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Vote on our new t-shirt design!

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

Submissions for our T-Shirt Design Contest have now closed, and we’d love to know what your favorite design is! Please take a moment to complete this […]

Against Aerial Spraying

By Jason from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Jan 20, 2017.

Oregon Wild is Against Aerial Spraying. 

Oregon wild supports policies and practices that protect and enhance thriving ecosystems that contribute to human and environmental health, and while we fight to advance such policies on the broadest scale possible, usually at a State or Federal level, we endorse people’s right to protect themselves from dangerous industrial practices on a local level as well. 

That is why we are announcing our support for the hard work and good ideas of community groups working to ban aerial spraying in both Lane and Lincoln counties, in addition to our efforts to stop aerial spray at a state wide level. 

 

The term aerial spraying is shorthand for the practice of using a helicopter to spray herbicides on land after it has been clearcut and turned into a “crop”, whether trees or otherwise. This is a major concern for Oregonians whose drinking water comes from forests, which is most of us. It is even more of a concernfor the people of Oregon’s Coast Range and coastal towns, where many of the streams providing peoples’ drinking water originate on the steep headwalls of coastal mountains, often owned and clearcut by corporations and Wall Street investment firms.

 
As Oregon Wild’s Forest and Watershed Campaign Organizer, and a resident of the Coast Range, I spend much of my time in those coastal communities, helping concerned citizens demand reforms to the outdated logging laws that allow the forests above their homes and towns to be clearcut with little to no regard for the impacts that will have on their drinking water. I help them spread their stories of helicopter spray drifting onto their homes, properties and bodies, sometimes making them sick, possibly causing deadly conditions in their pets, always making them afraid to drink their own water. 
Of all of the major problems in need of reform in Oregon’s logging laws; clearcutting, steep slopes logging, no tree buffers on 70% of streams, log exports, tax structures, etc, it is aerial spraying that draws the most ire from the people I meet in rural Oregon. Whether you are concerned about yourself, your pets, your family, your livestock, your property rights, or the health of the surrounding environment, the people I meet every day in rural Oregon agree . . . It is time to ban aerial spraying of herbicides. 

At Oregon Wild, we are working to do that every day. In addition to grassroots organizing, we have worked on ballot initiatives, we work in Salem with elected officials, we attend Board of Forestry meetings and bring our supporters to testify at them, we go to town hall meetings in local communities, and we work to keep our nearly 20,000 supporters updated with ways they can get involved in the fights to protect Oregon’s citizens, waters, and wildlife from such a dangerous practice.

These toxic substances have been seen to drift up to 4 miles! 

 Oregon Wild with the Citizens of Rockaway Beach doing grassroots outreach to Save Short Sands from aerial spray! 

We are committed to this daily work to stop aerial spraying statewide, and to reform the entire outdated Oregon Forest Practices Act, which was written when we still painted houses with lead, and has failed entirely to keep up with modern science. 

However, we can not ignore the fact that Salem remains in the midst of a decades-long dearth of environmental leadership, especially when it comes to the way we log our precious forests. Coordinated efforts, supported by a majority of Oregonians and modern science, to make even the most modest reforms to Oregon’s logging and herbicide laws have been met by lawmakers with attitudes ranging from indifference to near rabid hostility. In 2015, rural Oregonians who asked to be notified in advance of aerial spray happening near their homes were told by Salem lawmakers that this wasn’t an option because they may be “eco-terrorists.” 

What world do these legislators live in that the idea that I should have clean drinking water and breathable air should be considered so radical? 

In Lane and Lincoln counties, citizens are refusing to wait any longer and have begun what they call Community Rights Initiatives to protect themselves and their ecosystems from this harmful practice. If passed by voters in 2017, these laws would stop the practice of aerial spraying any kind of herbicide or pesticide from the sky, protecting human health, clean water, and biodiversity. 

To our supporters who live in Lane and Lincoln Counties, I urge you to look into these initiatives, whose information is linked below, support their efforts in your community, and make sure you know when they will be on your ballot for a vote. And to all of our supporters, rest assured that we continue working to defend all of Oregon from wreckless industrial logging practices, and with your support I know we can do it. 

We look forward to your continued support to enact rules that not only stop aerial spray, but that bring our entire Forest Practices Act up to date, so that Oregon may once again lead the way in environmental protections, and true sustainability. 

CLICK HERE for Lane County Spray Ban information
CLICK HERE for Lincoln County Spray Ban information

Not in one of those counties?
Sign on to our petition demanding statewide reform to Oregon's forest laws  and find other ways to take action by CLICKING HERE! 

 

 

  Jason Gonzales

  Forest & Watershed
  Campaign Organizer,
  Oregon Wild

  541-344-0675

 

Where We Go From Here

By Jennifer Fairbrother from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Jan 20, 2017.

Today marks the beginning of a new era for our public lands. There are many questions yet to be answered: Who will become the chief ... [read more]

ONDA to release its 2017 calendar of stewardship trips

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

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

New Campus EcoChallenge Launches This Week!

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jan 19, 2017.

In 2017, faculty, students and staff on college campuses now have the opportunity to participate in NWEI’s new Campus EcoChallenge. Campus EcoChallenge gives you the flexibility to set your own event dates (run your Campus Challenge anytime between now and June)… Read More!

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Former Georgia Governor Trump’s Pick for Ag Secretary

By FSEEE from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Jan 19, 2017.

Sonny Perdue, a former Georgia governor who famously led a prayer vigil for rain outside the state Capitol during a drought, is president-elect Donald Trump’s ... [read more]

Coulee dams – featured

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

Today Columbia Riverkeeper reached a settlement with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation designed to end uncontrolled toxic oil pollution from Grand Coulee Dam, finally bringing one of the nation’s biggest dams into compliance with the Clean Water Act. Grand Coulee has leaked oil into the Columbia for over 70 years—endangering public health and threatening fish and wildlife.

Grand Coulee Dam Settlement

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

Columbia Riverkeeper reached a settlement with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation designed to end uncontrolled toxic oil pollution from Grand Coulee Dam, finally bringing one of the nation’s biggest dams into compliance with the Clean Water Act. Grand Coulee has leaked oil into the Columbia for over 70 years—endangering public health and threatening fish and wildlife.

Klamath Advocates Go To Court Over Wildlife Mismanagement

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

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

Save the Date: FisherPoets Gathering 2017

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jan 18, 2017.

Join us for FisherPoets Feb. 24-26, 2017 for an Astoria tradition, bringing men and women tied to the fishing industry together to share poems, stories, songs, memoirs, essays and art in celebration of the work and its people.

Riverkeeper & Partners Call for Investigation into Proposed Factory Farm

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jan 18, 2017.

Riverkeeper and partners are calling for an investigation into whether the second largest factory farm in Oregon history violated state water pollution and business laws. Learn how we used flyovers and freedom of information laws to build our case for an investigation and check out news coverage. A big thank you to Tofurky for partnering with us in our efforts to combat the proposed factory farm.

EPA Uses Volunteer-Collected Data, IDs Polluted Rivers

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jan 18, 2017.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report prompting 1,055 new listings of polluted rivers in Oregon after the state ignored reams of data showing polluted waterbodies. Learn how EPA used data collected by Riverkeeper volunteers and why EPA’s action matters.

We are Hiring! Associate Director

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

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

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January Member Spotlight: Sandra Davis

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jan 18, 2017.

Riverkeeper recognizes long-time member, Sandra Davis of Longview, Washington: "In my involvement as a citizen activist, I have been inspired by the commitment, knowledge, and passion of volunteers and coalition members in this growing movement in and around the Pacific Northwest. Our motto is: 'We can do better' - we certainly deserve better, however 'better' is not free."

Three Lessons Environmentalists Can Learn from Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Mark Tercek from Conservancy Talk. Published on Jan 17, 2017.

President and CEO Mark Tercek shares his thoughts on the lessons environmentalists can learn from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: being positive, collaborating through common ground and engaging in dialogue.

Podcast: Deep dive with Dr. Sylvia Earle

By Joe Whitworth from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Jan 17, 2017.

Our first guest of the year has quite a few titles. She was

Stronger with you – A message of thanks

By Haley Walker from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Jan 17, 2017.

As all of us welcome the longer days with the promise of a

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How does salt affect our rivers? Eco alternatives for winter ice

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jan 17, 2017.

By Stacey Malstrom, Water Communications & Outreach Director Parts of Oregon are celebrating and others are cursing the unusual onslaught of snow across the state this winter. The deeper snow pack could mean more water in our streams for fish and irrigators, but it has also caused major challenges for underprepared cities like Portland, and […]

Enviros show support of immigrant rights

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

Wearing green, OEC staff and emerging leaders, showed that our community—and our environmental values—are aligned in solidarity with immigrants’ rights. On Saturday, Jan. 14, we joined with hundreds from throughout Oregon in demonstrating our commitment to dignity and working for solutions based on hope. The rally, part of a national day of demonstrations, was comprised of […]

“Everybody Can Be Great – Because Anybody Can Serve”

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

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.” – Martin Luther King Jr. Since 2013 NWEI’s staff has recognized Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day of volunteerism and service. Staff take action in the community, many times coming together to… Read More!

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Climate Change Coming Home with Bill Bradbury

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jan 13, 2017.

On March 8th, the Chetco Community Public Library and Friends of the Chetco Library in Brookings, OR, present “Climate Change Coming Home”, a presentation by Bill Bradbury. The former Oregon Secretary of State and State Senator (and former OEC board member) will discuss climate change and its effects on our region. He’ll also be available […]

Safe Routes to School: Statewide Town Halls

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jan 13, 2017.

All Oregon kids deserve to have a safe route to school – and over the next few weeks you can add your voice to the conversation. The For Every Kid coalition is co-hosting Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Town Halls across the state and you’re invited! Each 90-minute event will include a brief presentation about […]

Union Pacific Railroad Sues to Exempt Itself From Gorge Protections

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

“Columbia River communities are still reeling from the fiery oil train derailment on Union Pacific’s tracks. Union Pacific’s profit-driven lawsuit won’t bully Gorge communities. Even the nation’s biggest railroad must submit to federal laws and treaties with Indian Nations,” stated Lauren Goldberg, Staff Attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper.

All Plantings are Taking Place as Scheduled Unless Otherwise Noted

By Kathy from Growth Rings. Published on Jan 12, 2017.

Yes, we’ve had to cancel & reschedule more plantings this season than ever before. Please note that when a planting is cancelled it will be called out specifically by date and location–otherwise, it is ON. Please check our  planting calendar for dates and locations. We hope to you see you out there because there are still […]

Diesel in Our Air: Lents Community Air Sampling Project

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jan 11, 2017.

Diesel pollution can increase the risk for aggravated asthma, heart attacks, strokes, lung disease and cancer. The latest national models of Oregon air quality predict that diesel pollution in Portland’s Lents neighborhood far exceeds the state’s health benchmark. But national model predictions can’t show us the actual exposures experienced by people in Lents who play […]

Hydro Flask provides transportation grant for Ticket2Ride

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

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

Frontline Communities Need Air Data

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

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

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Oil Train Legislation

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jan 11, 2017.

We are heartened to see Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney take up the critical public safety issue of dangerous oil trains in Oregon. On June 3, 2016, a Union Pacific oil train derailed in Mosier, spilling oil that burned and polluted the Columbia River. The Mosier derailment could easily have destroyed the town and injured or killed people. Oregon is overdue to take every measure possible to protect our vulnerable towns, rivers, and fishing sites near oil trains.

Throwing Money at Fires

By FSEEE from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Jan 11, 2017.

On September 17, 2016, six fires sparked along a remote road on the Modoc National Forest in California—the presumed work of an arsonist. As is ... [read more]

Unite Against Hate with the One Oregon Coalition

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

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

Street Trust Board Announces Leadership Transition

By Kate Walker from The Street Trust. Published on Jan 10, 2017.

Statement by Justin Yuen, Board Chair The Board of Directors of The Street Trust (formerly the Bicycle Transportation Alliance) announced today that Rob Sadowsky will be […]

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

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

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

“County to hold hearing on methanol shoreline permit”

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jan 10, 2017.

Dec. 28, 2016. The Daily News.

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

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

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

The Freshwater Trust partners with rancher to save 1 billion gallons of water

By Haley Walker from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Jan 09, 2017.

JANUARY 9, 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Approximately 1 billion gallons of water

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Introducing NWEI’s Newest Course Book on Living Simply in a Complex World!

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

A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World is the newest course book from Northwest Earth Institute – to be released next month! This new course book will help you rediscover a way of life that’s simpler and driven… Read More!

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

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

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

Join us for an immigrant rights march

By Jen Coleman from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jan 06, 2017.

Why should the environmental community show up for immigrants’ rights? A national anti-immigration movement is gaining ground in Oregon, preying on environmental fears and appealing to environmental values to promote an anti-immigrant agenda. OEC is committed to dignity and respect for all Oregonians. We must actively reject environmental rhetoric that suggests otherwise. Join us in making […]

Cleaning Up Shooting Ranges: Who Should Pay?

By FSEEE from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Jan 06, 2017.

January 6, 2017 — A project to remove lead from an abandoned shooting range on Arizona’s Prescott National Forest should be completed by the end ... [read more]

Five easy ways to talk about climate change

By Jen Coleman from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jan 06, 2017.

About half of people who believe that climate change is an important issue admit that they rarely talk about it. According to Yale experts, that silence feeds on itself—making it “normal” to simply ignore the issue. Simply by talking about the climate, you can help ensure we’re also drawing attention to solutions! Let’s commit to make climate […]

Private Sector Biodiversity Commitments Leveraged by CBD COP13

By Colin Herron from Conservancy Talk. Published on Jan 06, 2017.

Biodiversity was high on the agenda in Mexico when the country hosted the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) last month. The event did much more than confirm existing commitments for biodiversity preservation and foster some exciting new commitments. The process that preceded CBD COP13 placed biodiversity issues […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join us in Redmond on January 25th!

By Kate Walker from The Street Trust. Published on Jan 05, 2017.

Join us for a fun event in YOUR community! The For Every Kid Coalition is hosting a Safe Routes to School Town Hall and Testimony Workshop on Wednesday, […]

coal – featured

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jan 05, 2017.

Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark announced 1/3/17 he will reject a proposal from Millennium Bulk Terminals to sublease state-owned aquatic lands on the Columbia River west of Longview.

Strides to Improve Air Quality and Ban Asbestos

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

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

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NWEI is an Oregon Public House Nonprofit Partner this Year!

By Kerry Lyles from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jan 05, 2017.

The Oregon Public House is a nonprofit pub in Northeast Portland that donates its proceeds to support nonprofits in Portland, and we’ve been selected as a nonprofit partner this year! We will have a volunteer shift each week from January… Read More!

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Trip Leader Training

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

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

Journey: One Tale, Two Books

By marielle from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Jan 04, 2017.

Journey Book Cover (courtesy of Beckie Elgin)

The world's most famous wolf has made it to another historic destination: literature. His story of dispersal from Northeast Oregon to find a mate and traveling over 3,000 miles across the Cascades and into California and back inspired young and old across the globe, including two authors from Oregon and California. You can now bring the story of OR-7 (Journey) into your home with the following beautiful publications.

Journey:
The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History
By Beckie Elgin

About the book courtesy of Inkwater Press

Join the adventures of the famous wolf OR-7, also known as Journey, as he trots across the landscape of the Pacific Northwest into territories that have not seen his kind for nearly a century. Follow this remarkable animal as he searches for, and finally finds, what he was seeking during his three-year, 4,000-mile trek. Along the way, you’ll discover fascinating facts about wolves and meet the humans that had a role in Journey’s quest. Enjoy the many photographs, maps, and sketches that help tell the tale of this courageous wolf. Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History was created for middle-grade readers but will be appreciated by everyone with an interest in wolves and a desire to better understand these complex and essential canines.

From Oregon Wild's Rob Klavins

Journey's story is one of redemption - for us and for wolves...No matter your age, you'll enjoy this book immensely.

Purchase Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7 

by Beckie Elgin

(A portion of proceeds support Oregon Wild's wildlife efforts!)

 


Journey
Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West
By Emma Bland Smith; Robin James (illustrator)

Inside illustration of

About the book courtesy of Sasquatch Books

This beautiful picture book follows the journey of a young gray wolf who garnered nationwide attention when he became the first wild wolf in California in almost a century. Using facts recorded by Fish & Wildlife scientists, author Emma Bland Smith imagines the wolf’s experiences in close detail as he makes an epic 2,000-mile trek over three years time. The wolf’s story is interwoven with the perspective of a young girl who follows his trek through the media. As she learns more about wolves and their relationships with humans, she becomes determined to find a way to keep him safe by making him a wolf that is too famous to harm.

Emma Bland Smith is a librarian and writer living with her family in San Francisco. This is her first book for children. She has written a nonfiction book for adults, San Francisco’s Glen Park and Diamond Heights (Arcadia), has contributed to Sunset and other magazines, and writes for the family website Red Tricycle.

An Oregon Wild interview with author Emma Bland Smith

What about OR7’s story inspired you to write Journey?
After I read about OR7’s travels in the newspapers, I did some online research and was saddened to learn about how viciously and thoroughly gray wolves had been persecuted and exterminated in the United States. I wanted to let more people know about this wonderful animal and the inroads it was making into recovery. I was also intrigued by the aura of mystery surrounding OR7. Biologists weren’t exactly sure why he had roamed so unusually far from his home. I thought that trying to get inside his mind and write from his perspective would be a fun and rewarding challenge—and it was! Lastly, the story of Oregon Wild’s naming contest is a huge part of the book. I wanted to incorporate the idea that kids can make a difference and be part of animal conservation.
 
In researching OR7’s story, what surprised you most about wolf ecology and conservation?
Learning how much wolves contribute to the health of their habitat was an eye opener. Some of us—like myself!--might be drawn to the romantic notion of bringing wolves back to areas where they used to live. But on a purely ecological level, wolves have an essential role. I was amazed by the studies showing the huge positive environmental impacts wolf recovery has had on areas in Yellowstone Park. We’re only at the beginning of the process in Oregon and California, so it will be interesting to see what the effect will be.
 
As Oregon’s wolf population continues to recover, how do you foresee Journey contributing to their protection?
Conservationists have known about OR7 for years, but most people I talk to have never heard of him, or only vaguely remember reading about him in the paper. I’m hoping that this book will bring the subject of wolf recovery to the attention of a whole new mainstream audience. I think it’s almost impossible to read the details of OR7s story and not be impressed with his perseverance, and not to hope for his success and for other wolves to follow in his footsteps. The book has a lot of information incorporated into the story, as well as a lengthy nonfiction section at the back, with a timeline, photos, and map. I think that if enough adults share this book with their kids, who love animals and have open minds and hearts, we can have a new generation intent on bringing wolves back to Oregon and California.
 
If readers were to come away with one message from Journey, what would you like it to be?
I would like readers to believe that we can co-exist with wolves, as long as we work to set aside habitat for them. Wolves were almost rendered extinct in the United States because people thought this country was not big enough for the two species. But today we know that it is, and that wolves are not bloodthirsty monsters out to get humans. OR7 was able to make his journey because of the existence of various parks and natural roadless areas, that he pieced together in a corridor. But if we’re not careful, these lands will be crisscrossed with roads and spoiled by human habitation. We can live with wolves, if we make an effort to preserve land for them where they can be themselves, far from humans—“vast stretches of wilderness, not too many roads, and not too many farms—just right for wolves,” as I wrote in the book. This land exists in Oregon and in Northern California. Let’s make sure it remains safe!

Purchase Journey 
by Emma Bland Smith
(This book is great for kids!)
Photo Credits: 
Images courtesy of authors and their publishers: Beckie Elgin and Inkwater Press; Emma Bland Smith and Sasquatch Books.

New Year, New Name!

By Kate Walker from The Street Trust. Published on Jan 04, 2017.

Happy New Year! With a new year, we’re finally ready to reveal our new brand: the Bicycle Transportation Alliance has rebranded itself as The Street Trust. […]

How To Raise Children Who Want to Save the World (It’s Easier Than You Think)

By Devon Downeysmith from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jan 03, 2017.

There are many difficult topics that we, as parents, must discuss with our kids at some point in time. The list is seemingly endless — and overwhelming. We wonder: how do we introduce these topics not unnecessarily too soon, but also before they’ve heard the information from another source? How do we shelter our children […]

Here’s to a 2017 filled with trees + community

By Kathy from Growth Rings. Published on Jan 03, 2017.

We look forward to planting with you this year!

Announcing the New Campus EcoChallenge!

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

We are very excited to announce the launch of the Campus EcoChallenge in January 2017! Just like our annual October EcoChallenge, the Campus EcoChallenge is an online tool that uses our proven model to spark learning and action on sustainability and… Read More!

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What the Media Missed About Malheur

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

A year ago, a band of militants descended on a National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, and with them came a cadre of national reporters. National reports were often simplistic, neglecting important nuances to the story and left readers and viewers with poor understanding of facts on the ground.

While local coverage by several Oregon outlets was more thorough and provided analysis, the one-year anniversary of the Malheur occupation provides an opportunity to reflect on key elements of the saga that flew under the radar.

The Malheur Occupation was a new phenomenon in Oregon

The Bundy seizure of the Malheur Refuge was not the first militia takeover of public property in Oregon, nor the first armed stand-off.  During the drought of 2001, militia groups from as far away as Jarbidge, NV and Kalispell, MT descended on Klamath Falls to participate in a takeover of the US Bureau of Reclamation’s irrigation headgates on Upper Klamath Lake, to oppose federal efforts to protect salmon and other fish.  Tensions escalated during that months-long stand-off to the point where USFWS employees were told not to wear their uniforms in town, and then-Sheriff Tim Evinger asked federal law enforcement officials to leave to avoid provoking militia members.  That stand-off was resolved on Sept. 11th, when the attack on NY City and the Pentagon prompted militia groups to finally leave.

In 2015, shortly after the Bunkerville standoff where Cliven Bundy drew national attention for over a decade of flouting the law, armed militants gathered again in southern Oregon to protest a BLM administrative action on a mine. The self-styled “Patriot” Oathkeepers issued numerous overtly false “call to arms” press releases, claiming that freedom itself hinged on the armed defense of a pair of miners who had to fill out some mining claim paperwork. It was enough to draw a number of militants from across the West who closed roads and public access, setting up an armed perimeter. The BLM offices in both Grants Pass and Klamath Falls closed for a day because employees there were receiving death threats.

The occupation was a protest about the unjust imprisonment of innocent local ranchers

While the Bundy brothers claimed to have arrived in Oregon to participate in a protest over the imprisonment of the Hammonds, their real aim was transparently the end of national public lands and aspirations of a West-wide uprising. However, Dwight Hammond and his son Steven, the ranchers imprisoned for two counts of arson on federal lands, were hardly innocent. While they did not support the occupation, both men had a long and substantial record of illegal behavior that included child abuse and threats of violence directed at environmental activists and local public lands managers. According to court documents, the 2001 arson was started to cover up deer poaching.

Many have voiced legitimate concerns with mandatory minimum sentencing and the particular law, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, that the Hammonds were sentenced under. Unfortunately, most Hammond supporters selectively targeted the application of that particular law to the pair of ranchers, rather than the broader issues with the law itself.

The Bundy brothers were independent radicals

The Bundy’s were inspired by decades of anti-government and anti-public lands political organizing in the rural west dating back to the 1960’s.  In recent years, this movement has drawn support from the Koch brothers and other major oil and gas industry funders.  The Koch’s have backed the American Lands Council to lobby state legislatures, county commissions, and local governments all over the West to support public lands privatization, and they have funded the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to draft model bills for state legislatures demanding the transfer of public lands.

Land seizure advocates have made the most significant progress in Utah, where the 2012 Transfer of Public Lands Act required the federal government to transfer the ownership of over 30 million acres of federally protected land to the state by the end of 2014, a mandate which federal agencies did not comply with. Foreseeing federal non-compliance, the bill also set aside $4.5 million to cover the state’s legal fees, although the constitutionality of such a bill will likely not withstand the courts.

Oregon saw action on one of these ALEC-inspired bills in 2015.

The Bundy movement is made up of outsiders with no ties to Oregon

In fact, home-grown militia groups here in Oregon supported the Bundy’s, and some supported their goals for years before the Malheur seizure.  Many of the participants at the refuge stand-off participated in the Sugar Pine stand-off in 2015.  Sheriff Glenn Palmer has deep ties to militia groups in Grant County, and offered public support the Bundy’s.  Crook County also suffered the emergence of a home-grown anti-government militia group in recent years, which has proposed a natural resources management plan that would give county officials control of Forest Service lands.

Rural Organizing Project’s Guide to Oregon’s militia movement.

The spotted owl and environmentalists killed Harney County’s economy

Many national reports cited the listing of the Northern Spotted Owl under the Endangered Species Act for Harney County’s economic woes. While this may be a belief held by some individuals, it is patently false. The city of Burns and the Malheur Wildlife Refuge are over 100 miles away from the nearest old-growth habitat protected by the Northwest Forest Plan - the agreement put in place to halt the reckless clearcutting of western Oregon’s public forests and protect old growth habitat.

While some environmental standards were enacted to protect old growth trees in eastern Oregon as well, a number of other factors had a greater economic impact on the region and logging industry as a whole: increasing automation, the 2007 housing bubble, globalization, distance from markets and competition with mills in western Oregon, the fact that slower-growing dry-side forests had largely been liquidated by the clearcutting sprees on the 70s and 80s, and changing management to address forest fires. However, conservation groups like Oregon Wild have worked to help keep eastern Oregon mills open to process small diameter wood harvested from forest health restoration projects.

It’s over

The consequences of the Malheur occupation have been widespread, with the continued intimidation of some federal employees (and some rumors of direct violence) in east Oregon communities like Burns and John Day. Both on the Malheur Wildlife Refuge and Malheur National Forest, many long time employees have left, and others have been told by long-time friends that they can’t be seen together in public.

Malheur occupiers also recently announced an event in John Day, OR called “The Meeting That Never Happened.” Many are concerned this event will lead to an occupation of a Grant County Forest Service facility and that counter-protesters may face reprisals from the pro-takeover Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer.

Ryan Bundy has issued an ominous warning from from jail on the announcement that President Obama had declared new national monuments in Nevada and Utah: “The government should be scared.”

Inmates honored for conservation actions

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

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

Give and you shall receive!

By Lauren Hugel from The Street Trust. Published on Dec 30, 2016.

Thanks to generous supporters like you, we have raised $34,000 through the Give!Guide! We’re just $6,000 away from our goal. Will you help us reach our goal by making a […]

Obama Designates New Monuments

By FSEEE from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Dec 29, 2016.

December 29, 2016 — In a rebuke to the Bundy family and its supporters, President Obama yesterday designated 300,000 acres in southern Nevada as a ... [read more]

Al Kitzman receives 2016 Ecological Conservation Award

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

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

Silver Falls Day Hike with Oregon Youth Authority

By Jessie Brothers from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Dec 27, 2016.

What better way to spend a sunny day than to explore one of Oregon’s magnificent natural treasures! IAE’s education team spent the day at Silver Falls State Park with Cascadia Expeditions (CE) and a group of high school age ladies from Oregon Youth Authority’s (OYA) Young Women’s Transition Program. IAE’s Stacy Moore and Jessie Brothers partnered with Cascadia Expeditions’ Brett Gallagher on […]

Kincaid's Lupine and monitoring in Oak Basin

By IAE/NPSO Intern from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Dec 27, 2016.

We are happy to welcome Nicholas Murray to the Conservation Research team. Nick joins us from Camas, Washington, where he will be going into his senior year of high school. This is the seventh year that IAE has sponsored a high school intern through the Apprenticeship in Science and Engineering Program (ASE). The ASE program […]

Let’s Hear It For Trees

By Kathy from Growth Rings. Published on Dec 27, 2016.

There are so many ways trees improve our lives and our world. Trees clean our air and water, provide habitat, cool us in summer, warm us in winter, speed up hospital recovery time … they even relieve stress! Trees are multi-purpose–and so are donations to Friends of Trees. A $75 donation covers the cost of 15 […]

Lupine in the high desert

By IAE/NPSO Intern from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Dec 27, 2016.

  A couple of weeks ago the Conservation Research field crew traveled out to Unity, Oregon, to monitor Lupinus lepidus var. cusickii.  Also known as Cusick’s lupine, this small, perennial plant is listed as endangered by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, “special status” by the Bureau of Land Management, and a Species of Concern by […]

Seed Collection in Oregon’s Remaining Coastal Prairies

By Jeanette Hardison from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Dec 26, 2016.

Starting in 2015, IAE was awarded an opportunity to engage in collecting seed of a diversity of plant species from remnant prairies on the Central Oregon Coast. The project will support ongoing restoration efforts for the Oregon silverspot butterfly (OSB) at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge near Pacific City, and will benefit other restoration sites […]

It’s wake-up time for Taylor's checkerspot caterpillars!

By Tom Kaye from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Dec 24, 2016.

Taylor’s checkerspot caterpillars took a break in summer and fall but they are now active and feeding in winter.  In Oregon, they are feeding mostly on English plantain.  At this time of year they are small creatures about ½-inch long with dark hairs and red spots.  The species was recently listed by the US Fish […]

Oregon State Parks Foundation welcomes Four New Board Members

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

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

Getting Things Done

By Peter Moore from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Dec 22, 2016.

The final sentence of the AmeriCorps pledge is, “I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done.” That is exactly what the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps Gold 5 team has been doing at IAE for the past six weeks, November 7-December 20, 2016. The 12-member team has made incredible contributions to 15 […]

Bartonberry outplanting in Hells Canyon

By Meaghan Petix from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Dec 22, 2016.

Over the last two years, the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) has been developing propagation protocols to grow Bartonberry (Rubus bartonianus) from seed and cuttings, so that it may be reintroduced to the historic range, to maintain its historic global distribution. In addition to IAE staff, Matt Bahm, Erin Gray, Denise Giles-Johnson, and Meaghan Petix, […]

The Cold Side of Climate Change

By Devon Downeysmith from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Dec 21, 2016.

It’s hard to believe with the weather we’ve seen these past couple of weeks, but at the beginning of December The Oregonian published an article titled “What’s with all these early blooms?” Unseasonably high temperatures and excessive rain had led to strange winter growth, and plants thought it was spring. Kathy Dello of the Oregon Climate […]

Forest Plan Revision Starts with Science

By FSEEE from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Dec 21, 2016.

December 21, 2016 — The long, slow process of revising the landmark Northwest Forest Plan took a step forward this month with the release of ... [read more]

A Day in the Dunes

By Meaghan Petix from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Dec 21, 2016.

Last week the Conservation Research team headed out to the central Oregon coast for one of our first trips of the 2016 season! We met up with one of our partners, Marty Stein (USFS), and went to four sites within the Suislaw National Forest - Tahkenitch, Overlook South, Overlook North, and Siltcoos (from south to […]

New Report Highlights 10 Wildlife Conservation Priorities for the Trump Administration

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

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

Practicing What We Preach

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Dec 21, 2016.

Over the years, NWEI has evolved into an organization that lives its values by providing a flexible, family-friendly work environment, encouraging staff to recharge with annual personal retreats, offering a sabbatical for long-term employees, and revisiting our practices and policies… Read More!

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Columbia River Treaty Update

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

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

Volunteers, Members and Friends Gathering: January 26th 2017

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Dec 20, 2016.

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

The Behavioral Economics of Recycling

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Dec 20, 2016.

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

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

By magdamendez from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Dec 20, 2016.

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

City of Portland Bans New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure!

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

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

Equity Atlas 3.0

By madeline from The Latest. Published on Dec 19, 2016.

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Meyer Memorial Trust Awards $95,000 to the new Regional Equity Atlas team

On behalf of the Regional Equity Atlas project team, 1000 Friends of Oregon is proud to announce that Meyer Memorial Trust has awarded $95,000 toward the development of the next iteration of the Regional Equity Atlas!

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2017 Legislative Preview

By madeline from The Latest. Published on Dec 19, 2016.

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The 2017 Oregon Legislative session takes off in February, and 1000 Friends of Oregon will be working to pass several legislative proposals of statewide importance, impacting both rural and urban areas.Transportation Funding. Governor Kate Brown and Oregon’s legislative leaders have promised to pass a comprehensive, multi-modal transportation funding and policy package in the 2017 session.

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Right-Sizing Population Forecasts

By madeline from The Latest. Published on Dec 19, 2016.

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& what this means for UGB’s in Oregon

Year after year, 1000 Friends opposes persistent legislative efforts to weaken Oregon’s land use protections. Often, the best outcome one can hope for is preservation of what we already have; only rarely is the program significantly strengthened.

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Update from the Circuit

By madeline from The Latest. Published on Dec 19, 2016.

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Six months with 1000 Friends

Hello from snowy Bend! Six months ago I began work as the Circuit Rider Staff Attorney for 1000 Friends. In this short time I have met people from all over the state and worked on many interesting land use issues.

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Lessons learned from toxic armories

By Jen Coleman from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Dec 19, 2016.

You might already think of an armory as no place for a child. But these buildings—where the National Guard trains—are also community spaces, rented for baby showers, baptisms, birthday parties and weddings. Here’s the problem: because indoor firing ranges release neurotoxic lead in dust form, these buildings post a serious risk to community health—especially the health […]

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

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

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

Recycling Advocates planning for future in 2017

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Dec 19, 2016.

During my first few months of being president, I’ve gone back through some documents to get a better understanding of the history of RA. There is a long and rich history that has made a huge impact on the community. RA is a well-respected organization in the community and at the state level, and we […]

Does it Surprise Anyone that Trump's Pick for Managing Public Lands has a Wishy-Washy Record on Public Lands?

By Tara from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Dec 16, 2016.

Numerous nominations from the President-elect have created a flurry of emotions; anger, nervousness, despair, surprise, and some of them all at once. Most recently the nomination for the Department of Interior has shocked us again. 

The first Navy SEAL elected into the House of Representatives, Congressman Ryan Zinke, has been all-but officially nominated to lead the Department of Interior and oversee the agencies responsible for managing our National Parks, wildlife and their refuges, and millions of acres of landscapes owned and managed on behalf of all Americans. His efforts to keep public lands public, and to fund key natural resource programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund, has almost created a glimpse of hope for conservationist. But this shining moment of hope is quickly diminished after a closer examination into the Montana Congressman’s at best wishy-washy policy record.

Congressman Zinke’s position on keeping public lands is supposed to be his redeeming quality, especially when compared to other Interior nominees floated for the position, like Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin or Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Both those candidates had a much more obvious hostility to national public lands. Zinke, in contrast, made a show of resigning from the GOP Platform committee when it insisted on including language supporting the transfer or sale of public lands.

Unfortunately, Zinke’s record tells a different story than the “pro-public lands” one touted by his supporters. Earlier this year, he voted against the transfer of 2 million acres of public land to states’ ownership (H.R. 3650), and then turned around and voted to enact a pilot program to cede management authority of up to 4 million acres of federally owned public lands to states (H.R 2316). While H.R 2316 may not formally privatize public lands, it would allow states to start managing these lands and was regarded as the first step to selling them off. Congressman Zinke’s claimed protections of public lands are thin at best, and this pilot program would directly go against keeping public lands public. In fact, Zinke's House of Representatives colleague and anti-public lands zealot Rob Bishop has called his touted public lands defense position "spin."

While Congressman Zinke has supported strong funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, he still has no consistent position on climate change. In 2010, then-state senator Zinke signed a letter pressuring President Obama and Congress to pass legislation on clean energy and climate change, but then in 2014 while running for Congress, Zinke flipped his position on climate change by challenging the scientific evidence behind global warming. Since this flip in position Zinke has taken large contributions from the oil and gas industry and strongly supported loopholes for his supporting coal industries.

Congressman Zinke’s support and advocacy for the coal industry only shows his complete disregard for the changing climate and public lands that are the natural heritage for future generations. Not only has he continually aided in the coal companies’ dream of preserving loopholes in policy to avoid royalty payments to local communities and U.S. taxpayers alike, he has also believes that fossil fuels are pertinent to “energy independence.” Zinke’s once call for climate change legislation now promotes and supports the degradation of lands for fossil fuel extraction. The Congressman has continually criticized the Clean Power Plan, which is a policy to combat climate change, and instead supported the devastating construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. His back and forth support for public lands while also supporting the penetration of our natural places for extraction purposes is alarming.

Zinke’s flip-flop on climate change and the privatization of public lands only further raise questions about his policy positions. If the coal industry’s coffers can persuade the Congressman from supporting climate change initiatives, to advocating coal extraction, then which other positions will he flip on? Will the next flip be our public lands going into the deepest pockets? These policy flips are unacceptable and the public will hold the Congressman accountable to his promises to keep public lands public and to support climate change solutions.  

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Zinke photo by Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons Crater Lake photo by Kathleen Hahn

Keepers of the Door by Brock Evans

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

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

Why I Give. What Inspires You?

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

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

Beyond Toxics Speaks Truth to Timber’s Tall Tales

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

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

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Interim Director Lynn Peterson will join 1000 Friends this January

By madeline from The Latest. Published on Dec 15, 2016.

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1000 Friends of Oregon Board announces transportation and land use expert Lynn Peterson to serve as interim executive director

Former Clackamas County Commissioner has also served as a senior transportation advisor to and Transportation Secretary in Oregon and Washington

CONTACT: Mary Kyle McCurdy, 503-497-1000 x130, mkm@friends.org

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Top Ten Things You Can Do To Support Solar Oregon

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

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

Community Solar: An Exciting Next Step for Solar in Oregon

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

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

Ask FOT: Help! My Tree is Covered in Ice.

By Ian Bonham from Growth Rings. Published on Dec 14, 2016.

Dear FOT: The weight of the snow and ice is causing my new trees to lean and bend over. What should I do? Will my trees be OK? I wonder how many people with taller, newer trees are going to have this problem from the ice… -Jacob in Rose City Park, Portland   As your young tree collects […]

BLM Opens Ohio’s Wayne National Forest to Oil and Gas Exploration

By FSEEE from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Dec 14, 2016.

December 14, 2016 — Despite wide public opposition, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management this week opened sections of Ohio’s Wayne National Forest to potential oil ... [read more]

Trip Leader Training

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

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

Volunteers Needed for Habitat Restoration

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

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

Elliott State Forest sale halted... for now

By arran from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Dec 13, 2016.

We did it! 

Thanks to your voice, thousands of other Oregon Wild activists, partner organizations, and many more who have been working on this issue for years, the State Land Board delayed their vote on a proposal to privatize the Elliott State Forest. 

But we are not out of the woods yet!

Over 200 people attended the meeting in Keizer, and a large majority of those that testified urged Governor Kate Brown, and outgoing State Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins, to reject the proposal to sell the Elliott to Lone Rock logging. Staff for the Department of State Lands (DSL) admitted prior to the meeting that that the lone privatization bid contains “gaps, uncertainties and ambiguities.” 

However, Gov. Brown's statements on the Elliott were contradictory.  She directed DSL staff to develop an alternative proposal to keep the Elliott and its old-growth forests in public ownership, but also asked them to work Lone Rock logging to make their privatization bid more palatable to the public.  

Still, the decision not to go forward with privatization is a strong rejection of the Bundy movement and welcome victory given the steady stream of bad news out of Washington D.C. Now we must focus our efforts on developing a proposal that protects the Elliott's old-growth and keeps the forest in public hands.  

We’ll be counting on your help in the coming months to protect our public lands!

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Elliott State Forest photo by Greg Vaughn

Recap from Eugene’s Safe Routes to School Town Hall

By Kate Walker from The Street Trust. Published on Dec 13, 2016.

Thank you to Representative John Lively, Eugene Mayor-elect Lucy Vinnis, and Eugene City Councilor-elect Emily Semple for joining over 40 students, parents, grandparents, and neighbors at […]

Podcast: Best of 2016

By Joe Whitworth from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Dec 13, 2016.

This year, our freshwater Talk podcast broke 23,000 downloads and featured some of

Practicing Simplicity During the Holidays

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Dec 13, 2016.

The holiday season is upon us! Too often this time of year becomes dominated by commercialization and ‘stuff.’ At NW Earth Institute, we are always looking for ways to simplify. We invite you to prioritize time for both personal reflection as… Read More!

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4FRI Contractor Settles Lawsuit

By FSEEE from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Dec 09, 2016.

December 9, 2016 — The main contractor for the largest forest restoration project ever attempted on national forests will pay a former partner more than $1.2 ... [read more]

Infographic: 11 Elements of Water Quality Trading

By Danielle from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Dec 08, 2016.

  These elements can guide and assist agencies and stakeholders in making key

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Wetland Gift Guide

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

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

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Beaver T-Shirt

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

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Doing More With Less: A Changemaker Interview with Philena Seldon

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Dec 07, 2016.

In February, we will launch our newest discussion course book – A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World. Today we share one of the interviews that NWEI Curriculum Director Lacy Cagle conducted for this new course, highlighting many of… Read More!

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Tell State Lawmakers: Cancel the Elliot State Forest Sale

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

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

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

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

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

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Calling all designers! Now accepting submissions to The Street Trust t-shirt design contest

By Lauren Hugel from The Street Trust. Published on Dec 06, 2016.

If you haven’t heard, we’ve grown to the Power of 3! We now advocate for healthy and thriving communities where it is safe and easy for […]

Video – Freshwater Fueling Your Every Adventure

By Brian Kelley from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Dec 06, 2016.

  What do paddling a kayak, fly fishing, and deep powder turns all

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This Year’s Victories!

By Jennifer Fairbrother from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Dec 05, 2016.

As the year comes to a close, we’d like to take a moment to share with you a few of the victories we’ve celebrated so ... [read more]

For Every Kid Campaign Update: Send a Safe Routes to School Postcard!

By Sarah Newsum from The Street Trust. Published on Dec 04, 2016.

The For Every Kid Coalition is focusing on the 2017 legislative session and the fight for dedicated funding for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) education programs and street […]

*Insert Fun-Guy Joke Here*

By Jason from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Dec 02, 2016.

A collection of Mushrooms We found on our hike.
Bruce Newhouse holds up a Boletus species for the group.

On November 13th, the Eugene office of Oregon Wild hosted our annual mushroom hike, with our special guest leader Bruce Newhouse. Bruce leads our Mushroom Hike every year, and our hikers adore him, he has an impressive way of answering the incredible amount of questions that come up when you take 15 people out looking for mushrooms. This year, we wanted to share some stories with you about how the mushroom hike went, so we asked a couple of our hikers to share their thoughts. I hope you enjoy reading them below! 

Ella joins Oregon Wild on hikes frequently, for the mushroom hike she brought along her mom Shawn!

 Ella Hardy-Spittle:

Oregon Wild makes hiking accessible to everyone and educates hikers in the process (whether it be about current timber sales they are working to halt, geographic history, or in this case mushroom ecology). I had no idea that such a vast plethora of mushrooms existed so close to home; the ability to identify them and discuss each mushroom's unique properties with a specialist (Bruce) was truly a treat. Some of my favorite finds were cat's tongue (Pseudohydnum gelatinosum), an odd coral, black trumpet/black chanterelle (Craterellus cornucopioides), and lots of tiny mushrooms that I couldn't even get identifications for. Along with education about individual mushrooms,  Bruce also taught us about mycorrhizal relationships (the interactions between fungus and plant roots). I wish I had brought paper and a pencil to take notes! I am definitely looking forward to next year's mushroom hike. 

These hard to find Black Chanterelles were one of the most exciting finds of the day, and one of Ella's favorites! 
Sara & Markus, long time Oregon Wild supporters, have been on many Oregon Wild adventures! 

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For me, the best thing on the hike was seeing how excited Markus was to be there, learning on a Sunday, how many questions he had, how excited he was to explore the forest with Bruce.

We have enjoyed all of the Oregon Wild adventures we have been on over the last 5+ years.  Mushroom hikes in particular are fun because there is a lot to see and learn, and the hikes are shorter and better suited to a young hiker with a shorter attention span.

It's difficult to put into words how much Oregon Wild, and specifically Wendell's hikes,  have meant to us personally.

When I read the news  of Wendell Wood passing, I literally sat down in the corner of an empty house where I was working and sobbed at the loss of such a great man.  He was the leader of so many of our best days.  He knew I usually could not come on a hike without Markus, he always welcomed him. He was endlessly kind and patient answering our questions about flowers or mushrooms over and over and over again. 

Wendell Wood spent 30 years helping Oregon Wild inspire people like Sara & Markus to keep Oregon Wild! 

 

The kindness and friendship and leadership from Wendell and all of the other leaders and members of Oregon Wild has been such an incredible blessing in our lives. I don't remember exactly how I found Oregon Wild, an event calendar posted somewhere must have caught my eye. When I started going on hikes, I was completely broke. I probably paid nothing or maybe only 5$ per trip for the entire first year or two. Everyone at Oregon Wild was so compassionate, so friendly, and so encouraging. I started to feel at home and at peace for the first time in as long as I could remember and I know Markus felt the same.

Thank you for everything!

 

 

This Birds Nest Fungus with "Eggs" in it, was one of their favorite finds of the day! 

Interested in joining Oregon Wild on future hikes? Make sure you are signed up for our email alerts, and keep an eye out for our messages! Oregon Wild leads hikes year round, in different conditions and environments around Oregon, whatever your interests or skill level, we’d love to have you join us in appreciating the places that Keep Oregon Wild! 

Rally for the Elliott State Forest

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

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

Europe Maintains Commitment to Ambition and Action at Recent Marrakesh Climate Talks

By Christopher Webb from Conservancy Talk. Published on Dec 02, 2016.

2016 is now set to be the warmest year on record[1]. In Europe, this observed climate change has already led to a wide range of impacts on the environment, economy and human health[2]. Counted together, European countries make up the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world[3], and recognizing the risks of inaction, […]

Beers Made By Walking returns to Eugene

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

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

2017 Programs Open for Registration!

By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Dec 01, 2016.

We are thrilled to present a new and exciting slate of workshops and expeditions for 2017! […]

MetLife’s Story of Change: How a Custom EcoChallenge Inspired 1,200 Employees

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Dec 01, 2016.

As we reach the end of the year we’re celebrating the successes of 2016, and one big celebration is the launch of custom EcoChallenges. Today we’re excited to share how MetLife used a custom EcoChallenge to inspire over 1,200 employees… Read More!

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Don’t all kids deserve a safe route to school?

By Lauren Hugel from The Street Trust. Published on Dec 01, 2016.

Do you believe every kid in Oregon deserves a safe route to school? Now is a crucial time to show your support. The Oregon Legislature is back in […]

Coyote Creek Meadows Protected

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

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

Emphasis on writing names on Starbucks cups distracts from bigger problem

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Nov 30, 2016.

This letter was sent to the Oregonian/Oregonlive letter to the editor from Betty Patton, regarding a front page snippet on November 29th about people using the name “Trump” on their Starbucks coffee cups. I found it interesting, almost amusing that Starbucks’ coffee cups are being used by customers to irritate more progressive baristas by claiming […]

WHY NOW IS THE TIME TO FREE THE SNAKE RIVER

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

The Northwest used to be home to the greatest salmon runs in the world: The Columbia-Snake River System. Snake River salmon migrate farther and higher than any salmon on the planet, through eight dams and inland to their high-elevation mountain homes in eastern Oregon, Washington and Idaho. We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to restore wild … Continue reading WHY NOW IS THE TIME TO FREE THE SNAKE RIVER

Shasta Zielke: I Support...

By shasta from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Nov 30, 2016.

Basic Rights Education FundPlanned Parenthood

The hard working staff at Oregon Wild are dedicated to defending Oregon’s wild lands, wildlife, and waters. But there is more to us than our efforts to protect old growth forests, recover gray wolves, or reform Oregon’s lax clearcutting laws. We are also part of our broader communities. At a time when reaching out to our neighbors and working together across causes is more important than ever, we wanted to take the opportunity to spotlight some of the work done by other organizations. Our staff has selected causes that are important to them, and explained why they think these efforts are worthy of your support.

As we approach the end of 2016, and process and recover from the presidential campaign and election, I find my thoughts turning constantly to what I know to be my core values and reassessing how I’m standing up for those values on a daily basis. I’ve taken a step back to decide how I can mindfully use my resources to do the most good, with the knowledge that it’s now more important than ever that I focus on helping others as much as I possibly can. One of the easiest and most effective ways to leverage my resources is to donate to causes that are close to my heart – and also ones which may be under attack in the next four years.

That being said, I’m excited to support two local organizations through this year’s Willamette Week Give!Guide – Basic Rights Education Fund and Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette.

Basic Rights Education Fund is the educational branch of Basic Rights Oregon. The fund works to train people in transgender justice and LGBTQ equality across the state, so that all LGBTQ Oregonians are able to live in safe and positive communities and have access to equal opportunities. Basic Rights Oregon has been a major player in state politics over the last few decades and has helped the LGBTQ community make huge strides toward true equality. There’s more work to be done to make sure that Oregon is truly doing all that we can to  support all of our citizens, and supporting the Basic Rights Education Fund is one way that I’m showing up to help advance change.

Planned Parenthood of Columbia Willamette has been providing access to reproductive health care for Oregonians since 1963. They make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of patients each year – from educating young people to providing cancer screenings to low-income populations. As we face the very real likelihood that the Affordable Care Act will be repealed in the next four years, meaning that thousands of Oregonians will lose their health insurance, Planned Parenthood will become more important than ever. Access to health care should always be a right for all and never a privilege afforded to a select group. Planned Parenthood has stood firm for over 50 years to make sure that all people can access quality health care, regardless of income or insurance status – and I’m standing firm in my commitment to their mission by becoming a donor this year.

If, like me, you’ve been searching for a way to make the world a little bit better, I hope that you’ll explore this year’s Give!Guide and make a commitment to one of the 141 worthy non-profits. As a representative of Oregon Wild (also featured in the Give!Guide), I thank you in advance for your dedication to doing good and giving through the Give!Guide. Happy holidays! 

Arran Robertson: I Support...

By arran from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Nov 30, 2016.

Street Roots & Willamette Week Fund for Investigative Journalism

The hard working staff at Oregon Wild are dedicated to defending Oregon’s wild lands, wildlife, and waters. But there is more to us than our efforts to protect old growth forests, recover gray wolves, or reform Oregon’s lax clearcutting laws. We are also part of our broader communities. At a time when reaching out to our neighbors and working together across causes is more important than ever, we wanted to take the opportunity to spotlight some of the work done by other organizations. Our staff has selected causes that are important to them, and explained why they think these efforts are worthy of your support.

A free press is absolutely essential to a functioning republic. Unfortunately, our precious fourth estate has struggled to find its way in the new digital world. This is not some new problem, but one that has been building for some time now, and one that has concerned me as a communications professional. I have despaired to see stories that I know to be vitally important go unreported. This is not because Oregon is without dedicated and principled journalists, but it just doesn’t have enough (though I could certainly name some outlets that could use more journalists AND principles). There are too many stories to tell for the current newsroom budgets, and too many incentives to chain journalists to their desks pumping out listicles and trending internet stories that get clicks but have no greater value of serving an informed citizenry.

Unfortunately, 2016 has escalated this problem to what is, in my view, a threat to the very foundations of our society. Increasingly, shrill cries of “media bias” have been successfully used to counter basic, reality-based reporting. In this new post-truth world, feelings matter more than facts, and reporting on the latter will earn hard working journalists death threats. 

Add to that the proliferation of “fake news” reaching new heights this year. Buzzfeed published a study recently that showed that more people saw and shared “fake news” articles on social networks in the lead up to the election than real ones. One author bragged that he made $10,000 a month writing outlandish and absolutely untrue stories to be shared online, a salary over twice what an average real reporter makes. 

This also comes at a time when the Obama Administration, which has an earned reputation of being particularly cagey with the press, is about to be replaced by a president-elect that is not only openly hostile to the press, but has gleefully entertained revoking basic First Amendment protections.

We need good reporting, now more than ever. The most direct way to support good reporting is to get a subscription to your local newspaper, or support outlets like OPB through regular donations. But the giving spirit of the holiday and the Give Guide offer some additions and alternatives. 

I am supporting two local sources for quality journalism. The first is Street Roots, which is an excellent source of thoughtful, on-the-ground reporting on issues often overlooked by other outlets. It also offers opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty. The second is the Willamette Week Fund for Investigative Journalism, providing resources for Willamette Week's well respected (and feared) newsroom. 

The Internet and digital communications will continue to offer new opportunities and challenges. Sorting reality from the rubbish, and placing a greater value on facts-based journalism, is one of the priorities I hope we take up in the coming year. 

Here’s to a less post-truth 2017!

Gaby Diaz: I Support...

By Gaby from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Nov 30, 2016.

Outside In

The hard working staff at Oregon Wild are dedicated to defending Oregon’s wild lands, wildlife, and waters. But there is more to us than our efforts to protect old growth forests, recover gray wolves, or reform Oregon’s lax clearcutting laws. We are also part of our broader communities. At a time when reaching out to our neighbors and working together across causes is more important than ever, we wanted to take the opportunity to spotlight some of the work done by other organizations. Our staff has selected causes that are important to them, and explained why they think these efforts are worthy of your support.

Back in 1968 the United States was going through a revolution. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated, Star Trek aired American television’s first interracial kiss, and two black Olympic athletes raised a fist in protest of racial discrimination. Here in Portland a handful of doctors responded by opening a free community health clinic to care for transient youth who found themselves far from home and in need of help. When there was nowhere else to turn, Outside In opened its doors.

As the years passed Portland’s homeless population increased and the need for more comprehensive and holistic care grew.  Outside In believed (and still does) that medical care should not be a privilege but a right despite a person’s socioeconomic status, race, sexual and gender identity, ability, citizenship status, or drug use.  What started as a medical clinic morphed into a network of support systems. As of today, Outside In is comprised of a mobile medical RV, a school based health center in Clackamas County, a needle exchange program, an employment resource center,  a tattoo removal program, housing units, and Portland’s only nonprofit doggie daycare center, Virginia Woof.

Outside In has been a Portland staple for decades now, and has done incredible work to help homeless youth and other marginalized people move towards improved health and self-sufficiency. At a time where millions of people are under threat of losing their health insurance (and much more), this nonprofit needs our help more than ever in supporting their mission. After all, health care should be a right and not a privilege, and I believe that’s something we can all get behind. 

Please consider donating to Outside In through Willamette Week’s Give!Guide and support health and wellness here in Portland. 

Jason Gonzales: I Support...

By Jason from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Nov 30, 2016.

Ophelia's Place

The hard working staff at Oregon Wild are dedicated to defending Oregon’s wild lands, wildlife, and waters. But there is more to us than our efforts to protect old growth forests, recover gray wolves, or reform Oregon’s lax clearcutting laws. We are also part of our broader communities. At a time when reaching out to our neighbors and working together across causes is more important than ever, we wanted to take the opportunity to spotlight some of the work done by other organizations. Our staff has selected causes that are important to them, and explained why they think these efforts are worthy of your support.

Ophelia’s Place describes itself as “a community for girls.” What does that mean? It means they are pros at providing a safe, empowering place where any kid who identifies as "her" can be herself, and find respect! Providing services for girl identified youth between ages 10-18, staff and volunteers offer services that foster their mission of maintaining health through personal development and empowerment.With workshops that vary from comedy, baking, and hula hooping to health and wellness resources and much more, any young girl can find a way to be involved with something she loves.

Ophelia’s Place also provides an after school drop in space, and a girl-directed leadership group called The Women’s Advisory Council for Youth. Many services are free of cost and other services are based on a sliding scale. Your donation will ensure that Ophelia’s Place reaches the girls of our community regardless of income, helping build friendships and talents that will aid them on their journey to becoming successful young women. Donations may be made by phone at (541) 284-4333, mailed to 1577 Pearl Street, Suite 100, Eugene OR 97401, or made online at www.opheliasplace.net

 

 

In Memoriam: Justin Buri

By madeline from The Latest. Published on Nov 29, 2016.

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1000 Friends of Oregon mourns the loss of Justin Buri, who passed away on November 1st, 2016. Justin was well-known in our community as a champion of housing justice: he served as a board member of Housing Land Advocates, a core member of the statewide Inclusionary Zoning Coalition, and as former Executive Director of the Community Alliance of Tenants.

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Connecting Oregon Farmers to Wholesale Markets

By madeline from The Latest. Published on Nov 29, 2016.

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Earlier this month the Oregon Community Food System Network (OCFSN) brought farmers, distributors, and institutional buyers from around Oregon and the Pacific Northwest together in Medford to share ideas on how to help Oregon’s farmers get more Oregon-grown food onto the plates of Oregonians.

Agriculture and Oregon’s Land Use Program

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Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development Release Updated Fair Housing Act Guidance on State and Local Land Use Laws

By andrew from The Latest. Published on Nov 29, 2016.

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The US Justice Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently released updated guidance on how to apply the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) to state and local land use and zoning laws.  The FHA prohibits discrimination in housing based on disability, race, color, religion, national ori

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Impact: Made Possible by You

By Haley Walker from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Nov 29, 2016.

Ambition is an inherent part of The Freshwater Trust. Beyond the on-the-ground work

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Infographic: Salmon Spotted. Fish Returning to Restored Sites in Oregon

By Danielle from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Nov 28, 2016.

Fish are returning to many of our restored project sites throughout Oregon, including

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Rally for wild salmon!

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

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

Year in Review: 2016 Highlights

By Haley Walker from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Nov 28, 2016.

  The past 365 days were characterized by important on-the-ground work for watersheds in need,

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A Safe Place for All to Visit

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

Two weeks ago the staff of Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center gathered in Jawbone Flats to […]

Two Year State Parks Calendar Available

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

Oregon State Parks calendars are here! We have a gorgeous 8.5″ x 11″ calendar with stunning images from Oregon State Parks.  Unlike a classic calendar, this is a TWO YEAR calendar (2017 & 2018). Make a donation to the Foundation of $20 or more before December 31, 2016, and we will send you this fabulous calendar as […]

Green Friday Prize Winners

By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Nov 27, 2016.

OPT Outside – Green Friday – Prizes Winners shown in RED – we will be in contact with you shortly to get you your prize! Congratulations to all the prize winners.  We hope everyone who enjoyed a day in the fresh air in our gorgeous State Parks felt like a winner! Thank you for joining […]

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2016

By Sarah Newsum from The Street Trust. Published on Nov 24, 2016.

Families mourn 400+ lives lost on Oregon roads in 2016 with vigil This past Sunday, November 20th, Oregon and SW Washington Families for Safe Streets, held […]

“Behind The Scenes” with our Executive Director

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

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

Weigh In: Help Shape Washington County’s Transportation Future

By Kate Walker from The Street Trust. Published on Nov 23, 2016.

How will we get around in 40-50 years? This is the question posed in Washington County’s Transportation Futures Study. Share your thoughts on what transportation investments […]

Women Bike November Recap

By Elizabeth Cabral from The Street Trust. Published on Nov 23, 2016.

This November we partnered with Mujeres en Movimiento to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos, a traditional Mexican holiday that is about gathering with friends and family […]

Colorado Resort Expansion Approved

By FSEEE from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Nov 22, 2016.

November 22, 2016 — Forest Service officials this week gave a thumbs up to a controversial proposal to expand Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin ski area, including ... [read more]

4 Tips for Communicating With Empathy Across Differences

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Nov 22, 2016.

“We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this special kind, is one of the most potent forces of change that I know.” – Carl Rogers As many of us… Read More!

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Abolish the EPA? Clean Water and Healthy Communities at Risk

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

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

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

As The Year Ends, a Letter from our Director

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

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

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On Replanting

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

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

What Feels Important Today

By Kendra Manton from The Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Nov 17, 2016.

Celebrating the real on #GivingTuesday November 29th. How do we capture the hearts and minds of our community? This is the question we “non-profiters” are always thinking about, especially when #GivingTuesday is upon us.  It is not enough that we know our work is important, that our community needs the services we provide, the lands

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

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

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

Holiday Open House December 9th

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

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

Finding Common Ground

By Joe Whitworth from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Nov 15, 2016.

Water doesn’t take sides — it connects them. It threads together communities and

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Afloat in Alaska: On a Charging River where the Salmon Run

By Corinne Smith from Conservancy Talk. Published on Nov 15, 2016.

The Susitna is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the United States. Millions of pink, chum, Chinook, sockeye, and coho swim up its powerful current each summer to reach their spawning grounds.

Restore Wild Salmon – Remove the Lower Snake River Dams!

By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Nov 14, 2016.

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

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

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

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

Union Pacific Rail Double Track Project through Mosier, OR Denied

By magdamendez from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Nov 13, 2016.

At their Nov 10th meeting Wasco County Board of Commissioners voted 3 – 0 to finalize their Nov, 3rd decision to deny the permit for Union Pacific’s proposed rail expansion. To read more about the decision http://gorgenewscenter.com/wasco-county-commissioners-complete-their-denial-of-union-pacific-plan-for-second-main-line-track-at-mosier/ Highlights from the Nov 3rd Wasco Board of Commissioners meeting: Gary Kahn, an attorney representing Friends of the […]

Air Toxics are Unreported, thus Unaccounted

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

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

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After the election: Turning a negative into a positive

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Nov 12, 2016.

The presidential election was a shock to many of us. After some reflection over the past few days, I have a new outlook. As the new President of Recycling Advocates, I’d like to share that perspective with you as we start looking ahead to 2017 under a new political landscape. 1) We have momentum on […]

Charting the Path Ahead

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

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

Standing up for public lands

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

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

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

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

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

Sunnyside Coffee Perks in Portland

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Nov 10, 2016.

Sunnyside (Portland) has great coffee shops!  Go ahead and sit and stay awhile….the aroma, creative spaces, artwork, comfy indoor and outdoor seating are inviting you to linger.  When you do, ask for a “cup for here” or “to stay” or “a ceramic mug, please,” or offer up your own travel cup (BYOC) and pass on […]

Thank You for Six Great Years

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Nov 09, 2016.

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Today we are proud to announce the transition of 1000 Friends of Oregon’s Executive Director Jason Miner to serve as Oregon’s next Natural Resources Policy Director in Governor Kate Brown’s cabinet.

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Newsletter Archives

By Adrienne Welsh from . Published on Nov 07, 2016.

Did you miss an eNewsletter? You can read past issues on the website, you’ll find them under Resources -> Newsletters.

Mauka to Makai: Community Conservation from Mountains to Oceans

By Christine Woll from Conservancy Talk. Published on Nov 07, 2016.

We were busy lashing tall poles together, building a traditional Hawaiian hale, or grass house, when a young man introduced himself to me.  “Do you work for The Nature Conservancy too?” he asked.  His name was Bert Weeks, and he was a Hawai’i Marine Fellow for the Conservancy. We were both participating in E Alu […]

Annual Volunteer Meeting scheduled for Jan 26th

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Nov 04, 2016.

Join us on Thursday January 26, 2017 for Recycling Advocates’ annual volunteer gathering! We will share updates on our BYOC campaign and strategize the next phase, and discuss volunteer opportunities over the next few months. Wine, beer and snacks will be provided. Save the date! More details will be posted soon.

The Path Forward on Climate – It’s About Us Now

By Mark Tercek from Conservancy Talk. Published on Nov 03, 2016.

President and CEO Mark Tercek shares how we can tackle climate change and reduce emissions by innovating technology, investing in solutions, shaping policy, and taking individual action.

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

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

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

Celebrating Mexican Cuisine from Maya Forest to Chef’s Plate

By Rane Cortéz from Conservancy Talk. Published on Nov 02, 2016.

“You said this was only nine kilometers?” I asked our guide as we emerged from the steamy Mayan jungle into the late afternoon sun. “Nine kilometers through the forest. Now we just have to ride back to the village—but it’s on the road, so it’s like nothing,” he responds. I shoot him a look as […]

The Hook Brings You Back

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

In my short time living in Jawbone Flats, I have paid attention to what brings people […]

Open and Accountable Elections Portland

By magdamendez from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Nov 01, 2016.

The Problem Many communities face barriers to their voices being heard in our democracy.  One in three Portlanders are people of color, and yet we have only had two people of color ever serve on our City Council.  The majority of our population is female and we have had just seven women on the City […]

Moving forward from the Malheur Refuge takeover

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

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

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

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

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

Before the Flood: the Must-See Climate Change Film by Leonardo DiCaprio

By Joanna Benn from Conservancy Talk. Published on Oct 28, 2016.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Before The Flood, which premiered in Europe on October 15th at the London Film Festival, may prove to be the most influential movie detailing the state of our climate since Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth—both in terms of box office draw, and in its hard-hitting urgency and painful illustration of the impacts of runaway climate change. […]

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

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

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

Coos Bay nonprofit gets a major contribution from the sun

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

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

Solar Inclusion Project

By magdamendez from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Oct 26, 2016.

The Marys Peak Group (MPG) has developed a project to support the Sierra Club’s efforts to increase the use of solar power and to become more inclusive of diverse communities. Up to this point, the marketing target and users of solar energy have primarily been restricted to the upper economic classes of our society. The […]

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

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

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

Solar Development on Resource Lands

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Oct 25, 2016.

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1000 Friends' Farmers Advisory Committee weighs in

Below is the text of our letter to the Land Conservation and Development Commission

Dear Honorable Commissioners:

The Farmers Advisory Committee (FAC) was formed to assist 1000 Friends of Oregon in protecting, implementing and improving Oregon’s program for maintaining the agricultural land base needed for farming and ranching. The FAC is composed of commercial farmers and ranchers, and farm organization leaders. The FAC members come from all of Oregon’s agricultural regions and produce a wide variety of farm products.

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The White House shows how to say "YES in my Backyard!"

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Oct 25, 2016.

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Yes in my Backyard is what we need to make Oregon housing accessible for every resident. 

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Land Use Leadership Initiative Tours Southwest Corridor

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Oct 25, 2016.

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On Saturday, October 8th, 1000 Friends of Oregon's Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI) began a 9-month training program with a tour of the Southwest Corridor area in the Portland metro region.

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The Oregon Desert Trail invites you to get inspired

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

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

Call for Nomination Petitions

By magdamendez from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Oct 18, 2016.

Sierra Club Oregon Chapter Executive Committee welcomes nominations by petition! Each year a portion of the Sierra Club Oregon Chapter’s elected at-large Executive Committee (ExCom) reaches the end of their terms. Some decide not to run again, others do. The Chapter uses democracy to hold itself accountable to its membership, so we need good candidates […]

Near Nightmare on Roosevelt Boulevard

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

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

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Consumption, Conservation, and Commitment: Lessons from Borneo

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

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

UPDATE #2: Portland Fossil Fuel Policy Zoning Heads Back to City Council

By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Oct 13, 2016.

By Ted Gleichman, policy advisor, Oregon Sierra Club Beyond Gas & Oil Team A governmental journey of a thousand miles begins with scaling multiple bureaucratic mountains – a step at a time.  Portland’s path to Keep It In the Ground – working to ban new fossil fuel storage and export infrastructure – got major trailblazing […]

Beyond Gas & Oil Campaign Work

By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Oct 13, 2016.

The Oregon Sierra Club Beyond Gas and Oil Team (BG&O) is doing awesome work throughout the region to  move Oregon and the Pacific Northwest in the right direction—away from dirty fossil fuel extraction, transport, and export. A summary of their ongoing work on gas infrastructure and oil trains is below. Contact Gregory Monahan, Chair of the Beyond Gas […]

Rally sends clear message to State Land Board: “Keep the Elliott Public”

By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Oct 13, 2016.

On October 11th, nearly 125 Oregonians from across the state gathered on the lawn of the State Land Board building in Salem to send a loud, colorful, and clear message to the State Land Board: the Elliott State Forest needs to be protected and it needs to be kept public. Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of […]

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Matter

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes from the Field: Milkweed & Monarchs

By Kendra Manton from The Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Oct 05, 2016.

Over the course of the past two years, TWC neighbor and avid volunteer Sue Reed planted 8 milkweed plants at  our Nyberg Wetland Preserve. Sue chose to plant the beautiful plant with showy flowers to help support monarch butterfly habitat. Well known for their long-distance seasonal migration and winter gatherings in Mexico and California, the

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Wetlands & Wellies 2016

By Kendra Manton from The Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Oct 05, 2016.

            Thank you to our sponsors, chefs, brewers, vintners and distillers for making Wetlands & Wellies 2016 such a successful event. Sponsors Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture The Boeing Company Wolf Water Resources Metro Pembroke Asset Advisors LLC Hahn and Associates Lango Hansen Landscape Architects Pacific Habitat Services ESA Kern

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Partners Join to Protect Mongolia’s River Wolves

By Tuguldur Enkhtsetseg from Conservancy Talk. Published on Oct 03, 2016.

They call them “river wolves.” The endangered taimen fish of Mongolia is the world’s largest member of the salmonoid family.

ONDA volunteers perform restoration work at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

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

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

Exploring the Willamette River

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

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

Space Prom in Jawbone Flats

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

The sound of the tractor rumbles up the hill as I stroll down from my cabin. […]

Save Our Elliott State Forest

By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Sep 29, 2016.

Governor Kate Brown and the State Land Board are considering a proposal to sell off the Elliott to logging corporations. Located in the Southern Oregon Coast Range, theElliott State Forest is a 93,000-acre state owned forestland containing some of Oregon’s last remaining coastal old-growth. Approximately half of the forest is over a century old. It provides a […]

Innovative Solutions for Nature and Climate

By Mark Tercek from Conservancy Talk. Published on Sep 29, 2016.

Read Mark Tercek's thoughts on collaborating to scale up natural climate solutions, from his recent speech at The Environmental Council of the States' fall meeting.

New Faces!

By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Sep 28, 2016.

We are thrilled to announce two new recent hires within the Oregon Chapter of Sierra Club! Magda Mendez-Martinez  joins us as our new Outreach and Development Coordinator.  In her new role, Magda will be to coordinating and assisting with with chapter fundraising campaigns, membership and volunteer engagement, strategic communications and marketing efforts, as well as capacity […]

Yes on Affordable Homes

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Sep 27, 2016.

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Providing for the most vulnerable among us

Portland is experiencing an unprecedented housing crisis. For every five families that qualify for affordable housing assistance, there are only two units available—and that’s a generous estimate.

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Recent Land Use Wins

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Sep 27, 2016.

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Partners, Affiliates, and Cooperating Attorneys all see successes

We are thrilled to highlight some significant Land Use Wins from our partners and Affiliates.

First on the docket, Friends of Yamhill County v. Yamhill County (Hintermeyer) – a 1000 Friends Cooperating Attorney Program (CAP) case.

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Producer Roundtable Gathers Grower Input

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

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

Nectar Cafe first to join Coffee Cup Reduction Campaign

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Sep 23, 2016.

Thanks to Nectar Cafe PDX for joining the Bring Your Own Cup Campaign! Table tents have been delivered for display near the condiment station. Please support their great coffee bar and vegetarian/vegan food options in the Hollywood district in NE Portland. Close to the old theater, and behind the US Bank. I personally like the […]

Oregonians Applaud House Introduction of Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary Bill

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

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

Fall Gala on October 22, 2016!

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

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

Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary B-Roll

By Pacific Rivers from Pacific Rivers. Published on Sep 22, 2016.

B-Roll is courtesy of Shane Anderson. To download click on the thumbnail or the text below the thumbnail. big pool with fish clear underwater no fish cloudy underwater with fish river at eye level river from above rushing water

Tom Simpson joins Oregon State Parks Foundation Board

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

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

2017 Member Reservations Now Open

By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Sep 21, 2016.

2017 cabin reservations for our Cedar and Pacific Yew members are now open! Cabin reservations for the […]

Protections for the Oregon Spotted Frog

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

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

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

KS Wild filed a formal protest on September 15 2016.

Rachel Carson Award Winners 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Giving Pokémon GO a Go

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

The Challenge What do you do when you are tasked with entertaining three hungry and restless 9-year-old boys? This is the challenge that Claire Fiegener, Greenbelt’s Conservation Director, faced one afternoon. Her twin sons and their friend were jumping around because they were super psyched to play Pokémon GO. They invited me to tag along so I could see first-hand what this craze is all about. Claire and I had no clue what Pokémon Go was about, or why it has become the latest virtual craze. What is the allure that has kids and adults alike walking through the streets day and night totally oblivious Read More

Explore the Oregon Desert Trail by Boots, Bike or Boat

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

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

Patchmarks creates collectible Oregon State Parks Patches and Stickers

By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Sep 09, 2016.

Patchmarks has designed some great Oregon State Parks patches and stickers. You can purchase them on their website and a portion of the proceeds go to the Oregon State Parks Foundation! Visit their website to see which ones are available. Over the next several months they will be releasing more and you can signup on their […]

We are gearing up for Ticket2Ride!

By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Sep 08, 2016.

We want to ensure that all kids have access to our State Parks – to appreciate and learn about nature. Ticket2Ride is a program that will help do just that! This fall, we are teaming up with Ecology in the Classroom & Outdoors and an Encore Fellows from Intel to get 5th graders, from 9 schools in the Portland […]

UPDATE: Portland Fossil Fuel Policy Work Moves from F to B-Minus

By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Sep 07, 2016.

By Ted Gleichman, policy advisor, Oregon Sierra Club Beyond Gas & Oil Team Portland’s Bureau of Planning & Sustainability (BPS) has proposed zoning amendments for review by the Planning & Sustainability Commission (PSC) that are substantially less destructive than the agency’s original plan.  But “less bad” does not equal “good.” BPS was charged with implementing […]

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

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

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

Unsung “Willamette Warrior” Crew Leads by Example & Ethic

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

“Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).” ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder   The Put-in On the water, we’re all headed downstream… and so is our trash. Where does it go? Out-of-sight, out-of-mind? The solution to pollution is dilution? Some would erroneously believe so until you are the one to float through it, swim in it, drink it, irrigate with it, or yes, step in it, along its banks. So, who are the brave souls who clean it up? Who are these Read More

South Hillsboro: A few thoughts on a new development

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Aug 30, 2016.

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It was announced that a planned community in Hillsboro will finally be breaking ground, with an expected 8,000 new units of housing for upwards of 20,000 residents.

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

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

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

Reminder: Recycling Advocates Annual Meeting on Sept 14, 2016

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Aug 22, 2016.

Here’s a reminder to RSVP for Recycling Advocates’ Annual Meeting on September 14th at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. * Agenda coming soon, including Coffee Cup Reduction campaign updates * Meet our new board members. The event is free and open to all Recycling Advocates members and friends. What: Recycling Advocates Annual Meeting 2016 When: […]

Back to School: Join the Call to Protect Students

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

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

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

Opal Creek Fire Ban

By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Aug 22, 2016.

Beginning August 22, the Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area is on a complete fire ban. Due […]

A Perfect Pairing

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

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

Summer Potluck 2017

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

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

Supporting Sustainable Agriculture Producers

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

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

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

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

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

Clean Water, Healthy Soil

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

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

Pacific Rivers Challenges BLM Replacement of the Northwest Forest Plan

By Pacific Rivers from Pacific Rivers. Published on Aug 09, 2016.

August 9, 2016 — Eugene, Ore—Late Yesterday, Pacific Rivers and a coalition of stakeholder groups filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and its Resource Management Plan (RMP) for western Oregon. The RMP, which directs management of 2.5 million acres of forested lands in western Oregon would replace the 1994 Northwest Forest … Continue reading Pacific Rivers Challenges BLM Replacement of the Northwest Forest Plan

Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute

By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Aug 08, 2016.

Students learning about hydrology in our outdoor education program for high school students at Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Crow Feather Farm

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

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

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“Herbicides as a Last Resort” – A County Policy Ignored, Never Defined and Never Implemented

By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Jul 26, 2016.

Beyond Toxics was one of the members of a Lane County Roadside Integrated Vegetation Management Plan Stakeholders group. The IVMP stakeholder group was very diverse, with members ranging from the Lane County Farm Bureau to NCAP to ODA to Beyond Toxics. The reason I agreed to join the IVMP stakeholder group was to tackle the... Read more »

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Living Legends: Jack Broome & Althea Pratt

By Kendra Manton from The Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Jul 26, 2016.

By Larry McClure, Tualatin Life Behind the big hedge next to the WES station you can barely see Tualatin’s only building on the National Register of Historic Places, the 1858 Sweek House. John and Maria Sweek and descendants made a permanent mark on early city history.  But it is two residents in this remarkable house

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Elected Officials Race in Canoes and Kayaks August 6, 2016

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

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

A New Life in a Different World

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

It’s hard to describe exactly what Opal Creek is without experiencing it for yourself. For me […]

Stronger Implementation

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

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

(By Sharon Selvaggio and Megan Dunn) 

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

Sign Up for Summer Hike July 30th

By Kirsten Johnson from Hells Canyon Preservation Council. Published on Jul 19, 2016.

Hey Nature Lovers—join us for a hike on Saturday, July 30th in Wallowa County! We’ll hike up the beautiful Hurricane Creek Trail to the Slick Rock Creek crossing, for a total of 6.5 miles. Last summer, a wildfire burned in parts of the Hurricane Creek drainage. We’ll get a look at it one year out, […]

Beautiful Evening + Community = Great Stories of Watershed Health

By Kendra Manton from The Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Jul 19, 2016.

Last month, twenty Kellogg Creek neighbors joined The Wetlands Conservancy and The North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council (NCUWC) for a summer evening potluck. The picturesque, streamside Cavalier HOA park in Milwaukie provided the background for a night of storytelling. Long-time residents and watershed newcomers shared their overall appreciation of the place they all call home

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Critical Steelhead Sanctuary Bill Moves Forward Through Senate

By Pacific Rivers from Pacific Rivers. Published on Jul 15, 2016.

Pacific Rivers worked with Senator Wyden to introduce a bill that will conserve approximately 100,000 acres of critical steelhead habitat in Douglas County, Oregon. This bill has now passed through the U.S. Senate’s Energy and Natural Resource Committee, and will now move forward to the Senate floor for a vote. Senate Bill 1448 accomplishes two … Continue reading Critical Steelhead Sanctuary Bill Moves Forward Through Senate

East Face Vegetative Management Project Review

By Kirsten Johnson from Hells Canyon Preservation Council. Published on Jul 14, 2016.

The East Face Vegetative Management Project. Those of us who live in Union and Baker Counties have probably heard this name kicked around, but might not know the details of this timber project, especially as the details have changed over time. This blog takes a look at what East Face has become and how Hells […]

Remembering Deb

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

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

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

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

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

We Need Resilient Forests

By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Jun 30, 2016.

“Timber’s Cover-Up” tells the forest story and offers solutions … in 4 minutes Recently, I had lunch in the employee cafeteria of an international corporation based in Lane County. I was somewhat amazed, but pleased, to see efforts to celebrate Farm Worker Appreciation Week. There were large colorful posters of farm workers and glossy brochures. ... Read more »

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Greater Protections Sought for Threatened Marbled Murrelets in Oregon

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

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

Stand with Kate and Nancy to demand responsible logging

By Natalie Bennon from Pacific Rivers. Published on Jun 21, 2016.

By Kate Taylor and Nancy Webster —  The water smells strangely like a swimming pool. Water pouring from the kitchen tap. Water we drink. Water we serve to our families, pets and friends. Water we bathe in. It all smells like chlorine. One of us (Kate) moved to Rockaway Beach, Oregon a few years ago … Continue reading Stand with Kate and Nancy to demand responsible logging

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

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

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

Groups Plan to Sue over Pacific fisher

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

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

The Real Hazard to the Public? Forest Service Logging of Imnaha River Corridor

By Kirsten Johnson from Hells Canyon Preservation Council. Published on Jun 13, 2016.

Guest Blog by Marina Richie (HCPC supporter, La Grande, Oregon) Last week, I drove up to my favorite place, the upper Imnaha River, for two nights of camping among the glorious ancient pines, big firs, and larch.  However, from the junction by Ollokot Campground heading upriver toward Coverdale, Hidden, and Indian Crossing Campgrounds, I saw […]

New and updated materials now available for Oregon Desert Trail

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

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

Wilsonville Bee Stewards Project

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

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

Detective Work in the Ancient Forest

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

I moved to Jawbone Flats in March with the understanding that I would spend the spring […]

Summer Breezes at Opal Creek

By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Jun 06, 2016.

Summer days are here again! Here’s what it takes to have the best Opal Creek experience this […]

Understanding the IARC Cancer Listing For Glyphosate

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

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

 

Ruling protects Greater Sage-Grouse on Steens Mountain

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

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

Great Blue Heron Week: June 1 - June 12

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

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

Tremendous sugar pines in the Applegate

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

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

You can help protect water and salmon on Oregon state forests

By Natalie Bennon from Pacific Rivers. Published on May 20, 2016.

The Tillamook and Clatsop state forests in Northwest Oregon are beloved by many Portland-area residents. They are less crowded than the Gorge and Mt. Hood. More wild than Forest Park. And filled with beautiful rivers and streams, strenuous hikes and bike rides, and places to reconnect with nature when you only have a few hours … Continue reading You can help protect water and salmon on Oregon state forests

Cormorant Nesting Colony Targeted by Federal Agencies Suffers Complete Failure

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

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

Evening for Opal Creek–Thursday, May 19!

By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on May 12, 2016.

Our annual fundraising bash is in just a few days, and we’ve got a great evening […]

River groups intervene in Oregon timber lawsuit

By Natalie Bennon from Pacific Rivers. Published on May 12, 2016.

May 12, 2016 — Portland, Ore. — Pacific Rivers and three partner organizations – Wild Salmon Center, Association of Northwest Steelheaders, and Northwest Guides and Anglers Association – have entered the fray in a lawsuit brought by Linn County against the State of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Forestry. The river groups have intervened … Continue reading River groups intervene in Oregon timber lawsuit

Plan Your Summer Adventures with Tualatin Riverkeepers

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

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

Update: Westside Salvage Logging

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

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

Safety Video Emphasizes the Right Life Jacket Fit for Kids

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

NCAP's Statement About the Zika Virus

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

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

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

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

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

Who are YOUth?

By Joel Iboa from Beyond Toxics. Published on Apr 22, 2016.

Who are YOUth? Workers’ rights, air toxics, pollinators, policy change, racial justice, chemical exposures, pesticides, herbicides, these and many others are all issues Beyond Toxics continues to fight for. And while it’s important we continue this work it’s also important that we remember who we are doing it for. A year ago Beyond Toxics made... Read more »

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NCAP Statement on Bt Applications

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

The mission of the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) is to protect the health of people and the environment by advancing alternatives to pesticides.

With our mission and values in mind, we have considered the health and environmental effects of the proposed use of Bacillus thuringiensis v. kurstaki (Btk). We consider Btk, a biological control, to be the most reasonable alternative to using toxic synthetic chemicals for eradicating gypsy moths at this time.

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

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

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

Tips for Safe Paddling on the Tualatin River

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

On April 12, 2016 a kayaker was rescued from the Tualatin River 1/2 mile downstream of Cook Park by TVFR and Clackamas rescue teams.  Those familiar with this stretch of the river know that this shallow location always has current.  At springtime flow levels, the kayaker was unable to paddle upstream.  She was wearing a […]

National Marine Fisheries Service Releases Biological Opinion Requiring Stronger Floodplain Protections for Salmon and Communities

By aberman from News. Published on Apr 14, 2016.

On April 14, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) concluded that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) must change its implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program in Oregon to better protect imperiled salmon, steelhead and Southern Resident Killer Whales. In its biological opinion (BiOp), NMFS concludes that FEMA’s flood insurance program violates the Endangered Species Act by subsidizing development in floodplains that jeopardize the continued existence of salmon, steelhead and Southern Resident Killer Whales and adversely modifies the designated critical habitat of anadromous fish species in Oregon. The BiOp includes a list of reforms FEMA should implement that will not only protect federally listed salmon, steelhead, and killer whales but will also reduce flood risks to people and property.

Solar Oregon Presents the 2016 Solar Winery Tour

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

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

US Army Corps Begins 2016 Cormorant Slaughter

By aberman from News. Published on Apr 11, 2016.

On Wednesday April 7, the US Army Corps and USDA Wildlife Services began shooting Double-crested Cormorants near East Sand Island. Federal agents in boats are using shotguns to shoot birds out of the sky as they fly and forage in the Columbia River Estuary. Conservation groups have expressed deep disappointment that the Federal Government would initiate the 2016 killing season despite the fact that the federal court has indicated that it hoped to rule on the legality of the lethal control program before the killing began in 2016.

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

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

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

High Desert Speaker Series finale in Bend

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

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

Thank You River Connections Sponsors

By trkpost from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Apr 05, 2016.

Thank You Premier Community Bank, Metro, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Backyard Bird Shops, and NW Natural.

Today is National Healthy Schools Day!

By Megan Dunn from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Apr 05, 2016.

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Today, April 5, is National Healthy Schools Day, a day for public awareness coordinated by the Healthy Schools Network since 2003.

 

According to the campaign, “Across the U.S., there are 130,000 public and private K-12 schools enrolling some 55 million children and employing about 7 million adults–in all 20% of the total US population is in schools every day. Yet, EPA reports that half of all schools have problems with indoor pollution, a complex problem attributable to various sources, such as poor siting or engineering, leaky roofs, deferred maintenance and repairs, and the use of toxic products indoors and out.”

 

You can take part in National Healthy School Day by encouraging schools to reduce pesticide use.

Feds reject Jordan Cove LNG terminal

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

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

Tell the EPA Its Imidacloprid Assessment is Lacking in Key Areas

By Sharon Selvaggio from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Feb 25, 2016.

The EPA has released a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for a neonicotinoid insecticide called imidacloprid. This pesticide has been implicated in several major bee kill events in Oregon and elsewhere. Imidacloprid is sold as Admire, Gaucho, Merit and other trade names. In home and garden products, this active ingredient is often in products labeled “Systemic”. 

The EPA is soliciting public comment on its risk assessment until April 14, which examines risks of agricultural uses of imidacloprid to bees. The risk assessment makes no regulatory suggestions; those come later in the registration review process. However, assessment identifies a nectar residue level for imidacloprid of 25 ppb, above which the EPA believes that effects on pollinator hives are likely. These effects may include reduction in numbers of pollinators as well as the amount of honey produced.

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High Desert Speaker Series continues in Bend

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

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

Thankful for the end of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover

By Lindsay Jones from Press Releases. Published on Feb 11, 2016.

As the media trucks pull out and the wheels of justice move forward, the Oregon Natural Desert Association vows to remain committed to the health and welfare of the Malheur Refuge.

ONDA to release its 2016 calendar of guided restoration trips

By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Feb 01, 2016.

The Oregon Natural Desert Association offers guided restoration trips throughout eastern Oregon every year. Registration for this year's slate of trips opens Friday, Feb. 12.

Protecting Neighbors and Promoting a Healthy Washington

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

By Megan Dunn, Healthy People & Communities Program Director

In Washington State, workers and residents are asking for stronger protections from pesticide drift. According to the Department of Health, cases of pesticide related illness are being reported by farmworkers, residents living near farms, and recently a school[i]. (Details in the pie chart below). Farmworkers on conventional farms have an increased risk of diabetes[ii]and certain cancers, and children of mothers who live near agricultural areas, or who are otherwise exposed to certain pesticides during gestation may be a increased risk for neurodevelopmental disorders[iii].

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KS Wild Joins Statewide Actions to Support Public Lands

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

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

BLM disagrees with O&C's timber harvest goals

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Jan 18, 2016.

The Bureau of Land Management says it isn't mandated to offer up timber harvest of 500 million board feet identified in the 1937 O&C; Act, because its analysis shows that isn't sustainable.

Press Release: McKenzie Camp acquisition

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

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

Making Resolutions to Protect, Inspire, Reduce

By Ashley Chesser from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Dec 29, 2015.

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Happy New Year! For 2016, we are resolved to protect more communities, inspire more change and reduce more pesticide use. A few important topics are already emerging and below are some of our plans for the upcoming year's three program areas. 

Invasive Plant Medicine: The New IPM

From Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Dec 22, 2015.

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NCAP volunteer and recently elected board member Jessica Rojas reflects on her passion for plants and how they brought her to know and value NCAP. 

It’s the trees

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

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

Congress Passes Bill Extending Federal Tax Credits for Solar

By Lisa Holmes from News – Solar Oregon. Published on Dec 18, 2015.

Hours before Congress adjured for holidays, they passed legislation that extended the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar.

Tell the EPA: I Want to Eat Toxic-Free Fish!

By Sharon Selvaggio from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Dec 18, 2015.

In Washington State, the EPA is considering whether to delay implementation of a rule that forces Washington State to clean up waterways and ensure fish don’t pose a hazard to people eating them. Tell the EPA you don’t want any time delays!

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Disaster-Resilient Solar PV

By Lisa Holmes from News – Solar Oregon. Published on Dec 12, 2015.

What are you going to do in the event of a major disaster? Are you prepared? Besides the basic needs of food, water, and shelter, energy will be a key factor in your recovery efforts.

‘Safe Harbors’ for native fish

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

This is part of a series about the MRT members who have played a part in the incredible comeback of Oregon chub. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll share more stories of MRT members who aided the recovery. ‘Safe … Continue reading

The importance of healthy floodplains

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Nov 11, 2015.

Because of members like Art and Anita Johnson, we've helped Oregon chub recover. Continue reading

Beers Made By Walking comes to Eugene

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

8 local breweries have created beers inspired by hikes on MRT lands, and you can taste the results. Today Continue reading

The little fish that we’d never noticed

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

George Grier and Cynthia Pappas protected their land in 1992. They didn't know then that they would play a critical part in the recovery of Oregon chub. Continue reading

Oregon chub makes a comeback

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Oct 15, 2015.

Because of members like you, an Oregon native makes a comeback It was the early 1990s. Like many of our native fishes, the Oregon chub was in trouble. Chub lived their lives in the moist backwater channels and sloughs of … Continue reading

Happy Valley Launches HV Solar Program

By vast from News – Solar Oregon. Published on Oct 01, 2015.

The City of Happy Valley, OR, a fast-growing suburb of Portland, was recently awarded a grant from Northwest Solar Communities to increase solar photovoltaic installations among homeowners.

Solar Now! University Sizzles

By vast from News – Solar Oregon. Published on Sep 22, 2015.

It’s been a few short weeks, since this year’s Solar Now! University and I want to thank the many partners, staff members, and sponsors who helped make this event a success.

OLCV Hosts 2015 Photo Contest!

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

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

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OCN Announces the 2015 Priorities for a Healthy Oregon

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

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

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Clean Fuels Program Drives On

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HCPC’s Wildlife Watchers

By Kirsten Johnson from Hells Canyon Preservation Council. Published on Apr 22, 2015.

Our Wildlife Watchers program bridges several important aspects of our conservation mission. We work in partnership with the Forest Service, we connect volunteers with local forests and wildlife, and we provide important wildlife data to the Forest Service to help inform management decisions. If you are interested in becoming a Wildlife Watchers volunteer in 2015, please […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OLCV’s Historic Investment in Oregon Senate Races Brings Big Victories

By April Christenson from . Published on Nov 06, 2014.

The largest electoral investment in OLCV’s history pays off with voters electing pro-conservation Sara Gelser in Corvallis and Alan Bates in southern Oregon. PORTLAND, OREGON — Over a million and ...

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Oregon State Senator Betsy Close Named to League of Conservation Voters’ “Dirty Dozen in the States”

By April Christenson from . Published on Oct 17, 2014.

OLCV Press Release: Close’s extreme anti-environment voting record and climate change denial earned her a spot on the list over hundreds of other candidates. PORTLAND, OREGON — Oregon League of Conservation ...

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Missing Tim Lillebo

By coldcoffeemedia from Hells Canyon Preservation Council. 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 […]

Firm cuts back request for McKenzie water

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

  The Veneta company says it wants to take 10.4 million instead of 21 million gallons a day from the river BY CHRISTIAN WIHTOL The Register-Guard Friday, Jun 15, 2012 A Veneta company has cut in half its request for … Continue reading

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