weekends in 2014

By OSPF from . Published on Apr 11, 2014.

Know someone who needs a little help with their first camping experience? Want to work on your own camping skills while meeting great people around the campfire? The Let’s Go Camping program offered by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department provides gear, instruction and hands-on activities to help beginning campers of all ages enjoy the great [...]

Updated Version of the Oregon State Parks Guide Now Available Online

By OSPF from . Published on Apr 11, 2014.

An updated version of the Oregon State Parks Guide featuring frequently visited campgrounds, day-use areas and heritage sites is now available online in mobile-friendly format for use with tablets and smart phones. A print version of this popular guide also is available at major state parks and tourism locations throughout Oregon. The 2014 Oregon State Parks Guide [...]

Future Commuter: “I Learned A Lot”

By LeeAnne Fergason from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 11, 2014.

Every year the BTA and partners teach over 10,00 students to ride safely, using the BTA’s Safe Routes for Kids curriculum. We have picked one of […]

Portland Rides In Style: Yeay For Spring!

By Tanja Olson from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 11, 2014.

Guest blogger, Tanja Olson of Tanja Olson Images, has brought us some photos from the street. Once a month Tanja will be sharing her street scenes of Portland’s bike-riding […]

Action Alert: Sign Here to Support the Westside Trail

By Lisa Frank from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 10, 2014.

One of our Blueprint priorities is a complete Westside Trail to provide a safe north-south connection for people to bike and walk in our region. Metro […]

Friends of Yamhill County Hosts Candidate Forum April 30

By craig from The Latest. Published on Apr 10, 2014.

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With two key positions on the Yamhill County Commission open and land use a perennially important topic locally, Friends of Yamhill County, an independent affiliate of 1000 Friends of Oregon, plans to host a candidate forum on April 30 in McMinnville.

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Tickets to An Evening for Opal Creek Now Available!

By kristina from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Apr 09, 2014.

Opal Creek turns 25 this year and it’s time to celebrate! Join us on Friday, May […]

Your Streets, Your Priorities

By Gerik Kransky from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 09, 2014.

As leaders at the City of Portland seek input on how to fix our transportation funding, its time to ask the question, “What will be our […]

USDA Grants for Oregon Farms & Rural Businesses Help Fund Solar Projects

By Alexis from Daily News. Published on Apr 09, 2014.

Thank you to our members

By Nicole from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 08, 2014.

We’d like to send a big “Thank you!” to all the BTA members and supporters who took part in the recently-completed Member Survey. We received over […]

Parking Forest at PCC Sylvania Featured in EPA Publication

By admin from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Apr 08, 2014.

Our Parking Forest project at PCC Sylvania, that uses structural soil, linear tree wells and native Douglas fir trees has been featured in a recent publication by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA’s Nonpoint Source News-Notes has a nice article (see page 12) about our Parking Forest project at PCC Sylvania with some great photos […]

New Benefit: Video Production and Customization

By cmeyer from What's New at River Network. Published on Apr 08, 2014.

A Failure to Protect: Oregon laws allow community poisoning

By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Apr 08, 2014.

A pesticide helicopter operator was discovered lying to an Oregon rural community about what herbicides he sprayed, how much he sprayed and where he sprayed. Four months ago, Beyond Toxics filed a petition with three federal agencies claiming that not enough was being done to help more than two dozen … Read more

And the winners are…

By Will Vanlue from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 08, 2014.

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance is excited to announce this year’s slate of Alice Award winners, who will be honored at the Alice Awards & Auction on […]

Today on the Land Use Trail: "Ranch under the Rimrock"

By craig from The Latest. Published on Apr 07, 2014.

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We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, March 3: Ranch Under the Rimrock, Governor Tom McCall’s childhood home in the desert of Crook County.

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Find your perfect fruit tree match

By JennyD from Growth Rings. Published on Apr 07, 2014.

Dreaming of a fresh fruit harvest from your own yard? Many fruits grow well in the Pacific Northwest with enough sun, space and care. However, it’s worth taking time to choose the right fruit tree for your lifestyle to ensure that come harvest time, you’ll be saying “oh joy” instead of “oh boy.” So… which […]

Four questions to ask before choosing a fruit tree

By JennyD from Growth Rings. Published on Apr 07, 2014.

Friends of Trees and the Portland Fruit Tree Project have a wonderful symbiosis. Friends of Trees helps people with planting, establishment and early maintenance of trees. Portland Fruit Tree Project helps people harvest, prune and otherwise care for fruit trees once established. We talked with Bob Hatton, Program Coordinator at the Portland Fruit Tree Project, […]

Op-Ed: Land Use Still Works

By craig from The Latest. Published on Apr 07, 2014.

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"Farmers can farm, and builders can build," writes 1000 Friends Executive Director Jason Miner. "Each plays a vital role in Oregon's future." Read his op-ed published recently by the Portland Tribune, Hillsboro Tribune, and Newberg Graphic.

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This Rose Princess Wields an Axe

By JennyD from Growth Rings. Published on Apr 07, 2014.

One of our youngest and most enthusiastic volunteer crew leaders is Emma Audrey Waibel. We’re excited to announce that Emma was just named a 2014 Rose Festival Princess, representing all East Metro Area high schools. But don’t let the tiara fool you—this Rose Princess is a fifth generation lumberjack who gets muddy every Saturday leading […]

Spring cleaning surprises

By JenC from News. Published on Apr 07, 2014.

If you already use green cleaners, what more can you do for healthy spring cleaning? See a few unusual tips.

Wednesday: Rodney Neighborhood Greenway Open House

By Carl Larson from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 07, 2014.

North Williams Ave is one of Portland’s busiest bike routes, but hardly one of its most comfortable. As part of the North Williams Traffic Operations and Safety […]

Oil & Gas Water Quality Tool Helps You Compare State Rules

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Apr 07, 2014.

DEQ not enforcing safety laws, oil dock critics say

By christinas from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 04, 2014.

The Daily News. April 4, 2014.

What does the issue of same-sex marriage have to do with sustainability?

By Danny Lampton from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Apr 04, 2014.

Have you guys been reading the news lately? OK, there’s been a lot of it, but I’m talking specifically about the wave of attention brought to the issue of same-sex marriage rights. From the CEO of Mozilla being brought down… Read More!

The post What does the issue of same-sex marriage have to do with sustainability? appeared first on Northwest Earth Institute.

Protecting our greatest drinking water source: groundwater

By Tiffany Austin from News. Published on Apr 04, 2014.

70% of Oregonians get their drinking water from groundwater. Find out what it is, why it matters, and how you can protect it.

So Long Tundra, Hello Trees

By tom from News. Published on Apr 04, 2014.

US Forest Service Plants Massive Carbon Sink in Arctic

Four Questions for a Conservation Champion: Mike McCloskey

By craig from The Latest. Published on Apr 04, 2014.

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Few people know conservation history as well as Mike McCloskey. This is true in part because he just wrote a book on the topic, but more to the point—because he has lived it.

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Future Commuter: “Most Of All Thank You”

By LeeAnne Fergason from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 04, 2014.

Every year the BTA and partners teach over 10,00 students to ride safely, using the BTA’s Safe Routes for Kids curriculum. We have picked one of […]

Breakthrough Uses Sun to Create Solar Energy Materials

By Alexis from Daily News. Published on Apr 04, 2014.

Photo Essay: A Shared State

By craig from The Latest. Published on Apr 03, 2014.

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What do you share? After Airbnb's recent declaration of Portland as a "Shared City", we got to thinking: what does "sharing" mean when it comes to a place? Ultimately, Oregon promises something much bigger. We are a "Shared State." 

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Scholarships available for Oregon Safe Routes to School Conference

By LeeAnne Fergason from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 03, 2014.

The Oregon Safe Routes to School Conference, coming up on June 26th-28th, is sure to be two and a half days of active, fun, informative and […]

Action alert: Help stop the corporate takeover of Portland’s water

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Apr 03, 2014.

March 31, 2014: As an organization that has fought to protect the health of Portland's environment and communities for more than a century, Audubon Society of Portland urges you to VOTE NO on Ballot Measure 26-156 in Portland's May election in order to stop the corporate takeover of our water and defend Portland’s innovative environmental programs and policies. The Audubon Society of Portland needs volunteers to help with the No on 26-156 campaign. Can you lend a hand?

Join us in the High Desert this Summer!

By bpasko from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Apr 02, 2014.

Southeastern Oregon has some of the most wild and pristine landscapes in the continental United States. Stunning rock formations, endless vistas and wild lands are waiting to be explored, most without developed trails to mark human existence. If you are the adventurous type, consider joining the Sierra Club’s High Desert Committee on a trip to […]

Washington Council Agrees to Take a Broad Look at Tesoro’s Proposed Oil Terminal in Vancouver

By christinas from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 02, 2014.

Over 50 activists joined together to send a clear statement of opposition to the proposed Tesoro Savage oil terminal in Vancouver before the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council met to consider the range of issues to be included in the project's review.

Volunteers transform Eugene beltline

By JennyD from Growth Rings. Published on Apr 02, 2014.

By Jennifer Killian The sun shone high in the sky Saturday morning as Friends of Trees staff and more than 60 volunteers gathered to to plant 211 native trees and shrubs next to the Randy Pape Beltline in Eugene. Volunteers planted native trees including Oregon white oak, Oregon ash, valley ponderosa pine and California black […]

Friends of Trees plants in East Portland (Slideshow)

By brightonw from Growth Rings. Published on Apr 02, 2014.

By Andrew Land On Saturday, March 1st, Friends of Trees dipped into the Argay, Parkrose, Parkrose Heights, Russell, Sumner and Wilkes neighborhoods for our annual tree planting event. With the help of 70 adults and about 30 students from David Douglas High School’s ESL program, 80 trees were planted  in no time flat! A strong […]

Ambre Energy Asks State of Oregon for Seventh Permit Delay for Fledgling Coal Export Proposal

By christinas from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 02, 2014.

Ambre Energy requested its seventh permit delay for its struggling Morrow Pacific coal export proposal along the Columbia River.

Vote for SAGE

By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Apr 02, 2014.

Just one click to help SAGE Garden grow! You can vote daily until April 21st

Blast fuels concerns about Ore. LNG terminal

By christinas from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 02, 2014.

KGW-TV. April 2, 2014.

Avoiding Disaster: Lessons from the Washington Landslide

By craig from The Latest. Published on Apr 02, 2014.

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The recent landslide tragedy on Washington's Stillaguamish River, in which several dozen people perished, has many people concerned about landslide risks here in Oregon. Fortunately, land use planning can help avoid putting more homes in harm's way.

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Meet Kristin, BTA Member

By Nicole from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 02, 2014.

Did you know the BTA offers a barter membership? Yep that’s right, you can earn all the benefits of BTA membership through volunteering, either at our […]

Gas explosion at LNG facility in Washington prompts concerns about proposed export terminals in Oregon

By christinas from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 01, 2014.

The Oregonian. April 1, 2014.

Explosion at Wash. LNG facility raises questions about terminal near Warrenton

By christinas from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 01, 2014.

KATU-TV. April 1, 2014.

damnation – featured

By christinas from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 01, 2014.

Join us on April 18th for the Hood River premiere of the Patagonia film DamNation with special appearance by the filmmakers!

You can determine the fate of Oregon’s Environment and Wild Places!

By hilshohoney from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Apr 01, 2014.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Your gift directly to the Oregon Chapter today guarantees that 100% of your contribution will make a difference right here in Oregon! Dear Sierra Club Supporter, You play a critical role in protecting Oregon’s environment! Today you have an important opportunity to make a donation directly to the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club […]

Find Your Niche

By Will Vanlue from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 01, 2014.

As a self-described “highly-trained nerd massage therapist,” Domenika at Niche Massage says she always, “applies [her] bike nerdery to the magic that is massage.” She started […]

Extinct Wheeled Creature Discovered as Ice Recedes

By tom from News. Published on Apr 01, 2014.

Biologists ecstatic, racing to discovery site from all over the world

Cockroach Prevention

By achesser from The Latest News. Published on Mar 31, 2014.

Did you know that the Northwest has at least five known cockroach types? Learn more about them and how to prevent them without chemicals.

Accounting Assistant (.5 FTE)

By stwelker from What's New at River Network. Published on Mar 31, 2014.

Director of Finance and Operations / Controller (.75 FTE)

By stwelker from What's New at River Network. Published on Mar 31, 2014.

Nearly 500,000 More Americans Speak Out Against Federal Plan to Strip Wolves of Protections

By Rob from Press Releases. Published on Mar 31, 2014.

Nearly a million and a half Americans have filed their comments in opposition to efforts to strip wolves of federal protections. The latest batch comes on the heals of a scathing scientific review of the proposal.

Featured Post

By Matt Miller from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Mar 31, 2014.

Plight of the Bumble Bee

Executive Director search update

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Mar 31, 2014.

Feb. 27, 2014: The Audubon Society of Portland’s Board of Directors has selected the firm Campbell & Company to help lead the search for Executive Director Meryl Redisch’s successor.

Future Commuter: “You Made Everything Fun”

By LeeAnne Fergason from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Mar 28, 2014.

Every year the BTA and partners teach over 10,00 students to ride safely, using the BTA’s Safe Routes for Kids curriculum. We have picked one of […]

We're Hiring: Community Engagement Coordinator

By craig from The Latest. Published on Mar 26, 2014.

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1000 Friends is pleased to open a new position on our team. The Community Engagement Coordinator will work at the intersection of community interests and climate change in the Portland region and beyond.

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Hanford Workers Sick After Exposure to Unknown Toxic Fumes

By christinas from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Mar 26, 2014.

At least 11 Hanford workers are sick after recently being exposed to toxic fumes.

ODF Needs Revenue Diversification

By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Mar 25, 2014.

The Oregon Department of Forestry is almost totally reliant on timber dollars to manage our state forests. This model of funding is failing to provide sufficient revenue for ODF. Moreover, it forces the Department to log at unsustainable levels that do not allow for adequate conservation, leaving the state susceptible to messy and expensive ESA lawsuits. […]

Great OpEd in the Oregonian on Pacific Power and coal

By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Mar 25, 2014.

Amy Hojnowski, Sierra Club senior campaign representative on the Beyond Coal Campaign, had a great OpEd published in the Oregonian recently. Can you write a Letter to the Editor to the Oregonian telling Pacific Power it’s time to get off dirty coal? Some sample talking points and instructions for submitting an LTE are below Amy’s […]

2014 Legislative Wrap-up – Washington County Land Use Center Stage

By admin from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Mar 25, 2014.

Washington County was at the center of land use bargaining in the final days of the 2014 legislative session. In an unprecedented move, the state legislature stepped in with HB 4078 to settle disputed urban and rural reserves designations and expanded urban growth boundary (UGB) for Washington County bringing in an additional 3,600 acres for […]

Draft Rulemaking to Clarify Clean Water Act Protections!

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Mar 25, 2014.

Draft Rulemaking to Clarify Clean Water Act Protections!

By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Mar 25, 2014.

Today on the Land Use Trail: Sherman County Wheat

By craig from The Latest. Published on Mar 24, 2014.

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We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, March 3: Sherman County’s wheat fields, a core economic driver of “The Land Between Two Rivers.”

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Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Rare Coastal Plant in Oregon and California

By Sean from Press Releases. Published on Mar 24, 2014.

Groups now await decision by US Fish and Wildlife Service officials.

DALE R. JONES (1939-2014)

By hilshohoney from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Mar 21, 2014.

Dale Jones, an influential environmental leader with the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth in the northwest during the 60’s through the 80’s, passed away in Washington, DC in late January of heart failure. Raised in Holland, Michigan, he attended the University of Arizona on a tennis scholarship before being drafted into the U.S. Army. After duty […]

Big plans for a green spring

By Shelby Schroeder from All News. Published on Mar 20, 2014.

Our supporters share their tips for the home and office

2014 Legislative Wrap Up

By Angela Crowley Koch from News. Published on Mar 18, 2014.

Another legislative season come and gone: how did the environment do? OEC's legislative director offers a summary.

National News: March 17, 2014

By mgarland@cnsp.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Mar 16, 2014.

Ticket Quotas Issued To Forest Service Rangers - 100 Citations-a-Year Target Rankles Officers Confused by Contradictory Directives, PEER
Quotas behind Forest Service LEOs’ tactics, Albuquerque Journal editorial
AZ Public Radio Station Had Conflict - Report on Forest Service contract is subject of critique, Santa Fe Reporter
Conflicts at KNAU, CPB Office of the Ombudsman


Legal scare highlights importance of rail-trails, Yakima Herald Republic editorial

The bonfire of insanity: Woodland is shipped 3,800 miles and burned in Drax power station - It belches out more CO2 than coal at a huge cost YOU pay for... and all for a cleaner, greener Britain!, Daily Mail
Role of Forest Ecosystems in Climate Change Mitigation, Dr. Beverly Law, Oregon State University [pdf]

National Fish Habitat Conservation Act Introduced in the Senate

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Mar 14, 2014.

National Fish Habitat Conservation Act Introduced in the Senate

By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Mar 14, 2014.

Elliott State Forest Faces Privatization

By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Mar 14, 2014.

The State Land Board is accepting bids on three parcels of the Elliott State Forest. Oregon’s first state-owned forest provides recreation opportunity, wildlife habitat, and revenue for the Common School Fund. Privatizing any public forestland–even the  sale of a few parcels–sets a dangerous precedent that could lead to even more sales of state lands in the […]

Op-Ed: The Reserves Agreement and Oregon's Future

By craig from The Latest. Published on Mar 14, 2014.

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In an op-ed published March 14 on The Oregonian's website, 1000 Friends Executive Director Jason Miner describes how the urban and rural reserves agreement emerged from a local government's failure, and why supporters of farmland should be prepared to defend it.

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Daily Journal of Commerce: CRC's Demise Means Money for Delayed Projects

By craig from The Latest. Published on Mar 13, 2014.

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Over $116 million that would have simply paid for debt service on the Columbia River Crossing over the next two years can now be applied to important maintenance projects elsewhere, reports the Daily Journal of Commerce:

That is because $116.6 million that the state expects to receive in federal money – previously allocated to pay for two years of debt service on the CRC – could be reallocated to eight highway projects around the state, Oregon Department of Transportation officials said this week.

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If you’re trying to save the Earth, you’re not supposed to talk about it?

By Danny Lampton from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Mar 13, 2014.

Yesterday an article on Grist caught my eye. The headline: “Want everyone else to buy into environmentalism? Never say ‘Earth.’” Here we go again, I thought. But then I got to reading. Midway through the piece, veteran environmental marketer David… Read More!

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Conservation groups serve timber firms notice of intent to sue over Elliott State Forest privatization

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Mar 13, 2014.

March 13, 2014: Three conservation organizations filed a notice of intent today to sue any potential timber purchasers of nearly 3,000 acres of the Elliott State Forest recently authorized for sale by the State of Oregon. Audubon Society of Portland, Cascadia Wildlands and the Center for Biological Diversity argue that if timber companies knowingly buy and log the tracts that contain Marbled Murrelet habitat, they will be in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act.

Oregonian Covers Cooper Mountain Deforestation And Tigard’s Success at Protecting Tree Groves

By admin from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Mar 12, 2014.

This blog has covered the deforestation on Cooper Mountain, but Kari Bray of the Oregonian and Beaverton Leader has also covered the story, including the perspective of some of the local planners. The real positive story here is Tigard’s innovative policies that prevent pre-development clear-cutting.  Read Kari’s story on oregonlive.com. Unnecessary logging on Cooper Mountain […]

Some good, some not-so-good in the 2014 session of the Oregon Legislature

By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Mar 12, 2014.

We can all breathe a sigh of relief now, as the 2014 “short session” of the Oregon Legislature wrapped up on Friday, March 7.  The frantic pace of the short session – with its tight deadlines and quick turnaround times – was a real eye-opener for us and made it even harder than usual to […]

2014 Oregon Legislative Recap: 5 Key Takeaways for Land Use

By craig from The Latest. Published on Mar 12, 2014.

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This year's short legislative session was a typically wild ride in Salem. When legislators concluded their work on March 7, we emerged with big wins on some important topics, but also some key questions left unanswered. Here are our 5 key takeaways from this session.

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Save Maumee Gets Creative About Earth Week

By cmeyer from What's New at River Network. Published on Mar 11, 2014.

Lose the Memory, Lose the Fish

By Matt Miller from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Mar 11, 2014.

Lose the Memory, Lose the Fish

A Moment In Time

By Jessica McDonald from Greenbelt Land Trust » Blog. Published on Mar 11, 2014.

They came in droves, friends old and new, cheeks ruddy as they stepped out of the cold February evening into the warm embrace of Greenbelt Land Trust’s 25th Anniversary celebration and annual meeting. Landowners, elementary teachers, fisheries biologists, pastors, OSU librarians … the diverse gathering of friends and neighbors settled into their seats, eager to celebrate the success of an organization that feels like family to them. As two decades of photos streamed on the walls, there were laughs and guffaws heard, as folks were transported back to old haircuts, neon clothing, and photos of children now married and grown. A time capsule of trail Read More

Badlands/Spring Basin Birthday Bash

By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Mar 11, 2014.

On March 30, 2009, Oregon Badlands and Spring Basin became forever protected with a stroke of the president's pen. Join us on Friday, April 4, at the Oregon Natural Desert Association's Bend office to celebrate the fifth anniversary of their designation as wilderness.

State Forest Conservation Area Open Houses!

By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Mar 10, 2014.

The Department of Forestry is marking the implementation of High Value Conservation Areas with a series of open houses. These events are to celebrate and understand this classification and to explore the areas themselves. There will be self-guided tours, Google Earth maps, and ODF staff to answer questions. These are great opportunities to pack the […]

All New Spring Programs at Avery House!

By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Mar 07, 2014.

Avery House is super excited to offer some brand new programs after school this spring! Learn how to be a nature biker, or explore the intricate and intriguing ecosystem around fallen trees. Maybe both? Beginner Nature Bikers and Log Life start in April! Log Life Wednesday 3:15-4:45 Ages 7-9 April 9th-May 28th Beginner to advanced readers are
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Celebrate rain, prepare for drought

By JenC from News. Published on Mar 07, 2014.

Three cheers for rain and snow relieving a dry winter! Dry times are a part of our climate future; see tips for living green in dry times.

Wyden-style Clearcut Causes Mudslide on O&C Lands

By chandra from Press Releases. Published on Mar 06, 2014.

Press release on mudslide caused by Buck Rising clearcut - a style of logging promoted by Senator Wyden in proposed legislation.

Announcing our new course book. And first-ever Crowdfunding Venture!

By Danny Lampton from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Mar 05, 2014.

We’ve got big things coming. Really, close to as big as you can go: how does one weave such loaded concepts as peace, justice and sustainability into a coherent story? That’s exactly what our new discussion course book, Seeing Systems: Peace,… Read More!

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Protecting Trees in New Urban Planning Areas

By admin from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Mar 05, 2014.

Clearing on South Cooper Mountain.  Photo (c) by Eric Squires  To cut or not to cut, that is the questions.  Some property owners in the newly urbanizing area of South Cooper Mountain have chosen to clear cut forests on their property in an attempt to avoid permits and fees when they develop their property in […]

Complete Organic Gardening Course

By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Mar 05, 2014.

Learn everything you need to know to grow your own food! Click the picture to find out more and register.

Oregon Desert Trail honored in Outside magazine's annual Travel Awards

By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Mar 04, 2014.

The Oregon Natural Desert Association's Oregon Desert Trail has been named a Best Desert Trip in Outside magazine's 2014 Travel Awards. It's one of 50 adventures honored this year in the April edition of the magazine and at OutsideOnline.com.

Earth Ball: An All Species Masquerade & Benefit Concert

By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Mar 03, 2014.

Celebrate with us - April 19th, Squirrel's Tavern, 8pm-12am

Today on the Land Use Trail: Oregon City

By craig from The Latest. Published on Mar 03, 2014.

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We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, March 3: Oregon City, the oldest incorporated city west of the Mississippi.

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Emerging Leaders Board: Celebrating Four Years

By Graeme Byrd from News. Published on Mar 03, 2014.

Graeme Byrd recalls his two terms on OEC's Emerging Leaders Board.

Registration Now Open for all 2014 Programming

By kristina from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Mar 03, 2014.

Spring is rapidly approaching, which means that soon enough we will be throwing open the gate […]

For bees, Oregon sets important new legislative precedents!

By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Mar 03, 2014.

It started eighteen months ago, when a group of passionate and dedicated bee keepers came to the Beyond Toxics office to talk with us about the bees. They were well informed and brought published studies revealing the role pesticides play in the demise of honey bee colonies. What a true … Read more

Creating a Unified Vision of Protections for an Urban River

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Mar 03, 2014.

Creating a Unified Vision of Protections for an Urban River

By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Mar 03, 2014.

National News: March 3, 2014

By mgarland@cnsp.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Mar 02, 2014.

Forest fumes play big role in global climate - Fast growth of particles from pine tree fumes surprises researchers, Summit Voice
Ax should fall on Barrasso logging bill, Casper Star-Tribune editorial

Call for Coops!

By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Mar 01, 2014.

Show off your backyard coop on our annual Cooped Up in Corvallis tour of chicken and duck coops! Contact us at ECI@corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org to learn more.

Living Green: Making Better Choices Possible

By JenC from News. Published on Feb 27, 2014.

How do you choose what's best for you and for Oregon? From fuel to homes to toys, OEC works to make good choices possible.

ADVANCED NATURE ADVENTURE CAMPS

By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Feb 27, 2014.

Register Now by ACTIVE Network July 7th – 11th Extreme Oregon  - Waterfalls, lakes, giant trees, wild trails and ocean waves. Take a van to some of the most amazing places in Oregon on daily field trips to experience a new adventures each day. Overnight tent camping on Thursday extra van fees $20 a day.
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6th Annual Northwest Environmental Health Conference

By TylerG from News. Published on Feb 26, 2014.

This conference will host leading scientists, researchers, and health professionals to continue our robust dialogue on the interrelationship between the environment and health and healthcare practices.

State Announces Wolf Recovery Numbers

By Rob from Press Releases. Published on Feb 26, 2014.

Populations are up. Conflict remains low.

Time to ease up on spring garden cleanup?

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Feb 25, 2014.

Feb. 24, 2014: As spring sets in, one could argue there’s a cultural obsession with “cleaning up” the yard. Perhaps it’s the ghost of the English garden haunting us from the hinterlands, or that finicky ornamental and disease-prone plants demand special treatment.

Tonkon Torp’s Ryan Bledsoe Joins Board of Trustees at OSPF

By OSPF from . Published on Feb 25, 2014.

The Oregon State Parks Foundation welcomes Ryan Bledsoe, senior associate in the Litigation Group at Tonkon Torp LLP, as the newest member of its Board of Trustees. Twice named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, Mr. Bledsoe represents individuals and companies of all sizes, working on cases in both federal and state courts addressing antitrust, [...]

National News: February 24, 2014

By mgarland@cnsp.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Feb 23, 2014.

Obama proposes change in paying to fight wildfires, New York Times at Salt Lake Tribune
Winning the pine beetle fight?, Rapid City Journal editorial
Battle for forests against pests wages on - Loss of hemlock trees in the mountains to nonnative pest could have significant effects, Asheville Citizen-Times

Forest Service ranger, ex-Arroyo Grande police officer face conspiracy charges - Ranger allegedly hired former officer to patrol private land using Forest Service vehicle, San Luis Obispo Tribune
Indicted for “All Lands, All Hands”, New Century of Forest Planning
Delayed but not derailed - Even as beetles ravage forest, the scale of Red McCombs' plans to build a mountaintop village at Wolf Creek hinge on land swap, Durango Herald
Morning photo: Treescapes, Summit County Voice

A Win for Farmland: Court Reverses Overreaching Urban Reserves

By craig from The Latest. Published on Feb 22, 2014.

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On February 20, the Oregon Court of Appeals released a historic ruling that is a big win for Oregon farmland. By reversing Metro's urban and rural reserves proposal, the court agreed with 1000 Friends that Washington County and Metro had stepped outside the law and tried to open too much farmland to development.

1000 Friends released this statement on the ruling:

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Practical Guidelines for Wetland Prairie Restoration

By tom from News. Published on Feb 21, 2014.

One-Day Workshops Offered in Eugene on May 29 and 30, 2014

End of the Hemlocks, A Lament

By Randy Edwards from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Feb 21, 2014.

End of the Hemlocks, A Lament

Backyard Habitat Certification Program staff present to Portland City Council

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Feb 21, 2014.

Feb. 21, 2014: This week, Backyard Habitat Certification Program staff presented to Portland City Council to encourage them to continue investing in green infrastructure and to demonstrate how those efforts leverage public resources.

Fire for Flowers

By michellea from News. Published on Feb 19, 2014.

New video released on use of fire to manage prairies on Willamette Valley Wildlife Refuges. Features IAE's Tom Kaye and the golden paintbrush. Produced by George Gentry.

Weed Guides for Oregon Available

By tom from News. Published on Feb 19, 2014.

Three separate books cover most of Oregon from the coast to the Willamette Valley to the eastern half of the state

IAE Volunteer Expedition: Illinois Valley, Oregon 4/28-5/2/14

By tom from News. Published on Feb 19, 2014.

Join us for a multi-day service and learning trip to southern Oregon's serpentine country to monitor populations of the endangered Cook's desert-parsley.

Tom Kaye to speak at Triad Club Feb. 20

By tom from News. Published on Feb 19, 2014.

Full Time Position Available

By michellea from News. Published on Feb 19, 2014.

The Conservation Research program is hiring a full time Program Director.

Court Ruling on Metro Urban/Rural Reserves Expected Thursday

By craig from The Latest. Published on Feb 19, 2014.

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The Oregonian
Wed, 02/19/2014 - 9:28am

The Oregon Court of Appeals is expected to rule Thursday on a court case challenging the 50-year growth plan the Portland region adopted in 2010.

What the court says about the plan could determine the outcome of a major piece of legislation Oregon lawmakers are working on that would redraw the map that local governments agreed upon.

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We knew the demand was there

By Chris Hagerbaumer from News. Published on Feb 18, 2014.

Once made eligible for funding, requests came in from across the state to build bicycle and pedestrian trails.

The Mahi-Mahi and the Map

By Shawn Margles from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Feb 18, 2014.

The Mahi-Mahi and the Map

Last Chance to Get Paid to Go Solar!

By bpasko from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Feb 17, 2014.

Oregon’s Solar Incentive Program is coming to an end soon! The popular Oregon Solar Incentive Program (OSIP) has one last application period coming up on April 1, 2014. Sign up now for a free consultation, or read more about the program below. The Oregon Solar Incentive Payment program (also known as the Feed in Tariff) […]

Event cancellations and office closures - February 2014

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Feb 17, 2014.

Feb. 6, 2014: Due to unsafe travel conditions caused by winter weather, the Audubon Society of Portland is canceling or postponing certain events, including Raptor Road Trip.

Droughts and Spring Rain

By Jessica McDonald from Greenbelt Land Trust » Blog. Published on Feb 17, 2014.

As we enter into the final months of winter, drought has become a very common word.  Typically, Willamette Valley residents are carrying umbrellas and hunching their shoulders against blowing winds and rain this time of year, but not this winter. Large lumbering high pressure systems have kept the Pacific west in dry conditions for much of the fall and winter.  The U.S. Drought Monitor says that much of California is in extreme or exceptional drought while Oregon is mostly in severe drought.  Snow packs are at historic lows on the high mountain slopes. The lack of moisture and winter winds also produces air and temperature Read More

Missing Tim Lillebo

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Feb 17, 2014.


Hells Canyon Preservation Council recently lost a great friend when Tim Lillebo passed away.  Tim went out to shovel snow at his home in central Oregon on Saturday, February 8 and apparently died of a heart attack or another sudden critical health problem.  Along with Tim’s family and many friends, we are mourning his loss and celebrating the bright spirit of Tim Lillebo.

In many ways, Tim was a living symbol of the forests of eastern Oregon.  He was born and raised here and he devoted his career to protecting and restoring old growth forests, clean waters, and habitat for fish and wildlife.  Back in the 1970s, Tim was hired by the Oregon Wilderness Coalition which later became Oregon Wild.  He worked there continuously until his recent death.  Tim was a man with strong principles and a deep land ethic.  He also had a unique ability to connect with people and work through difficult issues with people who disagreed with him.  And somehow, he was able pull this off with a twinkle in his eye.

In the early days, Tim successfully worked to gain Wilderness protections for some of the last remaining wild and roadless National Forest lands in eastern Oregon.  He also fought logging projects that were cutting down some of the last remaining old growth trees left on public lands.  Here at the HCPC office, we have a photo of Tim walking around the base of a huge old ponderosa pine tree marked with blue paint, indicating that the tree was marked to be cut.  This pine tree looks to be over five feet across at the base and it would have been centuries old.  I don’t know if Tim was able to save this particular tree, but he loved big old pines with thick, yellow plated bark and he devoted much of his life to saving them.

During the past several years, Tim worked to protect and restore the forests by working with collaborative groups for the National Forests of eastern Oregon.  Membership in these groups includes timber industry, logging interests, and local county commissioners.  As you may imagine, there are significant differences of opinion within these groups, but Tim was exceptional in his ability to sit down and talk respectfully with people of many different viewpoints. 

Tim grew up in John Day and La Grande and his grandfather was a logger.  These experiences helped him relate to people in the collaboratives, but I think that more importantly he was a genuinely caring person.  He worked to find solutions that would truly benefit the forests as well as the people and communities nearby.  He made sure that projects described as forest restoration would in fact restore forest conditions and reverse the effects of past logging and fire-exclusion.  He stuck to his principles but he gave respect to others and he received it in kind.

I really got to know Tim over the past several years while we worked together as members of the collaborative groups for the Umatilla and the Wallowa-Whitman National Forests.  I’m really grateful for the many conversations that we shared, for the time that we spent together and for the work that we were able to accomplish together in partnership. 

When Tim and I would speak on the phone he would greet me by saying, “How ya doin’, rascal?”  Well, right now, the honest answer is that I miss Tim terribly and it feels like there’s a hole as big as Hells Canyon left behind where he used to be.  Tim had the courage of a bear, a heart the size of a mountain, and the brilliant flash of a red-tailed hawk.  He taught me a lot about conservation work.  He left behind a legacy of accomplishments to benefit the public lands, forests and people of the Blue Mountain region.  All of us here at HCPC will use this legacy as an inspiration to motivate our conservation work into the future.

Tim and I attended a collaborative meeting together on the day before he died.  As I left the meeting and walked across the snowy parking lot, I heard him call my name and I looked over to see him smiling and waving broadly over his head.  I waved back.  Good-bye, Tim.  Well miss you. 

- Brian Kelly, Restoration Director, Hells Canyon Preservation Council

Sourcewater Collaborative's New Toolkit For Working with Two Agricultural Allies

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Feb 16, 2014.

2014 Legislative Update

By bpasko from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Feb 14, 2014.

The 2014 “short session” of the Oregon Legislative Session is two weeks in, and Sierra Club staff and volunteers are closely tracking and testifying on numerous bills. The frantic pace of the short session – with its tight deadlines and quick turnaround times – makes it even harder than usual to keep up with everything […]

Featured: Behold the Babirusa

By Matt Miller from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Feb 14, 2014.

Behold the Babirusa

Stakeholder Group Sends Ideas to the Board of Forestry

By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Feb 13, 2014.

The first milestone towards a new Forest Management Plans for our North Coast State Forests has concluded with a stakeholder group sending a variety of proposals to the Board of Forestry for further consideration. In total, five plans were formally presented and a number of other elements were discussed. Not surprisingly, sawmill representatives pushed forward […]

Portland People Pushing Pedals

By ColinP from News. Published on Feb 13, 2014.

What's the latest on biking in PDX?

Funding eco-activism like the United Way

By Shelby Schroeder from All News. Published on Feb 13, 2014.

Participate in Climate Research Project through Evergreen State College: Student Hosts NWEI’s Change By Degrees Course

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Feb 11, 2014.

Robyn Wagoner, a Master of Environmental Studies candidate at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, is currently recruiting participants for her thesis research on pro-environmental behaviors. She’ll be hosting NWEI’s Change By Degrees, which explores global warming and the big… Read More!

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Action alert: Survey about cats in Portland-metro area

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Feb 10, 2014.

Feb. 10, 2014: Please take a few minutes to fill out a new survey about cats. Portland Audubon, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, Multnomah County Animal Services and the Bonnie Hayes Animal Shelter are working together to develop strategies to address cat overpopulation that are good for cats and wildlife. Your answers will help inform our joint efforts - thanks for your help!

Goodbye to a key forest advocate and our friend

By Shelby Schroeder from All News. Published on Feb 10, 2014.

The Oregon environmental community lost a true icon this weekend with the untimely death of Oregon Wild’s Tim Lillebo.

National News: February 10, 2014

By mgarland@cnsp.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Feb 09, 2014.

A Victory for Richardson Grove - Appeals Court Rules Caltrans Failed to Consider Highway Project's Impacts on Old-Growth Redwoods, Center for Biological Diversity
No new funding for climate hubs, Corvallis Gazette-Times
Postscript to "Anatomy of a Timber Sale Appeal", New Century of Forest Planning
Risk vs. Reward, New Century of Forest Planning

Bees, pesticides and freedom

By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Feb 09, 2014.

When I read the Oregonian’s “Editors’ Agenda 2014” editorial (1/5/2014), I felt compelled to respond. The editors urged Oregonians to pay attention to upcoming statewide issues that may either increase or decrease personal freedoms. One of the legislative bills they warn against is HB 4139, the Save Oregon Pollinators Act. … Read more

Sage-Grouse Habitat Restoration through Prisons

By tamara from News. Published on Feb 09, 2014.

The Snake River Correctional Institution Project

Toxics hearing highlights

By Angela Crowley Koch from News. Published on Feb 07, 2014.

On one side: toy and chemical industries. On the other: Oregon's doctors, scientists, and parents. See what they said about a bill to address toxics in children's products in 2014.

Your Comments Needed NOW

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Feb 07, 2014.

Please help protect the Joseph Canyon area--an important part of your National Forest lands and waters. 

You can submit scoping comments on the Lower Joseph Creek Forest Restoration Project until Monday, February 10 at 5 PM.

Comments should be sent to John Laurence, Forest Supervisor, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, at comments-pacificnorthwest-wallowa-whitman@fs.fed.uswith reference to Lower Joseph Creek Forest Restoration Project.

HCPC has been participating in collaborative groups to encourage the Forest Service to include important protections into the project design.

The Lower Joseph Creek Forest Restoration Project has the potential to align with sound forest management principals if important protections are included.

These protections include:

  • Protect all old trees, large trees, old growth forests, and previously un-logged forests from logging.
  • Protect all roadless areas and potential wilderness areas from logging.
  • No construction of new roads or temporary roads should be allowed.
  • Roads that are unneccessary or harmful to fish and wildlife habitat should be closed and restored.
  • Wildlife habitat should be protected and improved.
  • Aquatic restoration projects to improve fish habitat and water quality should be included in the project.
  • Two new Research Natural Areas should be created.

The Forest Service has been receiving comments from people who want to keep ALL of the roads open, want MORE logging, and want MORE roads.

This is your opportunity to comment on behalf of old growth forests and fish and wildlife habitat.

Here is a description of the proposed action
Click here for maps and more information.
 




Wyden O&C Hearing: Clearcut Plan Wrong

By chandra from Press Releases. Published on Feb 06, 2014.

Oregon Wild Executive Director Sean Stevens testifies against Senator Wyden's logging bill in Senate hearing today.

Senate Passes $1 Trillion Farm Bill Agreement After Long Delays

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Feb 06, 2014.

Those of you who have participated in the Menu for Future or Hungry for Change discussion courses offered by Northwest Earth Institute have likely been following the Farm Bill, which sets policies for hundreds of programs, including farm subsidies and… Read More!

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Settlement protects Marbled Murrelet on Oregon State Forests, cancels 28 timber sales

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Feb 05, 2014.

Feb. 5, 2014: Three conservation organizations secured a major victory today for Oregon’s coastal forests, reaching a settlement agreement with the state that cancels 28 timber sales in habitat for the threatened marbled murrelet on the Elliott, Clatsop and Tillamook state forests and improves future management practices to ensure the rare seabird is not harmed.

Learn! The Power of Tribes and the Clean Water Act Webinar Series

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Feb 05, 2014.

Learn! The Power of Tribes and the Clean Water Act Webinar Series

By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Feb 05, 2014.

Wolf Creek Conservation Area

By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Feb 04, 2014.

A group of Oregonians from Astoria, Banks, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Portland, and Jewell recently went about exploring part of the Wolf Creek Terrestrial Habitat Anchor in the Tillamook State Forest. The 4,203 acres of this area are soon to be formally classified as “High Value Conservation Area,” a designation which thousands of Oregon Chapter Sierra Club […]

Action alert: Oppose O&C Land Grant Act

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Feb 04, 2014.

Feb. 4, 2014: Please submit comments in opposition of the O&C; Land Grant Act of 2013 (S.1784), which threatens Oregon’s wildlife, public lands, and its clean air and water.

Afraid of Statisics? Have We Got a Resource For You!

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Feb 04, 2014.

Enviros Line Up Against Wyden’s Oregon Logging Bill

By bpasko from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Feb 03, 2014.

Over two dozen Oregon-centered conservation organization, including the Sierra Club, have sent a letter to Senator Ron Wyden opposing his O&C bill. The letter details how the bill would: • weaken environmental laws and policies; • dismantle the Northwest Forest Plan; • not solve county budget problems; • mandate agressive logging and harms water […]

Audubon Society of Portland statement on West Hayden Island

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Feb 03, 2014.

Jan. 8, 2014: Today the Port of Portland announced that it is withdrawing its application to the City of Portland to annex West Hayden Island for Marine Industrial Development. Audubon Society of Portland commends the Port of Portland for this decision. Audubon has opposed industrial development on West Hayden Island for nearly three decades. We have served on multiple advisory committees that explored possible development scenarios on West Hayden Island including the 1998-2000 advisory committees and the 2008-2013 advisory committees. The work of those committees has repeatedly reaffirmed the ecological importance of this natural area and raised legitimate, unanswered questions about the need for development.

Linn Conservancy in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania Hosts Discovering A Sense of Place Course

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Feb 03, 2014.

The Merrill Linn Conservancy, which works to preserve the land and waterways of Union County and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania, is offering Northwest Earth Institute’s seven-week Discovering A Sense of Place discussion course beginning this month. Sarajane Snyder, who has… Read More!

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Water Quantity & Quality Come Together: Lab Reports from the Jordan River Learning Lab

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Feb 03, 2014.

Water Quantity & Quality Come Together: Lab Reports from the Jordan River Learning Lab

By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Feb 03, 2014.

Christmas Bird Count wrap-up

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Feb 03, 2014.

Feb. 3, 2014: The 88th Portland Christmas Bird Count was conducted on Jan. 4, 2014, under clear skies. 262 field observers (a record number) and 153 feeder watchers (also a record) combined to find 123 species – considerably down from last year's record 130.

National News: February 3, 2014

By mgarland@cnsp.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Feb 02, 2014.

A new CCC could help bind a nation, Salt Lake Tribune editorial
Stable PILT funding is only fair, Steamboat Pilot editorial
PILT funding added to the Farm Bill conference report - With OK from Congress and president, county governments nationwide will share $400M, Farmington Daily Times

Nymphs in Nature

By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Feb 02, 2014.

Class meets on Fridays 9-10pm. Active wildlife adventures for Ages 2-5. Register Now online!

River Rally 2014 Registration is Now Open!

By mburke from What's New at River Network. Published on Jan 31, 2014.

Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jan 30, 2014.

A year ago the Northwest Earth Institute helped spread the word about a terrific resource co-authored by longtime NWEI supporter Rob Dietz: Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources. This week Rob and co-author… Read More!

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Oregon Desert Trail info to be released to public Feb. 4

By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Jan 29, 2014.

The Oregon Natural Desert Association will debut the Oregon Desert Trail guide information, including write-ups, maps and GPS data, during a free event on Tuesday, Feb. 4, in Portland. Special guests include 1859 - Oregon's Magazine Editor Kevin Max and New York Times contributor Tim Neville.

OCN announces 2014 Priorities for a Healthy Oregon

By Christy Splitt from OLCV News Archive. Published on Jan 27, 2014.

Date: 
January 14
 
SALEM - Today, the Oregon Conservation Network, a coalition of 40 groups across the state, released their shared Priorities for a Healthy Oregon for the 2014 legislative session.
 
“In this short session, we want to focus on just a few issues that really bring together our community and all Oregonians,” said Christy Splitt, coordinator of the Oregon Conservation Network. “Addressing climate change is at the top of that list.”
 

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National News: January 27, 2014

By mgarland@cnsp.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Jan 26, 2014.

Semper Fi! - Foresters used to lead the Forest Service’s war against wildfire. No longer. New Century of Forest Planning
Emails show confusion over timber payments, sequestration - House Natural Resources Committee expresses frustration, Bend Bulletin
Fed review finds civil rights issues in NM, Colo. forests - Ranchers appeal to secretary, Star Herald AP

Greetings from Nicole Silk, River Network's New President!

By kkasowski from What's New at River Network. Published on Jan 24, 2014.

What’s the matter with our urban creeks, and how can we fix them.

By admin from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Jan 24, 2014.

We made this video a couple of years back, but it still illustrates very well the problems that face urban creeks and what can be done about them. Save our Urban Creeks from Tualatin Riverkeepers on Vimeo. When it rains, water runs off of the urban landscape, down storm drains, through pipes, to the nearest […]

Water Words That Work, LLC Partner Discounts

By ddifuria from What's New at River Network. Published on Jan 24, 2014.

NWEI Staff Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day With Volunteerism, School Gardening

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jan 23, 2014.

In what has become an annual NWEI tradition, NWEI staffers spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day this past Monday volunteering at Gilbert Park Elementary School in Southeast Portland, working in their school garden. Last year NWEI Executive Director Mike Mercer… Read More!

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Successfully bring your outdoor cat inside this winter

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Jan 23, 2014.

Jan. 22, 2014: Have you considered transitioning your cat indoors but haven’t been able to get started? there’s no better time than winter to get started! Our friends at the Feral Cat Coalition agree that bitter cold winter temperatures and dreary rain present the perfect opportunity to begin the transition. Cats are naturally less interested in being outdoors at this time of year.

Are You Responsbile for Your, Well, Poo?

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Jan 22, 2014.

Roseburg BLM Clearcut Logging Plan Challenged

By Tommy from Press Releases. Published on Jan 22, 2014.

With 100-year old trees on the chopping block, conservationists go to court to stop the clearcutting of old-growth in the White Castle timber sale.

Willamette Week: Bill Could "Bust the Boundary"

By craig from The Latest. Published on Jan 22, 2014.

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Nigel Jaquiss
Willamette Week
Wed, 01/22/2014 - 9:00am

Willamette Week's Nigel Jaquiss reports on an unprecedented bill that could nuke Oregon's established local process for land use planning and force the implementation of Metro's 2011 urban growth boundary expansion.

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Bees by the Numbers

By John Jordan-Cascade from Beyond Toxics. Published on Jan 21, 2014.

“Bees are as important to Oregon’s agricultural sector as water and the sun.” - Alan Turanski, VP, GloryBee Foods There are a lot of reasons to be concerned about the rapid decline of many species of bees worldwide. Honey bees and bumble bees have played a crucial role in human … Read more

Oceans at risk

By JenC from News. Published on Jan 21, 2014.

West Coast ocean waters are more acidic than other places; so when acid levels increase, our oysters feel it first.

Best of 2013: Our 13 Most Popular Posts from 2013

By Michael Lewis from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Jan 21, 2014.

In case you missed them, here are our top 13 most popular posts from 2013.

Polar Vortex ≠ Climate Change

By Mark Tercek from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Jan 21, 2014.

Polar Vortex ≠ Climate Change

Sustainable World Coalition Joins NWEI’s Network of Partner Organizations

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jan 20, 2014.

We are proud to welcome NWEI’s newest partner, the Sustainable World Coalition, to NWEI’s network of partner organizations. As you may know, NWEI has formed partnerships with individuals and organizations across North America to actively inspire others to change for… Read More!

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Wildlife Watchers Field Report for 2013

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jan 17, 2014.

From HCPC Restoration Director Brian Kelly:

We were hoping that by the middle of last June that we’d be able to drive up to Dunns Bluff.  The bluff is an impressive rock outcrop near the edge of the Eagle Cap Wilderness.  But as we climbed higher and higher on the rough Forest Service road, we found ourselves busting through deeper and deeper snowbanks.  The back of the four-wheel drive pickup truck was loaded with wildlife cameras, meat for bait, trapper’s lure for attracting wildlife, cables, locks, tools and an assortment of hardware.  All of this bounced around in the back of the pickup making enough racket to scare away just about any wild animal within a mile.  At the time, it seemed like a strange way to attract wildlife, but we knew that once things quieted down, we’d get some good wildlife photos.  Finally, we had to accept the fact that there was just too much snow for us to drive to our destination.  And it was too far to walk.  We turned the truck around and retreated for the day with a promise to return.

meat (bait) was placed inside metal cylinders  

Within a week, the weather turned hot and the sun made short work of those persistent snowbanks.  Soon the road was clear and we were able to drive near Dunns Bluff and then hike into the Castle Ridge Roadless Area.  Before too long, we had installed eleven motion-activated cameras in strategic locations in old growth forests of mountain hemlock, Engelmann spruce, sub-alpine fir, grand fir, lodgepole pine and western larch.

At Hells Canyon Preservation Council, we actively work to protect the important lands and waters of the greater Hells Canyon region.  Fragmentation of habitat from roads and logging can be a significant threat to the connectivity of important habitats such as old-growth forests.  During the past few years, we’ve advocated to protect the habitat of the Castle Ridge area and worked with the US Forest Service to achieve protections for habitat connectivity in this important landscape.  Castle Ridge is an 8,790 acre roadless area on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest located between the Eagle Cap Wilderness and the Grande Ronde Valley.  Through the Wildlife Watchers program, we collaborate with the US Forest Service to monitor wildlife in important habitats that are essential to the connectivity of the region.  Hells Canyon Preservation Council staff, volunteers from our membership, and Forest Service wildlife specialists work together to accomplish the many tasks that the Wildlife Watchers project entails. 

Volunteer Allan Gorthy sets up trail camera
The first order of business to start the field season was to review the available data and maps for likely habitat.  This was followed by field reconnaissance.  Then we hiked into the backcountry while packing in a variety of equipment and supplies.  When we found a good location for a camera point, we set up the camera, strapped it to a tree and locked it in place.  We set up bait in bear-proof cylinders and we applied lure to attract wildlife close to the cameras.  After installation, the cameras’ sensors snapped photos when wildlife came into view.  The cameras were programmed appropriately for each site and then they were revisited every two weeks for maintenance.  The memory cards were checked, the photos were viewed, stored and filed, and the wildlife species were identified.



The eleven cameras captured photos of northern flying squirrel, bobcat, mountain lion, black bear, mule deer, white-tailed deer, Rocky Mountain elk, Douglas squirrel, bushy-tailed wood rat and coyote.

 Three wildlife species of particular interest in the Castle Ridge area are the American marten, wolverine, and the wolf.  We were disappointed that we did not capture any photos of these species with our eleven trail cameras during the field season.  However, it’s important to note that the absence of photographs does not necessarily mean that these animals are not present or traveling through the area or utilizing the habitat during certain seasons.  

Wolverines were recently documented in the Eagle Cap Wilderness just to the east of the Castle Ridge Roadless Area.  DNA analysis of one of these wolverines showed a genetic relationship to the wolverines of Idaho and we assume that their travel corridor was through the connected habitat of the greater Hells Canyon region.  American martens were also photographed in the Eagle Caps during this recent wolverine research.  The American marten is considered to be a management indicator species because it is associated with old growth forests in northeast Oregon and so it has been a species of particular interest for the Wildlife Watchers program.  Wolves have entered Oregon from Idaho through the Hells Canyon region as well.  Since wolf recovery in Oregon is an important recent development, there is much interest in their whereabouts in the local landscape.

When wildlife travel into the Pacific northwest from the Rocky Mountain region, they often enter through the wild lands of northeast Oregon.  Moose, wolverines, and wolves have all come into Oregon this way over the past few years.  This is not surprising because the Wallowa Mountains, Blue Mountains, Hells Canyon and the Seven Devils are rich with interconnected lands and waters providing an amazing diversity of quality habitat.

The snow returned to Castle Ridge in October.  After hiking in through a few inches of fresh new snow, we removed the cameras for the season.  It had been a successful field season of collaboration with the Forest Service and volunteers.  We collected valuable wildlife information that will be used to inform future decisions that affect the land management of the area.  Through the Wildlife Watchers project, we are connecting people to the land while we work to protect the connections of important habitats across the landscape. 

Hells Canyon Preservation Council appreciates the efforts of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and of the HCPC volunteers who make this program possible.  We would also like to thank our funding partners—Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Mazamas, and Patagonia.

If you are interested in becoming a Wildlife Watchers volunteer in 2014, please contact HCPC  Restoration Director Brian Kelly at brian@hellscanyon.org.

The Meaningful Life is a Road Worth Traveling

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jan 16, 2014.

Today we are excited to share Clifton Parker’s article from the Stanford Report, which details a Stanford research project that explored the key differences between lives of happiness and meaningfulness. While the two are similar, dramatic differences exist – and… Read More!

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Water quality in Oregon

By JasonM from News. Published on Jan 14, 2014.

OEC’s executive director Andrea Durbin on Comcast Newsmakers explaining why every major river in Oregon is polluted and doesn’t meet the standards set in the Clean Water Act.

By admin from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Jan 14, 2014.

How is Your City Using Urban Forestry to Protect Creeks? Urban creeks get hammered by erosion and pollution with every storm.  Polluted runoff goes directly from street to stream through storm sewers, carrying pollutants from rooftops, parking lots, streets and sidewalks at high velocities that erode stream banks and stir up old polluted sediments. PCC […]

COCN Announces Priority for a Healthy Central Oregon

By Nikki Roemmer from OLCV News Archive. Published on Jan 14, 2014.

Date: 
January 14

BEND — Today, the Central Oregon Conservation Network (COCN) announced its second Priority for a Healthy Central Oregon by declaring support for the protection of the Whychus-Deschutes area.

The priority and campaign to Protect Whychus-Deschutes seeks support from local elected officials and community members for permanent designation such as wilderness for the Whychus-Deschutes area to ensure that this spectacular landscape remains wild for future generations. “Whychus-Deschutes has importance for the environment, recreation and the economy,” explained Nikki Roemmer, OLCV Central Oregon Regional Director and COCN Coordinator. “Our region is growing again, and we need to seize this opportunity to protect one of the places that makes Central Oregon so special.”

Winding through rugged canyons, Whychus Creek is one of Central Oregon’s most important waterways. It provides prime spawning habitat for salmon and steelhead and is crucial winter range for mule deer and other wildlife. Whychus Creek and the Middle Deschutes River to the east are popular recreation destinations, with thousands of visitors fishing, hiking and exploring the canyons each year. In spite of the importance of Whychus Creek and the Deschutes River to our region, the confluence of these two waterways lacks permanent protection. “Confluences are critical for wild fish populations and this location is vitally important for native redbands and recently reintroduced steelhead and Chinook salmon.” said Darek Staab, with Trout Unlimited, adding, “We are excited to help protect this important area for our future and I'm thrilled that our Central Oregon Conservation Network members also support this as a priority."

To learn more about the Protect Whychus-Deschutes campaign, join OLCV for a presentation at its monthly gathering, Pints and Politics, on Thursday, January 16th. Gena Goodman-Campbell of the Oregon Natural Desert Association joins us for a presentation about this spectacular area needing protection. Come to learn, ask questions and find out how you can get involved. Thursday, January 16th from 7 pm – 9 pm at Broken Top Bottle Shop, 1740 NW Pence Lane #1 in Bend. Details at www.olcv.org.

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters Education Fund coordinates the Central Oregon Conservation Network (COCN), a growing coalition of 9 local organizations that work with elected officials and community members to protect the region’s environment and natural legacy. COCN sets Priorities for a Healthy Central Oregon each spring and fall.

Learn more about COCN, Protect Whychus-Deschutes and other priorities at www.centraloregonpriorities.org.

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters Education Fund works to increase the political effectiveness of Oregon's environmental community by educating, training, and coordinating citizens and organizations. www.olcveducationfund.org.

 

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Predictions for a cleaner future

By JenC from News. Published on Jan 14, 2014.

Happy New Year! With 2014 upon us, we’re taking a look at what’s old and on its way out and what’s new in healthier and more efficient living.

Buildings that take your breath away

By ColinP from News. Published on Jan 14, 2014.

Do buildings affect our rate of asthma? A new report dives into the details.

The Forest Connection

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jan 13, 2014.


An excerpt from Michael Pollan's  recent New Yorker article "The Intelligent Plant."
The most bracing part of Mancuso’s talk on bioinspiration came when he discussed underground plant networks. Citing the research of Suzanne Simard, a forest ecologist at the University of British Columbia, and her colleagues, Mancuso showed a slide depicting how trees in a forest organize themselves into far-flung networks, using the underground web of mycorrhizal fungi which connects their roots to exchange information and even goods. This “wood-wide web,” as the title of one paper put it, allows scores of trees in a forest to convey warnings of insect attacks, and also to deliver carbon, nitrogen, and water to trees in need.
When I reached Simard by phone, she described how she and her colleagues track the flow of nutrients and chemical signals through this invisible underground network. They injected fir trees with radioactive carbon isotopes, then followed the spread of the isotopes through the forest community using a variety of sensing methods, including a Geiger counter. Within a few days, stores of radioactive carbon had been routed from tree to tree. Every tree in a plot thirty metres square was connected to the network; the oldest trees functioned as hubs, some with as many as forty-seven connections. The diagram of the forest network resembled an airline route map.
The pattern of nutrient traffic showed how “mother trees” were using the network to nourish shaded seedlings, including their offspring—which the trees can apparently recognize as kin—until they’re tall enough to reach the light. And, in a striking example of interspecies coöperation, Simard found that fir trees were using the fungal web to trade nutrients with paper-bark birch trees over the course of the season. The evergreen species will tide over the deciduous one when it has sugars to spare, and then call in the debt later in the season. For the forest community, the value of this coöperative underground economy appears to be better over-all health, more total photosynthesis, and greater resilience in the face of disturbance.
In his talk, Mancuso juxtaposed a slide of the nodes and links in one of these subterranean forest networks with a diagram of the Internet, and suggested that in some respects the former was superior. “Plants are able to create scalable networks of self-maintaining, self-operating, and self-repairing units,” he said. “Plants.”
As I listened to Mancuso limn the marvels unfolding beneath our feet, it occurred to me that plants do have a secret life, and it is even stranger and more wonderful than the one described by Tompkins and Bird. When most of us think of plants, to the extent that we think about plants at all, we think of them as old—holdovers from a simpler, prehuman evolutionary past. But for Mancuso plants hold the key to a future that will be organized around systems and technologies that are networked, decentralized, modular, reiterated, redundant—and green, able to nourish themselves on light. “Plants are the great symbol of modernity.”

National News: January 13, 2014

By mgarland@cnsp.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Jan 13, 2014.

6-3-4-5-7-8-9 (that’s my number!), New Century of Forest Planning
National Forest map app now available for Android, iOS devices - New app puts national forest info at your fingertips, Summit Voice
Taking an Ax to Traditional Forest Management - The charter-school approach works for education, so why not apply it elsewhere?, Wall Street Journal
USFS Retirees Call National Forest Management “Unsustainable”, National Association of Forest Service Retirees
New CU-Boulder study shows nuances in tree-killing pine beetle epidemic - Smooth-barked trees better able to repel insects, Summit Voice
Energy Committee Reports 10 Public Lands, Energy Bills , U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Hearing to consider National Forest bills and testimony, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Wyden, Crapo Introduce Bipartisan Wildfire Funding Reform Legislation - Bill Frees Up To $412 million for Prevention, Ends Damaging "Fire Transfers," and Treats Massive Wildfires as Natural Disasters, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
PENDLEY: Supreme Court to decide if U.S. Forest Service land grab is legal - Feds ruined logging, then seized Marvin Brandt’s land, Washington Times

Bull Mountain Creeks, Slopes Show Scars From Development

By admin from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Jan 10, 2014.

On January 8, 2014 a team of scientists and other members of Tualatin Riverkeepers Citizen Action Committee took a field trip to view three sites where significant erosion has been caused by development that increased stormwater runoff from Bull Mountain.  The reason for this field trip was to familiarize the members with issues that should […]

Clean Energy Works Oregon

By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Jan 10, 2014.

SAVE UP TO $2,000 ON HOME EFFICIENCY UPGRADES: Would you like to make your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter? Do you want to save money on power bills? Click here to find out how Clean Energy Works Oregon can help.

Oregon Wild Opposes Misguided Portland Water Initiative

By Tommy from Press Releases. Published on Jan 09, 2014.

Oregon Wild strongly opposes the Portland Public Water District Initiative. We believe the initiative will weaken accountability, transparency and the public's ability to participate in critical decisions affecting Bull Run watershed.

Advocating for Strong Water Quality Standards

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Jan 08, 2014.

Native Plant Propagation Workshop

By michellea from News. Published on Jan 07, 2014.

Come learn at Shonnard's

IAE is now Hiring!!

By michellea from News. Published on Jan 07, 2014.

Trees, Stormwater, and Cooper Mountain

By admin from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Jan 07, 2014.

The City of Beaverton is in the process of master planning Cooper Mountain for suburban development. This 2,290 acre area at the southwestern edge of Beaverton consists of hills, farms, forests, and creeks that flow into the Tualatin River. This planning process provides a unique opportunity to “design with nature”, so that people and the […]

Trees, Stormwater, and Cooper Mountain

By admin from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Jan 07, 2014.

The City of Beaverton is in the process of master planning Cooper Mountain for suburban development. This 2,290 acre area at the southwestern edge of Beaverton consists of hills, farms, forests, and creeks that flow into the Tualatin River. This planning process provides a unique opportunity to “design with nature”, so that people and the […]

Easy, Clever Ways to Package & Spread River-Saving Tips

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Jan 06, 2014.

Easy, Clever Ways to Package & Spread River-Saving Tips

By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Jan 06, 2014.

Contribute to EarthShare at your workplace: it’s so easy

By bpasko from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jan 03, 2014.

Threats to our natural world are growing, as are demands on the lands, water, food, energy and other resources people and wildlife need to thrive. As green as Oregon is, it’s simply not enough. We need more people and businesses supporting the environmental movement. EarthShare is working to make that happen. EarthShare Oregon, of which […]

Oregon Wild "Home of the Clearcut" Billboard Debuts at PDX Airport

By Tommy from Press Releases. Published on Jan 03, 2014.

With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Oregon, Oregon Wild's "Home of the Clearcut" billboard is now on display at Portland International Airport.

North Coast State Forests in 2014

By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jan 02, 2014.

Happy New Year! 2014 will be a hugely important year for the future of the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests. It’s possible that, by the end of the year, the Board of Forestry will have a new Forest Management Plan to consider implementing in Northwest Oregon. The process that will dictate what an alternative plan […]

Meg Campbell, Conservation Hero

By Jessica McDonald from Greenbelt Land Trust » Blog. Published on Jan 02, 2014.

There could be worse legacies than a bald hilltop with a stunning view preserved for all to enjoy.  As she recalls how that legacy began, Meg Campbell’s blue eyes twinkle.  We meet for lunch at the local bakery as the spring rains rattle the windows and begin to split open the buds on the hillside’s trees.  Unlike her eventual partner in the enterprise, Charlie Ross, she hadn’t been terribly interested in land conservation at first although she had long been an active volunteer in the community.  Charlie Ross had visited Europe in the late 1960s and brought home a vision of a green necklace of Read More

40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Dec 31, 2013.

Dec. 31, 2013: This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), one of the most important and powerful wildlife protection laws ever enacted. As we enter a new year, we thought we would a look at some of the species in our region whose survival has depended upon the ESA.

‘Tis the Season

By katie from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Dec 21, 2013.

For me the holiday season is always a time of reflection and excitement; reflection on the […]

KS Wild launches new film

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Dec 21, 2013.

The eight minute film, "Guardians of the Klamath-Siskiyou" explores the varied wonders of southern Oregon and northern California.

"The 12 Clearcuts of Christmas" Video Skewers Oregon Politicians

By Tommy from Press Releases. Published on Dec 20, 2013.

A handful of Oregon politicians are due to receive lumps of coal this holiday season with their policies on Oregon's forests, so the elves at the Oregon Wild workshop produced this little video clip.

Eastern Oregon Forest Bill Loses Conservation Support

By Tommy from Press Releases. Published on Dec 18, 2013.

After coming to a compromised solution amenable to all parties four years ago, Sen. Ron Wyden drops a bombshell and radically alters the Eastside Forest Restoration Act at the behest of Republicans on his committee, enabling the logging of trees up to 200 years old and removing the required restoration of eastside ecosystems.

AmeriCorps Team Helps IAE Restore Prairies

By tom from News. Published on Dec 18, 2013.

Ten young adults, a van, and a mission of service

Leaf Pack Connects Students with Nature

By ddifuria from What's New at River Network. Published on Dec 18, 2013.

Proposal to Strip Federal Wolf Protections Faces Strong Opposition

By Tommy from Press Releases. Published on Dec 17, 2013.

Members of the Pacific Wolf Coalition join over one million Americans urging the Obama administration to maintain basic protections for wolves.

Cold Snow & Floods

By Jessica McDonald from Greenbelt Land Trust » Blog. Published on Dec 17, 2013.

In January 1973, Becca and I, two cats and our dog Isaac piled into a 1959 white Pontiac station wagon and left North Carolina for New England.  For some reason that I cannot remember, we ended up in Cabot, Vermont, a small community in the northeastern part of the state.  We moved into a poorly heated apartment in a19th century building next to the Cabot Creamery and spent two months huddled next to an ancient radiator as the temperatures plunged to -30 below and snow accumulated on our door step.  We were not well prepared for a Vermont winter.  Our next door neighbor, obviously a Read More

National News: December 16, 2013

By mgarland@cnsp.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Dec 15, 2013.

Note To Concessionaries: It's Not Your Private Park, Writers on the Range at The Denver Post
Forest Service scales back Adventure Pass, San Gabriel Valley Tribune at LA Daily News
Scale back forest fees? Yes, Riverside Press-Enterprise editorial
Forest grinches swipe snow play from public, Albuquerque Journal editorial

Agency Put Firefighters in Danger, Board Finds - Arizona Agency Is Faulted in Deaths of Firefighters, New York Times

Forest Service drones may finally take off, Central Valley Business Times
Drones to Detect Fires, Not Pot Smokers - Forest Service's $100,000 mistake remembered, might be redeemed, Outside magazine
Forest Service Drones Stuck in Hangar for 7 Years May Take Off - Drone Deployment to Be Governed by Internal group with No Public Involvement, PEER

Court Ruling Favors Free Speech on Portland Airport Clearcutting Ads

By Tommy from Press Releases. Published on Dec 13, 2013.

A Multnomah County Circuit Court judge has ruled PDX Airport violated free speech protections in the Oregon Constitution by rejecting Oregon Wild's "Home of the Clearcut" billboard ad.

“The Eternal Battle” The Success of the Wilderness Act at 50

By hilshohoney from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Dec 11, 2013.

“The Eternal Battle” The Success of the Wilderness Act at 50 Ronald Eber – Oregon Chapter Historian   Introduction The 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of September 3, 1964, provides an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved and its importance to Oregon and for future wilderness campaigns; because wilderness protection is the […]

River Network Appoints Nicole Silk as New President

By mburke from What's New at River Network. Published on Dec 09, 2013.

Oregon State Parks Foundation Office Remains Closed Due to Power Outage

By OSPF from . Published on Dec 09, 2013.

UPDATE: As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, power has been restored to our building and our office is open. Thanks for your patience! The Oregon State Parks Foundation office, which is located in Pioneer Tower, remains closed due to an ongoing power outage in downtown Portland. Phone service also has been disrupted; Foundation staff [...]

Conservationists Urge Wyden, Kitzhaber to Protect Klamath Wildlife

By Tommy from Press Releases. Published on Dec 05, 2013.

The Klamath Basin Task Force has arrived at a tentative deal on water, but the natural marshes of the Klamath National Wildlife Refuges are once again left high and dry.

Logging Plan Threatens Proposed Crater Lake Wilderness

By Tommy from Press Releases. Published on Dec 04, 2013.

In conjunction with Cascadia Wildlands and the Western Environmental Law Center, Oregon Wild has filed a legal challenge against the Loafer Timber Sale in the Umpqua National Forest.

A Human Place

By Jessica McDonald from Greenbelt Land Trust » Blog. Published on Dec 02, 2013.

Bologna is a veiled city, a hidden city, a layered city. It shows up in the pages of Byron (home of “popes, painters, and sausage”), in Dickens (“There is a grave and learned air about the city, and a pleasant gloom upon it. . . .”); Mozart played the organ in the cathedral of San Petronio (the oldest organ still in continuous use—dating from the late 15th century), and a young Michaelangelo carved figures to ornament St. Dominic’s tomb. It is everywhere heralded—even in Hell where Dante compared its famous (and famously leaning) Garisenda Tower to the giant Antaeus. Dozens of miles of covered porticos Read More

National News: December 2, 2013

By mgarland@cnsp.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Dec 01, 2013.

Forest Service 3 Day Regulation On Trailers Triggers Rebellion - Sheriffs refuse to cooperate in federal effort to prevent hunters from leaving camps set up, Payson Roundup
U.S. Forest Service seeks comment on new ski area rules - New directive could allow more uses, expand definitions, Telluride Daily Planet

Passaic River Coalition Beautifies the Riverfront

By cmeyer from What's New at River Network. Published on Nov 27, 2013.

Clearcuts and Controversy as Wyden Logging Bill Introduced

By chandra from Press Releases. Published on Nov 26, 2013.

Sen. Ron Wyden has released his logging bill for the O&C; lands, but Oregon Wild and the Sierra Club have serious concerns and significant reservations about the bill's impacts on public lands in Western Oregon.

Clearcuts and Controversy as Wyden Logging Bill Introduced

By bpasko from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Nov 26, 2013.

Senator embraces logging, conservation groups representing tens of thousands members express disappointment FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Eugene, OR – This morning,Senator Ron Wyden, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the much anticipated “O&C” logging legislation, the O&C Land Grant Act of 2013. The Sierra Club and Oregon Wild, which represent tens of […]

Senator Wyden’s O&C proposal is a positive step forward

By kalei from Press Releases. Published on Nov 26, 2013.

Senator Wyden’s O&C; proposal is a positive step forward

Breaking News – Wyden Set to Release Sweeping Forest Legislation

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Nov 26, 2013.

Senator Ron Wyden’s long-awaited forest legislation has far-reaching and long lasting impacts on public forests in Oregon. The stakes are huge. His legislation affects public forests in an area fifteen times the size of Crater Lake National Park, drinking water for 1.8 million Oregonians and wild rivers and recreation throughout the state.

John Muir – The Sierra Club and Oregon

By hilshohoney from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Nov 25, 2013.

John Muir and the Sierra Club have a longstanding relationship with Oregon.  Beginning in the 1870’s, Muir was interested in the forests and glaciers of the Cascades and in 1880 presented three impromptu lectures in Portland after his first visit to Alaska.  Speaking to standing room only crowds, he “talked of the youth of the […]

Bees Get Their Day at the State Legislature

By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Nov 23, 2013.

The Legislative hearing on Bee Health and Pesticide Use on November 21 was an important milestone.  Lawmakers heard from a number of panelists that pesticides are harming bees. The day started with Beyond Toxics delivering nearly 12,000 signatures to Katy Coba, the Director of the Department of Agriculture calling for … Read more

ONDA begins sage-grouse draft plan review

By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Nov 22, 2013.

The Oregon Natural Desert Association is beginning an in-depth review of a plan for managing for the Greater sage-grouse in Oregon, released by the Bureau of Land Management.

Our North Coast State Forests Deserve Better

By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Nov 21, 2013.

Tell Governor Kitzhaber that our State Forests are more than just logs! The Board of Forestry is considering alternative Forest Management Plans that would shape how the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests are managed for the next decade and beyond.  Any new plan needs to improve conservation values on these public lands: fish and wildlife […]

Herbicide spraying in Curry County draws complaints, state investigation

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Nov 18, 2013.

The state of Oregon is investigating complaints that an herbicide sprayed from a helicopter on commercial timberlands in Curry County drifted over people's homes and made some of them and their animals sick.

Fate of timber burned in summer fires up in the air

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Nov 08, 2013.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Medford District is working to evaluate whether salvage "post-fire" logging is the best thing to do in the area of last summer's Douglas Complex Fire.

Learn! Webinar on "Re-engaging Your Volunteer Monitoring Organization"

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Nov 07, 2013.

The 2013 Give!Guide is Live!

By kristina from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Nov 06, 2013.

If you haven’t yet heard the news, Opal Creek is one of 129 featured non-profits in […]

U.S. EPA Releases "Importance of Water in the U.S. Economy"

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Nov 06, 2013.

Medford treatment plant's impact on Rogue studied

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Nov 04, 2013.

A study funded by the Rogue Flyfishers Association finds algae and plant growth from nutrient loading 10 times higher downstream of the Medford Wastewater Treatment plant compared to algae growth upstream.

Action! Support Good Science for Clean Water Act Protections!

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Oct 28, 2013.

Action! Support Good Science for Clean Water Act Protections!

By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Oct 28, 2013.

Wolverines Found In Oregon

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Oct 25, 2013.

Researcher Audrey Magoun has found three wolverines in her first season of research since moving to Oregon, making discoveries that had eluded the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife for decades.

Connect with Habitat Program Online Resources!

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Oct 25, 2013.

Becoming a Witness to Climate Change

By Sanjayan from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Oct 22, 2013.

Becoming a Witness to Climate Change

Exploratory science in a youth prison

By tom from News. Published on Oct 22, 2013.

The Camas pocket gopher - Small but fierce!

By tom from News. Published on Oct 22, 2013.

IAE and ODOT find win-win solution for gopher and lupines

2013 Oregon Values and Beliefs Survey Results

By admin from OLCV News Archive. Published on Oct 22, 2013.

Author: 
Oregon Values and Beliefs Project
October 22, 2013

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2013 Oregon Values and Beliefs Survey Results

By Andrew Hogan from OLCV News Archive. Published on Oct 22, 2013.

Author: 
Oregon Values and Beliefs Project
Date: 
October 13
Source: 
http://oregonvaluesproject.org/findings/top-findings/

The Oregon Values and Beliefs Project has released the results of three statewide surveys they conducted in April and May of this year. The results highlight the Oregon values and beliefs that we share.

In particular, there are three environmental issues that many Oregonians care deeply about:

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Cattle spurn shutdown, graze anyway

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Oct 17, 2013.

Twenty-eight cows that moseyed onto the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument last week obviously didn't know about the partial federal government shutdown.

What Works Snapshot on Riparian Buffer Restoration Projects!

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Oct 17, 2013.

Time is running out

By tom from News. Published on Oct 16, 2013.

Please support IAE’s on-the-ground programs through work place giving – Donate to EarthShare Oregon

Oregon lacking in the science of forestry

By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Oct 15, 2013.

  Profitable timber production can readily coexist with protections for water quality and community health.  That is the lesson of commercial logging operations in Washington, California and even Idaho. Then there is the way we do it in Oregon. We are governed by the Oregon Forest Practices Act (FPA), now … Read more

The Impact of Opal Creek: Going Full Circle

By Keeley from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Oct 14, 2013.

As the leaves start to change and the sound of tiny rubber boots splashing in puddles […]

Tell the Oregon Water Resources Department that LNG exports are not in the public interest!

By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Oct 10, 2013.

The Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club has been very active in its opposition to the proposed LNG export facility in Warrenton, Oregon. Now we have yet another reason to be concerned about this boondoggle: the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) is currently considering an application by Oregon LNG to use millions of gallons of […]

SB863 passes both the House and Senate

By Andrew Hogan from OLCV News Archive. Published on Oct 02, 2013.

Author: 
Andrew Hogan
Date: 
October 13

This afternoon, both the Oregon House and Senate passed SB863, which bars local governments from regulating GMOs. SB 863 passed the House 32-22, and the Senate 17-12. For more information on the bill and how votes were cast, click here.

We at OLCV cannot say THANK YOU enough to the thousands of Oregonians who have taken action and generated phone calls and emails over the past 15 days. Our members and supporters make a difference.

2013 Cooperative Association Conference Filled With Golden Opportunities

By OSPF from . Published on Oct 02, 2013.

The Oregon State Parks Foundation, with its primary work occurring at the statewide level, has relatively few opportunities to interact with park visitors on the ground. Much of that in-person outreach is left to 17 Friends groups (also termed cooperative associations) that work tirelessly to improve the state park experience at individual parks around the [...]

Adminstration Moves on Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Oct 01, 2013.

Adminstration Moves on Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Oct 01, 2013.

A humbling hike to South Sister

By Shelby Schroeder from All News. Published on Sep 29, 2013.

Nature enthusiast, EarthShare employee and contributor Meghan Humphreys finds danger and gratefulness in the wild.

Giving Season is Upon Us!

By kristina from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Sep 26, 2013.

We are rapidly approaching the giving season and Opal Creek has exciting news! We’ve been selected […]

Big Win for Wildlife

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Sep 25, 2013.



Antelope Ridge Energy Project Has Been Stopped

The proposed Antelope Ridge wind power project has been stopped.  Citing current market conditions, developer EDP Renewables withdrew its application with Oregon Department of Energy to build wind turbines and a new road system in important wildlife habitat adjacent to the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area.  

This is very good news for local wildlife.  Hells Canyon Preservation Council strongly supports energy conservationand responsible renewable energy development.  However, it's essential that renewable energy projects must be located on appropriate sites and that wildlife and their habitat are protected in the process.   

The Antelope Ridge project proposal certainly presented significant threats to local wildlife.  Hells Canyon Preservation Council actively worked to address these concerns through advocacy, education, and collaboration.  We testified at a public hearing and submitted detailed comments to Oregon Department of Energy on behalf of wildlife and their habitat.  We received sign-on in support for our comments from Oregon Natural Desert Association, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Audubon Society of Portland.  We met with Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Department of Energy, EDP Renewables, and the local grassroots group Friends of the Grande Ronde Valley as part of our efforts to protect wildlife and address the negative impacts of the proposed project.     

EDP Renewables had proposed to build 164 turbines over 47,000 acres of private land in the hills just south of the Grande Ronde Valley.  Antelope Ridge would have been built immediately north of EDP’s existing Elkhorn Valley wind facility where four golden eagles have been found dead since May 2009, presumably killed by wind turbines.  Since Antelope Ridge would be larger and located closer to eagle nesting areas, the likelihood of more golden eagle deaths would be high, according to US Fish & Wildlife Service.

According to comments from Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, “The Project is one of the first wind power projects in Oregon proposed to be sited in critical big game winter range and very productive wildlife habitat, resulting in the construction of a large industrial structure that negatively affects Oregon’s wildlife.”

Burrowing owls, Swainson’s hawk, and red-tailed hawks nest within the project area.  Four species of bats were identified within the proposed project area.  A potential sage-grouse lek is located near the southern end of the project.  The sensitive plant species Douglas clover and Oregon semaphore grass grow in the project area as well. 

Antelope Ridge would have been constructed just south of Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area, northeast Oregon’s largest remaining wetland.  It would have been built about a dozen miles west of the Eagle Cap Wilderness.  Forests, sagebrush /grasslands and wetlands provide key wildlife habitat in the project area.  Wildlife travel through the project area, and it’s an important wildlife connectivity corridor.  In fact, the Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group has identified the area as an important habitat link between the essential habitats of the Wallowa Mountains and the Blue Mountains.  A new road system would have fragmented habitat, and birds and bats would have been killed by the blades of the turbines.  Locating a large wind power project in critical big game habitat would be harmful to elk and deer and would set a terrible precedent for future projects.

The Antelope Ridge project has been more or less on hold for the past year.  While the withdrawal of the application is welcome news, it's worth noting the following statement in the letter from the developer:

"Although current market conditions do not allow us to proceed with the application process at this time, we look forward to building upon the strong precedent that has been set in coordination with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Oregon Governor’s Office to potentially restart project permitting in the future."

So while the recent withdrawal of the application is very good news, it's possible that a new application may be developed sometime in the future.

For the time being, however, this is very good news for eagles, elk, bats, hawks, owls, deer, and other wildlife species.  It’s also good news for the protection of the Ladd Marsh wetlands and the important wildlife connectivity corridors found within the project area.  And it’s good news for people who care about wildlife.

Renewable energy is a very good thing.  The earth’s future hangs in the balance over how well we are able to conserve energy and develop clean energy production.  However, renewable energy projects must be developed on appropriate sites.   And it’s essential that we protect wildlife and their habitat in the process. 

  
Story & photo by Brian Kelly,
Restoration Director



House passes bill to increase logging in Northwest forests

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Sep 23, 2013.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that would boost logging on some federal lands in the Northwest in exchange for protecting other lands for fish and wildlife habitat — despite the Obama administration's veto threat.

Tell Governor Kitzhaber: No Deal on GMOs

By admin from OLCV News Archive. Published on Sep 23, 2013.

September 23, 2013

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River Rally Workshop Proposals Due by October 24

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Sep 23, 2013.

The future of Oregon’s clean-flowing drinking water

By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Sep 18, 2013.

Over the past few months The Register-Guard has held a back-and-forth debate about Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio’s plan to increase logging in Oregon’s federal forests. What’s at stake? Nothing less than the future of Oregon’s clean-flowing drinking water. There is also growing awareness about the issue of rural community health … Read more

Wilderness Calls Us Back to Ourselves

By Gabbi from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Sep 17, 2013.

When I tell people I work for Opal Creek, I see an envious glimmer enter their […]

O&C lands bill threatens forest watersheds

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Sep 15, 2013.

The bill drafted by Oregon Reps. Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader and Greg Walden to significantly boost harvests from federal forestlands in western Oregon would drastically change the management of most of the so-called O&C; lands.

Newsletters

By Shelby Schroeder from All News. Published on Sep 13, 2013.

Find and subscribe to up-to-date news, events and volunteer opportunities.

Conservation Leaders Urge the US State Department to Restore the Columbia River’s Ecosystem in a Modernized Columbia River Treaty

By john from Press Releases. Published on Sep 13, 2013.

Portland, Oregon – National and regional environmental organizations and fishing and recreational businesses will meet with the United States Department of State Department on Friday, September 13, 2013 to discuss the Columbia River Treaty, which the United States entered into with Canada in 1964.

Second Annual Mountain Music Festival at Opal Creek

By kristina from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Sep 10, 2013.

Join us September 20-22 in Jawbone Flats for our second annual Mountain Music Festival! This year’s […]

Wandering Wolf 'OR-7' Appears To Have Found A Home

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Sep 09, 2013.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the wandering gray wolf has spent the summer in Southeast Jackson County and Southwest Klamath County.

10 Amazing Fall Foliage Photos

By Michael Lewis from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Sep 03, 2013.

10 Amazing Fall Foliage Photos

River Network Awarded 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility

By stwelker from What's New at River Network. Published on Aug 28, 2013.

Salmon Cam: A Live Look at Migrating Fish

By Michael Lewis from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Aug 20, 2013.

Salmon Cam: A Live Look at Migrating Fish

New Tool Tracks State Nutrient Water Quality Critiera

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Aug 17, 2013.

New Tool Tracks State Nutrient Water Quality Critiera

By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Aug 17, 2013.

OCN Priority will curb suction dredge mining permits

By Christy Splitt from OLCV News Archive. Published on Aug 13, 2013.

Author: 
Paul Fattig
Date: 
July 13
Source: 
Paul Fattig, Medford Mail Tribune

Medford Mail Tribune

July 17, 2013

Author: Paul Fattig

A measure passed by the state Legislature earlier this month aims to cut nearly two-thirds of the permits allowed for suction-dredge mining in Oregon's salmon-bearing rivers, including the Rogue River.

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Oregon and pesticides: our chance to make a stand for safety

By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Aug 13, 2013.

Oregon has become somewhat of a focal point for pesticide issues.  That is hardly cause for celebration for a state that wears its green credentials on its sleeve. The only hope is that Oregon will respond to the crisis with better regulations, safer policies and a commitment to protecting Oregon … Read more

The Women of Jawbone Flats

By Carmen from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Aug 07, 2013.

Author’s note: This was all inspired by Keeley’s mom, Bonnie McAnnis, who is an amazing woman. […]

Interesting Intersection: Water Quality Certification, Flows & Aesthetics

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Aug 05, 2013.

Update on Bighorn Protection from Darilyn Parry Brown

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jul 28, 2013.

Hells Canyon Preservation Council is a member of a regional Bighorn Advocacy Group whose primary aim is to see wild bighorn sheep herds in eastern Idaho, northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington gain the permanent protections they need to thrive in their native habitat.  HCPC has been a key advocate for bighorn herds in the greater Hells Canyon area for nearly a decade.  Though again and again, we’ve won our battles to protect bighorns in the courts, these victories are still not secured.

When I first came on as HCPC’s Executive Director early 2012, I took the lead on HCPC’s work to ensure lasting protections for wild bighorn herds in the Hells Canyon Country.  Most recently these efforts have focused on urging the Forest Service to follow their own Record of Decision released in 2010 that closes certain domestic sheep grazing allotments in the Salmon and Hells Canyon bighorn herds’ habitats and mandates deliberate risk reduction measures be put in place on open allotments.

Wild bighorn sheep are extremely susceptible to a pathogen carried by domestic sheep. Bighorn sheep die-offs have been on-going in Hells Canyon for over twenty years.  In 1991, the Forest Service publicly acknowledged one of the first documented die-offs in Hells Canyon when ninety percent of the Seven Devils bighorn herd was wiped out.  Other documented die-offs in the region date back even further.  In 1986, a massive bighorn die-off was discovered in the nearby Wallowa Mountains within the Eagle Cap Wilderness in northeast Oregon.  This was not the first die-off, but was the most devastating.  The discovery of the diseased carcass of “Spot,” the largest bighorn ram ever found in the continental United States, and the loss of over two-thirds of the herd (66 animals) to disease in a period of a few weeks, was a tragedy that attracted substantial public attention.  The cause of the die-off was determined to be pneumonia linked to Pasteurellabacteria.  In 1992, there was another massive bighorn die-off, this time in the Hells Canyon NRA in the Sheep Creek drainage on the Idaho side of the Canyon.  The culprit was again verified as pneumonia symptoms tied to Pasteurella bacterial infection.  Other die-offs have followed since, in herds within Hells Canyon as well as other nearby areas. 

Unfortunately, the Forest Service is not implementing or enforcing meaningful risk reduction measures. During the past two grazing seasons there were numerous instances where herders and/or herd dogs were not evidently present with their bands, animals were scattered and not recovered, and observers noted sheep outside allotments - in the areas with the greatest likelihood of domestic sheep and bighorn contact. Scattering events and sheep unaccounted for contribute to increased risk of contact between wild bighorn and domestic sheep. 
In September 2012, a foraying ewe was sighted on three different occasions by hunters on the Grassy Mountain allotment that was just vacated that season due to the 2010 decision to close allotments.  Had we not challenged the Payette National Forests’ interpretation of the Simpson Rider intended to stop the implementation of grazing allotment closures just a few months earlier, there would have been domestic sheep on the allotment where the ewe forayed. This was a very narrow miss that could have proven disastrous to an entire herd of wild bighorn.     
Due to a lack of adequate “contact risk reduction” action on the part of the Payette National Forest, in March HCPC submitted a letter to Payette National Forest Supervisor Keith Lannom urging him to adopt recommendations drawn up by the Bighorn Advocacy Group that outlined a realistic set of tools for reducing risk to the Salmon and Hells Canyon bighorn sheep herds. On June 10th, Supervisor Lannom hosted a meeting in response to ours and other members of the Bighorn Advocate Groups’ letters. However, domestic sheep had already been turned out on the allotments of concern (on June 1st).  Half an hour prior to the meeting, we were provided with a hard copy of the Forests’ Response to our recommendations. 
The Forest chose not to adopt any substantive portion of the recommendations; instead, they chose to use the following rationale to comply with the 2010 ROD: “The Forest Service sets permit requirements and allows the permittee to establish the management context...”  I think it is accurate to say, HCPC and our allies in attendance, which included representatives from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Nez Perce, Western Watersheds, and The Wilderness Society, are extremely discouraged by the Forest Service’ response.
Bighorn protection is not a popular idea among the small number of permittees who utilize our public lands to support massive domestic sheep operations in Idaho.  These powerful few have lobbied hard and continue to put tremendous pressure on the Forest Service to place their interests above those of threatened bighorn sheep.  Due to this heavy pressure, the victories we’ve worked so hard on over so many years for wild bighorn are not yet fully realized and we know we have to dedicate elevated efforts to the cause. 
Since the June meeting with the Payette, Veronica Warnock, HCPC’s Conservation Director, has taken the point on HCPC’s bighorn work. HCPC remains committed to saving wild bighorn herds.  Veronica and the Bighorn Advocacy Group will keep the pressure on the Payette Forest Service—and the heavily subsidized grazing permittees—as long as it takes to gain lasting protections for these magnificent animals of the canyons.
 - Darilyn Parry Brown
Executive Director, Hells Canyon Preservation Council

2nd Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Opal Creek!

By kristina from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Jul 18, 2013.

Mark your calendars! On Friday, September 6th, Opal Creek will be hosting its 2nd annual golf […]

Protecting Our Liquid Gold

By Nikki Roemmer from OLCV News Archive. Published on Jul 18, 2013.

Source: 
The Source Weekly

Published: July 18, 2013

We live in a desert. Water is precious. That much should be agreed upon.

Fortunately, we have a newly formed Central Oregon Conservation Network (COCN), a dream team collection of area environmental organizations, which is watchdogging how the region and regional agencies manage this resource—and, more keenly, what infrastructure is being planned and installed to manage this resource. The most recent battleground over this issue is the city of Bend's nearly $70 million Surface Water Improvement Project (SWIP).

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Snow Basin Update

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jul 28, 2013.


HCPC is seeking a Preliminary Injunction to stop the release and logging of two timber sales in the Snow Basin Vegetation Management Project.  The Skull and Empire sale areas within the project contain thousands of old growth trees and Bull trout habitat.  
On July 8th, HCPC Executive Director Darilyn Parry Brown testified in federal court to the fact the Forest Service WILL cut large old-growth trees, particularly on the Skull sale, if an injunction is not awarded.  
HCPC staff and volunteers visited old growth trees and stands in Skull in May and July provided proof the Forest Service is planning to remove many more ancient trees than it originally disclosed through the NEPA process, thus violating many environmental laws and its own decision.  
Judge Hernandez’s decision on the injunction is expected by July 18th when the Skull sale is scheduled to be released.

Humor, Facts, and Fundraising - Tom Lang's books

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jul 14, 2013.


It was at the Green Action Day in Portland, back in May, when Tom Lang walked up to the HCPC booth and introduced himself to HCPC’s Restoration Director Brian Kelly.  They got to talking, sharing interests in protecting wild places and blues music.  Tom, impressed with HCPC’s accomplishments, came up with a way he could support that work.  As an author, selling his books from his website, he could offer HCPC part of the proceeds of the sales of his books.  Their discussion continued through emails, and came up with a plan. 
Starting July 12th, 20% of the purchase price of books purchased through Tom’s website and entered with the “HCPC” code will help fund HCPC’s work to protect, restore and connect.   

This creative way to help HCPC is part of the funding “patchwork quilt” that keeps HCPC going, along with memberships, monthly River Runner donors, major gifts, bequests, grants, funding through EarthShare, and event income.  Every piece of the quilt is important, and HCPC is delighted to have Tom Lang contributing his piece.

You can read excerpts from Tom’s books below and on his website.  Tom’s personal eye view from the perspective of the animals he writes about includes a generous helping of humor leavened with detailed factual information.  He seems to find the crux of the interaction between people and the wildlife and help us look on both sides of the equation.  Anthropomorphizing? Yes, but with a point – and a very useful one.  Laughter is a way to get us outside our comfort zone – looking at ourselves, looking at others from a different place.  We mammals (and fish J) have more in common than we are usually willing to admit … and the about-face brings us closer to our connections.

Here’s an excerpt from Tom’s book “Bear”, giving us that “about-face” look:
“I’m a big, bad Alaskan brown bear and I get a little angry now and then. So shoot me. I don’t live in a fairy tale world where the worst thing that can happen is a smelly human eats my porridge and sleeps in my bed. I live in the real world. One day you’re walking down a trail smelling the flowers, the next your head’s hanging on a cabin wall and the humans are sitting on your butt in front of the fireplace.” 

Here’s a short excerpt from Tom’s book “Salmon”, showing off his skill for weaving in factual trivia -

“I’ve always been an emotional fish. My friends attribute my moods to my overly sensitive lateral lines, pores that run down my body from head to tail. These pores hook up with a canal under my skin that connects up with my brain, helping me sense minute disturbances and subtle movement. That’s how I can pick the best current, swim through murky water and maintain the tight formation of my school.
But I think my sensitivity has more to do with unresolved issues from my troubled childhood. My mother and father died when I was conceived. I lived under 6 inches of gravel in Chilkat Lake for 6 months before I emerged as a fry. I fought for a year with my 4000 brothers and sisters over cheap crustaceans and microscopic algae slop–green desmids, blue diatoms and blue-green dinoflagellates. I huddled in fear of swim-by killings when the Chars, a crazed fish gang high on zooplankton, would wipe out 90 of my siblings in one swallow.”


For a look at how Tom uses humor with great effect, here’s an excerpt from “Moose”:
“She walked into my office, all 800 pounds of sweet lean Alaskan moose sashaying my way. A light rust tint sparkled off her golden brown hair. She bent over, stripped a willow branch with her mouth and ate slow, like I wasn’t there. She looked up at me. Water lilies danced in the swampy ponds of her eyes.
“I’m Cervida and I’m missing my male.”
“I’ll bet he’s missing you, too.”
“That’s not what I mean. He’s missing. Gone.”
“How long has he been gone?”
“Three days.”
“That’s not long.”
“It is for one of my bulls. I tell my males when it’s time to be missing and when it’s time to be gone.”
   
“Look, you beautiful cow, you’re not here to give me a physical and this ain’t no restaurant. So, what can I do for you?”
“I hear you’re the best.”
“Best at what?”
“Finding things.”
“I’m not bad.”
“No, you’re not.”
She chewed the leaf slowly as we stood staring at each other.
“Are you free to find my male?”
“I ain’t free and I ain’t cheap.”
“Neither am I,” she said.
I stripped a branch from above me and chewed and stared while she chewed and stared back.
“Sure, Ms. Cervida–”
“Call me Vida.”
“Okay, Vida, I’ll graze around and see what I can find.”
I’m Al Gigas, moose detective. I’ve roamed the mean riverbeds of the Chilkat Valley for ten years and I’ve seen things no creature should ever see and I’ve seen creatures that will never see again. A missing moose is a bad sign but I didn’t mention that to Vida. She wasn’t the first ungulate to walk into my office looking for a loved one. I’ve had brothers looking for brothers, calves for mothers, mothers for calves. I find things, Vida was right about that. But what I find this time of year would be better if it stayed lost.
October was almost here.”


Enjoy a fun read, learn a lot, and support HCPC's work! 
- Danae Yurgel
  HCPC Office Administrator


Up a creek without the facts

By Nikki Roemmer from OLCV News Archive. Published on Jul 14, 2013.

Source: 
Bend Bulletin Editorial

Published: July 14. 2013 4:00AM PST

If there’s a campaign to save Tumalo Creek, it’s got to be careful with the facts. Central Oregon Conservation Network’s campaign should be more careful.

The conservation network is a collection of local and state environmental organizations — Central Oregon LandWatch, Trout Unlimited, 1000 Friends of Oregon and five more. The effort is coordinated by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.

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Columbia Land Trust Acquires Iconic Columbia River Island

By jdavis from News. Published on Jul 12, 2013.

Groups rally to save Tumalo Creek

By Nikki Roemmer from OLCV News Archive. Published on Jul 12, 2013.

Source: 
Dylan J. Darling / The Bulletin

Published: July 12, 2013 4:00AM PST

A coalition of conservation groups is calling for more water in Tumalo Creek.

The Central Oregon Conservation Network — which started this spring and has eight groups as members — has identified the creek running from the Cascades into Bend as its top priority, and is leading the Save Tumalo Creek campaign.

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July 2013 -- The Water Issue

By Meghan Humphreys from All News. Published on Jul 11, 2013.

Wildlife Watchers Project Begins New Season

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jan 13, 2014.

Despite the uncertainties of weather and the persistence of lingering snow banks, Hells Canyon Preservation Council’s Wildlife Watchers Program is up and running for the 2013 field season.  

In a partnership with the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, we’ve started the third season of documenting wildlife using motion-triggered wildlife cameras.  We are particularly interested in finding the American marten (“pine marten”) which is considered a management indicator species by the Forest Service.  After scouting out a variety of forested areas, we installed cameras in locations showing the best characteristics for marten habitat. To attract martens to the cameras, we apply a smelly, gooey substance known as marten lure.  This year, we are also hoping to entice martens to the cameras by placing chicken meat inside metal tubes cabled to a tree.  The tubes are large enough for a marten to crawl in but too small for bears and ravens to be able to access the bait.

Even though summer is officially here, the snow banks live on in the high country.  Moss Springs is above Cove, Oregon and sits at about 6,000 feet above sea level. When we drove there this year in mid-June, the snow was gone.  But as we drove north from Moss Springs toward Point Prominence and gained a bit of elevation, we soon hit snow.   It was deep enough to warrant turning around the four-wheel drive pickup while we still had the chance.  A week later, about three inches of new snow fell near the 7,000 foot level in the local mountains, just a couple of days before the Summer Solstice. Still, the weather forecasts predict 90 degree days before the end of June.

Welcome to early summer in the Blue Mountains.

After turning back to avoid the snow, we circled back and approached the area from lower elevation in the Indian Creek drainage.  We located suitable spots for the cameras and got them set up to start another season of sampling.

In 2011, the Wildlife Watchers photographed martens in the Elkhorn Mountains and also in the Mount Emily area.  In 2012, we sampled the Castle Ridge area between the Grande Ronde Valley and the Eagle Cap Wilderness boundary.  Surprisingly, we did not capture any photos of American martens there.  Interestingly, however, another old growth associated species, the northern flying squirrel was detected at almost 50% of the camera stations.     

This year, we returned to the Castle Ridge area, and are now sampling in new and different places.  We are also targeting areas where marten tracks were recorded in the past.  We hiked deeper into the Castle Ridge Roadless Area and installed cameras in some forested areas showing habitat characteristics that martens typically utilize.  We are also interested in the possibility that we may catch a photograph of wolverines or wolves moving from the Wilderness into the Castle Ridge Roadless Area.

HCPC appreciates the efforts of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and the HCPC volunteers who make this program possible.  We would also like to thank  our funding partners - Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and Mazamasand Patagonia. Stay tuned for more reports!   

- Brian Kelly
  HCPC Restoration Director       

New pesticide reduction law a significant win

By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Jun 28, 2013.

Protecting human health has always been a race between action and disaster. Consider how long society waited to remove lead from gasoline and paint, and the disaster that inaction inflicted upon generations of children and their brain development. As our technologies race ahead of our prudence, we’ve learned that local … Read more

June 2013 - "Your Share" E-newsletter

By Meghan Humphreys from All News. Published on Jun 18, 2013.

Finding Common Ground on Eastern Oregon Forests

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on May 29, 2013.

The following letter was published as a guest editorial in the La Grande Observer newspaper:
Finding Common Ground On Eastern Oregon Forests

Oregon’s public forests provide an tremendous variety of benefits to our state; they  protect our air and water, provide core habitat for fish and wildlife, offer recreation opportunities, and support the economic health of surrounding communities. Oregon’s forests also provide a special, uniquely Oregon quality of life that we all hope remains intact for generations to come.

Unfortunately, how to best manage these public lands is often a source of conflict.  This is especially true when the Forest Service pursues poorly designed timber sales, like the Snow Basin logging project on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in northeast Oregon.

After a century of short-sighted management decisions, our east side forests are at a crossroads. Fire suppression and logging practices of the past have created forests significantly removed from what nature intended.  Most of our old growth trees — those most resilient to fire — have already been logged, and a tangle of roads fragment our wildlife habitat.

The good news is conservation groups like Oregon Wild and Hells Canyon Preservation Council are successfully working with other forest stakeholders, including elected officials, landowners and the timber industry, to design logging projects which support rural economies while reducing the risk of fire, and protecting the remaining old trees and un-roaded wildlands on our forests.  This common sense approach of working together to restore forests and watersheds has gained support in recent years, and is leading to enhanced trust and agreement, less controversial projects, and more forest and watershed restoration work getting done.


Unfortunately, the Snow Basin project is an example of a logging sale which fails to build on this common ground.  Instead of focusing on thinning dry forest stands and reducing the risk of fire to homes and communities, the Forest Service has chosen to rush forward with a plan that includes logging in fragile, high elevation moist forests where fire risks are low and science demonstrates intensive logging is not appropriate.  Many leaders and land managers are calling for “increased harvest” off of Eastern Oregon’s public lands.  If they are serious, they should embrace a science-based approach that focuses on areas of consensus, and recognizes that today our forests are just as valuable for clean drinking water and our tourism and recreation economy as they are for two-by-fours.  That is the only way to forge a sustainable, consensus-based path through the woods.

Now is the time to be far-sighted in our actions.  Advancing projects which strengthen local economies and forest health depends on all stakeholders working together and using science as our guide.  We must site logging projects in areas where they do not compromise the forest’s ability to respond to a changing climate, survive high-intensity fires, and support fish and wildlife.  There may be room to increase the pace and scale of restoration-based thinning in east side forests, but we must avoid the mistakes made with Snow Basin.  Any increase in logging must go hand and hand with increased protection for important environmental values.

Many leaders and land managers are calling for “increased harvest” off of Eastern Oregon’s public lands.  If they are serious, they should embrace a science-based approach that focuses on areas of consensus, and recognizes that today our forests are just as valuable for clean drinking water and our tourism and recreation economy as they are for two-by-fours.  That is the only way to forge a sustainable, consensus-based path through the woods.

Veronica Warnock, Conservation Director
Hells Canyon Preservation Council

Steve Pedery, Conservation Director
Oregon Wild

PRC Statement on Wyden Framework for O&C Legislation

By Kate from Press Releases. Published on May 23, 2013.

PRC statement responding to Wyden framework for O&C; legislation

Your phone's last call should be to a recycler

By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Apr 12, 2013.

The Oregonian covers cell phone recycling. Did you know that EarthShare can help you recycle your cell phones at work? Read on to find out more.

Biophilia: This is Your Brain on Nature

By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Apr 12, 2013.

Studies and articles abound showing the positive effects of natural settings on the human mind and body.

Your Share - April 2013

By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Apr 02, 2013.

Burgerville Rocks!, Meet our Newest Charities & More!

Your Share - May 2013

By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Apr 02, 2013.

Plastic recycling changes in the Metro area, the best hikes & lots of spring inspiration!

Burgerville Employees Pledge $22,000 to EarthShare Member Groups

By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Mar 26, 2013.

Burgerville employees give generously to environmental nonprofits during their Spring workplace giving campaign.

News & Press

By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Mar 14, 2013.

Get the latest updates from EarthShare and our members.

EarthShare Oregon welcomes seven new member groups

By kverzwyvelt from All News. Published on Mar 14, 2013.

Oregon’s environmental federation expands to offer more choices for employee engagement.

GROUPS FILE PETITION TO REVOKE STEENS TRANSMISSION LINE APPROVAL

By Gena Goodman-Campbell from Press Releases. Published on Mar 08, 2013.

The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) and the Audubon Society of Portland have filed a petition requesting U.S. Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, to revoke the December 2011 Record of Decision allowing industrial scale wind development on Steens Mountain.

Charles Jones Remembers Jack Barry

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Mar 06, 2013.



Dear Conservationists,


On Christmas evening, at his home in La Grande, Jack Barry, 87, died. With him were wife Lois, family and friends.

Jack was among the early HCPC founders, primarily a bunch of Idaho Falls (Arco) nuclear engineers who couldn't abide the thought of the proposed dam in Hells Canyon (Brock can provide more background on Jack's early involvement.)

I met Jack shortly after arriving in La Grande in 1974. He had left the nuclear industry. Lois was hired by Eastern Oregon University becoming a much respected, loved and admired English professor -- one known to never suffer inept administrators gladly.

If anyone embodied a mad-dog environmentalist, it was Jack. He was fearless, persistent, relentless. He brought a much needed brand of obnoxiousness to countless public hearings, often the perfect antidote for public officials cowered by a bunch of burly loggers and industry hacks.

At a Hatfield Senate wilderness hearing in La Grande, Jack, exercising First Amendment rights to the hilt, failed to act with expected propriety to St. Mark. The La Grande police hauled him out of the auditorium, threw him up against the foyer wall, handcuffed him, and hauled him in. Jack (without a lawyer, but with much help from Lois) sued the police and received a very substantial out of court settlement from the city.

Probably a dozen years ago, HCPC honored six venerable NE Oregon conservations, stalwart defenders of our lands and heritage, at a large banquet. Jack, Loren Hughes, Bill Obertauffer, Bill Brown were among them. The speeches on behalf of Jack were the highlight. No one was ever a better recipient of hilarious roasts and toasts as the inimitable Mr. John Barry.

As ferocious (and admittedly, at times, trying) as Jack could be in public hearings or HCPC board meetings, he was absolutely the sweetest and most gracious host or guest in any social gathering or random rendezvous. He was always interested in your doings, your life, and your well-being. He met you with a smile and left you with a laugh. You loved to meet him on the street or in the store. Jack was always interesting. Jack was fun. He was a peach of a guy.

I'm quite sure I will never meet another Jack Barry. That saddens me.

HCPC is proud to have Charles Jones on the Hells Canyon Preservation Council Board of Directors

Green Your Camping Trips!

By Meghan Humphreys from All News. Published on Mar 05, 2013.

Here are our green tips for making the most of your outdoor experience, while taking care to leave a healthy environment when you pack up and head home.

Remembering Beginnings: Brock Evans on HCPC History

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Feb 27, 2013.



My personal recollections are that the HCPC was founded in 1967... same year as I was appointed to be the Sierra Club's and Federation of Western Outdoor Club's Northwest representative (March). I believe my first meeting with them (about September, 1967), referring to their "new" formation, is in my archives at the University of Washington Library.

Although there had certainly been opposition to Brownlee, Oxbow, and Hell's Canyon dams before that time, it was not effective and except for perhaps the Idaho Wildlife Federation, not very well-organized. That doesn't mean that there weren't precursors (in the form of opposition to dams in Hells Canyon); it just means that no such entity as HCPC per se, existed.

So my understanding when I came upon the scene in 1967 was like your own, Charlie -- the dam(n) builders built the easiest Snake River ones first -- easier politically for Idaho Power as a "private company" as well as logistically... it was when they attempted a project that affected three states, that the "public power" people challenged them, here).

Many of our kind of people then were also rightly fearful of the proposed Nez Perce Dam, just a mile or so below the confluence of the Snake and the Salmon -- because it would have drowned out the Lower Salmon gorges too. Somewhere around that time, the two applicants shifted the proposed site to High Mountain Sheep, just upstream of that confluence, I recall.  Anyone who floats down the Snake past that original site now can still see those white-painted initials way way up: "PNPC, Pacific Northwest Power Company" -- the private boys.

Last time I saw that one, coming off the Salmon and floating (with Ric Bailey's crew) out onto the great living Snake, he pointed out those initials to us -- and everyone got goosebumps. My own heart leapt, jumped for joy, that that is all that was left of such a monstrous river-destroying venture -- those initials, 5-600 feet above us.

I imagined then, with a shudder -- if that dam had been built, no one ever again would know what this place was like... instead of the songs of the canyon wrens, the grand play of early-morning
light and shadow on the cliffs, the murmur and tugs of a great living river at our boats, we instead would have all been in diving suits in the gloom of 500 feet of deadness above us. 

Someday, when everything else is safe and saved, I suggest we seek to preserve those initials -- as a kind of National Monument -- a memorial to the love, passion, and courage of our small bands, willing to stand and fight for it all, despite all the money and political power on the other side..

My first connection with the issue came in May 1967, while attending the meeting of the ExCom of the Pacific Northwest chapter of the Sierra Club (then comprising all the SC members in the four NW states -- things were so tenuous and so much smaller in those times), on Hood Canal, WA. To this meeting came one Floyd Harvey, river boat operator from Lewiston. He asked the Sierra Club for help, and I was directed -- "look into this Brock," etc.

I was very gloomy because, from my previous law practice, I knew that the legal case -- of WHO got to build the new dam, public or private power, was before the Supreme Court -- and it was the only issue -- who, not whether.  So, what could be done at this late date, when all seemed so, well, impossible? Remember there were no environmental laws at all then, no NEPA, no ESA, no nuthin'.

I have told the story before (in the Falcon, some years back), but I had not yet heard anything about any specific organization like HCPC dedicated to fighting this dam, which may only mean that my information wasn't very good. And I hadn't yet visited Idaho, part of my "territory." I know i would have certainly tried to contact them had I known, even though the legal situation seemed like grasping for straws. Remember, other Idaho stalwarts had just lost the battle over Dworshak Dam on the Clearwater, not to mention Hells Canyon, Oxbow, etc.

In those days, it was dam builder heaven wherever there still existed a free-flowing stretch of river... just as it was logger's heaven, wherever there were big trees.

So I was gloomy, depressed about that directive, to "investigate and do something about it..." Then in early June I noticed a short paragraph in my daily copy of the Lewiston Tribune, to the effect that Justice Wm. O Douglas had somehow persuaded his colleagues that "we cannot decide the issue of who gets to build this proposed dam until we first decide whether it is in the public interest to license any dam at all here..."Or words -- such wonderful words! to that effect.

Heresy! The dam-building juggernaut was in full force across the whole Northwest at the time; the idea of any dammable river being allowed to flow free was utter heresy -- nonsense.

But here was an opportunity, a tiny opening -- for us, at last, to DO something!... and not to belabor the story here, I filed a Petition of Intervention before the Federal Power Commission, and much to the disgust and disdain of the dam builders we were accepted into the case that September. While I was preparing the legal documents (July-August), I tried to find plaintiffs who would have some credibility, both within the court, and also in the public arena -- for we all knew that the legal action was just a precious delay... it was in the public/political forum where we would have to finally save it...  if we could. I couldn't file such a case in my own name.

The problem was that then, in those far-off times, enviro legal actions were little understood. I had to explain to the Presidents of the Sierra Club and FWOC what a plaintiff was! And had to have someone from Idaho, to satisfy the local credibility question.. But that summer, not yet having heard of HCPC, the only group I knew of from the state who would likely respond was the Idaho Alpine Club, based in Idaho Falls. They signed on too, that August.

As things grew more and more serious, and it looked like we just might have a chance to build a real campaign, I thought to myself -- "I'd better get over there and have a look." So I first visited the Canyon in early September, was stunned by the beauty and magnificence of the place. And it was around that time that I believe I met some folks from what they told me was the newly-formed HCPC... probably including Jack, Jim Campbell, Jerry Jayne, Russ Mager, Pete Henault... all of whom, and so many more over the years -- Russ Brown, Boyd Norton, come to mind, Ken Witty... and of course Jack, a lion of a man always out front whenever the issue was raised -- assumed the grassroots political leadership, on the ground, which was so crucial to our final successes in the 70s. Especially re Congressman Al Ullman, Senator Frank Church, and Bob Packwood... and neutralizing Senators Len Jordan and Mark Hatfield.  What a grand bunch of comrades to have by anyone's side, I have always felt. 

Those were very hot and heavy times, especially in Eastern OR, where no one will be surprised to know that dam-building sentiment was higher there than anywhere else. So it took really brave people, like Jack, Ken Witty, Carmelita Holland, bless them every one, to stand up and be counted in those scary times. 

And as it turned out, those same leaders of the Idaho Alpine Club who signed my Petition of Intervention turned out to be the very core, the heart and soul of the HCPC which they had just formed, too! One of the finest and happiest results in all my campaigning experiences.

So that's my recollection of how it all began in my memory. Whatever there may have been before, the Hells Canyon Preservation Council came to be in 1967 as I have always understood it, from working with those on the ground in those times. It's possible that my archives on the Hells Canyon struggle, housed in the University of Washington Library's Special Collections, may shed more light on the matter.

Sorry for such a long tome, but I felt that some of you would enjoy the context.
Best wishes, Brock

HCPC is proud to have Brock Evans on the Hells Canyon Preservation Council Board of Directors


Columbia Land Trust Hires a New Deputy Director and General Counsel

By jdavis from News. Published on Feb 20, 2013.

Oregon's Senators reintroduce Cathedral Rock and Horse Heaven under the Oregon Treasures Act of 2013

By Ben Gordon from Press Releases. Published on Feb 15, 2013.

Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced legislation today in the U.S. Senate which would greatly improve public lands protection throughout Oregon including the protection of nearly 18,000 acres as Wilderness along the John Day River in eastern Oregon’s prized high desert. These areas are known as Cathedral Rock and Horse Heaven and are included under the Oregon Treasures Act of 2013.

"We all do better when we all do better" - EarthShare Oregon

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Feb 14, 2013.

"We all do better when we all do better."
I love that quote, which I first heard from populist philosopher Jim Hightower. I think of that wisdom when we ask how to be effective in a world with so many challenges. Another way of thinking of it is "How do we love all children, of all species, for all time?" (a quote I heard on the E2 program on OPB).   
One of the great answers to that is beautifully illustrated in the children's book "Swimmy" - a simple idea - join together.
HCPC is proud to be a member of EarthShare Oregon - a joint effort by a broad range of Oregon's environmental groups.  Read about EarthShare Oregon on their website.
You can support HCPC and the other members of EarthShare Oregon by bringing EarthShare into your workplace (see below).
Imagine this beautiful, amazing and awe-inspiring earth we all love singing, in the words of classic R&R "Come together - right now - over me!"

Wishing you all a cozy Valentine's Day
      with lots of togetherness,
Danae   
Office Administrator
Hells Canyon Preservation Council  


Call on EarthShare for help with your office’s Green Team
 Do you work for a company that has a Green Team or Sustainability Committee?  Many Pacific Northwest employers have these squads of employees who are committed to improving their workplace’s environmental performance, and making the lives of all employees greener.  But once the recycling center is set up, and the copier paper has been switched to a recycled content, what can these groups do to keep sustainability in the forefront?
EarthShare Oregon can help employers with this common problem. Its dozens of local member charities work on everything from bicycle commuting to renewable power generation. Through EarthShare, these nonprofits can help your company’s green team explore new sustainability avenues. 
Contact Meghan Humphreys at EarthShare Oregon (503-223-9015) or meghan@earthshare-oregon.org) to discuss potential topics for your office’s upcoming Green Team meetings.



  

Jack Barry - Visionary Voice 1925 - 2012

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jan 04, 2013.


We at HCPC are grieving the loss of one of the visionaries who founded the organization to prevent further damming of the Snake River back in the mid-60s. Jack Barry passed away on Christmas evening following a lovely dinner with family and friends.  We are going to sorely miss his keen insight and wit. 

The obituary below was written by his wife Lois Barry:


John E. (Jack) Barry was born in Boston, 5 March 1925 to Gertrude French Barry and Walter J. Barry. He died suddenly at home on December 25.   During WW II he proudly served in General Patton’s 3rd Army, fighting through France, Germany and Austria til the war’s end. After graduating from Middlebury College, with the remainder of his GI Bill, he enrolled at the University of Innsbruck, Austria where he studied math but “majored in skiing.” Inspired by Richard Halliburton’s Royal Road to Romance, Jack became a life-long adventure traveler. During one spring break he and two friends rode their 3-speed bikes from Innsbruck, to Cairo, Egypt where he climbed the Great Pyramid at Cheops.

Reluctant to leave Europe, Jack worked in Heidelberg, Germany for the U.S. Army Education program, where he met Lois Andrews. They married in Heidelberg in 1953. After their return to the U.S., Jack worked on jet engine noise suppression at Boeing in Seattle, experimental engine programs for Beech Aircraft in Boulder, the earliest satellite communication systems for Telecomputing in Alamogordo and Philco in Palo Alto, and nuclear reactor testing for Phillips outside of Idaho Falls, Idaho where Jack and a small group of fellow scientists  formed the Hells Canyon Preservation Council in 1967 to prevent construction of further dams on the Snake River.

In 1967, never a “company man,” Jack decided to leave industry. With teaching certificates, he and Lois searched the Pacific Northwest for a perfect spot to raise their children. For a poor kid who grew up selling papers on the streets of Boston, purchasing 150 acres on the Morgan Lake Road in La Grande was a dream come true. The family immediately acquired two horses, a pony, three pigs, two steers and a hundred chickens. Soon Jack was active in successful efforts to prevent old-growth logging on the Minam and a proposed dam on Catherine Creek. Eventually Jack purchased and preserved 1,000 beautiful forested acres in Oregon.

After teaching science and math in local schools, it was time for adventure. In 1972, Jack and Lois packed up the family for two years of teaching at the American School in Tehran, Iran. As chair of the math department, Jack arranged for school buses to take students to the opera, “an important part of students’ education.” Ever a gypsy, he drove the family’s VW bus 5,000 miles in the Middle East where they camped out in Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, and Pakistan, then drove and camped from Tehran to Copenhagen and back to Amsterdam for their return to the U.S.

While they were in Iran, a forest fire burned the family home. Using a quick sketch on a piece of notebook paper, Jack and his sons built a new house on the Morgan Lake Road. His mantras, depending on the situation, were “Everything is Transcendental” and “Attitude is Everything.”

Jack never made a reservation, often picking locations because their names (like Krk and Ybbs) interested him. He and Lois enjoyed camping all over the Western United States and Canada, and travels to Nepal, Bali, Egypt, Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia, as well as frequent trips to visit friends in Europe. They also visited Newfoundland where his mother’s home place at French’s Cove is now a national historic site. There he was pleased to learn that he might be descended from pirates, which explained his love of "messing about in boats."

Jack is survived by his wife, Lois, his daughter, Kimberley Barry (Ashland), sons Brian Barry (Bend) and Peter Barry (Joseph), and his very special grandson, Kai Barry (Bend). Jack was a man of strong and consistent opinions. A committed environmentalist and unapologetic Democrat, he liked “old stuff,” especially books, and was ever curious and alive to the world. He never met a dog he didn’t like and --like Mark Twain -- looked forward to meeting his dogs (22 who adopted him over a lifetime) in their heaven. His legacy, joy in the moment and love of the natural world, is shared by his family and friends. A celebration of Jack’s life will be held in mid-June when the wild-flowers are in bloom on the Morgan Lake Road.

Native fish benefit from decade of dogged advocacy on John Day River

By Gena Goodman-Campbell from Press Releases. Published on Nov 28, 2012.

Steelhead trout in the John Day River can expect to see improved habitat conditions after over a hundred years of habitat degradation caused by cattle grazing in eastern Oregon's streams.

Rosemont Road Pathway Update – November 5th

By rroberts from News. Published on Nov 21, 2012.

Update on the construction of Rosemont Trail as of November 5th, 2012.

Haul Road Construction Closure Information- UPDATE 10/31/12

By rroberts from News. Published on Oct 31, 2012.

A description of the road closure protocol and how to find out more information on road closure due to fire precaution levels.

Backyard Habitats Certification Program

By eric from News. Published on Oct 08, 2012.

Columbia Land Trust and Audubon Society of Portland have joined forces to offer the Backyard Habitat Certification Program. Learn more and get certified today.

Leading scientists blast Steens Mountain wind proposal for devastating wildlife impacts

By Gena Goodman-Campbell from Press Releases. Published on Oct 08, 2012.

Sage-grouse and golden eagle populations on Steens Mountain would be greatly harmed by a proposed industrial wind energy development and high-voltage transmission line, according to leading wildlife experts in court filings today.

Haul Road Restoration Phase 3 Underway

By rroberts from News. Published on Aug 10, 2012.

Update on the progress of the 3rd phase of restoration on the Haul Road.

560 More Acres of Columbia River Shoreline Conserved!

By rroberts from News. Published on Aug 02, 2012.

Columbia Stock Ranch acquisition article

The Dawn of Dam Removal

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jul 06, 2012.

In honor of HCPC's inception, winning the fight to stop the final damming of the Snake River in Hells Canyon, we bring you an essay by former Secretary of Interior, Bruce Babbit.

The Dawn of Dam Removal

Bruce Babbitt
Early Fall 2012

When I began considering dam removal, the Elwha River quickly emerged at the top of my list. The river flows through the heart of Olympic National Park. It once hosted the most prolific salmon runs in the Northwest. And the tiny amount of electricity from the dams could easily be replaced from other sources.

I went to the Olympic Peninsula to take a look. Sure enough, it seemed the perfect place to begin. The two dams down near the mouth of the river appeared completely out of place in the splendor of the great old-growth forests. I convened a press conference to announce a new era of dam removal, beginning here at the Elwha River.

And then all hell broke loose. Washington State’s senior senator angrily condemned the idea, vowing, as ranking member of the Department of Interior Appropriations Committee, to put an end to such nonsense. Other members of the congressional delegation chimed in, in opposition. Newspaper editorials ridiculed the plan.

A few weeks later President Clinton took me aside, looking somewhat bemused, and asked, “Bruce, what is all this stuff about tearing down dams?”  His innocent-sounding question was really a cautionary admonition. Our administration was already caught up in a bitter and politically costly controversy over the spotted owl and logging of old-growth forests in the Northwest. Friends reminded me that cabinet secretaries who stir up too much controversy can and do lose their jobs. The Elwha project would have to go on the back burner for a while.

That public opinion was flooding in against us was hardly surprising. Back then, tearing down dams to restore rivers seemed a capricious idea dreamed up by another meddling bureaucrat. Why tear down perfectly good dams?

We quietly set about rebuilding our case. Within the Department of the Interior we began preparing an environmental impact statement loaded with cost estimates, hydrologic computations, sediment studies, fish mortality statistics and regional economic impacts. However, of all the arguments thrown up against dam removal, the most effective was simply, “It won’t work. The salmon have been gone for a hundred years. What makes you think they’ll return?”

Somehow, somewhere, we had to demonstrate that fish do come back. We needed to show and tell – with a small dam, built within recent memory, surrounded by a friendly community that actually remembered the fish runs and their importance to the community.

And finally we found a candidate, at the other end of the country on a little-known river on the Atlantic Coast of North Carolina. 

It turned out that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was already quietly at work on the Neuse River where a small diversion dam built in 1952 near the mouth had killed off one of the most prolific spawning runs of American shad, herring and stripers on the Atlantic Coast. A power company had built the Quaker Neck Dam to draw water for cooling, and it was perfectly feasible to design an alternate intake method.

On a clear winter day in 1997, we assembled on the river bank. I took a few swings at the concrete with a sledgehammer, and a wrecking ball finished the job. By springtime, fish were swarming up the river, passing through Raleigh 70 miles upstream.

The success at Quaker Neck brought national press and began to turn public opinion. Across the country local communities came up with proposals, and dams began to come down – at Kennebec in Maine, along the Baraboo River in Wisconsin, the Rogue River in Oregon, and the Butte and Clear Creeks in California.
With public opinion now moving our way, nationally and in the Northwest, we ratcheted up our efforts in Congress to finish off the Elwha dams. Slowly, at what seemed a glacial pace, funding started to flow, finally coming to fruition in the Obama administration.

In the space of two decades, dam removal has evolved from a novelty to an accepted means of river restoration. Most importantly, the concept has taken root in hundreds of local communities as residents rediscover their rivers, their history, and the potential not only to restore natural systems, but, in the process, to renew their communities as well.

I am asked, “After Elwha, what is your next priority?” That’s like asking, “What is my favorite national park?” My answer tends to vary depending on what I have been reading and where I have been hiking most recently. But my nomination would be the four dams – Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite – that have transformed the great Snake River in western Washington into a slack-water barge channel, destroying thousands of miles of salmon habitat in the Rocky Mountains and driving four salmon species to the brink of extinction.

Others will have their own compelling priorities – and there are still 75,000 dams for consideration.

Circling back to Wallowa County with HCPC

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jun 20, 2012.

After three wonderful years in La Grande, I recently moved back to Wallowa County for the summer. Now that I’m back, it’s very rewarding to see the many ways that HCPC’s work, past and present, helps to improve the lives of many people here in Wallowa County.

I recently bumped into a friend of mine that I haven’t seen for about three years on the streets of Joseph. I used to work for him when I was a naturalist/guide for Wallowa Resources Elderhostel program some years back. We were catching up and he told me that he was working as a Wilderness Ranger in the Eagle Cap and was on his way up to check Wilderness signs at a few remote trailheads. I knew that HCPC had been able to direct some money to the Forest Service in order to fund a Wilderness Ranger position in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. If you like that kind of work, it’s hard to find a better job.

There used to be a lot more Wilderness Rangers than there are today and they are sorely needed to help maintain trailheads, clear trails, and to help with restoration and invasive plant removal. HCPC was able to fund this position, with the potential to last for a decade, as a result of our settlement agreement on the Boardman Power Plant. The Boardman Power Plant burns coal and pollutes the skies of the Eagle Cap and Hells Canyon Wilderness areas, not to mention our own communities. I even heard that mercury has been found in the fish in some high elevation Wilderness lakes. HCPC’s work has helped to result in a reduction and eventual stop to this coal-burning plant’s pollution of our environment, while leveraging good jobs in our community.

It’s very inspiring and eye-opening to see how HCPC’s historic work of preventing the damming of Hells Canyon continues to change lives and create new opportunities for people. Some of my neighbors are hard at work this time of year guiding dozens and dozens of people down the areas many beautiful rivers. It amazes me to think of all the sustainable jobs generated through the rafting industry, and all the people that connect with the awesome Hells Canyon ecosystem by floating through it on the Snake River. And the river rafting industry seems more vibrant today than ever, attesting to the sustainability of rafting and the desire of people to be out in nature.

The fundamental accomplishment of saving Hells Canyon forever changed Wallowa County and it’s nowhere more evident than in the composition of the local communities. I know many of these remarkable people would not be in Wallowa County today were it not for the work of HCPC. I am really thankful that they are here.

David Mildrexler, Ecosystem Conservation Coordinator, Hells Canyon Preservation Council

Ninth Circuit Court Upholds Decision on Sierra Nevada Forest Plan

By Kate from Press Releases. Published on Jun 20, 2012.

HCPC welcomes summer intern Joshua Axelrod

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jun 08, 2012.


My family moved to La Grande in the late summer heat of 1988, rounding the bend out of Ladd Canyon and catching our first glimpse of Mt. Emily’s iconic profile dominating the distance.  Though my parents were moving to take jobs at EOSC, it was our first time in Eastern Oregon, our weary eyes looking out across the Grande Ronde Valley at the end of a cross-country adventure that took us from the rolling, humid hills of Southern Ohio, across the Great Plains, over the Rockies, and into a piece of the world we had yet to know.  Over the next 13 years, I came to know and love the hills and mountains of Eastern Oregon in ways I cannot imagine knowing any other place.  Spring was spent wandering in search of morels, summer was spent discovering the high places deep within the Wallowa Mountains or tramping through the woods in search of the ever-elusive “large” huckleberry, in fall we waited for the snow, and in the winter we slid around on skis through the silent, frozen woods near Spout Springs, around Anthony Lakes, and near Salt Creek Summit.  By the time I graduated from LHS in 2001, Eastern Oregon had left a deep imprint on my understanding and view of the world.  It had instilled in me a deep desire to protect the natural world so that future generations might be able confront it with the same sense of wonder that all of us who grew up with the Blue Mountains out our backdoor were able to do without even realizing what a gift we had so easily within our reach.

Josh (red bandana) and his dad crossing a snow bridge above Hurricane Creek, July 2011.
After high school, I spent four formative years at Middlebury College in central Vermont.  There, surrounded by the entirely different beauty of the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks looming just across Lake Champlain, my feelings about the importance of preserving the few remaining wild places left in this world occupied more and more of my thinking. Since that time, life has taken me back to Oregon where I lived and worked in Portland for two years, back across the country to Boston where I lived and worked for three years, and finally, south to Washington, DC where my wife and I decided to take the graduate school plunge together.


Josh (right), his younger brother Ezra, and his dad in the hills above La Grande, Christmas 2011.
At the Washington College of Law at American University, I am trying my best to honor my rationale for returning to school to pursue my legal degree.  I am a member of the editorial board of the Sustainable Development Law and Policy publication, a member of the Environmental Law Society, and hope to continue to focus my studies on environmental law and policy.  It is hard to believe that my legal pursuits have brought me back to Eastern Oregon to spend the summer as a legal intern with the Hells Canyon Preservation Council, but I suppose life is full of these wonderfully unexpected twists and turns.  This is the first professional experience I have ever had in a place that I feel a passionate connection to, and I hope that in the next two months I am able to make a positive and substantial contribution to HCPC’s ongoing conservation efforts in what is truly one of the most remarkable corners of the world.

HCPC and Allies Await Approval for a Settlement Agreement Requiring DEQ to Re-Examine Controversial Mining Practice

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on May 25, 2012.


In the spring of 2010, we urged our members to comment on the Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) new draft permit for regulating suction dredge mining throughout Oregon (the "700PM permit"). A suction dredge is a gasoline-powered vacuum attached to a floating sluice box. Miners use the vacuum to suck up the bottom of streams and rivers and run sediment through the sluice to filter out gold and then dump the sediment back into the stream.

Fishermen and clean water advocates are concerned about the negative effects suction dredge mining can have on fish and aquatic habitat quality.  This mining practice kills fish eggs and offspring thereby reducing fish spawning success, deposits fine sediment on stream bottoms, mobilizes toxic heavy metals and harms macro-invertebrate communities that are an essential part of the aquatic food web.

Because of these negative impacts, HCPC joined a coalition of other conservation groups in January 2011 to challenge DEQ's final 700PM permit in state court for violating state and federal water quality laws.  Over the past several months, however, our coalition has been working to secure a settlement agreement with DEQ that would allow us to dismiss our lawsuit by requiring the agency to re-open the discussion about this controversial mining practice to the public. 
                                                   
Last week we reached such an agreement.  If approved by the Court, our settlement would require DEQ to robustly examine ways to revise the 700PM permit to ensure compliance with water quality laws and adequately protect fish and their habitat.  Unfortunately, the Eastern Oregon Miners' Association, which intervened as a party to the lawsuit, filed questionable motions that are delaying and threaten to interfere with the Court's approval of our agreement.  We're hopeful these motions can be resolved shortly so we can continue moving forward.

Oregon’s statewide Clean Water Act permits are usually renewed on a five-year basis. The next version of the suction dredging permit should be finalized by July 2014. The settlement agreement outlines a stakeholder process beginning in December 2012 to initiate the next permit renewal.  Based on the settlement, the permit renewal process will consider prohibited areas based on water pollution, fish habitat and specially designated areas, whether to require annual reports and the cost of this activity to the state, among other items. 

The number of suction dredges in Oregon has increased dramatically in recent years.  Permits from the Department of State Lands (DSL) have increased nearly 300% from 656 in 2007 to 2,209 in 2011. DEQ permit registrations in the last two years also show that nearly 30% of suction dredge miners are coming from other states to mine Oregon’s streams and rivers.  This likely includes a sizable number of out-of-state miners that used to go to California to dredge before our neighboring state put a dredging moratorium in place until 2016.  This trend is a serious threat to our streams, rivers and fisheries.

Plaintiffs in this case were represented by the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center ("PEAC").  HCPC's co-plaintiffs include the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Rogue Riverkeeper, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, Institute for Fisheries Resources, Oregon Coast Alliance and Oregon Wild.

Alaska Airlines Magazine features Desert Basin Landscapes

By Barksdale Brown from Press Releases. Published on May 22, 2012.

Alaska Airlines Magazine article by Eric Lucas highlights desert basin landscapes

Of Killdeer, Camas, and the Travel Management Plan

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on May 21, 2012.

I recently worked with a volunteer from the Birdathon, printing small photos of habitat for kids to use in one of the hands-on learning projects Birdathon volunteers offer.  I started thinking about habitat - that conjunction of space/food/water/shelter/structure that allows a species to live there.

It's hard not to notice the killdeer trying to occupy the gravel right-of-way along a back road.  They can't nest there, between the tires and the cats and dogs and horses and bicycles.  The seasonally scrubbed gravel beds along and in the river are mostly gone.  I sometimes fantasize that we could take all the flat roofs on the downtown buildings, add a shallow gravel layer with a little silt for occasional native grasses, and create some of the nesting area that is now subdivisions and streets and straight narrow ditches.  It would take creativity and commitment and a great deal of buy-in from people who probably mostly don't care about the nesting needs of killdeer. 

It would have been so much easier to keep a few gravel ridges and sandbars along the river and major creeks, instead of subverting the natural riverine shapes and patterns to the straight and narrow of the Army Corps of Engineers.  Human convenience, thoughtlessness and arrogance trumped the needs of other species.   It would now take a great deal of money and time and effort to rebuild one gravel ridge or sandbar.  

One of the reasons I support HCPC is that it works to protect the places that do still exist - public lands where wildlife can still find the habitat they need, knowing that it is so much more reasonable (and affordable)  to preserve than to have to rebuild.  And HCPC works to rebuild and restore habitat as well, knowing that we need to repair damage that has been done.  

This is clear in the recent Travel Management Plan for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.  I'm so proud of HCPC advocating for the protection of elk calving grounds from motorized disturbance, for the protection of high wet meadows from destructive and careless cross-country rutting by off-roaders, for the protection of roadless areas from new roads, and for the closure of excess old roads that were supposed to be closed down a decade ago.   

I recently followed the Mt. Emily Road, looking for wildflowers and enjoying the abundance of blooms and silence and birdsong.   It didn't take long though before I saw the terrible damage left by off-road vehicles tearing across a wet meadow.  The ruts were deep, hard set, and showed as dark brown scars bereft of any green in the midst of wildflowers.    In another case the damage went straight up a steep hillside that was now eroding badly.  There were roads around, a LOT of roads - going off both sides from the Mt. Emily road.  There was no need to go where these ruts went, in one case just cutting a corner between the main road and another side road.   

I started thinking about how long it would take for those ruts to heal.  Since we can still see the ruts from wagon wheels over 100 years ago, without our help such wounds last a long time.  Wouldn't it be better not to make them in the first place?     

                                      

Wild Places, Roads and Freedom

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on May 13, 2012.

From the edge of the road:  Looking into the roadless.  Photo by Brian Kelly

It’s been pretty noisy around northeast Oregon lately.  As the US Forest Service tries to deal with motorized use of public lands, objections have been heard from people who have become accustomed to being able to drive just about anywhere they please.  The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has more than nine thousand miles of roads, many of them left over from old logging projects.  Over much of the National Forest, you are currently allowed to drive off the roads and across country if you feel like it.

Some folks seem to view the Forest Service travel planning process as a restriction of their freedom and access to public lands.  Of course, when four-wheel-drive vehicles and ATVs drive unrestricted across the landscape then wildlife habitat is degraded, water quality suffers and weeds spread across the countryside.  The peaceful beauty that people seek on public wild lands can become diminished by the impacts of the users.

What about our freedom?  Well, two of America’s greatest conservationists wrote about freedom in describing their relationship with the natural world.

“What avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?”

Aldo Leopold wrote these powerful words.  While of course we all need roads to access wild places, at a certain point the presence of a road itself diminishes the very character of the wild place that we seek.  The place where the road ends and the blank spot begins is a special place indeed.   You will find wildlife, old forests, and clean waters when you find the blank spots on the map.

Here are the words of John Muir:

“Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature's darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

Following his description of freedom in the mountains, John Muir added this next sentence:

“As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature's sources never fail.”

It’s striking to me that rather than complaining about not being allowed to drive a Model T Ford across the forest as he grew older, John Muir chose to rejoice in the enjoyment of nature.

He was a very wise man and a free man as well.

~Brian Kelly

Analysis confirms Wallowa-Whitman Travel Plan Decision leaves plenty of access

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on May 07, 2012.

It is very important that we use this pause in the Travel Plan Process to better understand what the now withdrawn Decision would have actually done. One of the most common claims put forth against the Travel Plan Decision was that the Forest Service was taking away access to the Forest. Some even claimed that the Forest Service was using the Travel Plan to “lock them out” of the National Forest.


If there were any truth to these claims, HCPC would be very concerned. How are people supposed to cultivate the life-long connections to the National Forestlands that are ultimately necessary to encourage and advocate for better stewardship of these ecosystems, if people can’t connect with them in the first place? So let’s take a close look and see for ourselves what this Decision would do.

With our partners, we performed a GIS analysis based on the Selected Alternative Layer (i.e. the now withdrawn Decision). All open motor vehicle roads and trails are mapped in red. We put a one-mile buffer around all open motor vehicle roads and trails so we could visually see how many places on the National Forest could be accessed in less than one-miles distance from the nearest road, a modest distance. These areas are mapped in grey. If an area is further than one mile from a road, it is mapped in light green. Wilderness is in dark green.

 
The results graphically illustrate that outside Wilderness areas, nearly the entire National Forest is within one mile of a road. The few small islands that are further than one-mile from a road are usually inside Inventoried Roadless Areas (mapped in black crosshatch). These are very small islands, and based on a visual assessment, it appears that the Decision would not leave anywhere outside designated Wilderness further than two miles from an open road. It’s important to note that the map does not show the areas within Wilderness areas that are less than one-mile from a road. If it did, you could see that much of the North Fork John Day Wilderness would be grey color, and a surprisingly large part of the Eagle Cap Wilderness as well.


These results clearly show that the Forest Service strived to provide very widespread access to the entire Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in their Travel Plan Decision. In our opinion, the Decision did not go far enough to protect roadless areas, old growth forests, critical elk habitat areas, and fragile aquatic environments from the damages of motorized vehicles. We encourage the Forest Service to use this opportunity to strengthen the Travel Plan in these key natural resource areas.

As HCPC stated in our press release on the withdrawal of the Wallowa-Whitman Travel Management Plan, and as is clearly illustrated in the analysis above, there is no validity in the claims that people will no longer have access to the Forest. Moreover, the Travel Plan is not just about access, but also about protection of natural resources and the costs of maintaining the designated road system. As I stated in my editorial
(http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/04/wallowa-whitman_national_fores.html), what’s really at stake is the quality of the National Forest's we will be accessing.

David Mildrexler, Ecosystem Conservation Coordinator, Hells Canyon Preservation Council

Of Truth and Boots

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Apr 16, 2012.

Wow. Been a very long week. Hard not to talk about the Wallowa-Whitman Travel Plan, with all the terrible misinformation going around. Reminds me of the saying that a lie can run around the world before the truth can get its boots on.
Truth and facts seem to be badly outnumbered by imagined outrages and fictional claims.
For the record:
No, logging will not be shut down by the Travel Plan - it will not be hampered by this Decision.
No, the forest will not be locked away - over 4,000 miles of roads will remain open.
No, the process of reaching this Decision did not shut out the public - it involved years of public participation and comments.
No, the process does not ignore different viewpoints - the Travel Plan includes new trails for off road vehicles (as much as I don't want that).
No, not all "locals" are against it. I'm local and I'm for an even stronger Travel Management Plan.
No, the Wallowa-Whitman is not a county or even a state forest - it is a National forest, held in trust not just for us locals, but for the nation; not just for this generation, but for the future as well.

The Travel Plan Decision is a compromise that addresses the concerns of all stakeholders with a moderate response to the need for travel management. It will close down some roads - mostly old, overgrown, eroded, or duplicate roads that would be too expensive to repair. It does include some protection for much-needed wildlife "security habitat" and some protection for streams with runs of native fish.

The Travel Plan doesn't go nearly as far as it needs to for wildlife, fisheries, and native plants. Still, I accept that both science and politics are at play, and the Forest Service has done the best it can to respond to all interests.

What I do not accept is the false portrayals of the issues that I see and hear in almost all venues, from town halls to local papers to neighborhood gossip.

Lies, even unintentional ones, do not make a good basis for decisions.

Now, on to the news that the seasonal progression of wildflowers is starting to unroll, bluebirds are back on Cricket Flats, and a sandhill crane was spotted out in the fields by Indian Creek (south of Elgin). Ospreys are back on the nest by Willow Creek and on Woodell Road, and curlews are in the fields north of La Grande.

Back to enjoying this wonderful place where we live -

Danae Yurgel


Steens Mountain Threatened by Massive Wind Development

By katya from Press Releases. Published on Apr 05, 2012.

The Perverse Logic of Wolf Hunts

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Mar 30, 2012.

The Predator Persecution Complex

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/03/30/the-perverse-logic-of-wolf-hunts/

by GEORGE WUERTHNER

The hysteria that surrounds wolf management in the Rockies has clouded rational discussion. Wolves are hardly a threat to either hunting opportunity or the livestock industry.

ELK NUMBERS ABOVE OBJECTIVES

For instance, the Wyoming Fish and Game reports: “The Department continues to manage to reduce Wyoming’s elk numbers. The total population of the herds with estimates increased by 16 percent in 2009 and is now 29 percent above the statewide objective of 83,640 animals.”

Things are similar in Montana. Populations have grown from an estimated 89,000 animals in 1992 prior to wolf recovery to 140,000-150,000 animals in recent years.

In Idaho we find a similar trend. According to the IDFG 23 out of 29 elk units are at and/or above objective. Hunter success in 2011 was 20%: one in five hunters killed an elk.

Wolves are clearly not a threat to the future of hunting in any of these states.

LIVESTOCK LOSSES EXAGGERATED

Ranchers are equally irrational. In 2010 Wyoming livestock producers lost 41,000 cattle and calves due to weather, predators, digestive problems, respiratory issues, calving and other problems. But total livestock losses attributed to wolves was 26 cattle and 33 sheep!

Last year Montana livestock producers lost more than 140,000 cattle and sheep to all causes. But total livestock losses attributed to wolves was less than a hundred animals.

In 2010 Idaho cattle producers lost 93,000 animals to all causes. Respiratory problems were the largest cause accounting for 25.6 percent of the cattle lost. Next came digestive problems, accounting for 13.4 percent of the cattle deaths. Total cattle losses attributed to wolves was 75 animals.

To suggest that wolves are a threat to the livestock industry borders on absurdity.

WOLF CONTROL INCREASES CONFLICTS

Worse yet, the persecution of predators does not work to reduce even these minimum conflicts as most proponents of wolf control suggest.

The reason indiscriminate killing does not work is because it ignores the social ecology of predators. Wolves, cougars, and other predators are social animals. As such, any attempt to control them that does not consider their “social ecology” is likely to fail. Look at the century old war on coyotes—we kill them by the hundreds of thousands, yet ranchers continue to complain about how these predators are destroying their industry. And the usual response assumes that if we only kill a few more we’ll finally get the coyote population “under control.”

The problem with indiscriminate killing of predators whether coyotes, wolves, cougars or bears is that it creates social chaos. Wolves, in particular, learn how and where to hunt, and what to hunt from their elders. The older pack members help to raise the young. In heavily hunted (or trapped) wolf populations (or other predators), the average age is skewed towards younger age animals . Young wolves are like teenagers—bold, brash, and inexperienced. Wolf populations with a high percentage of young animals are much more likely to attack easy prey—like livestock and/or venture into places that an older, more experience animal might avoid—like the fringes of a town or someone’s backyard.

Furthermore, wolf packs that are continuously fragmented byhuman-caused mortality are less stable. They are less able to hold on to established territories which means they are often hunting in unfamiliar haunts and thus less able to find natural prey. Result : they are more likely to kill livestock.

Wolf packs that are hunted also tend to have fewer members. With fewer adults to hunt, and fewer adults to guard a recent kill against other scavengers, a small pack must actually kill more prey than a larger pack. Thus hunting wolves actually contributes to a higher net loss of elk and deer than if packs were left alone and more stable.

Finally hunting is just a lousy way to actually deal with individual problematic animals. Most hunting takes place on the large blocks of public land, not on the fringes of towns and/or on private ranches where the majority of conflicts occur. In fact, hunting often removes the very animals that have learned to avoid human conflicts and pose no threat to livestock producers or human safety. By indiscriminately removing such animals which would otherwise maintain the territory, hunting creates a void that, often as not, may be filled by a pack of younger, inexperienced animals that could and do cause conflicts.

INSANITY IS DOING SAME WRONG THING OVER AND OVER

We need a different paradigm for predator management than brute force. As Albert Einstein noted, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Unfortunately insanity has replaced rational thought when it comes to wolf management.

George Wuerthner is an ecologist with among others, a degree in wildlife biology, and is a former Montana hunting guide. He has published 35 books.

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"Let us hold fast our hands..." - E. Dickenson

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Mar 26, 2012.

Our good friends at Oregon Wild are sponsoring an open vote on Oregon's favorite wild places. Here at HCPC we are delighted that both the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area and Hells Canyon are in the running! We know they are very special places, and we work every day to protect and restore these areas. It is nice to hear someone else wax eloquent about their beauty and their incredible value for wildlife.

Oregon Wild points out, "The Wilderness also provides refuge for some of the state’s most endangered wildlife. Megafauna include bighorn sheep, elk, bear, cougars, eagles, and mountain goats." They go on to talk about how the Eagle Cap Wilderness, "Oregon’s largest Wilderness area," provides a special haven for wolves and wolverines. They also acknowledge that "Some of Oregon’s oldest trees – thousands, not hundreds of years old – survive in the Wallowa Mountains that make up the heart of the Wilderness."


For Hells Canyon, Oregon Wild writes, "Hells Canyon Recreation Area has been the stage for some of Oregon’s most exciting wildlife stories. Most notably, of course, is the return of gray wolves to our state." They go on to talk about Journey, the area's famous wolf, "Starting from the Imnaha pack adjacent to Hells Canyon, Journey’s search for a mate has taken him over 1,000 miles." They agree with us that " there’s no debate over its worth as one of Oregon’s most special places. Each and every gray wolf polled agrees." THANK YOU OREGON WILD!

Another group of friends, Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) just announced their 2012 Desert Conference. The conference will take place in Bend, Oregon from the evening of Thursday, September 20th through Saturday, September 22nd. Keynote speakers include Ursula Leguin and Kathleen Dean Moore. Workshops cover topics from Sage Grouse conservation to Beaver recovery, from NEPA to Energy Development.

HCPC is active in a number of forest collaborative groups that bring together diverse points of view from the Forest Service, the timber industry, local county government and conservation voices such as ours. While we value the opportunity to share and communicate with other stakeholders in the area, we sometimes need reminding to also value our opportunities to share and communicate with those who understand not only what we are doing, but why we are doing it - groups like ONDA and Oregon Wild, BARK and Friends of the Clearwater, the oh-so-wonderful Friends of the Badlands (FOBBITS) and so many more!

Thank you all for the work you do, the love you have for wild places, and the wonderful conversations we have had and look forward to having in the future!



HCPC Press release on the Wallowa Whitman National Forest Travel Management Plan Decision

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Mar 19, 2012.

We would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Forest Service for taking on this difficult issue. We are pleased to see that the Travel Management Plan Decision will provide some benefits to wildlife and fisheries and end cross country travel and the associated destructive impacts. However, the Decision does not adequately protect Inventoried Roadless Areas, designating 70 miles of motorized routes through these wild lands.

The Decision does not go far enough to protect elk from motorized vehicle disturbance. Of the 17 critical elk habitat areas identified in the project area, six will see no measurable increase in elk habitat security. Measureable reductions in road densities in these areas would prevent elk from leaving the National Forest for nearby private lands.

The Decision designates 75 miles of motorized trails within riparian areas, a threefold increase over the original proposed action (Alt. 2 in the DEIS). Within old growth forests the Decision designates 69 miles of motorized routes, 16 miles more than the Natural Heritage Alternative, the alternative based on HCPC’s comments (Alt. 6 in the DEIS). These sensitive areas warrant a greater emphasis on protection from the negative impacts of motorized vehicles.

Moreover, although the Forest Service Decision acknowledges that the Natural Heritage Alternative is the best choice for the natural resources of the Wallowa Whitman National Forest (e.g. wildlife, fish, forests, air and water quality), the Decision still designates 492 more miles of motorized routes on the Forest than the Natural Heritage Alternative.

While there are certainly some positive parts to this Decision, we would have preferred a greater level of protection for the incredible natural resources of the Wallowa Whitman National Forest and opportunities for non-motorized recreation and solitude as outlined by the Natural Heritage Alternative. The Decision designates 3,065 miles of open motor vehicle roads, enough miles to drive from La Grande to Miami, Florida to enjoy some Cuban cuisine and catch a Dolphins football game. And this does not include the roads in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and other areas that add another 1,235 miles for a grand total of 4,300 miles of roads open to motor vehicles within the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. This is more than enough roads to provide sufficient access to our Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

David Mildrexler, Ecosystem Conservation Coordinator, david@hellscanyon.org

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Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Flunks on Fish

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Federal Court Finds Forest Service Failed to Evaluate Impacts on Fish

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2012 Wild Desert Calendar Exhibit

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