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Surprises in the Ponds

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Jul 21, 2017.

Finn Rock Reach is Home to Rare Turtles Before you can even see them, the turtles know you’re there. As you walk towards the ponds, you hear soft plops and see rings in the water. Western pond and western painted turtles escape quickly into the water from their sunbathing perches. Once they realize you are […]

Insuring Nature, Ensuring Resilience

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

How can investing in nature boost resilience to severe weather and other climate impacts? Read President & CEO Mark Tercek's speech from the Global Insurance Forum.

ELB Insta-Takeover #protectwhatyoulove

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jul 20, 2017.

Maybe you’ve joined OEC’s Emerging Leaders Board (ELB) at an event like Get Dirty for Clean Air, or maybe you’re just a fan from afar. Now you can see what motivates our ELB to dedicate their time as volunteers to protect this great state.  Follow along starting this Saturday, via the Oregon Environmental Council Instagram channel to […]

July Member Spotlight: Kate Sundberg, Summer Intern

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

We’re lucky to have Kate Sundberg serving as a summer intern in our Hood River office. Kate is busy coordinating events and cleanups for Love Your Columbia Day 2017. She is also helping with phone banking, Nichols Natural Area restoration, and member stewardship. Originally from Sarasota, FL, Kate attends Wesleyan University in Connecticut where she is studying Chemistry and Environmental Studies. Kate's easy-going, can-do attitude is a great addition to our team. Thanks for all your work, Kate!

What, Me Worry?

By FSEEE from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Jul 20, 2017.

Yesterday, a federal appeals court ruled that the Forest Service is liable for toxic waste cleanup costs from a mining operation in New Mexico. The appeals court remanded the case back to district court ... More

Fossil Fuel Industry Attempts to Put Our Communities and Climate at Risk

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

“While we are disappointed in the decision, we will work to secure a policy that protects Portland and our climate from reckless fossil fuel projects like coal and oil train terminals. The people of Portland overwhelmingly supported this policy and strong climate action. We will not be dissuaded by the fossil fuel industry’s attempt to put our communities and climate at risk.” -Dan Serres, Conservation Director for Columbia Riverkeeper

Community Survey – Getting to know you better.

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

Our ability to have a powerful impact on the world of water requires

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Get Wet!

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

Spending time in Portland this summer? You don’t need to travel far for a refreshing dip in the Columbia River. You’ll find sandy beaches, sun-drenched shorelines, and shady riverside hideouts. Here are some of our favorite swimming holes and tips for staying safe in the mighty Columbia. Grab your beach towel and we’ll see you in the river!

Protect Columbia County Farms

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

Team up with farmers to protect over 800 acres of farmland along the Columbia River from dangerous industrial development like methanol export and oil-by-rail terminals. Submit a public comment & RSVP to attend 8/2 hearing.

Port WW – featured #2

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

Protect Columbia County Farms: Team up with farmers to protect over 800 acres of farmland along the Columbia River from dangerous industrial development like methanol export and oil-by-rail terminals. Submit a public comment & RSVP to attend 8/2 hearing today.

Going loco searching for LOCO!

By IAE/NPSO Intern from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Jul 18, 2017.

–By Lucy Keehn We have had many adventures during our Native Plant Society of Oregon internship.  In the first week of May, our crew rapidly expanded from the usual 5 to a lively 16, as we were joined in the field by our Executive Director, Tom Kaye, and 10 volunteers from all over Oregon, in […]

LYC – featured

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jul 17, 2017.

Love Your Columbia is an event, on August 26, 2017, where volunteers have the opportunity to pick up litter, pull invasive weeds or perform another restoration activity at Columbia River locations in their community. Sign up today to lead your own or volunteer at an event!

Adventure Awaits in our Ancient Forests

By chandra from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Jul 17, 2017.

Ancient forest in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness

A month and a half in to my book sabbatical (read Blog #1 here), the summer is flying by too quickly. How does one get started on a book project?! I think I'm figuring it out...

Background work:
This first month or so of my sabbatical to work on Oregon’s Ancient Forests has been chock full of essential, but not real action-rich, tasks: Finalizing a contract with The Mountaineers Books, making complex spreadsheets of hike information, reading the original book thoroughly and making lots of notes, creating a digital map of all the hikes, and getting gear and other “systems” in place. Getting organized, in other words. I don’t feel done with that, per se, but done enough that I feel like this project might actually be within my grasp.

Time for adventures:
Luckily, I’ve also started to move beyond all this background work and actually started knocking out some hikes too! So far I’ve just stuck pretty close to home, going on hikes in the Umpqua and Willamette National Forests. Some, like the Hackleman Old Growth Grove have been easily accessible and easy to hike. Others, like Canton Creek in the Umpqua National Forest were a bit harder to find and had a “trail” that hadn’t been maintained in years. Some of the hikes I’ve done so far have been old favorites - like the Spotted Owl, Emerald Forest, and South Fork Breitenbush Trails near Breitenbush Hot Springs where some friends have a summer cabin. Others have been brand new to me, and exciting new discoveries, like the Echo Basin Trail just off Hwy 20 near Tombstone Pass. How have I never been here before?! It was spectacular!

I’m doing my best to note interesting things along the trail that could be included in the book - whether on a specific hike, or in some background sections. I won’t spoil any surprises there, but I’m getting lots of ideas. I’m definitely seeing that, even within the confines of the western Cascades, there is a lot of diversity in our ancient forests. From Alaska yellow cedar, to Noble fir, to our signature Douglas-fir, there are amazing specimens, as well as amazing tracts of forest to be explored.

Stats:

  • Total miles: 35
  • Total hikes completed: 12
  • Biggest trees to date: Along Elk Lake Creek, in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness
  • Best discovery to date: Echo Basin for it’s huge Alaska yellow cedars and gorgeous wet meadows
  • Worst road to get to a hike to date: Road 4687 to Elk Lake

I’ve also been taking note - because it’s hard not to - of some of the forests that have been hard-hit by both past and current “management” (i.e. logging), as many ancient forest areas are surrounded by logging roads and old clearcuts. Perhaps the saddest place I’ve visited so far is the remnants of “Millenium Grove.” This area along Three Creeks, a tributary to the South Santiam River, was discovered in the mid-1980s to have possibly the oldest Douglas-fir forest in Oregon - between 800-900 years old. As a series of timber sales was about to further fragment and devastate this forest, environmental activists and conservation groups took note - Earth First! activists set up a tree-sit protest, Oregon Wild’s (then ONRC) Andy Kerr named the grove, and groups worked to draw media attention to the plight of this forest. Public outcry at Willamette Industries (the company set to log the area) and Willamette National Forest was strong and steady, but in the end, the planned logging was completed.  

The forest near Gordon Lakes, at the edge of the Millennium Grove

In Wendell’s original book, he talks about seeing some of the grove from certain points along the drive to Gordon Lakes - which is at the west end of the Millenium Grove. Sadly, I believe that was because the clearcuts in 1990 were still so fresh. Today, it’s even harder to catch a glipse of this ancient forest from the road, and the area is too fragmented by old clearcuts to really get to the remaining ancient forest - now protected under the Northwest Forest Plan. 25 years later, the young tree plantations replanted after clearcutting the 800 year old forest have grown tall - but they aren’t a replacement for the forest that was lost. They never will be.

I’m still figuring out what’s next, but the rest of this month will include some of the State Parks and trails of the Siuslaw National Forest on the northern Oregon coast, and some hikes in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and southern Cascades. (Don’t get too jealous - there are mosquitos out there...) I’m looking forward to getting further afield, into parts of Oregon I haven’t been, and truly exploring so I can bring these ancient forests home to you! (Follow my adventures on Facebook and Instagram!)

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Prosecutor or Referee?

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

Last week, as jury selection was underway in the retrial of four men accused of brandishing weapons during the 2014 standoff between federal agents and supporters of scofflaw rancher Cliven Bundy, Attorney General Jeff ... More

Individual Actions Still Matter: How Our Personal Choices Impact Climate Change

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

At NWEI we have long focused on the role of each individual to create positive change. We believe the little things can indeed make a big difference – and we focus on a simple objective: to give people a framework to talk… Read More!

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These Three New Laws Will Save Lives in Oregon

By Romain Bonilla from The Street Trust. Published on Jul 17, 2017.

While the final transportation funding package bill did not include the Vision Zero approach advocated by The Street Trust and our partners, let’s take the time […]

Stopping to See the Forest — and the Trees

By Noël Rozny from Conservancy Talk. Published on Jul 17, 2017.

William Powers Recreation Area in Chicago is home to high-quality natural areas and one of the cleanest lakes in Illinois.

FERC Disses Oregon’s Big Three over Jordan Cove LNG Review Process

By tedgleichman from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jul 14, 2017.

By Ted Gleichman IMPORTANT: At the end of this post are two Action Items! FERC Headquarters, Washington, D.C.  Francis Eatherington, a Landowner on the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline route planned for Douglas County, Oregon, participated in a fast and vigil at FERC in September 2015.  Photo: Ted Gleichman What kind of a Federal agency ignores […]

Add your name to thank the legislators who funded Safe Routes to School!

By Romain Bonilla from The Street Trust. Published on Jul 14, 2017.

As children throughout our state make their way to and from school each day, it’s critical to ensure our streets are safe for them to bike […]

The Freshwater Trust helps 19 agencies improve groundwater in northern California

By Haley Walker from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Jul 14, 2017.

The Freshwater Trust (TFT) recently supported 19 local agencies to collaboratively and sustainably

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Summer Bike Camp Fun!

By Elizabeth Cabral from The Street Trust. Published on Jul 14, 2017.

The Street Trust has teamed up with ROSE CDC once again this year to facilitate a youth bike camp for its residents in outer Southeast Portland. […]

Legislative Update: Free At Last!

By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jul 13, 2017.

We wrapped up the 2017 Oregon legislative session on July 7, and it’s safe to say the session wasn’t a rousing success for the environment. We had a few major victories that we should be very proud of, but many, many things were left undone. Here’s a wrap-up of some of the accomplishments and failures […]

Don’t Panic, Do Act: A Climate Resource With Real Solutions

By Mark Tercek from Conservancy Talk. Published on Jul 13, 2017.

As public reaction to the recent New York Magazine story continues, Mark Tercek, CEO and president of The Nature Conservancy, offers a solutions-based resource for talking about climate change.

$100 Million: A first big step on the Elliott State Forest!

By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jul 13, 2017.

by Rhett Lawrence, Conservation Director After many years of doubts about the future of the Elliott State Forest, we may finally have turned the corner on saving it, thanks to Governor Kate Brown, Treasurer Tobias Read, and the Oregon Legislature. As you will read below, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Governor, […]

Congress Debates Land Swap for Minnesota Copper Mine

By FSEEE from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Published on Jul 13, 2017.

A land swap that could clear the way for a massive copper and nickel mine near Lake Superior in northern Minnesota will be up for debate during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing tomorrow. ... More

Changemaker Interview: The Greenest Product Is the One You Never Buy

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

A few weeks ago, members of Unity of Beaverton Church in Oregon completed NWEI’s newest discussion course –  A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World. We had the chance to connect with Pat Wolter, who organized the group and… Read More!

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Let’s Talk About the Bike Tax

By Romain Bonilla from The Street Trust. Published on Jul 12, 2017.

Last week, the Oregon legislature approved a landmark transportation package bill which Governor Kate Brown is expected to sign into law. The package dedicates $1.3 billion […]

Defending Oregon from Federal Attacks on Community Health

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jul 12, 2017.

Pulling out of international climate agreements. Cutting funds for programs that keep our drinking water safe. It seems, every week there is a new announcement from Washington, D.C. that signals our country’s water, air, and public health are under attack. To understand what’s at stake, Oregon Environmental Council has launched a new project focused on […]

Women Bike: Bike Camping trip with Cat!

By Elizabeth Cabral from The Street Trust. Published on Jul 12, 2017.

Cat Caparello joined our Women Bike program as a Roll Model last year and is encouraging women to bike through fun activities like bike camping. Read […]

My First Week at Oregon Environmental Council

By admin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jul 11, 2017.

Post by Hosana Medhanie  As a recent graduate of Willamette University, I set out to find an internship that would allow me to get involved with environmental protection and sustainability because it’s an area I am excited in exploring further. Fortunately, this summer I have the opportunity to work as OEC’s Environmental Leadership and Justice […]

Fighting for Environmental Progress, Protecting Our Wins

By Devon Downeysmith from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jul 11, 2017.

Most of us assume that once a bill has been signed into law, the victory has been achieved and the hard work is done. So what happens after a proposed program becomes law? Do we check the item off our list and move on to the next? At Oregon Environmental Council, the answer is no. […]

Feds Seek Prison Terms for Bundy Backers

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

Jury selection began this week as the government tries once again to secure convictions against four men who brought assault-style rifles to a 2014 standoff between federal agents and supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven ... More

State of the Conservancy

By Mark Tercek from Conservancy Talk. Published on Jul 11, 2017.

Every year at the Volunteer Leadership Summit, Mark R. Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, delivers a State of the Conservancy address to Trustees. This year's remarks focused on the Shared Conservation Agenda and were delivered on June 22, 2017, in Washington, DC.

Podcast: Nick Wobbrock, cofounder of Blue Forest Conservation

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

Follow the water coming out of your faucet to its source, and you’ll

Meet our 2017 Bike More Challenge Champs!

By Lauren Hugel from The Street Trust. Published on Jul 10, 2017.

We recently checked in with some of this year’s Bike More Challenge champs to learn more about their motivation that led them to victory and how biking […]

Believing in Kids, Believing in Nature

By Noël Rozny from Conservancy Talk. Published on Jul 10, 2017.

Learn how The Nature Conservancy is helping to bring nature to Chicago Pubic School students.

Stop the Clean Water roll back

By Stacey Malstrom from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jul 09, 2017.

The water flowing in streams and percolating in the ground is directly connected to what comes out of your tap. We depend on clean water to support healthy communities, a vibrant economy, and habitat for native fish and wildlife. Water is the fundamental building block that defines our way of life in the Northwest. But […]

Toxic Free Building: for the Environment and Our Health

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

The intersection of health and the environment is core to Barbara and Bill Steele’s work as farmers and winegrowers in Southern Oregon. Cowhorn vineyard, located just 45-minutes from Ashland & Medford, sits in the Applegate Valley in a place “teeming with wildlife.” “When we started Cowhorn, our mission was to create a model for other […]

Last ditch effort for clean air

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

Oregon’s health experts are shaking their heads. “Extreme disappointment,” Doctor Paul Lewis of Multnomah County Health Department calls it. This year, state lawmakers were presented with the most promising affordable chance ever to clean up toxic air pollution from dirty heavy-duty diesel engines. But the original Senate Bill 1008 (SB 1008) Clean Air, Clean Engines plan […]

Port Westward Rezone – featured

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jul 06, 2017.

Team up with farmers to fight a controversial effort to open over 800 acres of high-quality farmland along the Columbia River for industrial development, including methanol export and oil-by-rail terminals! Submit a public comment today & RSVP to attend 8/2 hearing.

Economics Starts with “Eco”: Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty

By Adam Ward from WaterWatch of Oregon. Published on Jul 06, 2017.

This year, the Upper Columbia United Tribes worked with Earth Economics, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Pacific Rivers, Save Our Wild Salmon, and WaterWatch of Oregon to develop The Value of Natural Capital in the Columbia River Basin report that shows the immense economic value of the Columbia River Basin’s … Continue reading

“Oregon Coast – A Legacy Like No Other” is NOW AVAILABLE

By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Jul 06, 2017.

The Oregon State Parks Foundation is proud to announce the publication of Oregon Coast – A Legacy Like No Other in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the signing of Oregon’s “Beach Bill” on July 6, 1967. The 362 mile long Pacific coast beach of Oregon is effectively the longest of Oregon’s 255 State Parks, […]

Oregon’s transportation plan supports a healthier state

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jul 05, 2017.

Safer roads, more options, cleaner air  (UPDATED: 7/6/17) Oregon Environmental Council commends Oregon leaders for finding common ground and moving forward on a bipartisan, ten-year transportation plan. Our hats off to Governor Kate Brown, House Speaker Tina Kotek, Senate President Peter Courtney, Senator Lee Beyer, Senator Brian Boquist, Representative Caddy McKeown, and Representative Cliff Bentz […]

Forest Bound Launches!

By Michel Wiman from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Jul 05, 2017.

Outdoor Education Program for High School Students Utilizes Native Plant Curriculum for New Mexico With the recent completion of the Native Plant Curriculum for New Mexico “From Ponderosa to Prickly Pear” in January 2017, IAE's Southwest Program was in the perfect position to pilot a new summer educational program in the Santa Fe National Forest […]

Tiny Plants with a Toxic Punch

By Stacey Malstrom from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jul 05, 2017.

Summer is here and it’s time to jump in the water—but wait! What’s that pea-green scum floating on the surface? A harmful algae bloom. Reports of toxic algae are already popping up in several of Oregon’s favorite recreation areas for swimming, fishing and boating—keeping people out of the water and putting a damper on summer […]

NWEI’s Commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals: A New Leadership Project Wraps Up

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jul 05, 2017.

Last fall, Caroline Cohen joined the NWEI team as a graduate student intern implementing an Applied Leadership Project with NWEI. Caroline spent the academic year working with us to research the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and mapped how NWEI’s… Read More!

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2017 Transportation Package Prioritizes Transit!

By alyson from The Latest. Published on Jul 03, 2017.

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Mary Kyle McCurdy
Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:10pm

1000 Friends of Oregon applauds the transportation package passed by the Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation & Modernization on Saturday, July 1.  For the first time in history, Oregon is poised to fund statewide transit at a meaningful level. This means many rural Oregonians will have reliable transit for the first time, thereby gaining access to employment oppor

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Nominations for the Alice Award are now open!

By Lauren Hugel from The Street Trust. Published on Jul 03, 2017.

Save the date for The Street Trust’s annual Alice Awards on Friday, September 29 at Castaway Portland. We have much to celebrate this year, you won’t […]

Social Justice Documentary, Promised Land, Screens in Portland

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jul 03, 2017.

Social justice documentary, Promised Land, screening Monday, July 24, 2017; 6:30-8:30 pm; Riversgate Church, in Portland, OR. Film follows two Native American nations in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they've long been denied. Suggested Donation $5 (proceeds benefit the Chinook Nation).

Beaver Restoration Guidebook

By Kendra Manton from The Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Jul 03, 2017.

The Beaver Restoration Guidebook, originally published in June of 2015, is a scientifically rigorous, yet accessible, practitioner’s guide that provides a synthesis of the best available science for using beaver to improve stream ecosystem function. This updated version includes a new chapter on urban beavers and additional case studies and updates throughout the guidebook The knowledge

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Legislature Releases Newest Version of Transportation Package Bill

By Romain Bonilla from The Street Trust. Published on Jul 02, 2017.

On Friday, the Oregon legislature released the most recent round of amendments to the statewide transportation package, and we are thrilled to see that it includes […]

A Strangely Reminiscent Landscape

By Jessica McDonald from Greenbelt Land Trust. Published on Jul 01, 2017.

“I am so very lucky to live in this beautiful place,” is always my first conclusion as I arrive to the Fitton Green Natural Area and look out to Kings Valley, Marys Peak, the Willamette Valley and to the Cascades. This time was no different except I was strangely reminded, with some imagination, of being underway on a ship at sea. On June 25th, the Sunday following the triple digit degree Saturday, I waited till the sun was low on the horizon before whisking my mother, partner and her dog Linus off to the natural area. Getting underway, we forked uphill from the main path Read More

Push to pass Oregon’s transportation package

By Amy Lewin from Oregon Environmental Council. Published on Jun 30, 2017.

The Land of Milkvetch and Honey bees

By IAE/NPSO Intern from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Jun 30, 2017.

--By Nadav Mouallem For the ninth week of our Native Plant Society of Oregon internship (June 5-9), the Conservation Research field crew traveled to Vale, OR, to monitor Astragalus mulfordiae (we refer to it as ASMU), or Mulford’s milkvetch. Although we were already a seasoned field crew at this point, this trip was like no […]

The Freshwater Trust receives grant to help farmers & conservationists in California

By Haley Walker from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Jun 30, 2017.

PORTLAND, OR — The Freshwater Trust (TFT) was awarded $779,000 through the Natural

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ACTION ALERT: Contact Your Legislators to Support a New Residential Solar Incentive

By Info Solar Oregon from News – Solar Oregon. Published on Jun 30, 2017.

ACTION ALERT: Still Time to Contact Your Legislators to Support a New Residential Solar Incentive! CALL TO ACTION! UPDATE, 6/30/2017: Thank you to everyone who has called or sent an e-mail to your legislators. It’s making a difference! If you haven’t had a chance to contact your legislator, there’s still time. The original action alert […]

Adventures of an IAE/NPSO Intern

By IAE/NPSO Intern from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Jun 30, 2017.

— By Abbie Harold As a Native Plant Society of Oregon Intern with the Conservation Research Program at the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) we travel to remote corners of Oregon that are home to rare and endangered plants, some of which are endemic to Oregon. Many of the locations we visit are areas of […]

Carving a New Course in River Science

By Jeff Opperman from Conservancy Talk. Published on Jun 30, 2017.

Brian Richter, who has just retired from The Nature Conservancy, carved out new paths, ultimately changing the topography of river science and management.

United States, United By Nature

By Lynn Scarlett from Conservancy Talk. Published on Jun 29, 2017.

This time of year in the United States, we not only celebrate our country’s independence, but also our unique American identity—an identity rooted in the nation’s iconic lands, waters and wildlife. The very word “America” conjures images of eagles soaring above forest canopies and bison roaming across grassy plains. Or, we think of hardworking farmers, ranchers and fishers who built their legacies on America’s natural […]

Conservation Groups Challenge World’s Largest Methanol Refinery Planned for Columbia River

By Liz Terhaar from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jun 29, 2017.

“The Kalama methanol refinery endangers citizens, communities, the Columbia River and our climate,” said Miles Johnson of Columbia Riverkeeper. “These permits are the product of a woefully inadequate environmental analysis.”

Brown signs bill protecting salmon habitat from river mining

By Adam Ward from WaterWatch of Oregon. Published on Jun 29, 2017.

BY ANDREW THEEN The Oregonian/OregonLive Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill Wednesday that protects thousands of miles of critical salmon habitat across much of western Oregon from suction dredge mining. The governor’s signature is the final action in a years-long push to … Continue reading

Good News, Bad News: My Climate Outlook Post-Paris

By Mark Tercek from Conservancy Talk. Published on Jun 29, 2017.

President and CEO Mark Tercek discusses his outlook on tackling climate change following the U.S. decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement.

What do our native pollinators need? Native forbs, and the feeling is mutual

By Michel Wiman from Institute for Applied Ecology. Published on Jun 28, 2017.

It's finally summer and butterflies are in flight. Butterflies are probably the most loved of all insects, but as native plant habitats decline due to invasive weed spread, agricultural and urban encroachment, some have become threatened. Their needs are simple: 1) Nectar for food, and 2) refuges for egg laying/nesting. In turn, they provide us […]

OREGON OIL TRAIN BILL FAILS TO PROTECT COMMUNITIES

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

Oregon Joint Committee on Ways and Means passes House Bill 2131 related to oil train emergency response and financial responsibility for oil train derailments, spills and fires. The bill will be scheduled for a floor vote in the House and Senate.

Oregon Ag Heritage Program Lobby Day

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

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Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:00pm

On Thursday, June 21 several of Oregon’s top agriculture and environmental organizations were joined by 38 Oregonians and advocates to lobby Oregon legislators to pass HB 3249, the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Fund (OAHP) which would would help Oregon farmers and ranchers plan for succession and maintain agricultural land for future generations. It includes funding for permanent working lands easements, temporary covenants, and conservation management plans, as well as succession trainings and a tax study.

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The Dollars and Sense of Restoration

By Danielle from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Jun 28, 2017.

An operator deftly maneuvers a compact skid steer along the edge of Little

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Why Housing For All is Part of Oregon's Land Use System

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

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Madeline Kovacs
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:45am

In the Fall, 1980 edition of the 1000 Friends newsletter, then-State Housing Council Chair Betty Niven stressed the importance of fully implementing land use planning Goal 10, Housing. Niven reminded readers that reforms required by the Goal pertain not only to housing supply, but also to "what people can afford to pay for a house - what might be called 'income-sensitive zoning.’

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New Turtle Nesting Site at Nyberg

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

The waters have finally receded at our Nyberg Wetland Preserve to allow Megan Garvey, TWC Urban Land Steward and volunteers to start working on our Western Pond turtle habitat enhancement project. Western Pond turtles need open space, near the water, to warm their bodies and then lay their eggs.  In urban areas,  it is especially

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Congratulations to the 2017 LULIs!

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

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Andrew Riley
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 9:55am
The entire team at 1000 Friends of Oregon is excited to congratulate our 2016-17 Land Use Leadership Initiative cohort on their graduation from the program last Thursday, June 22nd!
 

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Big Fish, Not Reef Fish

By Steven Victor from Conservancy Talk. Published on Jun 28, 2017.

Transitioning coastal fishers from targeting at risk reef fish to targeting tuna and bringing them into local markets and into their homes can be a strategy to help save reef fish populations.

Weigh In: Mosaic Community Work Group

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

Are you interested in being on our community work group for the communities of color research project? Metro is looking for a few people to represent […]

Lawsuit filed to stop old-growth logging in the Rogue Valley

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Jun 27, 2017.

The BLM is returning to the bad ol' days of old-growth logging. Together, we can stop the Lower Grave timber sale!

Natural Yellowjacket Control Methods Part 1: Safety and Seasonality

By Ncap from Blog - Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Published on Jun 27, 2017.

Summer is here and so are the yellowjackets! This guest post was written by NCAP supporter Aaron Walton. Aaron shares tips from his experience managing yellowjackets on his 2.5 acre property near Eugene, Oregon.

Cottonwood Experience Center campaign goal met!

By OSPF from Oregon State Parks Foundation. Published on Jun 26, 2017.

We are excited to announce that we reached our capital campaign goal for the new Experience Center at the Cottonwood Canyon State Park! What a perfect setting for a multi-use complex which will house overnight field study programs, cultural events – and, it will be available for public use! The new $1.6 million complex consisting […]

Changemaker Interview: A Yoga Studio Takes On Peace, Justice and Sustainability

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

This week we are excited to share one of our Changemaker Interviews with Veronica Hotton and Kate Sanderson Holly, who recently co-organized NWEI’s Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice and Sustainability discussion course at the Yoga Refuge yoga studio in Portland, Oregon.… Read More!

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M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust funds two new positions in Idaho

By Haley Walker from The Freshwater Trust. Published on Jun 26, 2017.

PORTLAND – The Freshwater Trust (TFT) received $355,000 from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

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Cottonwood Summer Institute benefits students

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

Nice articles from The Times-Journal…

Meet Jillian, The Street Trust’s New Executive Director

By Romain Bonilla from The Street Trust. Published on Jun 23, 2017.

The Street Trust made a big announcement this week: Jillian Detweiler will be carrying on the torch as the organization’s new executive director. We’re thrilled, and […]

Third Session of Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute

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

I enjoyed attending the beginning of the third session of the Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute this week at Cottonwood Canyon State Park.  18  high school students from Arlington, Dufer, Boardman, The Dalles and LaGrande, four college mentors from Eastern Oregon University, four faculty members from Eastern Oregon University, three high school teachers from Arlington and […]

Why You Should Care About the Assault on the Antiquities Act

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

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

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

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

 

 

Deep Workforce Cuts Proposed for BLM

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

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

Bella Vista Foundation Supports Continued Engagement in John Day Basin

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

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

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Report from AOR Sustainable Oregon 2017

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

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

Summer Is Here! Reconnecting with Earth

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

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

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A Consensus Climate Solution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Legislative Update: We’re in the home stretch!

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

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

Total Solar Eclipse information and resources

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

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

The 2017 Walk+Roll Challenge Winners!

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

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

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

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

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

Bill Would Roll Back Environmental Rules on Logging Projects

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

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

Reflections from a Mother-Daughter Volunteer Naturalist Morning

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

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

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

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

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

ACTION ALERT! Stop The Legislative Assault On Our Rural Lands

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

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Stop the erosion of Oregon’s land use laws TODAY!

Two Senate bills that deteriorate our land use system received a hearing this week. Both passed through the Senate Committee on Rules without any recommendation. As of this update (6/28/17) we are waiting to see where these bills go next. 

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New Mexico A Different Way Course Participants Reflect on Change

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

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

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Mosier Derailment Anniversary Observance and Rally

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

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

Coal to Clean, NOT Coal to Gas

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

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

Portland and Multnomah County Pass 100% Renewable Energy Resolutions

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

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

All Eyes on Bears Ears

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

Bears Ears National Monument - Photo provided by the BLM

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

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

 

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

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

Zinke to Trump: Roll Back National Monument Designation

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

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

ONDA celebrates 30th anniversary with Portland event

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

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

Infographic: The Freshwater Trust in the Rogue River Basin

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

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

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Update on Proposed Kalama Methanol Refinery

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

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

Central Oregon Events and Adventures!

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

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

What We Want from the Wild - An Oregon Humanities Conversation

 

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

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


Wild Wednesday - Hiking the PCT (Oregon)

 

Wednesday, June 28th 5:30-7:00pm
Crow’s Feet Commons
869 NW Wall St Suite 4, Bend, OR 97703
More information here

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


Lookout Mtn Wildflower Hike

 

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


Let’s Talk about Wolves

 

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


Crooked River Fly Fishing Trip

 

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

Join us: Mekong River Night

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

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

HB 2007: An Introduction

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

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

HB 2007 does this by:

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Forest Service Approves Controversial Copper Mine

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

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

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

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

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

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Pacific Rivers is looking for a Social Media Intern!

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

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

FREE THE SNAKE RIVER WITH PATAGONIA PORTLAND

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

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

"Ban Aerial Spray!" - Oregon Voters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers, Friends!

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

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

Fighting for Survival

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

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

Following the Trail Before Me

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

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

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

Wendell, enjoying the forest bounty

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

You can also follow my adventures on Facebook and Instagram!

 

On Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement

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

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

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Podcast: Laurel Firestone

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

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

June Wolf Pack Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

RIP OR-42

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

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

Wildlife Services Funding

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

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

Crater Lake Wolf Rendezvous

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

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

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

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

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

House Bill 2007 Fact Sheet

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

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An Emphatic Ruling Against a Montana Mine

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

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

Policy Update: Legislative and PUC Happenings

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

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

First Campus EcoChallenge Wraps Up With Big Impact!

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

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

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Speaking for the Voiceless

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you. 

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

 

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

Stop the Dump: 1000 Friends files an amicus brief

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

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

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

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House Bill 2007: An Introduction

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

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

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Ticket2Ride offered statewide

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

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

Become a Tree Team Ambassador this Summer 2017

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

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

Farm Worker Rights in the Age of Trump

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

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

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Ranching for Biodiversity

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

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

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

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

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

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When Life Gives You Rain…

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

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

Noxious Weeds at Azure Standard Farm

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

5/23/2017 UPDATE: 

Last week, on May 17, 2017, the Sherman County Court held a discussion regarding the Sherman County Weed Control Ordinance violation associated with Azure Standard Farm. After a social media blitz and the Sherman County Commissioners office receiving a staggering 57,000 emails as of last Wednesday, all parties involved met to discuss the issue. 

New BottleDrop Center Opens in Beaverton

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

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

ONDA celebrates 30th anniversary with Bend event

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

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

A huge step forward on the Elliott State Forest

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

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

Jordan Cove LNG: The Empire Strikes Back

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

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

We are thrilled to announce two new faces!

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

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

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

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

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

Climate Recovery’s Essential Ingredients

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

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

A Sunrise Place

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

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

Beaver Monitoring Pilot Gets Started

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

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

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Housing for all Oregonians: Our Values

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

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

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Coalition Defends Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

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

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

Western Pond Turtles Found at Nyberg

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

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

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Wolf Plan Webinar

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

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The Webinar will start at 7:00 PM PST. Feel free to leave any questions now as a Discus comment, or email it to dm@oregonwild.org and we will try to address it during the webinar.

RESOURCES

2016 Wolf Annual Report and a Draft Revised Wolf Management Plan

Email the Oregon Wildlife Commission: odfw.commission@state.or.us

Video of previous ODFW Commission Meetings

Oregon Wild Training: Testify for Wolves
Tuesday, May 16th
Portland, OR
Taborspace at 6:30 PM
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Eugene, OR
Oregon Wild office at 5:30 PM
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ODFW Commission Hearing
Friday, May 19th
Starts at 8 AM
Embassy Suites
Portland Airport
Details & RSVP

 

Eugene carpool signup
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Wendy Veliz joins Oregon State Parks Foundation Board

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

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

Nurturing Natural Resource Volunteers: The Oregon Master Naturalist Backstory

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

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

1000 Friends of Oregon Announces New Executive Director

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

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

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

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Q & A with Russ Hoeflich

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

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Meet the New 1000 Friends Executive Director

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

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Growing hops and brewing beer in the high desert

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

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

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

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Rooftop to Blacktop ™

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

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

LOBBY DAY TO EXTEND OREGON’S SOLAR INCENTIVES

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

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

Oregon Food Systems Convening

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advantis members: Go paperless & plant trees!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Annual Benefit

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

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

River Professors discuss cattle grazing for prairie restoration

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

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

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

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

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

Update on the Campaign to Block the Proposed Kalama Methanol Refinery

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

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

Fruit Tree Giveaway is CANCELLED

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

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

A Message From Joe Moll

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

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

Nectar Cafe Launches Reusable Mason Jar Program

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Apr 07, 2017.

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

New Publication to Celebrate Oregon Beach Bill’s Anniversary!

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

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

McKenzie Homewaters Campaign News Release

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

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

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

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Apr 07, 2017.

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

OBRC and Double Mountain Brewery partner for recycled beer bottles

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Apr 07, 2017.

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

Rally for Water and Wildlife

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

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

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

Congrats to Master Recycler Class 64!

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

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

Oregon Solar Plan Outlines 10-year Solar Blueprint

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

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

New 1.02MW Solar Installation in Portland City Limits

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

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

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

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

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

Senator Michael Dembrow champions the health of rural Oregonians

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

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

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APRIL: BUY 2 TOWNS CIDER & PLANT TREES!

By Friends of Trees from Growth Rings. Published on Mar 24, 2017.

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

Buying Bee Friendly: What It Should Mean

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

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

Rethinking the Perfectly Manicured Lawn

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

(By Eden Powell, Communications and Campaign Assistant)

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

Update: Six weeks into the 2017 Oregon Legislative session

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

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

New quilt showcases McKenzie River Watershed

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

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

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

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

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

A Very Wet Central Coast Tour

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

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

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Intercepting Garbage

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

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

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Update on the Campaign to Block the Proposed Kalama Methanol Refinery

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

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

More Nurseries Support Pollinators

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

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

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

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

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

Now is the time for Comprehensive Reform

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

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

Same Bill New Name: Steelhead Sanctuary Bill Reintroduced

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

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

Oregonians Applaud Reintroduction of Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Bill

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

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

Paving the Path for Peer Outreach

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

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

Landmark Bill Seeks Modernization of Oregon’s Forest Practices Act

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

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

Double Your Gift

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

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

Backyard Habitat Certification Program Expands to New Clackamas County Cities

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

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

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

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

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

Cold Chilly Morning for Amphibians

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

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

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Comment Toolkit: Stop PGE’s Fracked Gas Plans

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

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

Take Action

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

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

Creating greener highways + more tree news: February Treemail

By Friends of Trees from Growth Rings. Published on Feb 23, 2017.

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

A Touch of Appreciation: Lessons Learned from Trees

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

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

SB 199: Extended Producer Responsibility for Household Hazardous Waste

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

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

Foundation Supports Parks Department Budget proposal

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

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

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

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

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

Another Way to Be

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

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

Volunteers Needed for Habitat Restoration

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

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

Responses to Willamette Week article about bottle bill deposit increase

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Feb 07, 2017.

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

OCN ANNOUNCES THE 2017 PRIORITIES FOR A HEALTHY OREGON

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

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

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Clackamas County Master Recycler Program Accepting Applications

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

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

Beaver Events Kick-off This Week

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

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

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Solar to Go – Powering a Home Office Away from Home

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

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

Take Three Actions Today to Protect Community and Environmental Health

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

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

Finding Frogs and Salamanders: Amphibian Monitoring 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Oregon Forestry Agency Suppresses Science

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

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

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State Forester betrays public trust by ignoring sound science

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

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

RA and AOR receive DEQ grant for Recycling 101 course update

By recycleadvocates from . Published on Jan 22, 2017.

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

ONDA to release its 2017 calendar of stewardship trips

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

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

Klamath Advocates Go To Court Over Wildlife Mismanagement

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

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

We are Hiring! Associate Director

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

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

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Frontline Communities Need Air Data

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strides to Improve Air Quality and Ban Asbestos

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

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

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Trip Leader Training

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

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

Columbia River Treaty Update

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

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

City of Portland Bans New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure!

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

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

Beyond Toxics Speaks Truth to Timber’s Tall Tales

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

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

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Top Ten Things You Can Do To Support Solar Oregon

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

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

Community Solar: An Exciting Next Step for Solar in Oregon

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

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

Trip Leader Training

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

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

Beers Made By Walking returns to Eugene

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

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

Coyote Creek Meadows Protected

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

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

A Safe Place for All to Visit

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

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

Abolish the EPA? Clean Water and Healthy Communities at Risk

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

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

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

Air Toxics are Unreported, thus Unaccounted

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

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

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Charting the Path Ahead

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

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

Standing up for public lands

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

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

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

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

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

The Hook Brings You Back

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

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

Moving forward from the Malheur Refuge takeover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Oregon Desert Trail invites you to get inspired

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

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

Near Nightmare on Roosevelt Boulevard

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

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

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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Matter

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

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

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

ONDA volunteers perform restoration work at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

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

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

Space Prom in Jawbone Flats

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

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

Producer Roundtable Gathers Grower Input

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

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

Protections for the Oregon Spotted Frog

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

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

Nedsbar Timber Sale

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

KS Wild filed a formal protest on September 15 2016.

Rachel Carson Award Winners 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Explore the Oregon Desert Trail by Boots, Bike or Boat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Back to School: Join the Call to Protect Students

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

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

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

A Perfect Pairing

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

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

Supporting Sustainable Agriculture Producers

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

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

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

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

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

Clean Water, Healthy Soil

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

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

Elected Officials Race in Canoes and Kayaks August 6, 2016

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

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

A New Life in a Different World

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

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

Stronger Implementation

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

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

(By Sharon Selvaggio and Megan Dunn) 

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

Remembering Deb

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

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

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

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

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

Greater Protections Sought for Threatened Marbled Murrelets in Oregon

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

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

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

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

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

Groups Plan to Sue over Pacific fisher

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

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

New and updated materials now available for Oregon Desert Trail

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

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

Wilsonville Bee Stewards Project

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

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

Detective Work in the Ancient Forest

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

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

Ruling protects Greater Sage-Grouse on Steens Mountain

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

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

Tremendous sugar pines in the Applegate

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

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

Cormorant Nesting Colony Targeted by Federal Agencies Suffers Complete Failure

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

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

Plan Your Summer Adventures with Tualatin Riverkeepers

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

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

Update: Westside Salvage Logging

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

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

Safety Video Emphasizes the Right Life Jacket Fit for Kids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upholding the Legacy

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

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

Feds reject Jordan Cove LNG terminal

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

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

Press Release: McKenzie Camp acquisition

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

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

It’s the trees

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

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

OLCV Hosts 2015 Photo Contest!

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

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

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OCN Announces the 2015 Priorities for a Healthy Oregon

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

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

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Clean Fuels Program Drives On

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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