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Action alert: Help seabirds by protecting forage fish

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Aug 01, 2014.

Aug. 1, 2014: The Pacific Fisheries Management Council will be meeting Sept. 13 to consider management options for forage fish species, a critical food source for seabirds. Please send an email urging the council to adopt stronger protections for forage fish.

The Risks of Development on Steep Slopes

By admin from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Aug 01, 2014.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners is discussing whether or not to allow development on steep slopes in North Bethany.  The risks of development on slopes are considerable, and some of the commissioners have stated publicly their viewpoint that if developers want to take risks, the county shouldn’t stand in their way. Clearing on Bull […]

Cleaning up toxic pollution should be the only choice for Longview

By jasmine from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Aug 01, 2014.

What kind of clean up do polluted sites on the Columbia River deserve? The highest level, of course! The toxic legacy of the Reynolds Aluminum facility needs to change, and Columbia Riverkeeper, the Sierra Club and Landowners and Citizens for a Safe Community submitted our public comments to Washington Department of Ecology saying just that.

How Ignoring Climate Change Could Sink the US Economy

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Aug 01, 2014.

Just a few days ago Robert Rubin, co-chairman on the Council on Foreign Relations and former treasury secretary, shared the following reflections on the cost of inaction when it comes to climate change. Rubin says, “We do not face a… Read More!

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Action alert: Protect forage fish so seabirds can thrive!

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

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

Protect birds and habitat by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!

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

July 31, 2014: Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Audubon Society of Portland!

NW Clean & Affordable Energy Conference

By Bryce from Daily News. Published on Jul 31, 2014.

Net Zero Success Stories: TrekHaus

By Bryce from Daily News. Published on Jul 31, 2014.

Swim Guide is a smash hit in Oregon! – feature

By Liz Chapman from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jul 30, 2014.

Swim Guide is getting a ton of use in Oregon this summer. The real-time water quality smart phone app and website launched in 2012. Today it features over 6,000 beaches in North America.

Love Your Columbia! – feature

By Liz Chapman from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jul 30, 2014.

Join us for the largest volunteer event the Columbia River has seen yet. We're coming together all along the Columbia River on August 23rd. Find a location near you!

Youth Advocacy Leads to Climate Change Ordinance in Eugene

By craig from The Latest. Published on Jul 30, 2014.

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Thanks to passionate advocacy by youth, the City of Eugene is moving from general goals to steadfast statute when it comes to climate change. City Councilors voted July 28 to adopt a strong climate change ordinance seeking to cut fossil fuel use to 50 percent below 2010 levels by 2030.

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Metro grant will help FoT deepen ties within our diverse communities

By JennyD from Growth Rings. Published on Jul 29, 2014.

While the environmental restoration community in our region has made progress toward diversity, equity and inclusion, we feel there is still a long way to go. Thanks to funding from Metro’s Nature in Neighborhoods program, Friends of Trees will join several other leading restoration organizations for a two-day retreat to help us serve an increasingly […]

the power of trees in NoPo

By JennyD from Growth Rings. Published on Jul 29, 2014.

Friends of Trees has worked in North Portland for 25 years—gathering volunteers to work side by side planting thousands of trees along neighborhood streets, in yards and at schools. However, we see that the diversity of property owners participating in our program doesn’t reflect the diversity of these neighborhoods in which we’re planting. We’re excited […]

Start simply: 5 steps toward simplicity parenting

By Kerry Lyles from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jul 29, 2014.

This blog post is the first of an occasional series focusing on minimalist parenting, aka simplicity parenting, aka voluntary simplicity with kids. Whatever your term of choice is, we’re hoping to offer some inspiration on a subject that hits close… Read More!

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Trail camera gets new photos of OR-7's wolf pups

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Jul 28, 2014.

New photos of wolf OR-7's pups show that he and his mate have at least three offspring roaming the woods of eastern Jackson County — and maybe more.

Change comes to the forest.

By Matt Miller from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Jul 25, 2014.

Change Comes to the Eastern Forest

New Pedestrian Footbridge is In!

By kristina from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Jul 25, 2014.

Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center has installed a pedestrian bridge that crosses the Battle Ax Creek […]

Bothered by Mosquitoes

By achesser from The Latest News. Published on Jul 25, 2014.

Mosquito season is upon us! Tips for avoiding getting bit.

Solar Oregon Hires Evan Manvel as Interim Executive Director

By Bryce from Daily News. Published on Jul 24, 2014.

First, Engage Employees!

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jul 24, 2014.

Here at NWEI, we believe in the power of engaging employees. According to an Employee Engagement Report by BlessingWhite Research, fewer than one in three employees worldwide are engaged. In fact, according to the same study, nearly one in five… Read More!

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Garden Home Community Sustainability Fair

By Bryce from Daily News. Published on Jul 23, 2014.

Army Corps defends refusal to release documents in coal review

By Liz Chapman from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jul 23, 2014.

AP News. July 22, 2014.

The People's Coast: Reflections from our DukeEngage Intern

By craig from The Latest. Published on Jul 23, 2014.

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Victoria Lim, an intern from Duke University, visited the Oregon Coast for the first time on a service project in July 2014. She shares her reaction in this reflection:

 

Fog. Chilly Winds. Rain.

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New summer newsletter- feature

By Liz Chapman from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jul 22, 2014.

In this issue Riverkeeper Fights to Keep Oil out of Our Rivers; Hanford Radiation and Leaking LNG Tanks; and Eat Fish, Hold the Pollution

Sustainable Agriculture 2014

By Liz Chapman from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jul 22, 2014.

In June, Columbia Riverkeeper partnered with Cascade Mountain School to educate students on water quality along the White Salmon River and how that could influence the quality in the Columbia River. Emphasis was placed on agricultural impacts on water quality due to the study focus of the program and the importance of farming locally. Students conducted baseline water sampling tests and researched about best practices with the goal of presenting an irrigation proposal to local farmers at the end of the program.

Swim Guide is a smash hit in Oregon!

By Liz Chapman from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jul 22, 2014.

Swim Guide is getting a ton of use in Oregon this summer. The real-time water quality smart phone app and website launched in 2012. Today it features over 6,000 beaches in North America.

Eat Fish, Hold the Pollution

By Liz Chapman from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jul 22, 2014.

Eat Fish, Hold the Pollution. Why Washington should protect human health with new limits on toxic pollution By Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director, Columbia Riverkeeper Now that my one-year-old has a few teeth, he can eat salmon like you wouldn’t believe.  He loves it.  Our family eats Columbia River salmon about once a week, especially in the summertime.  I [...]

July Member Spotlight: Paloma Ayala

By Liz Chapman from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jul 22, 2014.

Paloma Ayala. Hood River, OR – Paloma Ayala is a photographer and graphic artist with a background in conflict analysis and resolution. Since she made the Gorge her home a few of years ago with her family, she has tried to connect her passion for the outdoors, photography and her commitment to justice and sustainability.

National report shows Oregon Caves brings $4.8 million to economy

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Jul 22, 2014.

A National Park Service report shows that 72,717 visitors to Oregon Caves National Monument in 2013 spent nearly $4.8 million in communities near the park, supporting 70 jobs in the local area.

Summertime Play-Worry Free!

By achesser from The Latest News. Published on Jul 21, 2014.

Ensure a trip to the park is safe for your kids and pets.

Executive Director search update

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

July 21, 2014: As announced in November 2013, Executive Director Meryl Redisch departed the Audubon Society of Portland this month after 11 remarkable years that saw the organization double in size and reach a variety of milestones. Liz Field has been appointed as Interim Executive Director.

What is a Forest Plan…why is it being revised…and why should you care???

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jul 30, 2014.


By David Mildrexler and Veronica Warnock

A Forest Plan is a document that guides the overall land management direction of a National Forest for a period of about 15 to 20 years.  It is a strategic document that establishes Management Areas (MAs), and develops goals, objectives, standards, and guidelines for resource management within each of these MAs.  A Forest Plan can be likened to a zoning plan that establishes the various approaches to land use on our private lands.  Just as the zoning of private lands is critical to protecting Oregon’s incredible natural heritage and rural areas from unchecked development, the zoning of our National Forests is equally important for protecting the precious natural resources they provide, and biodiversity they support.  At the end of a Forest Plan’s life, these documents are out of date.  For example, on issues like climate change, watershed protection and restoration, and wildlife corridors, science can inform management much different today than it did 20 years ago.  Likewise, a growing human population and technological advancements are placing more and different pressures on our National Forest Lands.

While a description of a Forest Plan might come across as a little dry, let me add these key words to the description; Wild and Scenic Rivers, old growth forests, wildlife corridors and connectivity, Wilderness areas, roadless forests, native fisheries, research, scenery, restoration economy, and the application of best available science to restore our National Forests.  The Forest Plan is the time and place to advocate for the things you love and would like to see on your National Forest.

The Forest Service is combining the Forest Plan Revision for three National Forests within the Blue Mountains, the Wallowa-Whitman, the Umatilla, and the Malheur.  Together these forests span 5.5 million acres, approximately 2.5 times the land mass of Yellowstone National Park. 
The Proposed Action was released in 2010 for public comment.  The Forest Service took those comments and developed six alternatives that are now out for public review.
The time is now to advocate for the protection of our last stands of old growth forests. We need standards and guidelines that maintain healthy and productive soils, protect riparian areas and water quality, and end post fire logging.  It is time for management that protects all of the plants, fish and wildlife that call our beautiful National Forests home.  This is your chance to talk about the big picture issues.  Don’t hesitate and don’t be intimidated.  Express your voice to reflect your issues! 

Attend one of HCPC’s House Parties and learn how to write effective comments!
La Grande - Wednesday July 30th             
Portland -  Thursday August 7th (date change)
For more information about the house parties, check out our website or our HCPC FaceBook page! 


Here are some suggested points to include in your letter:

The Forest Plans Need to Include More Enforceable Standards and Guidelines: The proposed forest plans contain very few standards and guidelines; instead, they are driven by non-enforceable aspiration desired conditions, goals, and objectives.  Incorporating standards and guidelines into forest plans is essential. Standards are the only planning component that are measurable, binding and enforceable thus ensuring environmental protection and planning efficiencies. 

Alternative C Best Addresses the Issues of Access; Economic and Social Well-Being; Livestock Grazing; Old Forest; Recommended Wilderness; and Ecological resilience: The Forest Service is analyzing alternatives A through F, with A being the “no action” alternative – it continues with the forest plans currently in place. Alternative B is the proposed action that was sent out for public scoping in 2010. Alternative C was developed to address conservation concerns and is the most environmentally responsible alternative. Alternative D was developed to address comments received from the timber industry, county governments and motorized interests. Alternative E is the Forest Service’s “preferred alternative” (the one they are leaning towards adopting). Alternative F is very similar to Alternative E –the only difference being the amount of timber outputs produced annually.

While Alternative C responds to many of our concerns, it is not perfect - it still needs to incorporate standards instead of aspirational language. For Example, the road densities within Alternative C should be standards instead of desired conditions. 
Ask for a Balanced Approach to Access: Motorized access to our public lands should not come at such a cost to riparian health, elk security and other wildlife considerations. Reduction in maintenance costs, disturbance to wildlife, and sediment traveling to our streams and rivers will not occur without the adoption of enforceable and measurable standards. 

Current Grazing Management is Unsustainable and Must be Addressed by the Proposed Forest Plans: The Preferred Alternative retains the same number of cattle across the three forests. Current management levels and practices have degraded public rangelands and riparian areas; destroyed water quality; and negatively impacted many threatened and endangered fish, wildlife and plants. More than 80 percent of wildlife species in the West depend on riparian areas. These areas make up roughly only 1.5 percent of public lands and are disproportionately affected by livestock grazing.  The time is now to rethink how we manage livestock grazing across the Blue Mountains. 

Old Forests Deserve Enforceable and Measurable Protections: The current forest plans for the Blue Mountains were amended to include the “21” rule”. The rule prohibits the logging of trees ≥ 21” dbh. The plans also designate specific old growth forests as areas where commercial logging is prohibited.
The proposed plans do away with old growth management areas and replace the 21” rule with a non-enforceable guideline. Specifically, the guideline states that management activities within “old forest stands should generally emphasize retaining live trees with certain old tree characteristics…tree characteristics and old age many vary by species and site.”
The Blue Mountains are deficient in both old and large trees; trees that provide important habitat values and are fire resiliency. Old trees and old forest must be protected. 

The Preferred Alternative Does not Recommend Enough Wilderness: HCPC and our conservation partners have identified 1.8 million acres of potential new Wilderness on public lands in northeast Oregon, including Joseph Canyon, the birthplace of Chief Joseph. These lands form an irreplaceable web of habitats and wildlife corridors connecting three giant eco-regions—the Northern Rockies, the Northern Basin and Range, and the Pacific Northwest. Think wolves, lynx, moose, bighorn sheep, sockeye salmon, bull trout, and someday even the magnificent California Condor with its 9-foot wingspan.  Despite this incredible opportunity to safeguard these remaining roadless lands, under the preferred alternative the Forest Service is only willing to recommend roughly 5 percent of lands with Wilderness potential to Congress for Wilderness designation. Five percent is not enough! 

Comments on a draft version of forest plans for the three forests can be submitted through August 15, 2014. 
Electronically at: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/BlueMountainForestPlanRevisionComments 
Via Mail: Blue Mountains Plan Revision Team, P.O. Box 907, Baker City, OR 97814 
Or via Fax: 541-523-6392


Dockworkers Protest Crude-By-Rail Terminal and Unfair Labor Practices

By jasmine from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Jul 21, 2014.

In remembrance of the one-year anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train tragedy that killed 47 people, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) raised a banner from cranes today calling out unfair labor practices and protesting unsafe oil at the Port of Vancouver in Washington.

The Science of Watering at Irving Elementary School

By Jennifer Killian from Growth Rings. Published on Jul 21, 2014.

By Jennifer Killian On a sunny day last November, Friends of Trees partnered with teachers and students from Eugene’s Irving Elementary School to plant 37 street and yard trees in front of the school to promote a Safe Pathway to School program. Now, in the hottest and driest part of the summer, Friends of Trees […]

NWEI goes high tech (Or perhaps just “higher tech”)

By Kerry Lyles from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jul 21, 2014.

As you probably know, we value personal connections and the community that develops during our discussion course programs. In fact, community is just as important as the content of our courses. As the world changes around us, and people find… Read More!

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A line of volunteers stretching 4 miles?!

By JennyD from Growth Rings. Published on Jul 18, 2014.

Drumroll please… Friends of Trees’ final 2013-2014 volunteer tallies are in! And they’re amazing, thanks to YOU. Here are the numbers: 4,005 individuals volunteered last year for events in the Portland metro area, Vancouver and Salem. If all of these volunteers held hands, they’d stretch for nearly 4 miles! 31,721 volunteer hours — that’s equivalent […]

Paddler’s Pollution Report Leads to State Investigation.

By admin from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Jul 18, 2014.

A couple of weekends ago a paddler noticed a dark discharge entering the Tualatin River from a ditch in the Farmington-Scholls area. Using his smart phone, he shot photographs, video and recorded the GPS coordinates of the site. He contacted TRK for help in reporting the problem to the proper authorities. We helped him file […]

70 Companies in Oregon Support State Action on Climate Change!

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jul 18, 2014.

This just in from fellow Portland, Oregon non-profit Oregon Environmental Council: On Tuesday, over 70 companies in Oregon announced their support for state action on climate change, including support for clean fuels and reducing carbon pollution. Companies including Adidas, eBay,… Read More!

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Volunteers Give Oregon Chapter Garden a Facelift

By hilshohoney from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jul 17, 2014.

If you’ve been by the Oregon Chapter lately, you haven’t been able to miss the exciting things happening right outside our doors! The garden space next to the club that used to be full of garbage and invasive plants has been taken over by our volunteers. Several volunteers came out in early may to turn […]

Pedal With Purpose: Encourage Friends, Co-workers, and the Next Generation

By Stephanie Noll from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Jul 17, 2014.

Together we build momentum. More than 1,500 individuals started bike commuting during the BTA’s 2013 Bike Commute Challenge, with the total number of commuters logging trips […]

Welcoming Michael Brune and his family to Oregon

By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jul 16, 2014.

The week of July 7 was an exciting one for the Oregon Chapter, as we welcomed national Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune to Oregon for several days. Mike and his family are currently in the midst of a Northwest roadtrip in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. After departing their home […]

Action alert: Stop the cormorant slaughter on East Sand Island

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Jul 16, 2014.

June 27, 2014: We need your help to stop the cormorant slaughter on East Sand Island.

Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All?

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

As you likely know, there has been an ongoing debate regarding whether organic foods are actually healthier than conventional foods (grown with pesticides). Like a ping pong ball, studies have gone back and forth proving and disproving the benefits of… Read More!

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Pedal with Purpose: The Next Generation

By Stephanie Noll from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Jul 16, 2014.

60,000+ Oregon students. That’s how many kids have graduated from the BTA’s 10-hour Safe Routes for Kids program- like drivers ed for 5th graders on bikes. […]

Oregon Businesses Call for State Action on Climate Change

By SimonT from News. Published on Jul 15, 2014.

Infographic: Money really does grow on trees

By JennyD from Growth Rings. Published on Jul 15, 2014.

Pedal with Purpose: Join the BTA in calling for a World-Class Bike Network

By Stephanie Noll from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Jul 15, 2014.

Together our voices are stronger. From Salem to City Hall, the BTA is advocating for investments in our collective health, safety, and joy through the creation […]

Hundreds gather to hug trees at Hoyt Arboretum

By JennyD from Growth Rings. Published on Jul 14, 2014.

How does it feel to hug a tree for one full minute? “It feels bumpy. Because it’s a tree,” said 7-year-old Liam, who was out with his sister and mom along with hundreds of others at the Hoyt Arboretum Saturday. In total, 599 tree-huggers braved temperatures in the ’90s in an attempt to set a […]

Go Behind the Scenes at Oregon State Parks with OSPF Insider Field Trips

By OSPF from . Published on Jul 14, 2014.

You’re invited to join the Oregon State Parks Foundation and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff for exclusive insider tours at your state parks. Two exciting field trips remain in the summer series; these FREE excursions are family-friendly and designed to provide unique experiences most park visitors don’t have. Capacity is limited to 25 people [...]

Let’s Go Program Offers Low-Cost, Hands-On Recreation This Summer

By OSPF from . Published on Jul 14, 2014.

Looking for an outdoor adventure this summer? Do you and your family want to try something new? If you’ve ever thought about kayaking, camping or birding but didn’t know where to start, there’s no need to wait any longer. Attend a Let’s Go event in Oregon State Parks! Offered at various state parks throughout Oregon, [...]

2014 Marks the 20th Anniversary of Yurts in Oregon State Parks

By OSPF from . Published on Jul 14, 2014.

Time flies! When two yurts were installed at Cape Lookout State Park back in 1994, Oregon became the first state park system in the country to provide campers with these round slices of heaven. In the 20 years since then, state park yurt rentals have become a national phenomenon, now offered in more than two [...]

Debunking Myths and Soothing Fears: Clean Water Protection Rule (WOTUS)

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

Debunking Myths and Soothing Fears: Clean Water Protection Rule (WOTUS)

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

Become A Member, Win a Bike

By Nicole from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Jul 14, 2014.

Oh, hey there! Is it about time for 2-wheeled upgrade? Perhaps you are one of the many bike lovers who believe the perfect number of bikes […]

Future Commuter: “It Was So Much Fun”

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

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

EcoChallenge 2014: What kind of change maker are you?

By Danny Lampton from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jul 10, 2014.

How are you best suited to make a positive impact for the planet? The thought alone can be enough to invite a headache—but don’t let it! Keeping you assured, leading researcher and friend-of-NWEI Renee Lertzman has shed some welcome light… Read More!

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Join the CEC Board

By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Jul 09, 2014.

Join the CEC's Board of Directors! If you are passionate about our mission and have a few hours a month to volunteer, consider becoming a Board Member. No experience is required. Click on the picture to complete an application.

We’re Hiring: Garden Manager position open

By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Jul 09, 2014.

Join the Edible Corvallis Initiative team. Work to support a sustainable food system. Click the picture to find out more.

Video: What's Your Oregon Story?

By craig from The Latest. Published on Jul 09, 2014.

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Every Oregonian has a unique Oregon Story--how you came here, what you think is outstanding about this place. We asked guests at our 2014 Tom McCall Gala to share their own Oregon Stories. In this video, we share some of our favorite moments. (See photos from the McCall Gala here.)

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To prevent another Formosa disaster, block new nickel mines

By forrest from KS In The Press. Published on Jul 07, 2014.

Making the news, Rep. Peter DeFazio on April 17 toured the remains of the Formosa copper mine in the South Umpqua watershed near Riddle, south of Roseburg. The mine was operated by a Canadian company from 1989-1993 and then abandoned.

Groups oppose proposed mining in Smith watershed

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Jul 07, 2014.

Conservation organizations including KS Wild are attempting to derail proposed exploratory drilling that they fear could lead to a nickel strip mining operation in a remote corner of southeast Curry County that has been proposed for federal wilderness protection.

Oregon Sierra Club Volunteers Lobby for Wilderness

By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jul 07, 2014.

Oregon Chapter Sierra Club members, Jill Workman and Chris Smith recently returned from Washington D.C. where they were lobbying Oregon’s delegates on behalf of the Club in support of a good, clean package of lands bills during the 113th Congress. Despite an extraordinarily challenging partisan environment in the Capitol, Great Outdoors America Week served as […]

What Does the American Dream Mean Today?

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jul 07, 2014.

Here at NWEI, we’re often caught discussing what the “American Dream” means today – and how much it has changed in recent years. How will our children fare in the future? Will there be enough natural resources to go around?… Read More!

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National News: July 7, 2014

By mgarland@cnsp.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Jul 06, 2014.

Thousands attend Rainbow Family fest, Reno Gazette-Journal AP

Fire roulette, Idaho Mountain Express editorial
Stand up for public forests or lose them, Helena Independent-Record op-ed
House panel examines federal water rules - Tipton urges action by Senate to protect private water rights, Durango Herald
Battling Goliath on Western grazing, Elko Daily Free Press op-ed

Future Commuter: “Thank You For Everything”

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

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

4 for the 4th: Free Oregon fun

By JenC from News. Published on Jul 04, 2014.

Happy Independence Day! Here are OEC's July 4th tips for celebrating freedom with all that's free in Oregon.

Save the Date!

By achesser from The Latest News. Published on Jul 03, 2014.

NCAP's Annual Dinner & Auction takes place October 4, 2014 in Eugene, OR.

Attn: Fashionable & Sustainable Portlanders

By Danny Lampton from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jul 03, 2014.

For several months now, I’ve been guilty of forgetting my reusable grocery bag in the back of my car while out shopping. Good thing then when my destination happens to be Buffalo Exchange—I’m in luck! At this popular Portland retail… Read More!

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IAE is now Hiring!!

By michellea from News. Published on Jul 02, 2014.

Audubon opposes cormorant slaughter on East Sand Island

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Jul 01, 2014.

June 13, 2014: The US Army Corps of Engineers has announced that it intends to kill upwards of 16,000 Double-crested Cormorants on East Sand Island at the mouth of the Columbia River. Audubon Society of Portland strongly opposes this proposal and urges its members to oppose it as well.

Enjoying a Sense of Place

By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Jul 01, 2014.

As you may know, we here at the Portland, Oregon based Northwest Earth Institute think that sense of place is important. Wendell Berry, America’s best-known bioregionalist says “if you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are.”… Read More!

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Wildlife Care Center gets new digital X-ray machine

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Jun 30, 2014.

June 27, 2014: This month, the Audubon Society of Portland's Wildlife Care Center made a major upgrade to the quality of services it provides to injured wildlife: We installed a new digital X-ray machine! The machine will allow us to take and review detailed images of injured animals in seconds, manipulate images for greater clarity on the computer, and share the images instantaneously with medical experts, specialists, law enforcement agencies, and researchers anywhere on the planet with just a mouse click.

Showers Pass: Taking the Soggy Out of Socks while Savoring Salt & Straw

By Megan Van de Mark from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Jun 27, 2014.

Have you ever dumpster dived for Salt & Straw ice cream? Showers Pass staff has! Headquartered next to Salt & Straw’s production facility, the staff of […]

Future Commuter: “It Was Really Fun”

By LeeAnne Fergason from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Jun 27, 2014.

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

Photos from the 2014 McCall Gala: Celebrating Oregon's Land Use Compass

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

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On June 20, we gathered with friends and Emerging Advocates at the beautiful Exchange Ballroom in Portland. Together we shared our Oregon Stories and looked to the future of Oregon--guided by its land use compass.

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Environmental health advocate turns to popcorn making

By SimonT from News. Published on Jun 25, 2014.

For fifteen years, Neha Patel played a key role forwarding sustainability efforts in Oregon and beyond. She protected the public from exposure to toxic chemicals in her role with the Oregon Center for Environmental Health, helped sport event organizers incorporate environmental and socially responsible initiatives into events in her role with The Council for Responsible Sport, and promoted product stewardship with Eco Stewardship Strategies.

20-minute Living: Building Communities for Big Ideas

By SimonT from News. Published on Jun 25, 2014.

What if everything you needed was within 20 minutes of your home? Your office, grocery store, your child's school, even the train station. That is exactly the concept behind 20-minute living—being able to do all the necessary and enjoyable things that make life great within 20 minutes of your home. Twenty minutes by foot, transit or bike is the goal.

President Obama's Plan to Fight Climate Change

By SimonT from News. Published on Jun 25, 2014.

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a clean power plan that will protect all of us from the health hazards of pollution and the long term impacts of climate change, while making it easier to implement real reform here in Oregon.

Oregon supports tool to estimate temperature benefits of restoring flow to rivers

By Danielle Dumont from The Freshwater TrustThe Freshwater Trust - We Fix Rivers. Published on Jun 25, 2014.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality recently voiced its support for the Water Temperature Transaction Tool (W3T), which estimates the thermal benefit of restoring flow to Oregon’s rivers and streams. Developed by Watercourse Engineering, funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and in partnership with Willamette Partnership, Farm Stream Solutions and The Freshwater Trust, […]

OPB: Oregon Planning Agency Would Prioritize Farm, Forest Longevity

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

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Rob Manning
OPB News
Mon, 06/23/2014 - 5:00pm

The state agency responsible for governing Oregon’s local land-use plans has come up with a new plan for itself.

The Department of Land Conservation and Development, has two missions: to conserve farm and forestland, and to develop land for houses and jobs.

State law requires local governments to continually ensure they have sufficient land for houses and jobs.

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Who won the Walk+Bike Challenge? 56K Oregon kids, that’s who.

By LeeAnne Fergason from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Jun 24, 2014.

This May 56,000 students joined together to walk and bike during the Walk+Bike Challenge and logged over 300,000 active trips to school. To all the kids […]

National News: June 23, 2014

By mgarland@cnsp.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Jun 22, 2014.

Holding BLM Accountable, Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics
Revolution by Pixels, FSEEE Spring Newsletter
Back to the Future, FSEEE Spring Newsletter
Burned Plan - Our fire problem has been a long time in the making, Science 2.0
USDA Releases State by State Impacts of Limited Wildfire Suppression In Recent Years - List Highlights How Forest Restoration, Fire Preparedness and other Activities were Postponed or Canceled Due to Lack of Adequate Fire Suppression Budget, USFS

Ski Area Water Rights on National Forest System Lands, Federal Information & News Dispatch, Inc.

Using trees to clean pollution - Scientist monitor 10,000-acre forest as industrial "scrubber" for the environment, that can remove up to 70 tons of nitrogen oxide annually, Sandusky Register
Go Wild: Celebrating the Gila Wilderness Area's 90th Birthday - June 3 marks the 90th anniversary of the world's first designated wildland, KCET op-ed

Future Commuter: “Thank You For Teaching Me”

By LeeAnne Fergason from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Jun 20, 2014.

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

We’re Excited About Washington County’s Transportation System Plan. Here’s Why.

By Lisa Frank from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Jun 20, 2014.

Washington County Advocacy There’s a lot going on in Washington County, and we want you to be a part of it! Learn more.         […]

Heartbreaking Day for Bees in Eugene during National Pollinator Week

By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Jun 19, 2014.

Heartbreaking Day for Bees in Eugene during National Pollinator Week Here it is summer time, when the flowers and trees are in bloom and jamborees of pollinators are busily buzzing in the flowers.  It is also National Pollinator Week, a time to celebrate what bees, butterflies and other blossom-visiting species … Read more

Press Release: Living River Celebration

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Jun 19, 2014.

For Immediate Release Contact: Liz Lawrence Director of Resources llawrence@mckenzieriver.org 541-345-2799 McKenzie River Trust Hosts Living River Event Celebrating Green Island Conservation EUGENE, Ore. (June 19, 2014) – On Saturday, June 28, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., the McKenzie … Continue reading

River Rally 2014: A Wrap-Up

By kkasowski from What's New at River Network. Published on Jun 19, 2014.

ONDA’s Desert Conference slated for September, registration underway

By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Jun 19, 2014.

Registration is now underway for the Oregon Natural Desert Association’s 27th Desert Conference, which brings together scientists, ranchers, artists and others who work, think and play in the high desert. The biannual conference will take place Sept. 19-20, 2014 in downtown Bend, Oregon.

River Network’s Clean Water Act 101 Institute

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Jun 19, 2014.

Asthma awareness tips

By JenC from News. Published on Jun 18, 2014.

Do you know how pollution—indoors and out—is a part of the asthma problem? Help make Oregon a healthy place to breathe free with these tips.

Circle Of Blue: The Good News And The Bad News About Water-Related Issues

By Levi Schmidt from The Freshwater TrustThe Freshwater Trust - We Fix Rivers. Published on Jun 18, 2014.

“Learn to love complexity. Water touches everything, so you have to be fluent in many different disciplines,” offered Brett Walton, water reporter at Circle of Blue, when asked his advice for people interested in careers in water. Walton would know. He is part of a team of journalists and researchers at Circle of Blue, a […]

From Renewables To Fish Restoration

By Levi Schmidt from The Freshwater TrustThe Freshwater Trust - We Fix Rivers. Published on Jun 18, 2014.

Eugene Weir of The Freshwater Trust discusses how using renewable energy in Oregon provides a double benefit. First, there’s the obvious benefit of using wind or solar or geothermal power instead of burning fossil fuels. Second, money from Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program goes to help restore fish habitat in key streams around the region. […]

Fox P Trade Webinar – Water Quality Trading in Oregon and Correlations

By Levi Schmidt from The Freshwater TrustThe Freshwater Trust - We Fix Rivers. Published on Jun 18, 2014.

The Freshwater Trust’s Alex Johnson discusses our water quality trading program in Oregon with the Great Lakes Commission. Alex reviews the history and timeline of trading in Oregon, specific mechanics of certain aspects of a brokered trading program and how our program correlates to the Fox River Phosphorous project in Wisconsin.

Protected Bikeways

By Lisa Frank from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Jun 18, 2014.

  The Bicycle Transportation Alliance has a vision for a Portland Metro region where everyone can choose to meet their daily needs on a bicycle. We want a […]

Waters of the US Rulemaking: Deciding What it Means in Your Watershed (Webinar 2)

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Jun 13, 2014.

Waters of the US Rulemaking: Deciding What it Means in Your Watershed (Webinar 2)

By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Jun 13, 2014.

Little “Littles” in the Big Woods

By kristina from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Jun 13, 2014.

I recently sat down with Big Brothers Big Sisters “little” and Opal Creek Expeditions veteran Tanna […]

Explore – Grow -Connect in Nature this Summer

By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Jun 12, 2014.

Calling all Summer Adventurers! There is still opening to get out and explore in nature this summer at Avery House Nature Center summer camps! Click on the picture for more info.

River Rally 2014 Rocks! (video)

By rcarter from What's New at River Network. Published on Jun 12, 2014.

@AveryHouseNC

By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Jun 12, 2014.

Just like the songbirds of spring time Avery House Nature Center is now Tweeting! The staff, volunteers and students have been all a flutter with the excitement of spring now upon us. We are planting a garden, preparing for summer camps, participating in the Procession of Species parade and as always we are exploring and
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Does The Way You Wash Your Car Hurt Our Streams?

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

Washing your car seems like such a clean activity, but it can have adverse results for our streams, wetlands and Tualatin River.  Storm drains in your street typically go straight to the nearest stream.  Pollutants being washed off cars include grease, oil, heavy metals, antifreeze, and asbestos.  Car washing detergents themselves often include phosphates, a […]

Call for Photos: Announcing the HDC 50th Anniversary Photo Contest

By hilshohoney from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jun 11, 2014.

Oregon Chapter Sierra Club High Desert Committee Call for Photos Calling all photographers! Your help is needed. You’re invited to submit your best shots of Oregon’s wilderness areas for a chance to be featured in the Oregon Sierra Club High Desert Committee’s Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Photography Exhibit this fall. Both professional and amateur photo submissions are […]

SAGE Summer Concerts

By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Jun 11, 2014.

Local music, food and drinks, outdoors at the Starker Arts Park! Thursdays in July and August. Click the picture to find out more.

Wetland restoration resource launched

By tom from News. Published on Jun 11, 2014.

Wetland Prairie Restoration: An Online Resource is a comprehensive introduction to the history and ecology of wetland prairies in the Willamette Valley and overview of the restoration process.

Can Your Employer Help Protect Oregon?

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

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EarthShare OregonThreats to Oregon are growing, as are demands on the lands, water, food, energy and other resources Oregon needs to thrive. We need more people and businesses standing up for this great state. 1000 Friends is pleased to partner with EarthShare Oregon to make that happen.

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Three Voices, One Compass: Meet Our McCall Gala Speakers

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

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Join us next Friday, June 20, for the 2014 McCall Gala. Come to connect and commit to Oregon's future. Meet Emerging Advocates and hear from three standout Oregon innovators.

Meet our 2014 Tom McCall Gala speakers:

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Family Mornings in the Garden

By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Jun 10, 2014.

Join us Tuesday mornings July through August from 10 a.m.-12 p.m and share quality family time at SAGE Garden. Click the picture to find out more.

Fish and Streams Benefit When Oregon Renewable Energy Supporters Focus On Restoration Projects

By Levi Schmidt from The Freshwater TrustThe Freshwater Trust - We Fix Rivers. Published on Jun 09, 2014.

Fish and streams benefit when Oregon renewable energy supporters focus on restoration projects Pacific Power Blue Sky customers and The Freshwater Trust restore and enhance fish habitat throughout Oregon PORTLAND, Ore. – Pacific Power customers who have chosen to support renewable energy through the Blue Sky Habitat program are directly helping restore Oregon native fish […]

Top 50 Metro-Area Nonprofits

By Levi Schmidt from The Freshwater TrustThe Freshwater Trust - We Fix Rivers. Published on Jun 06, 2014.

See how The Freshwater Trust ranked with the nonprofits of Portland View Full Story Here.

Governor Kitzhaber Praises State Forest Conservation Areas

By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jun 05, 2014.

  On June 2nd, Governor Kitzhaber toured the Gales Creek area in the Tillamook State Forest. The Creek, which is surrounded by buffers newly classified as High Value Conservation Areas, is also home to several recent stream restoration projects. Oregon Department of Forestry staff and partner groups lauded the stream enhancement work, which includes extensive log […]

Obama Administration Agrees to Stronger Protections for Salmon from Pesticides

By achesser from The Latest News. Published on Jun 05, 2014.

Fishing and conservation groups praise stronger stream buffers from toxic sprays

Lawsuit launched to protect threatened Marbled Murrelets from clearcutting on liquidated Oregon State Forests

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

June 3, 2014: Conservation groups filed a notice of intent to sue Seneca Jones and Scott Timber today to prevent the imminent clearcutting of three large parcels of Elliott State Forest lands that were recently sold to these companies. The notice presents evidence that the clearcut logging conducted by both companies will harm federally protected Marbled Murrelets, seabirds that come inland to nest and breed in mature and old-growth forests. The Endangered Species Act prohibits actions that injure or kill threatened species, including destruction of occupied habitat.

Full Interview With Mike McCloskey

By SimonT from News. Published on Jun 03, 2014.

In April, OEC's marketing communications fellow, Peter Auseklis, sat down with Michael McCloskey, author of Conserving Oregon's Environment: Breakthroughs That Made History. Their conversation provided insights into Michael's historical perspective on conservation at both the state and federal level. Michael also shares his views on how young people can most effectively “take up the cause” and be the future agents of environmental awareness and protection.

Audubon releases rehabilitated Bald Eagle May 25 at Kelley Point Park

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

May 21, 2014: After a long and arduous road to recovery, a female Bald Eagle in the care of the Audubon Society of Portland is ready to return to the wild. The rehabilitated raptor will be released May 25 at 11 a.m. in Kelley Point Park, and the public is invited to attend.

Battle Axe Bridge Closure

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

The Battle Axe Bridge in Jawbone Flats is currently closed to pedestrian traffic due to damage […]

Supper at SAGE — tickets available here

By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Jun 01, 2014.

Join us for an evening of local food, music and art in the Starker Arts Garden for Education. Click on the picture to learn more.

SAGE Garden Workshops

By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on May 29, 2014.

Looking for some knowledge and inspiration? Click the picture to see the workshop schedule at SAGE.

Pilot Project for Livestock Management Aims to Improve Water Quality in Klamath Basin

By Danielle Dumont from The Freshwater TrustThe Freshwater Trust - We Fix Rivers. Published on May 28, 2014.

The Freshwater Trust has signed a contract with energy utility PacifiCorp to launch a restoration project that will exclude livestock from a Sprague River site. The five-year pilot project aims to keep many pounds of phosphorus and sediment out of the river and improve water quality in the Klamath Basin. Livestock can have a significant […]

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By rocco from Renewable Northwest - Making the Northwest's Clean Energy Potential a Reality.. Published on May 28, 2014.

Tom Brewster: Maker of Nest Boxes for Birds

By tamara from News. Published on May 27, 2014.

Tom Brewster donated endless hours to make over 100 bird boxes for students of IAE partner schools who are part of the Ever Green Riparian Stewards Program. IAE is ever grateful to Tom for his amazing contributions to our Ecological Education Program and to the lives of young people and their teachers.

Climate Change: Changing Design, Not Minds

By Levi Schmidt from The Freshwater TrustThe Freshwater Trust - We Fix Rivers. Published on May 27, 2014.

Disease: Design of economy & environment interaction. Cure: Change the design (and don’t sweat changing all the minds). The day after the National Climate Assessment came out, so did our national misalignment. On May 7, 2014, on front pages across the U.S., the increasingly severe impacts of climate change were reported on as being here […]

Guest Blog: Mark Gorman on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on May 27, 2014.

Guest Blog: Mark Gorman on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program

By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on May 27, 2014.

National News: May 27, 2014

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


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Action to Combat Insects and Diseases that Weaken Forests, Increase Fire Risk - Vilsack Also Reiterates Need for Fire Funding Solution as Projected Cost of Fighting Wildfire Exceeds This Year's Budget, USDA News

Trees and what-not, Summit Voice
Forest Service Proposes Massive Salvage Logging Project in Rim Fire Area - Logging in Stanislaus National Forest Puts Rare Species, Forest Ecosystems at Risk, Center for Biological Diversity

State land should not be privatized, Montana Standard letter

testing sahring

By renewables from Renewable Northwest - Making the Northwest's Clean Energy Potential a Reality.. Published on May 24, 2014.

Help Us Help You Engage on the Clean Water Act Waters of the U.S. Rulemaking

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on May 23, 2014.

Help Us Help You Engage on the Clean Water Act Waters of the U.S. Rulemaking

By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on May 23, 2014.

Blueberry Farm Tour

By achesser from The Latest News. Published on May 23, 2014.

Managing Mummy Berry Disease in Blueberries Farm Tour. Don't miss out on this fantastic event! Thursday, June 5, 2014. 2pm - 4:30pm. Alvadore, OR

1000 Friends Seeks Summer Interns

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

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1000 Friends is seeking some great interns to help us develop our membership and communicate our impact! If you're someone who loves Oregon and you want to hone your skills in communications and/or development, we'd love to meet you.

Click here to read the internship announcement, and be in touch!

Geek Reading: Cooperative Federalism, Nutrients, and the CWA

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on May 19, 2014.

Geek Reading: Cooperative Federalism, Nutrients, and the CWA

By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on May 19, 2014.

Elegy to Tim Lillebo, by Bill Fleischmann

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on May 19, 2014.


Somewhere in Oregon there is a corner of an office, a closet or attic space where dozens of cardboard tubes are hidden away. Each tube contains several topographical maps, many with scrawled notes about landscapes that he visited. Most of these landscapes were Roadless Areas in National Forests. On most of these maps are drawn boundaries; lines which hope to protect something precious.

Life has boundaries for all of us. Some are limited by income, others by physical impairments, mental limitations, or simply circumstances. Wilderness must be protected within boundaries because deep inside the DNA structure of all humans there is a primitive desire to greedily consume everything which is balanced by an equally primitive need to know that there are still places on maps where the disease of civilization has not yet infected and sickened the land. He understood this.

Wilderness advocates are an odd lot. We gather together reluctantly to protect the lands we love. In 1975, when a group in Bend first formed to protect Roadless Areas of the Deschutes National Forest, there was a slide show and a lecture scheduled in an auditorium on the campus of Central Oregon Community College. As attendees filtered into the room, most seated themselves as far from others as the space allowed, resulting in an audience that resembled an array of free radicals in a biochemistry graph.

If there can be such a thing as a camaraderie of solitary individuals, this room represented exactly that. Wilderness advocates value our isolation not because we crave loneliness but because we require solitude as a respite from the world of civilized chaos that swirls around us and threatens to devour peace of mind. A love of solitude and a desire to be free from the constraints of society form the basis of a desire to protect wild lands. But few individuals stay true to this cause their entire lives, devoting themselves to it. Poring over maps for forty years with a cigarette and a cup of coffee while Red Garland’s Country Little Shack plays in the background.

Tim Lillebo loved those maps. He loved a good blues tune. He loved good coffee and he loved rolling a cigarette while his eyes followed the well spaced loops in a contour line that represented a seep or a bog where elk could wallow in mud and escape biting deer flies in the middle of summer in a remote canyon near Glacier peak. He loved to follow the tight contours of ridgelines where perhaps the last lone wolverine in Oregon was spotted near Monument Rock. He loved to stand in a forest of old ponderosa pines; he called them pumpkin pines, and gaze into the rich yellow and orange hues of their puzzled barks. He loved wild land enough to devote his entire adult life to it, with little monetary reward. If good coffee and blues and a pouch of roll your own could be acquired, Tim was happy. Saving and protecting wild land kept his soul fed. And Oregon will forever benefit from his efforts.

Over the past 40 years most of us wandered away from the cause, nipping at the edges in our respective habitats by signing a petition here, writing a letter to congress there. We had families to raise, careers to chase, dreams to follow. But Tim stayed at it, working every day to draw some protective boundaries around land that is always threatened. One man’s passing does not stop a cause as deeply rooted in the human psyche as Wilderness advocacy, but it certainly sent a tremor wave throughout this odd camaraderie of solitary souls who still seek the solitude of wild places.

Somewhere, in an office or a closet or an attic are dozens of cardboard tubes of topographical maps which should be protected so that future generations can unroll them and study the work of one man who stood for something greater in a world that seems to only reward wealth and power. We should teach those after us to follow those contour lines. Because land will endure long after human effort passes away.

Summer Is Coming. Explore With Us.

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

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Land use is your community, your home, your street. It's where your food comes from and how you get where you're going. It's a place of possibility, if you know what to look for. This summer, we'd like to take you out to see land use in action, with our new line-up of field trips!

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Conserving Landscapes and Ecosystems With Private Investment

By Levi Schmidt from The Freshwater TrustThe Freshwater Trust - We Fix Rivers. Published on May 16, 2014.

Private investors are finding new opportunities to invest in large-scale conservation efforts intended to protect biodiversity and boost “ecosystem services” such as clean water, clean air and carbon storage. Earlier this year, 50 leading practitioners of “conservation finance” came together for a two-day workshop hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to discuss […]

Creating Lasting Connections on Social Media - May 7, 2014 webinar recording

By rcarter from What's New at River Network. Published on May 15, 2014.

Sandy River project hopes to hook salmon

By Levi Schmidt from The Freshwater TrustThe Freshwater Trust - We Fix Rivers. Published on May 15, 2014.

A near-infrared laser pulses over the Sandy River Basin, emanating from a helicopter hovering above the break in foliage. The Light Detecting and Ranging laser measures bouncing light waves to capture three-dimensional topographic images. A sensor records the range using a GPS, noting elevation points to create the map. Read Full Story Here

Grist.org: "Want to breathe new life into your city? Build a fence around it."

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

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Grist.org, a national blog devoted to "getting people talking, thinking, and taking action", takes a look at how sharpening the edge of Portland's region helped revive the city's core in a fascinating piece.

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Safer Sunblock

By JenC from News. Published on May 13, 2014.

Outreach Director Jen Coleman was on Portland's local news this week talking about sunscreen. See more!

National News: May 12, 2014

By mgarland@cnsp.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on May 11, 2014.

4FRI not yet out of woods, Arizona Daily Sun

Potential change coming for forest fees - Federal court cases pertain to parking fee, concessionaire collections, Bend Bulletin
Public lands access advocates win another round in the battle over federal recreation fees - District court judges nixes Southern California Adventure Pass, Summit Voice
Adventure Pass Foes Claim Victory - Federal Decision Stops Fines for Simply Exploring Forest; Fees Still Allowed at Developed Sites, Santa Barbara Independent
Judge Strikes Down Parking Fees in Area Forests - Adventure Pass no longer needed for roadside parking under ruling, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Retirees Decry Forest Service Law Enforcement Meltdown - Agriculture Secretary Asked to Remove Enforcement Chief for Rank Incompetence, PEER
Feds see $470 million gap in firefighting budget - Funding shortfall has ripple effect in other public lands programs, Summit Voice

Proposed Directive on Groundwater Resource Management, Forest Service Manual 2560 - Notice of proposed directive; request for comment; announcement of national informational webinars, Federal Register

No freedom to ruin public lands, Salt Lake Tribune editorial

Documentary Film DamNation Comes to Bend’s Tower Theatre

By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on May 09, 2014.

The award-winning documentary film DamNation will show at the Tower Theatre in Bend on Thursday, June 12 at 7pm. The screening—hosted by a collaboration of conservationists and river enthusiasts including the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC), the Oregon Natural Desert Association, the Bend Casting Club, and American Whitewater—will feature a panel discussion with audience Q&A; and a raffle. Tickets are $7.

Pupfish: Mojave Desert Survivor

By Matt Miller from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on May 09, 2014.

Pupfish: Mojave Desert Survivor

Report from Sutton Mountain

By bpasko from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on May 08, 2014.

  The High Desert Committee led a trip to the Sutton Mountain wilderness study area at the end of April. Located near Mitchell, Oregon and adjacent to the Painted Hills National Monument, Sutton Mountain provides a birds-eye view of the colorful striations of the Painted Hills, created by wind, time and geologic activity. After a […]

Kitzhaber: “It is time once and for all to say NO to coal exports from the Pacific Northwest."

By Christy Splitt from OLCV News Archive. Published on May 07, 2014.

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Doug Moore of Portland, Oregon. Doug is the executive director of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters.
Date: 
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From Blue Oregon

Last week, the Oregon League of Conservation Voters held its Annual Celebration for the Environment. Known as Ecoprom, it’s an Earth Day tradition that brings together over 900 people who care about Oregon’s Natural Legacy.

This year, our featured speaker was our own Governor John Kitzhaber. In a speech bookended by a thoughtful remembrance of legendary Oregon Wild advocate Tim Lillebo, the Governor made a statement on coal exports that was nothing short of historic big news.

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Ben Ross: To Fight Sprawl, Look Closer In

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

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It may seem that fighting sprawl is all about the edge: have a strong urban growth boundary and and the rest will fall into place. But that's only one piece of the puzzle, argues author Ben Ross. We need also need more places to live in existing communities--yet how can we build that in an age of opposition?

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Today on the Land Use Trail: Helvetia

By craig from The Latest. Published on May 06, 2014.

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We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, May 6: Helvetia, a unique but threatened farming region just beyond the edge of Oregon’s largest metro area.

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Springfield Discovers That More Extensive Is More Expensive

By craig from The Latest. Published on May 06, 2014.

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The City of Springfield is considering expanding its urban growth boundary to pursue the possibility of new large-scale employment, but recent calculations show the cost to serve any expansion with infrastructure could be overwhelming.

The Register-Guard reports:

City officials have identified five areas where Springfield could expand its urban growth boundary, and roughly calculated how much it would cost to extend sewer and streets and collect stormwater to serve that future development.

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VIDEO: "Conserving Oregon's Environment": A Talk with Michael McCloskey

By craig from The Latest. Published on May 06, 2014.

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From bottles and beaches, to protecting farmland and forests, Oregon's environmental legacy speaks volumes. On April 17 in Salem, Mike McCloskey, a former executive director of the Sierra Club, spoke about his new book on that legacy as part of our McCall Society Speaker Series. 

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Proposed mine by wild Smith River roils Del Norte County folks

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on May 05, 2014.

A London mining company has applied to the U.S. Forest Service to begin exploratory drilling over thousands of acres of forest lands in the headwaters of the clear, flowing Smith River. The Smith is a life force in the northern corner of California, where the locals keep a sharp eye out for threats to the pristine water and thriving fish.

OSPF Board Member Tim Wood Receives 2013 Governor’s Tourism Award from Travel Oregon

By OSPF from . Published on May 02, 2014.

Oregon State Parks Foundation board member Tim Wood, who recently retired as director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, has received the 2013 Governor’s Tourism Award from the Oregon Tourism Commission. The commission, also known as Travel Oregon, presented this prestigious annual award during the 2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Sunriver. The state’s [...]

Healthy spring gardening

By JenC from News. Published on May 01, 2014.

Read our tips for healthy gardening with clean, healthy soil and no contaminants.

Portland Audubon releases preliminary results of lead-testing study

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on May 01, 2014.

April 30, 2014: In January 2013, the Audubon Society of Portland launched a study of lead’s impact on Oregon raptors, Turkey Vultures and ravens, the local birds most likely to eat the remains of animals shot with lead ammunition. Audubon has released a preliminary report on findings from the study’s first year, and in keeping with the weight of evidence from lead research conducted in other locations, the results clearly indicate that a ban on the use of lead ammunition for hunting should be considered in Oregon.

Portland Audubon helps advance protections for forage fish

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Apr 30, 2014.

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

Photo Essay: One Thing We Know About 2064

By craig from The Latest. Published on Apr 30, 2014.

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It is extraordinarily hard to predict the future. When we look 50 years ahead to what the Portland region will look like, can we realistically expect to recognize any of the things we see today? Well, actually, we believe the answer is yes. Our new photo essay explains why.

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National News: April 28, 2014

By mgarland@cnsp.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Apr 27, 2014.

Commissioners issued a cease, desist letter to the US Forest Service - Commissioners claim Forest Service is fencing off water resources for ranchers, Alamogordo Daily News
Public lands access advocates lose latest skirmish with Forest Service over recreation fees - Court says private concession companies don’t have to meet agency standards for recreation fees on public lands, Summit Voice
Forest Service Chief Balks On Law Enforcement Reforms - Volcanic All-Hands Meeting Results in Stalling Tactics Not Leadership Change, PEER
Toxic Morale Grips Forest Service Law Enforcement - Survey Reflects Leadership Void, Loss of Direction and Widespread Fear of Reprisal, PEER
Protecting Forests And Visitors Yields To "Gotcha" Exercises - Suit over Forest Service Assault Stats and Shift to Internal Affairs Investigations, PEER
Personal Video Cameras A Bust In Forest Service - 500 Video Devices Gather Dust after Clueless Purchase by Law Enforcement Branch, PEER

Suit Filed Challenging Sale of Elliott State Forest Land - Privatization of Public Forest Would Hurt Threatened Marbled Murrelets, Coho Salmon, Center for Biological Diversity

Bend symposium to study wildfire science, impacts - Expert: Steering, not stopping fire safer, cheaper, better, KTVZ

Government Accounting Office Report Shows Limited Cost of Environmental Litigation - Litigation Brought by Environmental Groups Provides an Important Public Service at Little Cost to Taxpayers, Center for Biological Diversity
Of 'warrior' cops and today's trend of forever a child - The Taos incident and some kvetching about who's really a kid, Santa Fe New Mexican editorial at New Mexico Watchdog

Suit filed challenging sale of Elliott State Forest land

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

April 21, 2014: Conservation organizations filed a lawsuit and temporary restraining order today challenging the state of Oregon’s disposal of part of the 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest northeast of Coos Bay. The legal complaint submitted by Cascadia Wildlands, Audubon Society of Portland, and the Center for Biological Diversity identified the 788-acre East Hakki Ridge parcel as prohibited by law from being sold.

Speak Out For Clean Water: Make Sure Your Watershed is Protected From Pollution!

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

Learn! River Network Hosts Webinar on Waters of the US Rulemaking

By rcarter from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Apr 24, 2014.

Learn! River Network Hosts Webinar on Waters of the US Rulemaking

By rcarter from What's New at River Network. Published on Apr 24, 2014.

Klamath advocates go to court over wildlife mismanagement

By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Apr 24, 2014.

April 24, 2014: Today, three conservation groups - Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Wild and WaterWatch of Oregon - filed litigation in Federal Court to compel the US Fish and Wildlife Service to produce a much-needed and long-overdue Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The plan, required by law, is now 18 months past the federally mandated deadline.

Building Better Boards

By kkasowski from What's New at River Network. Published on Apr 23, 2014.

Habitat Conservation Plans – A Tool for State Forests

By kimberlyfanshier from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Apr 23, 2014.

Over the next year, the Department of Forestry will be reviewing and possibly re-writing the administrative rules that dictate management of Oregon’s state forests, defining the future of some of our state’s most vital natural spaces. Pressures to increase logging on the Tillamook and Clatsop forests is intense. Populations of marbled murrelets, spotted owls, Coho salmon, red tree voles, and […]

Surface Water Management Fees: Our Investment in Our Creeks

By admin from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Apr 23, 2014.

Have you ever noticed the Surface Water Management (SWM) Fee on your sewer/water bill and wondered what you are paying for? According to Clean Water Services’ website, “Within the Urban Growth Boundary in Washington County, we all do. Each resident of the community contributes to the cost of the SWM program because we all use […]

Equity and Dialogue

By SaraK from News. Published on Apr 23, 2014.

Sara K of OEC's Emerging Leaders Board describes the environmental movement's responsibility to address equity.

Depaving Puget Sound

By gkillam from What's New at River Network. Published on Apr 22, 2014.

Happy Earth Day to Seneca Jones!

By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Apr 22, 2014.

In the ongoing saga of the State Land Board’s decision to sell off portions of the Elliott State Forest to meet its mandates under the Common School Fund, Seneca Jones Timber Company received an early Earth Day present earlier this week. As reported in the Oregonian, Seneca Jones submitted the winning bid on the 788-acre […]

Start the Clock! Comments on Proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule Due July 21

By mfrey from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Apr 21, 2014.

Start the Clock! Comments on Proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule Due July 21

By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Apr 21, 2014.

DeFazio tours abandoned copper mine Superfund site

By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Apr 18, 2014.

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio on Thursday toured an abandoned copper mine in Southwestern Oregon that is on the Superfund list of major pollution sites in preparation for filing legislation to overhaul the nation’s primary mining law.

Urban Lamprey

By admin from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Apr 17, 2014.

A few students from Metzger Elementary School in Tigard were able to witness lamprey spawning in Summer Creek during a field trip to Dirksen Nature Park in Tigard last week.  We checked around and found that others were seeing lamprey in the Fanno Creek system too. Carla Staedter, Surface Water Quality and Volunteer Coordinator for the […]

Preserve Parent

By Dayna Gross from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Apr 17, 2014.

Preserve Parent

So Long Tundra, Hello Trees

By tom from News. Published on Apr 16, 2014.

US Forest Service Plants Massive Carbon Sink in Arctic

Portland customers ask Walgreens to take responsibility for toxics in products

By JenC from News. Published on Apr 16, 2014.

Actions take place across the country as consumer challenge to retailers escalates.

Toxic Trespass Knows No Barriers

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

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

Procession of the Species

By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Apr 14, 2014.

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

A Captive Audience

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

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

Consuming Kids

By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from . Published on Apr 14, 2014.

For more information email: enrollment@corvalliswaldorfschool.org

Discovery Season Camping Discounts Available Through April 30

By OSPF from . Published on Apr 11, 2014.

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

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

By OSPF from . Published on Apr 11, 2014.

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

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

By OSPF from . Published on Apr 11, 2014.

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

What’s So Special About Tualatin River Prairies?

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

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

Recent Success Stories from the Oregon State Parks Foundation

By OSPF from . Published on Apr 11, 2014.

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

Western Snowy Plover Nesting Season In Effect Until September 15

By OSPF from . Published on Apr 11, 2014.

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

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

By OSPF from . Published on Apr 11, 2014.

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

Access at the Scholls Bridge

By admin from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Apr 09, 2014.

I paddled the river from Eagle Landing to Scholls yesterday. Wow! Access at Scholls Bridge is difficult right now but… for a Paddler Map update I’d suggest the following: The NE corner access (as listed on the map) is completely blocked by debris stacked halfway up the hillside. The put-in takeout really should be listed […]

Tickets to An Evening for Opal Creek Now Available!

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

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

Parking Forest at PCC Sylvania Featured in EPA Publication

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

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

A Failure to Protect: Oregon laws allow community poisoning

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

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

Spring cleaning surprises

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

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

Oil & Gas Water Quality Tool Helps You Compare State Rules

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

Protecting our greatest drinking water source: groundwater

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

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

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

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

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

Join us in the High Desert this Summer!

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

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

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

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

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

Extinct Wheeled Creature Discovered as Ice Recedes

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

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

Become a Member

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Apr 01, 2014.

The McKenzie River Trust is kicking off a membership program this April. Join today! Continue reading

Featured Post

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

Plight of the Bumble Bee

ODF Needs Revenue Diversification

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

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

Great OpEd in the Oregonian on Pacific Power and coal

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

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

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

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

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

Draft Rulemaking to Clarify Clean Water Act Protections!

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

Draft Rulemaking to Clarify Clean Water Act Protections!

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

DALE R. JONES (1939-2014)

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

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

Big plans for a green spring

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

Our supporters share their tips for the home and office

National News: March 17, 2014

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

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


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

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

National Fish Habitat Conservation Act Introduced in the Senate

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

National Fish Habitat Conservation Act Introduced in the Senate

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

Elliott State Forest Faces Privatization

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lose the Memory, Lose the Fish

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

Lose the Memory, Lose the Fish

Badlands/Spring Basin Birthday Bash

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

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

State Forest Conservation Area Open Houses!

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

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

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

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

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

Registration Now Open for all 2014 Programming

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

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

For bees, Oregon sets important new legislative precedents!

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

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

Creating a Unified Vision of Protections for an Urban River

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

Creating a Unified Vision of Protections for an Urban River

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

National News: March 3, 2014

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

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

National News: February 24, 2014

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

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

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

Floodplain ESB

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Feb 23, 2014.

Beer for Water Falling Sky Brewing has created a special beer called Floodplain ESB, brewed to support the McKenzie River Trust. Falling Sky Brewing will donate $1 for every Floodplain ESB pint to the Mckenzie River Trust. “Beer is made … Continue reading

Engaging Minority Audiences - Urban Waters Learning Network - Feb. 19, 2014 webinar recording

By rcarter from What's New at River Network. Published on Feb 21, 2014.

Practical Guidelines for Wetland Prairie Restoration

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

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

End of the Hemlocks, A Lament

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

End of the Hemlocks, A Lament

Fire for Flowers

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

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

Weed Guides for Oregon Available

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

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

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

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

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

Tom Kaye to speak at Triad Club Feb. 20

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

Full Time Position Available

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

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

The Mahi-Mahi and the Map

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

The Mahi-Mahi and the Map

Last Chance to Get Paid to Go Solar!

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

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

Missing Tim Lillebo

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Brian Kelly, Restoration Director, Hells Canyon Preservation Council

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

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

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

By mfrey from What's New at River Network. Published on Feb 16, 2014.

2014 Legislative Update

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

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

Featured: Behold the Babirusa

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

Behold the Babirusa

Stakeholder Group Sends Ideas to the Board of Forestry

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

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

Funding eco-activism like the United Way

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

Goodbye to a key forest advocate and our friend

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

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

Bees, pesticides and freedom

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

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

Sage-Grouse Habitat Restoration through Prisons

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

The Snake River Correctional Institution Project

Your Comments Needed NOW

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

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

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

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

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

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

These protections include:

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

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

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

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




Oregon chub makes history

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Feb 05, 2014.

A small minnow native to the Willamette Valley is the first fish proposed for removal from the Endangered Species List due to recovery. Continue reading

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

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

Wolf Creek Conservation Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OCN announces 2014 Priorities for a Healthy Oregon

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

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

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Are You Responsbile for Your, Well, Poo?

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

Bees by the Numbers

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

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

Best of 2013: Our 13 Most Popular Posts from 2013

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

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

Polar Vortex ≠ Climate Change

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

Polar Vortex ≠ Climate Change

Wildlife Watchers Field Report for 2013

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

From HCPC Restoration Director Brian Kelly:

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

meat (bait) was placed inside metal cylinders  

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COCN Announces Priority for a Healthy Central Oregon

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

Date: 
January 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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The Forest Connection

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


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

Advocating for Strong Water Quality Standards

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

Native Plant Propagation Workshop

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

Come learn at Shonnard's

IAE is now Hiring!!

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

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

‘Tis the Season

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

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

KS Wild launches new film

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

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

AmeriCorps Team Helps IAE Restore Prairies

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

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

Celebrate Someone You Love This Season

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Dec 13, 2013.

Honor a family member or friend who loves natural lands this season with a gift to the McKenzie River Trust. Continue reading

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

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

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

Breaking News – Wyden Set to Release Sweeping Forest Legislation

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

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

Bees Get Their Day at the State Legislature

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

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

ONDA begins sage-grouse draft plan review

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

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

Growing Food & Protecting Clean Water

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Nov 19, 2013.

Read about two properties protected by MRT where landowners and managers are balancing farming and conservation. (Photo by Melissa Rosin) This Continue reading

Restoration Progress on Green Island

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Nov 19, 2013.

Three major restoration projects on Green Island this fall are making a huge difference for native fish. Continue reading

Herbicide spraying in Curry County draws complaints, state investigation

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

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

1% for Watersheds Celebrates First Year

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Nov 15, 2013.

Oakshire Brewing donated 1% of sales of Watershed IPA in the southern Willamette Valley to the McKenzie River Trust this year. Join us at the Oakshire Public house to celebrate this partnership! Continue reading

More Wetlands Protected!

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Nov 09, 2013.

Your donations help expand the Coyote Spencer Wetlands. Thank you! Continue reading

Fate of timber burned in summer fires up in the air

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

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

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

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

The 2013 Give!Guide is Live!

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

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

Give Now

By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Nov 01, 2013.

Why you should donate to protect healthy natural lands. Continue reading

2013 Oregon Values and Beliefs Survey Results

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

Author: 
Oregon Values and Beliefs Project
October 22, 2013

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2013 Oregon Values and Beliefs Survey Results

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

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

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

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

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Oregon lacking in the science of forestry

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

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

The Impact of Opal Creek: Going Full Circle

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

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

SB863 passes both the House and Senate

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

Author: 
Andrew Hogan
Date: 
October 13

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

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

A humbling hike to South Sister

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

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

Giving Season is Upon Us!

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

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

Big Win for Wildlife

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



Antelope Ridge Energy Project Has Been Stopped

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  
Story & photo by Brian Kelly,
Restoration Director



Tell Governor Kitzhaber: No Deal on GMOs

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

September 23, 2013

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The future of Oregon’s clean-flowing drinking water

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

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

Wilderness Calls Us Back to Ourselves

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OCN Priority will curb suction dredge mining permits

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

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

Medford Mail Tribune

July 17, 2013

Author: Paul Fattig

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

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

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

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

Update on Bighorn Protection from Darilyn Parry Brown

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

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

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

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

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

Protecting Our Liquid Gold

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

Source: 
The Source Weekly

Published: July 18, 2013

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

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

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Snow Basin Update

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


Up a creek without the facts

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

Source: 
Bend Bulletin Editorial

Published: July 14. 2013 4:00AM PST

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

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

read more

July 2013 -- The Water Issue

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

Wildlife Watchers Project Begins New Season

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

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

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

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

Welcome to early summer in the Blue Mountains.

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

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

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

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

- Brian Kelly
  HCPC Restoration Director       

June 2013 - "Your Share" E-newsletter

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

Finding Common Ground on Eastern Oregon Forests

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Veronica Warnock, Conservation Director
Hells Canyon Preservation Council

Steve Pedery, Conservation Director
Oregon Wild

PRC Statement on Wyden Framework for O&C Legislation

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

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

Your phone's last call should be to a recycler

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

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

Biophilia: This is Your Brain on Nature

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

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

Your Share - April 2013

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

Burgerville Rocks!, Meet our Newest Charities & More!

Your Share - May 2013

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

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

Burgerville Employees Pledge $22,000 to EarthShare Member Groups

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

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

News & Press

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

Get the latest updates from EarthShare and our members.

EarthShare Oregon welcomes seven new member groups

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

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

GROUPS FILE PETITION TO REVOKE STEENS TRANSMISSION LINE APPROVAL

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

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

Charles Jones Remembers Jack Barry

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



Dear Conservationists,


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Green Your Camping Trips!

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

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

Remembering Beginnings: Brock Evans on HCPC History

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



  

Jack Barry - Visionary Voice 1925 - 2012

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


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

The obituary below was written by his wife Lois Barry:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leading scientists blast Steens Mountain wind proposal for devastating wildlife impacts

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

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

The Dawn of Dam Removal

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

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

The Dawn of Dam Removal

Bruce Babbitt
Early Fall 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Circling back to Wallowa County with HCPC

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Mildrexler, Ecosystem Conservation Coordinator, Hells Canyon Preservation Council

Ninth Circuit Court Upholds Decision on Sierra Nevada Forest Plan

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

HCPC welcomes summer intern Joshua Axelrod

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Of Killdeer, Camas, and the Travel Management Plan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                      

Wild Places, Roads and Freedom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the words of John Muir:

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

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

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

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

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

~Brian Kelly

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

David Mildrexler, Ecosystem Conservation Coordinator, Hells Canyon Preservation Council

Of Truth and Boots

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Back to enjoying this wonderful place where we live -

Danae Yurgel


Steens Mountain Threatened by Massive Wind Development

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

The Perverse Logic of Wolf Hunts

By noreply@blogger.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Mar 30, 2012.

The Predator Persecution Complex

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/03/30/the-perverse-logic-of-wolf-hunts/

by GEORGE WUERTHNER

The hysteria that surrounds wolf management in the Rockies has clouded rational discussion. Wolves are hardly a threat to either hunting opportunity or the livestock industry.

ELK NUMBERS ABOVE OBJECTIVES

For instance, the Wyoming Fish and Game reports: “The Department continues to manage to reduce Wyoming’s elk numbers. The total population of the herds with estimates increased by 16 percent in 2009 and is now 29 percent above the statewide objective of 83,640 animals.”

Things are similar in Montana. Populations have grown from an estimated 89,000 animals in 1992 prior to wolf recovery to 140,000-150,000 animals in recent years.

In Idaho we find a similar trend. According to the IDFG 23 out of 29 elk units are at and/or above objective. Hunter success in 2011 was 20%: one in five hunters killed an elk.

Wolves are clearly not a threat to the future of hunting in any of these states.

LIVESTOCK LOSSES EXAGGERATED

Ranchers are equally irrational. In 2010 Wyoming livestock producers lost 41,000 cattle and calves due to weather, predators, digestive problems, respiratory issues, calving and other problems. But total livestock losses attributed to wolves was 26 cattle and 33 sheep!

Last year Montana livestock producers lost more than 140,000 cattle and sheep to all causes. But total livestock losses attributed to wolves was less than a hundred animals.

In 2010 Idaho cattle producers lost 93,000 animals to all causes. Respiratory problems were the largest cause accounting for 25.6 percent of the cattle lost. Next came digestive problems, accounting for 13.4 percent of the cattle deaths. Total cattle losses attributed to wolves was 75 animals.

To suggest that wolves are a threat to the livestock industry borders on absurdity.

WOLF CONTROL INCREASES CONFLICTS

Worse yet, the persecution of predators does not work to reduce even these minimum conflicts as most proponents of wolf control suggest.

The reason indiscriminate killing does not work is because it ignores the social ecology of predators. Wolves, cougars, and other predators are social animals. As such, any attempt to control them that does not consider their “social ecology” is likely to fail. Look at the century old war on coyotes—we kill them by the hundreds of thousands, yet ranchers continue to complain about how these predators are destroying their industry. And the usual response assumes that if we only kill a few more we’ll finally get the coyote population “under control.”

The problem with indiscriminate killing of predators whether coyotes, wolves, cougars or bears is that it creates social chaos. Wolves, in particular, learn how and where to hunt, and what to hunt from their elders. The older pack members help to raise the young. In heavily hunted (or trapped) wolf populations (or other predators), the average age is skewed towards younger age animals . Young wolves are like teenagers—bold, brash, and inexperienced. Wolf populations with a high percentage of young animals are much more likely to attack easy prey—like livestock and/or venture into places that an older, more experience animal might avoid—like the fringes of a town or someone’s backyard.

Furthermore, wolf packs that are continuously fragmented byhuman-caused mortality are less stable. They are less able to hold on to established territories which means they are often hunting in unfamiliar haunts and thus less able to find natural prey. Result : they are more likely to kill livestock.

Wolf packs that are hunted also tend to have fewer members. With fewer adults to hunt, and fewer adults to guard a recent kill against other scavengers, a small pack must actually kill more prey than a larger pack. Thus hunting wolves actually contributes to a higher net loss of elk and deer than if packs were left alone and more stable.

Finally hunting is just a lousy way to actually deal with individual problematic animals. Most hunting takes place on the large blocks of public land, not on the fringes of towns and/or on private ranches where the majority of conflicts occur. In fact, hunting often removes the very animals that have learned to avoid human conflicts and pose no threat to livestock producers or human safety. By indiscriminately removing such animals which would otherwise maintain the territory, hunting creates a void that, often as not, may be filled by a pack of younger, inexperienced animals that could and do cause conflicts.

INSANITY IS DOING SAME WRONG THING OVER AND OVER

We need a different paradigm for predator management than brute force. As Albert Einstein noted, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Unfortunately insanity has replaced rational thought when it comes to wolf management.

George Wuerthner is an ecologist with among others, a degree in wildlife biology, and is a former Montana hunting guide. He has published 35 books.

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Sandy River Hatchery Program is Illegal, Conservation Groups Say

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Wyden, Merkley, DeFazio Introduce Trio of Bills to Protect Natural Resources in Oregon

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July 20, 2010
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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By john@thewetlandsconservancy.org (admin) from Splash Page. Published on Oct 08, 2008.

 

 

 

    

 

 

 


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