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Protect Critical Old Growth in the Clatsop State Forest
By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Apr 24, 2015.The “Homesteader” timber sale in the Clatsop state forest calls for the clearcutting of some of the best old growth forest habitat remaining on Oregon’s north coast. The sale features trees over 130 years old and over 200 feet high–relative monsters in a region that has been logged and burned over. Click here to ask […]
Fast Track Introduced – What’s in it and what do we do next?
By trailrunner1991 from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Apr 23, 2015.For the last few months, the Sierra Club, along with environmental and labor allies, have escalated pressure in opposition to fast track legislation. We succeeded in pushing back the introduction of fast track by a number of weeks, raising our voices to ask Senator Wyden to step away from negotiations with Senator Hatch (R-UT). However, […]
Accidental Crew Leader
By Randi Orth from Growth Rings. Published on Apr 23, 2015.By Randi Orth Did you know that University of Portland students comprise a fair amount of Friends of Trees’ key volunteer Crew Leaders every season? In short: they are incredible! A large part of their season’s successes are due to this year’s unstoppable and enthusiastic student Campus Volunteer Coordinator, Brooke Holmes. As her role comes to an end, […]
County Amends Bridge Plan to Address BTA / Advisory Committee Concerns
By Carl Larson from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 23, 2015.Thanks to coordinated advocacy work on the part of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Multnomah County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee, fixes to heavy congestion and […]
News from the Oregon Legislature
By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Apr 22, 2015.Whew! We’ve just crossed the midpoint of the 2015 session of the Oregon Legislature, and it’s been a whirlwind of a session. Sierra Club staff have been closely tracking bills and meeting with legislators in Salem to advocate for clean, renewable energy, wildlife protection, and our state forests. So here, halfway to sine die and […]
Action Alert! Email Metro Councilors NOW for Safe Routes to School.
By LeeAnne Fergason from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 22, 2015.Today, not every kid has a safe route to school. YOU can change that by asking Metro Councilors to dedicate funding for safe routes to school for every kid in the Metro-area. You have […]
May 15th Portland Employers Bike Summit
By Stephanie Noll from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 22, 2015.Register Today to secure your spot at this FREE event! Friday, May 15th, 1-5:00 p.m., […]
Happy Earth Day! Our New Climate Course is Available for Pre-Order Today
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Apr 22, 2015.
“Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up. In contrast to optimism or despair, hope requires that one actually do something to improve the world. Authentic hope comes with an imperative to act. There is no such thing as… Read More!
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Start small, think big, act now.
By andym from Growth Rings. Published on Apr 21, 2015.By Andy Meeks We need to do everything we possibly can — right now — to help combat climate change. No single effort is going to fix the Earth’s rapidly-deteriorating natural resources and systems, but every little bit matters. By starting small, thinking big and acting now, we can make a difference. That’s how Friends […]
How we got here: 1995 Heroes
By Sarah Newsum from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 21, 2015.As part of our 25th Anniversary, we announce this series of blog posts about previous Alice Award winners from the first crew in 1995 to […]
Paddler’s Pollution Report Leads to $8,400 Fine
By web master from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Apr 21, 2015.On July 5, 2014, 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 Tualatin Riverkeepers (TRK) for help in reporting the problem to the proper authorities. TRK helped him […]
Join Our First Open Online Discussion Course!
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Apr 21, 2015.
Over the past few years we have been offering online versions of our discussion courses for businesses and organizations whose employees span the globe. We’re excited to bring this opportunity to the broader NWEI community this June! For the first time ever,… Read More!
Lawsuit filed to stop cormorant slaughter by federal agencies
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Apr 20, 2015.April 20, 2015: Five conservation and animal welfare organizations initiated a lawsuit today against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and USDA Wildlife Services to stop the slaughter of thousands of Double-crested Cormorants in the Columbia River basin. According to the lawsuit, the agencies are scapegoating the native birds for salmon declines while ignoring the real threat to salmon: mismanagement of the federal hydropower system. Unless stopped, the agencies will kill more than 15 percent of the entire population of Double-crested Cormorants west of the Rocky Mountains.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approves slaughter of Double-crested Cormorants
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Apr 20, 2015.April 14, 2015: On Monday, April 13, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued depredation permits to allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to shoot up to 3,489 double-crested cormorants, 105 Brant’s cormorants and 10 pelagic cormorants, and to destroy 5,870 double-crested cormorant nests during the 2015 nesting season.
US Army Corps of Engineers announces it will move forward with plan to slaughter 11,000 cormorants
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Apr 20, 2015.March 20, 2015: The US Army Corps of Engineers has issued a final record of decision announcing it will move forward with the decision to slaughter nearly 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants and destroy more than 26,000 Double-crested Cormorant nests on East Sand Island.
Weigh In: Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee
By Sarah Newsum from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 20, 2015.What: Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee Date: Deadline is May 15, 2015 Multnomah County is seeking to fill three vacancies on its Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen […]
National News: April 20, 2015
By email@example.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Apr 19, 2015.
Judge affirms ruling favoring wildlife on Klamath refuges
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Apr 17, 2015.April 16, 2015: Yesterday, a U.S. District Judge issued a ruling ordering the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to complete the long overdue “Comprehensive Conservation Plan” for Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges. These plans, mandated by a 1997 law, require the USFWS to ensure commercial activities on refuge lands do not harm wildlife. The order by U.S. District Judge Owen Panner in Medford adopted a preliminary recommendation issued on March 5 by U. S. Magistrate Judge Mark Clark. The USFWS must now complete the plan by August 1, 2016.
Judge’s ruling favors wildlife on Klamath refuges
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Apr 17, 2015.March 5, 2015: US Fish and Wildlife Service required to complete plan to ensure commercial agribusiness doesn’t harm wildlife. The ruling was triggered by a lawsuit brought by the Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Wild and WaterWatch.
Portlanders – Come celebrate Earth Day with us!
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Apr 17, 2015.
If you are in the Portland area, join us to celebrate on Earth Day! Migration Brewing will be donating 10% of all proceeds to the NW Earth Institute on Earth Day from 5pm-9pm. Join us to eat & drink for a good… Read More!
Chris King’s Commuter Challenge
By Megan Van de Mark from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 16, 2015.Each September, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance hosts our annual Bike Commute Challenge. And, year after year, workplaces up-the-ante by not only participating in the Challenge, but by providing additional […]
“Oil Refinery Could Be Built In Longview Or Elsewhere In The Northwest”
By Liz Chapman from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 16, 2015.Oregon Public Radio. April 16, 2015.
Chilling … public health ignored
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Apr 15, 2015.
Over the past year, the issue of exposure to toxic soups of herbicides and other chemicals from aerial helicopter sprays has spurred an outpouring of public indignation! Cases of outright poisoning or suspected harm have been reported in Lane, Curry, Tillamook and Douglas counties. Poisonings of law-abiding Oregonians, innocent by-standers really, were covered by top... Read more »
2015 Spring Star Parties in Oregon State Parks
By OSPF from . Published on Apr 15, 2015.Want to see where stars are born? This is your chance! Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with OMSI and Rose City Astronomers to offer star parties at several state parks this spring. These free viewing parties are a great way to see stars, planets and other celestial sights through telescopes and binoculars of [...]
Fruit Tree Giveaway: The Details
By Dave from Growth Rings. Published on Apr 15, 2015.Our annual Fruit Tree Giveaway is April 18, beginning at 10 a.m. While the name of the event is a bit of a misnomer, in that we’re suggesting a donation of $5 per fruit tree and for people stopping by the FoT headquarters at 3117 NE Martin Luther King Blvd in Portland, there’ll be more than just apple, […]
OSPF Works to Expand Bike Shelter Network in Oregon State Parks
By OSPF from . Published on Apr 15, 2015.Following a successful 2014 pilot project to construct new bike shelters for cyclists in state park campgrounds and day-use areas, the Oregon State Parks Foundation is currently working with state park managers, local companies and community volunteers to expand the state park bike shelter network and help build Oregon’s reputation as a premier cycling destination. [...]
“Coal producers say Northwest environmentalists blocking Asia-bound exports”
By Liz Chapman from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 15, 2015.Fox News. April 14,2015.
Tree Across Tualatin River 200 Yards Upstream from Fields Bridge – West Linn
By web master from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Apr 15, 2015.Jeff Kohne reports: I noticed this morning that a large tree has fallen into the Tualatin River, nearly spanning the entire river making navigation unsafe. It is about 200 yards upstream from Fields Bridge (where Willamette Falls Drive crosses the river in West Linn). If you see hazards to navigation, please fill out our online […]
Personal Reflections on Portland and Platinum
By Gerik Kransky from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 15, 2015.The following post is a reflection from our Advocacy Director, Gerik Kransky, in response to a call for Portland to be downgraded by the League of […]
Columbia River Threatened by New Oil Refinery And Explosive Oil Trains – featured
By Liz Chapman from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 15, 2015.The rapid growth of oil trains in the Pacific Northwest now brings a new threat: a proposal for an unprecedented new oil refinery on the Columbia River. Recently obtained documents show Riverside Refining, LLC, seeking a partnership with the Port of Longview to build an oil refinery in Longview, Washington, supplied by controversial oil-by-rail.
Columbia River Threatened by New Oil Refinery And Explosive Oil Trains
By Liz Chapman from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 15, 2015.The rapid growth of oil trains in the Pacific Northwest now brings a new threat: a proposal for an unprecedented new oil refinery on the Columbia River. Recently obtained documents show Riverside Refining, LLC, seeking a partnership with the Port of Longview to build an oil refinery in Longview, Washington, supplied by controversial oil-by-rail. This would be the first west coast refinery constructed in over 25 years, and the largest new refinery in the continental United States since 1976.
Senators join in Oregon Caves dedication
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Apr 14, 2015.The dignitaries who spoke at Friday's celebration of the expansion of Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve painted a colorful portrait of "The Marble Halls of Oregon." U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, who began working on the expansion nearly 20 years ago, seemed relieved. About 50 people were in attendance, including Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.
It’s time to play at Nadaka Nature Park
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Apr 13, 2015.March 31, 2015: Nadaka Nature Park will host a grand opening on Saturday, April 4, to celebrate completion of the park and community garden as well as the unusual and uplifting partnerships that brought down the barbed wire around an urban forest and reclaimed it – and improved it – for the public.
Nadaka: A Model for Renewing East County’s Parks?
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Apr 13, 2015.March 27, 2015: On Saturday, April 4, Gresham residents will celebrate the opening of the new Nadaka Nature Park and Garden. This innovate community park project represents a huge accomplishment in the face of declines in public park investment the last 15 years. The Nadaka experience is a potential model of how we can work together to renew public investment in parks and create healthier and stronger communities in East County. From our vantage point, three ingredients were critical to Nadaka’s success.
Weigh In: The Future of Transit Open Houses
By Sarah Newsum from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 13, 2015.What: The Future of Transit Open House Date & Time: Thursday, April 16th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Place: Clackamas Community College Harmony Community Campus TriMet invites you to […]
Help us solve a mystery.
By web master from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Apr 13, 2015.Do you have any thoughts on what these could be? We’ve seen about 100 of them at the Springhill Intake over the last few months. Our current theory is that a box of them was dropped into the river and are slowly moving downstream. Any thoughts you might have would be helpful. Help us track […]
Year one results of Egg Mass surveys in Portland Metro Area and Coos Bay
By Courtney Wilson from Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Apr 13, 2015.Our amphibian citizen science program shows that amphibians love our preserves, both in our Portland Metro Area, and at Matson Creek in Coos Bay. 1,041 native amphibian egg masses have been found so far…and we’re still counting! Portland Metro Area: After classroom and field training, 15 citizen volunteers worked with TWC land steward Megan Garvey,
Thank you spring 2015 volunteers!
By Courtney Wilson from Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Apr 13, 2015.Our 2015 spring planting season included 130 volunteers, six wetlands, 3,850 trees and shrubs planted, and a lifelong foundation for learning and stewardship. Thank you to all of our 2015 volunteers!!!!! It’s 10am on a Saturday morning, the clouds have broken over small wet woodland, and a red-winged blackbird calls from
Celebrate American Wetlands Month: Explore! Learn! Take Action!
By Courtney Wilson from Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Apr 13, 2015.This May marks the 24th anniversary of American Wetlands Month, a time when federal, state, tribal, local, non-profit, and private sector organizations celebrate the importance of wetlands. The month long recognition provides a great opportunity to discover and learn about the important role and benefits wetlands provide — improved water quality, increased water storage and
4 Ways to Take Action for Earth Day
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Apr 13, 2015.
Earth Day is just around the corner and here are four ways you can take action for Earth! 1. Organize a NW Earth Institute discussion course! First, pick which topic area inspires you. Second, begin to consider where you’d like to engage with others.… Read More!
National News: April 13, 2015
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Apr 12, 2015.
Pembina and Port exclude environmental groups from Propane Terminal Safety Workshop
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Apr 10, 2015.March 7, 2015: The community has waited for more than eight months for the Port of Portland and Pembina Pipeline Corporation to provide basic safety information about the proposed propane export facility at Terminal 6.
New Bikeways Coming to Beaverton!
By Lisa Frank from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 10, 2015.New bikeways coming to Beaverton soon will help people bike to City Hall, work, transit, and local shops. The City of Beaverton has created a vision for the […]
Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission votes to allow dangerous and environmentally destructive Pembina Propane facility to move forward
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Apr 09, 2015.April 9, 2015: On April 7, the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission voted 6-4 to approve changing the environmental zoning at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 to allow Pembina Propane to build a huge propane export facility.
Volunteer Spotlight–Thank You Heather Chapin!
By Courtney Wilson from Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Apr 09, 2015.TWC simply could not run without our volunteers. Every person has something special to give, whether that be planting trees, serving beer at a fundraising event, or serving as a student liaison for their school. Each year, hundreds of volunteers donate their time to TWC in the form of restoration, event planning, science, monitoring, and
SHOP BEERS: Seven Corners Cycles
By Carl Larson from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 09, 2015.Shop Beers: Seven Corners Cycles 3218 Southeast 21st Avenue, Portland Thursday, April 16th, 5-7pm We love local bike shops. They tune up our bikes after long, […]
Testify in Support of Critical Funding for Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects
By Gerik Kransky from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 09, 2015.As the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) works to represent you in policy discussions in the Oregon Legislature we are focused on defending the Bicycle Bill, opposing […]
Life and Death in the Klamath Basin
By Anonymous from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Apr 09, 2015.
by Mary Van
Water defines Oregon. Water is life for an antelope in the Alvord desert; water is death for the unwary crossing the Columbia bar. Water carved the gorge. The majority of Oregonians live on the “wet side” but water runs through the east side as well. It is there, in the Klamath Marsh, that Wendell and Kathy Wood led a motley group of visitors in their kayaks and canoes. The Wood’s give of their time, money, and home to offer total strangers a chance to fall in love with the wild left in Oregon.
The Klamath Basin was once spanned by 185,000 acres of shallow lakes and marshes supporting an estimated 20 million migratory birds on a major flyway that constricts to funnel them into this one spot.
Since the industrial age began, the waterways of the Klamath Basin have shrunk to 46,000 acres supporting 2 million birds representing over 400 species. The water continues to disappear as it is used for other purposes, and consequently, the bird numbers continue to decline.
Wendell Wood, a naturalist with Oregon Wild, watches the marshes dry. He hopes that if Oregonians experience the marsh – the eagles and the ibis, the otters and the ermine – the people of Oregon might leave a place for them, might even love them, and be willing to save them.
They huddled in the middle of the road against the body of their mother. It was morning of the second day of our trip and we were traveling to the Williamson River for a day of paddling when we saw the otters. Wendell Wood moved the mother’s body off the road and down to the water. Her body was stiff. The small otters had stayed with her body in the middle of the road for hours. How would they learn to eat, shelter, or survive without their mother?
The pups clung to each other, crying soft mournful sounds, pieces of asphalt clinging to their fur. Before we could catch them to even determine if wildlife rehabilitation was available, they ran down to the water and whatever fate was waiting.
It was small death, but what does it mean for our state, when the first wild otter someone sees is dead, and the next two adorable siblings are not expected to survive the week?
We drove onto the Williamson River. The small section of river the group paddled hosted two bald eagle nests with ample opportunity to view mature and immature bald eagles, as well as egrets, ibis, cormorants, beaver, short eared owl, sapsuckers, woodpeckers, tree frogs, trout and a host of plants from spirea covered in brilliant pink flowers to yellow monkey flowers and the ubiquitous blue spikes of lupine.
In a kayak, gliding across the water is peace. The quiet is broken by the call of a lonely male chipping sparrow looking for love. The stillness displaced by the powerful takeoff of a bald eagle. It was an amazing morning of big and little miracles. By the afternoon, in the heat, the stillness became immense, heavy, not just something to be paddled through, but something that could be touched.
A scream to the left, a red-tailed hawk dove out of a Ponderosa pine, a female mallard running, flapping, paddling, terrified, she crossed in front of the kayak. Her life existed only in the fraction of a second that existed between her body and the talons of the hawk. Screaming in the language of ducks, she made it into the air and then to the safety of the bushes.
The hawk cast a disgusted look at me and took off. In that spot of near disaster, I pulled up for lunch. Minutes later a duckling shot across the water from nearly under my feet. A minute later, a second duckling followed. The first duckling made it to the brush on the far side of the river, when the second duckling, in the middle of the river, disappeared. Was the duckling consumed by a fish or a turtle?
A few minutes after, the female mallard returned. She called out in a soft voice. Swimming past she collected a duckling that had stayed, then she moved across the river, still calling softly. The first duckling swam out to meet his mother. Three hooded mergansers floated by, the denizens of this section of river. The hawk cried out in the distance. Suddenly, the duckling that had disappeared in the midst of the river, reappeared out of brush that it had swam underwater to and rushed to catch up with its family.
And this was just one morning of a three-day kayaking adventure, open to anyone and hosted by Oregon Wild and the kindness of Wendell and Kathy Wood.
So, in one morning there was death, there was life, and there was Oregon wild.
Written by Mary Van (7.26.14) Transposed by Christie Moore.
The 2015 Alice Award Winners are…
By Sarah Newsum from Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Published on Apr 09, 2015.We are proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Bicycle Transportation Alliance Alice Awards. The Alice Awards help celebrate the current heroes that are building momentum for […]
“Everybody Needs a Climate Thing” – How to Make Climate Change Personal
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Apr 09, 2015.
This week Grist.org‘s David Roberts discussed the importance of having a “Climate Thing” – one angle where climate intersects with your personal interests. He suggests that we need “a lens through which to view the entire issue.” Roberts points to Jonathan… Read More!
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Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission Caves on Dangerous Propane Proposal
By Liz Chapman from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 08, 2015.The City of Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission approved a code amendment that paves the way for a proposed propane export terminal on the Columbia River. There's still a chance to stop this project by calling the Portland City Council today! City Council will have the final say on the Pembina code amendment. Share your concerns that Pembina’s conflicts with the Climate Action Plan and public safety.
Family Wetland Bird Walk
By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from Corvallis Environmental Center. Published on Apr 08, 2015.Opening day Natural Areas Week.
Wildbird Wetland Walk
Saturday May 2nd from 1 – 4pm.
Registration Preferred -
Click here to register
Join us for a family fun bird adventure along an easy boardwalk trail that includes hands on stations for bird ID, nest building, food gathering and wetland habitat Investigation (bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair at welcome table).
Bring the whole family and see what birds our local urban wetland has to offer. Suggested donation $10.
We Won an Arbor Day Award
By Dave from Growth Rings. Published on Apr 08, 2015.Thank you to the Arbor Day Foundation for the recognition and thanks to our volunteers and supporters who help us plant trees. The Press Release from the Arbor Day Foundation is follows: Friends of Trees Receives 2015 Arbor Day Award Nebraska City, Neb. (April 2, 2015) – Friends of Trees is the recipient of a 2015 […]
Vulpes vulpes cascadensis
By bridget from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Apr 08, 2015.
by Francesca Varela
In the meadows surrounding Crater Lake, there lives a small, graceful creature with orange-red fur, a lush tail, and a long snout. Its scientific name is undeniably catchy: Vulpes vulpes. This creature, more commonly known as the red fox, is often seen by visitors throughout the park. And, undeniably, Crater Lake’s visitors are more often seen through the eyes of the foxes.
Foxes are actually a lot like humans. They’re monogamous; both parents help tend to their young; they live in house-like dens burrowed into hillsides; their omnivorous diet is comprised of berries and small prey—obviously this similarity doesn’t apply if you’re a vegetarian, or if you’re not fond of eating insects or rodents—but you get the idea. Foxes are charismatic because they’re both mysterious and completely understandable. They’re both the known and the unknown. At times they’re astoundingly social, coming up to humans in a manner reminiscent of their canine cousin the dog, while, other times, they slink past us like ghosts, barely seen.
Not much is known about the status of the red fox in Oregon. There are an estimated 40 individual red foxes living within the borders of Crater Lake National Park. Although it’s a National Park, Crater Lake and the surrounding backcountry are not protected as designated Wilderness. That means, until it’s protected, the National Park is likely to face a myriad of human development proposals such as gondola rides and helicopter tours. Outside the National Park, but within the Crater Lake ecosystem, these wildlands lack protection against mining, logging, and other forms of destruction. The red fox subspecies native to Oregon (Vulpes vulpes cascadensis, to be more specific) lives only in places like Crater Lake, located high in the Cascade Mountains. Keeping their habitat intact is crucial to their survival. Find out more about how Wilderness designation can help Vulpes vulpes, and all the other wild creatures living around Crater Lake: http://oregonwild.org/wilderness/crater-lake-wilderness-proposal.
-Moskowitz, D. (2010). Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest: Tracking and identifying mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Portland, Or.: Timber Press.
-Foxes of Crater Lake National Park. (n.d.). Retrieved April 8, 2015, from http://www.craterlakeinstitute.com/natural-history/mammals-fox.htm
Study Links Declining Pacific Lamprey Populations to Toxic Contamination
By Lorri from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 08, 2015.A cooperative study by USGS and CRTIFC finds bioaccumulation of pesticides, flame retardants, and mercury could be leading to Pacific lamprey decline in the Columbia River Basin.
“Columbia River named nation’s 2nd most endangered”
By Liz Chapman from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 07, 2015.The Oregonian. April 7, 2015.
“Washington state city orders environmental review of oil-by-rail terminal”
By Liz Chapman from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 07, 2015.Reuters. April 6, 2015.
Illinois, Rogue, and Smith Rivers Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Apr 06, 2015.American Rivers named southern Oregon’s Illinois and Rogue Rivers and the Smith River in California among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2015 today, shining a national spotlight on nickel mining proposals that threaten a wonderland of wild rivers, clean water, rare plants, and outdoor recreation.
Coalition Praises City of Vancouver’s Decision for Full EIS on Proposed NuStar Oil Terminal
By Liz Chapman from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Apr 06, 2015.Oil project update: City of Vancouver will require the NuStar Energy proposal to provide a full environmental impact statement (EIS), rather than a short-cut Environmental Assessment (EA). The EIS will allow the public to be more involved in the decision-making process for this project. The NuStar proposal is convert a bulk terminal to oil-by-rail at the Port of Vancouver.
Get your groceries and give back!
By andym from Growth Rings. Published on Apr 06, 2015.This Thursday, April 9, all eight Whole Foods Market stores in the Portland-Vancouver metro region are donating 5% of the day’s sales to Friends of Trees. You can shop for your groceries and automatically support us all at one… it doesn’t get any easier than this! Whole Foods Market has supported Friends of Trees’ efforts in […]
California Salmon and Wildlife Win Court Protection from Old-Growth Logging
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Apr 06, 2015.A federal court halted a logging plan in Northern California that would have harmed old-growth forests and federally protected fish and wildlife species. The court’s decision means that Fruit Growers Supply will not be given a blank check to harm struggling salmon populations, destroy endangered species habitat, and decimate old-growth forests.
Caring for your new fruit tree
By JennyD from Growth Rings. Published on Apr 06, 2015.We hope you can join us April 18 for our annual Fruit Tree Giveaway! A $5 donation is suggested, and even if you doubled that, you’re still escaping with a great deal on a tree. Inexpensive is a great price point, but unlike shade trees, fruit trees require extra care and investment in the first three […]
Senate Bill 716 Threatens Rural and Urban Lands Statewide
By karli from The Latest. Published on Apr 03, 2015.
UPDATE: Thank you for helping defeat SB 716!
$10,000 Grants Available to Support Solarize Campaigns or Solar Projects
By joshb from Daily News. Published on Apr 03, 2015.Solar Oregon and the Washington State Department of Commerce invites local governments and nonprofit groups to apply for the Solar Now! Funding and Training Opportunity. Six $10,000 grants will be awarded in Oregon and Washington to support solar bulk purchase campaigns (solarize campaigns), community solar projects, or other projects that will increase deployment of distributed solar electric systems.
Experience the amazing Owyhee Canyonlands at ONDA’s High Desert Lecture Series on May 14th
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Apr 03, 2015.Learn more about what makes the Owyhee Canyonlands special on Thursday, May 14, when the Oregon Natural Desert Association hosts its fourth installment of its inaugural High Desert Lecture Series. In this edition, ONDA Owyhee Coordinator Corie Harlan discusses one of the most spectacular and least-known places in Oregon: the Owyhee Canyonlands.
Portland takes big step forward to protect pollinators, birds, salmon and children from dangerous pesticides
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Apr 01, 2015.April 1, 2015: The Portland City Council took a big step forward today in protecting Portland’s wildlife and park users by passing an ordinance to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on lands owned by the city.
Action alert: Please help us stop the imminent slaughter of cormorants on the Columbia River
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Apr 01, 2015.April 1, 2015: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to slaughter more than 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants — 15 percent of the entire western North America cormorant population. Cormorants will be shot out of the sky with shotguns as they search for food over the Columbia River Estuary, or shot with rifles at close range as the birds tend to their nests on East Sand Island. In addition, more than 26,000 Double-crested Cormorant nests will be destroyed by either oiling of eggs or intentional starvation of orphaned nestlings.
Portland joins Eugene as one of America’s Most Bee-Friendly Cities!
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Apr 01, 2015.
Beyond Toxics’ idea to ask local governments to ban neonicotinoids started in Eugene with our proposal to the City Council. You remember…Eugene became “America’s Most Bee Friendly City!” in the early part of last year. Then the idea spread to Seattle, Spokane and Sacramento, as well as towns in Alaska, Minnesota and other states. And... Read more »
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US Commits to Nearly 30% Emissions Cuts as Part of Global Deal
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Apr 01, 2015.
On May 26 the NW Earth Institute will launch a new 5 session discussion course on climate change that will replace our current Change By Degrees curriculum. This course will draw from the latest climate science and most current thinking… Read More!
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By Tom Titus from Beyond Toxics. Published on Apr 01, 2015.
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Action alert: Portland should say “NO!” to Pembina Pipeline’s propane export terminal
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Mar 31, 2015.March 31, 2015: On April 7, the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission will decide whether to allow a massive propane export facility to be built at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 along the Columbia River. This facility will put our communities and our environment at risk. We need your help to send a strong message to the Planning and Sustainability Commission that it should reject the Pembina Pipeline Propane Terminal.
Proposed Coal Export Terminal Can’t Proceed in Absence of Rejected Permit
By Liz Chapman from Columbia Riverkeeper. Published on Mar 31, 2015.The proposed Morrow Pacific coal export terminal faces the latest in a series of disappointments today. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced that project proponent Ambre Energy can receive its water quality certification only if it also receives a permit from the Oregon Department of State Lands — a permit that State Lands already rejected in August 2014.
Tualatin Riverkeepers Asks Corps of Engineers to Deny Cooper Mountain Wetland Fill Permit
By web master from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Mar 31, 2015.In a letter to Colonel Jose Aguilar, Tualatin Riverkeepers requested that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deny a permit to Beaverton School District to fill 2.5 acres of wetland on Cooper Mountain. The wetland in question was identified in Beaverton’s South Cooper Mountain plan as having the “highest preservation priority”. Beaverton School District has […]
A Love of Wilderness
By bridget from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Mar 30, 2015.
by Francesca Varela
Late May. The wind-churned forests of the central Cascades. Douglas-firs, western hemlocks; the first blossoming of ocean-spray, of tight little shoots of fireweed. Vanilla-leaf and anemones blanketing the earth, bending upward into pockets of sunlight.
This is where I made my shelter—a blue tarp propped over a branch, tied haphazardly between two small cedar trees. I kept it low to the ground so I could crawl in and snuggle into my trash bags filled with insulating fir needles. It was a cold night. I tried to sleep, but, when the sky was dark, I emerged again. I wound between the great, hulking shadows to find an opening between them—and there, I found what I’d been looking for; stars. Jupiter, maybe? Or was that Sirius? They were brighter and bigger than I’d remembered them. I stood in the wide bunchgrass of the clearing and gazed until my neck ached. My boots were wet, and my throat burned with the chill of the air, but it was worth it. Satisfied, I returned to my shelter. Just as sleep had made my eyes heavy, I sat upright.
Coo-coo-coo-roo. I recognized that call. It was just like the barred owl that visited my backyard. Coo-coo-coo-coo-ahh. There were two of them. Singing to each other in their throaty, gargling way. They were out there, just beyond my tent, sitting in the darkness of the trees. I’d never heard anything more beautiful.
That night in the forest was part of my Backcountry Survival course—a simulation of being lost in the woods—at the University of Oregon. During my time there as an Environmental Studies major, I went on as many outdoor trips as I could. I grew up in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon, playing among the trees in my forested backyard. I’ve always had this deep desire to explore and connect with the natural world; I became an Environmental Studies major because I want to help protect the Earth’s ecosystems, natural resources, and life—everything that makes our world beautiful.
I graduated early from the University of Oregon in December 2014 (my graduating class would otherwise have been May 2015). Thrown prematurely into the adult world, I felt the need to develop the professional experience to prepare myself for a career. I would love to work for an environmental non-profit, or at any job which unites my two passions; writing—which I minored in—and the environment. What better place to develop such experience than with Oregon Wild? As the Wilderness Intern, I get to learn about the inner workings of the Crater Lake Wilderness campaign, and the 2015 Wilderness Conference and Block Party. And, best of all, I get to help protect places like that forest near the McKenzie River in the Central Cascades, where I heard the owls singing, and saw the stars unfurl between the trees, and stayed awake all night until the sun painted the trees orange. Oregon Wild helps protect our wildlife, wildlands, and waters. That’s why I’m so excited to intern here—so I can fight for what I love.
freshwater Talk, episode 9: Jon Waterman, National Geographic Explorer
By Joe Whitworth from The Freshwater Trust » The Freshwater Trust - We Fix Rivers. Published on Mar 30, 2015.Jonathan Waterman, National Geographic Explorer, photographer, author and conservationist, joins freshwater Talk host, Joe Whitworth, to discuss his work and his first-hand insight into what is truly going on in the world of water.
National News: March 30, 2015
By email@example.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Mar 29, 2015.
Action alert: protect Portland’s pollinators
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Mar 27, 2015.March 20, 2015: We need your help to protect Oregon’s birds and bees! At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, the Portland City Commissioners are holding a hearing to discuss a proposed ordinance to prohibit the use of neonicotinoid insecticides (“neonics”) on city property. This is an important step forward in protecting Portland’s wildlife! Please consider attending the hearing or emailing City Council to let them know you support the ban.
5 Key Elements of Change-Making
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Mar 27, 2015.
Yesterday I had the honor of offering a workshop to student leaders on Engaging the Social Dimensions of Change: Catalyzing Sustainability Through Dialogue and Action at the National Conference on Student Leadership. For the past 37 years, the conference has… Read More!
A Decade in the Tall Trees
By katie from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Mar 26, 2015.March 2015 marks ten years in my tenure with Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. I was […]
B-Line Sustainable Delivery Proves Good Land Use is Good for Business
By karli from The Latest. Published on Mar 25, 2015.
When Franklin Jones founded B-Line, a sustainable bike delivery and advertising company, he drew on a wealth of experiences. From his background as a bike and pedestrian planner and then as a sixth-grade humanities teacher to his bike travels through Japan, Europe, and other places abroad, Jones was exposed to the fabric of many cities.
Each of us can demand protections from aerial sprays!
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Mar 24, 2015.
On March 12th, Beyond Toxics and our partners in the Oregon Conservation Network hosted the first ever Oregon Legislative Briefing on Herbicides and Health. Over fifty Oregonians came from communities across the state to talk to their legislators about gaps in the Oregon Forest Practices Act that leave homes, schools and drinking water unprotected from... Read more »
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Guest Blog Post: Part Two – Systems Thinking and Science
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Mar 24, 2015.
Last year NWEI created a course book focused on systems – a reflection of our desire to address the intersections between peace, justice and sustainability issues. We’ve always approached this work with a systems approach, but have been focusing on… Read More!
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Demand for Watershed Solutions on the Rise: The Freshwater Trust Opens New Office in Idaho
By Danielle Dumont from The Freshwater Trust » The Freshwater Trust - We Fix Rivers. Published on Mar 24, 2015.The Freshwater Trust, a nonprofit river restoration organization based in Portland, Oregon, is expanding its operations by opening a new office in Boise, Idaho. The move is the organization’s first office outside of Oregon. With a mission to restore freshwater ecosystems, The Freshwater Trust advances conservation solutions to fix more rivers faster. By creating and […]
8th grade scientists in Coos Bay love their amphibians
By Courtney Wilson from Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Mar 23, 2015.Master Watershed Stewards from Marshfield High School spent two afternoons this winter learning about amphibians and being trained to identify and monitor their presence based on adults and egg masses surveyed in the wetland. Many thanks to our partner, the Coos Watershed Association for leading this study on our Matson Creek Preserve in Coos Bay, Oregon. Check
The Mysteries of Gwynn Creek - by Tom Titus
By chandra from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Mar 23, 2015.
This piece originally appeared in the newsletter for the Eugene Natural History Society, Nature Trails, March 2015. More about ENHS.
Astrophysicist Janna Levin knows a lot about the universe. She says that it formed from a Big Bang that might have been one of many big bangs but this one banged just right and formed billions of galaxies with gargantuan black holes at their centers, galaxies that occasionally eat one another while moving apart with increasing speed until eventually they will be separating faster than the speed of light and will become unseeable and unkowable. Mind-boggling. And in the vastness of this unlikely universe travels a tiny smidgeon of coalesced stardust we call Earth, carrying upon it an even smaller bit of matter, the North American Plate, that creeps inexorably toward the northwest, throwing up mountains, capturing sea stacks, and absorbing the brunt of weather and waves coming off the not-so-pacific Pacific Ocean.
A small wrinkle of a canyon is etched onto the lip of the continent by a rushing strand of tarnished silver. Gwynn Creek hurries downward through two and a half miles of what has become one of the rarest commodities in the universe—an undisturbed temperate coastal forest. The creek begins on a ridge a little southeast of Cape Perpetua, one of the most inappropriately named landmarks along this tectonically active and eroding coastline. The upper reaches of the drainage are mostly dry-tolerant Douglas fir that give way to Sitka spruce and western hemlock closer to the ocean where moisture is more persistent.
Someone in this universe thought this canyon might hold something worth knowing. The federal government designated Gwynn Creek and nearby Cummins Creek as a Research Natural Area. In bureaucrat speak, the place will serve “as a monitoring area to determine effects of management techniques and practices applied to similar ecosystems.” Put more bluntly, in our rush to dismantle the coastal forests we have left very few places like Gwynn Creek. Now we can’t even know what we’ve lost.
You don’t need a degree in forest ecology to know that Gwynn Creek holds secrets. When you, a mobile wet bag of star particles, begin walking up the trail from Highway 101, noise from cars quickly disappears beneath the sound of rushing water. Even in this driest of winters, the canyon bottom remains moist. There is a healthy odor of decay, of living things returning to dark matter. Okay, not the Dark Matter, but soil is dark and it does matter. Here, what matters is that the Big Bang has coalesced and become organized into living, breathing organisms interacting with one another to form a larger living, breathing thing. We should be finding out how all this synchronic living and breathing works. But intuition says there is something else living here, something perhaps beyond the purview of ecology.
We think we know about four percent of the “known” universe. That doesn’t sound like much. What might the huge spruce know, their trunks covered in square gray alligator lizard scales with fine green moss creeping upward toward nesting places of Marbled Murrelets? What of the Douglas fir, beings of unutterable magnificence daring us to stretch our short arms around trunks several hundred years in the making, brown bark etched by wavering longitudinal canyons bearing black fire scars? These giants must have survived the conflagration that 150 years ago turned their kin on the ridges into gushing plumes of elemental orange flame, “back to normal” as James Cassidy would say. Maybe the trees know about a different four percent of the universe. Heck, maybe they understand Dark Energy.
These enormous trees that are only pinches of matter are keepers of the shady rain-fed damp that holds the salamanders, silent ones who keep their secrets close. We could learn a thing or two from salamanders. Where are those giant Coastal Giant Salamanders who made the not-so-giant gill-breathing baby living beneath a small rock in the trickling spring, the collected rain that whispers incessantly over tree roots on its way down to Gwynn Creek? Salamanders keep to themselves, inviting us to learn on their own quiet terms. We talk constantly, baring all of our small secrets while holding our big ones close, like old trees we can’t wrap our arms around.
There must be other secrets. What of Gwynn Creek herself? Her water is clear and cold, protected from erosion and sun by all those big trees. She also talks constantly, but not in the way people talk. She is the collected amplified whisper of rain, speaking in gurgling riffles, small plunges, and other tiny leaps of gravity-driven faith that carry her home to the white surf. Along the way she washes the flanks of cutthroat trout seeking refuge from an ocean agnostic to the place of fish in this small corner of the huge universe of which we know so little.
What of the people? Hundreds of generations of laughing, crying, living, dying humans preceded us in this very canyon. Five different bands of folks knew and kept secrets that are now mostly lost, reduced to a few relics and old photos by people who pushed them from present and future consciousness, new people with no use for mystery. We hike the trail, our incessant talking keeping old secrets at bay, preventing new ones from forming. We have much to learn.
Dr. Tom A. Titus is a research associate in the Institute of Neuroscience at the University of Oregon. He is a monthly columnist for Nature Trails, a publication of the Eugene Natural History Society, and is the author of the memoir Blackberries in July: A Forager’s Field Guide to Inner Peace.
World Water Day and Climate Justice Month: March 22nd
By Deborah McNamara from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Mar 20, 2015.
On this first day of Spring (Happy Equinox!), we’re excited to head into a season with many opportunities for action. With World Water Day on Sunday, March 22nd – and the kick off of Climate Justice Month (a climate justice initiative beginning… Read More!
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Love water on World Water Day–March 22, 2015
By Courtney Wilson from Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Mar 20, 2015.In celebration of World Water Day on Sunday March 22, please join The Wetlands Conservancy in our work to conserve and restore the Oregon wetlands that are vital to the health of our state’s waters. Enjoy the video at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8XYXhc9jUs&feature=youtu.be
Old Christmas trees provide habitat for juvenile salmon
By Courtney Wilson from Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Mar 19, 2015.The Wetlands Conservancy teams up with local fishing groups and ODFW to help juvenile salmon and steelhead. Toledo, Oregon- 2/22/2015 After a record breaking year for salmon returns, local fishermen from the U-Da-Man and Longview Hills Fishing Clubs teamed up with The Wetlands Conservancy and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in hopes of
Earth Ball 2015: An All Species Masquerade & Celebration
By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from Corvallis Environmental Center. Published on Mar 19, 2015.Join us at this year's Earth Ball on the rooftop of Sky High Brewing!
Become a Volunteer Garden Educator at SAGE-apply now!
By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from Corvallis Environmental Center. Published on Mar 18, 2015.
At our Starker Arts Garden for Education, kids learn to plant, tend and harvest food. Over 1,000 students will visit SAGE this year and learn to connect the food in the garden to the food on their plates. SAGE Farm Field Trip Educators help make this happen! If you like working with children and you believe all kids should know where food comes from, consider joining our team of SAGE Field Trip Educators and help teach the groups of K-3rd grade students who will visit SAGE this ...
A New NWEI Climate Change Discussion Course – Coming in May
By Kerry Lyles from Northwest Earth Institute. Published on Mar 18, 2015.
Yesterday’s Washington Post article, The Melting of Antarctica was Already Really Bad. It Just Got Worse, caught my attention as I scrolled through my social media feeds. Throughout the day photos of the melting ice sheet popped up on my Facebook… Read More!
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Botany and geology intertwined: Learn more about high desert plants at High Desert Lecture Series on April 7
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Mar 17, 2015.Bend plant expert Stu Garrett will share more about how the region’s geological past continues to echo in the plant life today in the third installment of ONDA's popular High Desert Lecture Series.
An Evening for Opal Creek tickets on sale now!
By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Mar 17, 2015.Get ready to celebrate your support for wilderness education at the best Opal Creek-hosted fundraising gala […]
A Night at the Museum: 32nd Annual Gala and Auction a Wild Success!
By Danielle Dumont from The Freshwater Trust » The Freshwater Trust - We Fix Rivers. Published on Mar 17, 2015.On February 27, supporters, friends and staff of The Freshwater Trust gathered at the Portland Art Museum to commemorate the organization’s tireless efforts to fix every river. The event itself was a smashing success, raising $325,000 in just a few hours. We would like to send out a special thank you to our presenting event […]
Made in the Shade: Projects aim to cool the waters of Lone Pine Creek
By Erin Putnam from The Freshwater Trust » The Freshwater Trust - We Fix Rivers. Published on Mar 16, 2015.Mail Tribune: February 19, 2015 Nicole Del Pizzo peers over the stripped south bank of east Medford’s Lone Pine Creek, casting a lone shadow unchallenged by trees or brush. A healthy creek bank would be rife with shade-bearing native trees, but this bare stretch near Table Rock Road becomes so superheated at times in the summer […]
Third Thursday Potluck & Presentation: Environmental Impacts of Trade Promotion Authority and the TPP
By trailrunner1991 from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Mar 16, 2015.Third Thursday Potluck & Presentation Join us for a potluck and presentation on the environmental impacts of Trade Promotion Authority, also known as Fast Track, and the TransPacific Partnership. WHEN: March 19th at 6:00pm WHERE: Oregon Chapter Sierra Club office (1821 SE Ankeny St. Portland OR) WHY: Meet, eat, and learn how Congress, the United […]
National News: March 16, 2015
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Mar 15, 2015.
Stand up for the Northwest Forest Plan!
By chandra from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Mar 13, 2015.
Oregon’s federal forests are slowly recovering. The clearcutting epidemic of the 1970s and 1980s left our state with severely degraded water quality, decimated wildlife habitat, and what little old growth that remained in jeopardy. However, for the last 20 years, an agreement called the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) has attempted to strike a new balance between logging and providing habitat for wildlife dependent on old growth forests. The US Forest Service is now considering revisions to this plan and is looking for public input.
Listening session information
March 17, 2015, 5:30-8:30 pm
Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
St. Helens Ballroom 8235
Northeast Airport Way
Portland, OR, 97220
The NWFP defined areas for protecting and restoring old-growth habitat, set aside streamside areas to protect water quality and salmon habitat, and created strong standards for restoring forests and watersheds. This has led to great progress restoring damage done by the unsustainable logging of previous decades. Water quality and salmon habitat has improved, old-growth logging has come to a halt, and the agencies are largely meeting their timber production targets by thinning in previously clearcut plantations with little controversy.
Please consider attending the listening session on Tuesday to weigh in on how the public would like to be engaged in the plan revision process, how important using sound science is in the process, and other important considerations as the Forest Service moves forward.
Suggested talking points to consider:
- The Northwest Forest Plan continues to be instrumental in keeping Oregon a special place through the restoration of watersheds, recovery of economically valuable salmon runs, protection of wildlife habitat and old-growth forests, and fostering the stunning vistas that are so iconic to our state.
- There is no need for any radical revision of the plan – we’re only 20 years into a 100 year restoration plan. We knew that it would take decades to restore the damage done during the clearcutting binge that occurred prior to the Northwest Forest Plan. Let’s stay on course.
- Enhance and strengthen the NWFP reserve network by protecting all mature and old-growth forests and unroaded areas to provide for wildlife habitat needs in a changing climate and increasing pressure from habitat fragmentation and invasive species.
- The strong objectives and buffers for streams and riparian areas in the NWFP should be retained and built upon.
- Continue to build on the restoration begun under the Northwest Forest Plan – from adding diversity to young plantations, to reducing impacts from the extensive road system, to improving fish and wildlife habitat.
- The science synthesis conducted to inform plan revisions should ensure peer review and public participation.
The Northwest Forest Plan was always much bigger than the northern spotted owl. The plan protects drinking water, keeps other wildlife off of the endangered species list, restores salmon runs, stabilizes the climate, provides recreation, and improves quality of life which is the foundation of the growing regional economy.
Let’s show the Forest Service that the public cares about this very important process, and the forests it will impact.
Audubon Society of Portland helps seabirds by securing protection for forage fish
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Mar 13, 2015.March 13, 2015: At a March 9 meeting, the Pacific Fishery Management Council took the final step toward securing protections for seven species of currently unmanaged forage fish. The Council formally adopted an alternative that will amend existing Fishery Management Plans and identify these species as “ecosystem component” species, thereby prohibiting directed harvest without a full scientific review. This forwards our goal of protecting these species from unregulated fishing, and it is great news for seabirds and other top marine predators that depend on forage fish for food.
Hillsdale Solar Expo
By joshb from Daily News. Published on Mar 11, 2015.The Hillsdale Solar Coalition unites the schools, businesses, and residents of the Hillsdale neighborhood through solar power. Join us at our Solar Expo on Sunday May 3rd!
freshwater Talk, episode 8: Roger Wolf, Iowa Soybean Association
By Joe Whitworth from The Freshwater Trust » The Freshwater Trust - We Fix Rivers. Published on Mar 11, 2015.Joe Whitwork talks with Roger Wolf, Director of Environmental Programs & Services of the Iowa Soybean Association about how he is making big changes in farming and water efficiency by getting big agriculture to use big data.
Find your wetland spirit plant on one of our preserves!
By Courtney Wilson from Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Mar 10, 2015.Which wetland plant are you? All of the wetland plants have personalities, just like each of our preserves! Come out and experience first-hand just how special wetlands are through the personalities of unique wetland plants! Horsetail— The Old Soul Are you loyal, dependable, and humble? If so, you are a horsetail. This ancient plant
Oregon's Red Rock Rainforest: Documenting the Biodiversity of the Kalmiopsis
By wendell from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Mar 09, 2015.
The Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion of SW Oregon and northern-most California contains some of the most diverse wildflower and serpentine plant habitats found anywhere on earth. See below for plant list. At the heart of the region is the Kalmiopsis Wilderness area. Due to major portions of the area’s predominant serpentine rock base--with exposed iron oxide, lateritic soil types -- this area, including Rough and Ready Creek, was once aptly described by conservation advocate Kelpie Wilson as Oregon’s “red rock rainforest." Indeed, people visiting the area for the first time quickly discover that this area looks quite unlike any other place they have ever been to in Oregon. Due to its particular geology and geographic location, the area's overall character has the unusual combination of both forests and wetlands, mixed with elements of desert landscape habitats.
The more interior “Kalmiopsis area” (whose name sake is a small, endemic, red, Rhododendron like wildflower) is a Congressionally protected Wilderness area. However, the vast majority of the Kalmiopsis’ “wilderness-like” surrounding federal lands are by no means similarly protected. The region’s pockets of old growth forests--gracing stream side benches and on other more moisture retaining soils—are still threatened by road construction and commercial logging. However, by far the greatest threat to the area’s ecological integrity are proposals to forever change the Klamath-Siskiyou’s present wilderness-like character with the extraction of mineral deposits such as chromium, silver, nickel and cobalt that multi-national corporations now advocate be entered and removed on an industrial style scale.
Rough and Ready Creek—an exemplary portion of the whole
One of the most easily accessible portions if the south Kalmiopsis, and one of the “crown-jewels” in the greater Klamath-Siskiyou region, is the Rough and Ready Creek watershed –a tributary of the Illinois River, and ultimately the Rogue River. The greater Rough and Ready Creek area has the highest plant diversity of any watershed in Oregon.
Rough and Ready Creek offers easily accessible exploration of the region’s remarkable botanical and wildflower diversity. It is also an easy jumping off place on the way to the redwood coast and other places in the broader Klamath Siskiyou Mt. range. Here you can easily stop and take a stroll beginning at a small Oregon State Park known as the Rough and Ready Creek “Wayside”.
Unquestionably the most accessible gateway to the greater Rough and Ready watershed, this botanically diverse, “forested-desert” is located just off Hwy. 199 about 4.5 miles south of Cave Junction, SW of Grants Pass, Oregon.
Rough and Ready Creek and the ongoing botanical quest to learn all of what is there
Impressed with the Rough and Ready areas unique natural and botanical diversity, numerous professional and amateur botanists over the decades have sought to identify, name, and catalog the varied wildflower and plant species that live and bloom in the greater Rough and Ready Creek area. Over the years, this has resulted in the development of a variety of independently produced plant species lists. A comprehensive plant list specific to the entire Rough and Ready watershed has been generally lacking or otherwise out-of-date due to new research resulting in names changes, differences in previously published botanical floras, and associated references.
In a previous, and noteworthy attempt to help remedy this situation, the Native Plant Society of Oregon in 1994 published in their outstanding “Kalmiopsis” journal as a description of the area by Darren Borgias, which included a extensive list of area plants compiled by long time Rough and Ready conservation and wild land enthusiast Barbara Ullian.
Conservation organizations and the public, which have long advocated for Rough and Ready areas’ full protection, have endeavored to learn all that is here. Oregon Wild thus greatly appreciates the previous contributions that numerous botanists, naturalists and others have made over the years to further document and describe Rough and Ready Creek’s diverse plant species—thus contributing to humanity’s greater natural history and scientific knowledge of this remarkable area, and, of course, making our recent compilation of their previous works, possible.
Compliling all of the known Rough and Ready plant lists previously compiled
Thus, with the past efforts of previous “compilers” Oregon Wild has recently compiled (and conducted our own botanical investigations) at Rough and Ready Creek. Attached here is a 2015 revision of previous Rough and Ready lists. This 2015 compilation is our most thorough attempt to assemble one master species list, in hopes that it can be referenced and expanded upon now by others. A second list (same species) is in a one column format, where some of the species are bolded. These the species found near the 34 mile post in the immediate area of the Rough and Ready Wayside off of Hwy. 199.
Much of this task was not just the gathering of other prior Rough and Ready plant species lists, but the additional time-consuming effort of reviewing and updating the scientific nomenclature for all of the previously listed scientific names. Plants are arranged in these updated lists by their most recently established (or revised) plant family names as also most recently adopted by OSU and the Oregon Flora Project.
Also, the common names (which are, of course, not standardized) are also included opposite the most recently accepted scientific names. In addition, previous (no longer accepted) scientific names as contained on previous lists are also noted in parentheses.
While Oregon Wild’s newly compiled comprehensive list is for species located throughout the entire, multi-thousand acre watershed, species names that are bolded in the text have been specifically identified within the adjacent Rough and Ready Wayside State Park area. Like most other plant species lists, this one too is a “work and progress,” knowing that other species will likely be discovered and added by ourselves and others over time.
Development Director Position Announcement
By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from Corvallis Environmental Center. Published on Mar 06, 2015.
The Corvallis Environmental Center is hiring a Development Director (DD) to spearhead development efforts as our organization continues to grow. As new position in the organization, the DD will have the opportunity to build the organization’s development function. The DD reports to the Board of Directors and works in partnership with the Co-Directors of the CEC. For a pdf of the job description click here
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McKenzie floodplain forest will be home to fish and wildlife forever
By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Mar 05, 2015.Because of you, the abundant fish of the lower McKenzie River will thrive. Another critical piece of their habitat is protected! Continue reading
By hilshohoney from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Mar 05, 2015.Hello, I’m Andy Maggi, the new Chapter Director of your Sierra Club here in Oregon. Its an honor to have this opportunity to introduce myself. A little over a month ago I was honored to be chosen for this position. You, like me, know just how important the Sierra Club is when it comes to protecting public […]
Dirty Secrets: Trade Promotion Authority and the TransPacific Partnership
By trailrunner1991 from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Mar 04, 2015.Upcoming trade legislation is poised to wash away our human and environmental rights around the globe! Oregon contributes dynamically to international markets – producing technology, wine and agriculture, and manufactured goods for export. It is imperative that we improve and maintain these good-paying jobs which support our local economy and utilize higher environmental standards rather than trade […]
Audubon Society of Portland welcomes Nick Hardigg as Executive Director
By thunsdorfer from News. Published on Mar 03, 2015.March 3, 2015: We are delighted to announce that Nick Hardigg has been appointed as the next Executive Director of the Audubon Society of Portland. Nick will join us on March 23.
Sixth graders of Eddyville Charter School unearth a massive mystery on a coastal TWC preserve
By Courtney Wilson from Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Mar 02, 2015.All of the soil on earth tells a story. The soil at our Happ Wetland Preserve in Seal Rock, Oregon tells the story of the massive earthquake and tsunami of 1700. Sixth grade students at Eddyville Charter School take core samples at the wetland and share their findings in this poster–check it out! tsunami poster
The Oregon Chapter in the 2015 Oregon Legislature
By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Mar 02, 2015.The 2015 session of the Oregon Legislature Session is in full swing, and Sierra Club staff are closely tracking proposed bills and meeting with legislators in Salem to advocate for clean, renewable energy, wildlife protection, and our state forests. For starters, as members of the Oregon Conservation Network, we are advocating for the Priorities for […]
ODF Proposes Massive Clearcuts for Oregon’s State Forests
By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Mar 02, 2015.The Oregon Department of Forestry recently presented a timber-centered vision for the new Forest Management Plan on the Tillamook & Clatsop state forests. Under the proposal, north coast watersheds like the Trask, Nehalem, Salmonberry, Kilchis, and Wilson (below) would be clearcut extensively: Key proposals included: Devoting 70% of the forest to industrial clear cutting and pesticide […]
The Clackamas County Food System ONEStop
By karli from The Latest. Published on Mar 02, 2015.
Give Thanks for SEEDS!
By achesser from The Latest News. Published on Feb 27, 2015.The Thanksgiving bounty begins with seeds.
By pam from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Feb 25, 2015.
By Pam Hardy, Central Oregon Field Coordinator
The Forest Service has come up with a new idea on how to do NEPA. It’s got me worried. At its best it would mean streamlining environmental review, and getting projects we like on the ground faster. At worst, it cuts out public involvement, makes adaptation to new science almost impossible, and sends proceeds that could be used for restoration and jobs out of the area.
NEPA is the National Environmental Policy Act. It says that when the US Government wants to take action on public lands it has to take a “hard look” at the environmental consequences and document them in an Environmental Impact Statement. It’s one of the most important laws wildlands defenders like Oregon Wild have to ensure that timber sales, grazing permits, mining operations, etc. aren’t destroying our public lands.
Historically, NEPA has worked on a project-by-project basis. Every timber sale, riparian restoration project, or grazing allotment has its own analysis. Part of that analysis is an opportunity for the public to provide supplemental science and feedback to the government. Even better, the federal agency is actually required to read those comments and respond to them.
Under the new vision of NEPA being considered by the Forest Service, this important analysis wouldn’t occur on a project-by-project basis. Instead, the agency would lump together many projects that they consider similar and do the analysis all at once. For example, in Arizona in the Coronado National Forest, the Forest Service did a forest-wide analysis on planting native vegetation that would support both traditional Native American uses and pollinator species. The project generated very little controversy. After all, who would oppose retuning native plants that have been excluded from the ecosystem? Here in Oregon on the Malheur National Forest, they did a similar project analyzing certain types of riparian restoration techniques. The idea is that when the Malheur analyzes a whole watershed for a timber sale, they can easily dedicate resources to riparian restoration using the income from the timber sale.
Unfortunately, not all projects that would be streamlined by this process are as non-controversial as these. A new proposal to analyze cutting timber in dry forests on over a million acres across the Wallowa Whitman, Umatilla, Malheur and Ochoco National Forests raises serious red flags. According to verbal assurances, the logging would be for restoration purposes only and adhere to principles that local stakeholders have agreed to in the past. As the Forest Service sees it, they’re only going after the non-controversial timber.
But there are reasons for skepticism.
What’s wrong with this picture?
It’s true that stakeholder groups, including conservation organizations like Oregon Wild, have signed on to some timber sales because we believed they were designed to be ecologically restorative. We came to that conclusion by getting out on the ground, looking at the particular situation, the science on healthy ecosystems, and carefully analyzing the proposed activities. Most importantly, each agreement came with a HUGE caveat: We signed on to projects that were small enough to be carefully analyzed before hand, and monitored after.
Monitoring is key. Logging based on ecological restoration look like a good idea in principle. It’s clear that a lot of our forests are not in a natural state because they’re either recovering from past clear cuts or have had fire suppressed for decades, or both. Science shows that eastside forests have had fires – some small ground fires, some large and intense – race through them approximately every 16 years.
How do you recover from an unnatural state? Our best guess is to thin small trees out of the forest that would have been taken by fire, and use prescribed burns to restart more natural processes. This is a good guess based on good science. But we’ve only been at this for about a decade now, and we’re pretty sure that not all the results are in.
After all, we were once certain that best management practices meant suppressing all fires in all ecosystems all the time. We were wrong then, and it is possible that we could be wrong now.
Which brings us back to the Forest Service plan to push the big “dry forest” project on the Wallowa Whitman, Umatilla, Malheur and Ochoco forests as quickly as possible because even logging for ecological restoration can bring in money and send profitable logs to local timber mills. But there are good reasons to take a step back, slow down, and take a proper hard look at what’s proposed here. A few key issues emerge:
1. If an analysis covering logging in all the dry pine forests across over a million acres is completed to cover a period of activities lasting 10 years, there is no way to ensure that the Forest Service adapts to new science. Some forest districts will voluntarily pick up the new science, but pressure to use the existing NEPA will likely be intense, especially if new science would result in less logging and generated income.
2. Doing one NEPA analysis covering so much area and time means the public, including environmental groups like Oregon Wild, will only have one formal chance to weigh in on all the proposed logging and other projects – up front. As more site-specific projects are developed down the line, there won’t be any legal opportunity to stop a poorly conceived project or insist on the inclusion of new science affecting an area.
3. Restoration thinning often results in income to the Forest Service. That income can be used in two ways:
- If the project is designed as a “stewardship project” the income can be used to complete less commercially viable restoration projects like enhancing riparian areas and aspen stands.
- If the timber sale is not done as a “stewardship project”, the money generated from logging goes to the general fund of the United States. In short, it leaves the district.
Stewardship projects not only mean more habitat for elk, deer, birds, and salmon, but also more jobs for local forest contractors. If timber sales are implemented under this new system without a holistic look at local needs, we’ll see a lot of value leave the area.
Not surprisingly, I have been assured by the Forest Service that my fears are unfounded, and that none of these concerns will come to pass. But I worry about the fact that it would all be perfectly legal, that there would be little if any opportunity for meaningful public input, and there would be plenty of political pressure to log more when there’s no one watching.
Perhaps the biggest worry about this reinvention of NEPA? The push for even bigger and worse reforms than what I’ve covered here. We’ve seen misinformation about the value and importance of NEPA spreading, and leading to proposed reforms that would significantly reduce public oversight and participation as well as the quality and rigor of the scientific analysis required by NEPA – from Senator Wyden’s O&C Lands bill, to Governor Kitzhaber’s draft recommendations to “renew” management of our National Forests. Such threats to such a foundational environmental law cannot be ignored.
Water quality project by our international volunteer, Ana Blandon
By Courtney Wilson from Wetlands Conservancy. Published on Feb 24, 2015.This past Saturday marks the close of a wonderful partnership with Mount Hood Community College’s SEED (Scholarships for Education and Economic Development) program. The students from this program have volunteered at our Gresham Meadowlands preserve five times over the past two years. They have been hard-working, fun-loving and dedicated volunteers! The SEED program supports projects for international students–one
A Victory for Civic Engagement: Medford Bans Styrofoam
By Anonymous from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Feb 23, 2015.
by Sam Becker, Guest Blogger
During my sophomore year I adopted a 2.4-mile stretch of the Bear Creek Greenway, a pedestrian/bike path, which runs along a river that flows through the valley. I strongly believe that I have a social responsibility to make my community a more sustainable and inviting place for every organism to live in. The service I have done, and continue to do, includes picking up litter, weeding, and rescuing trees from the clutches of blackberries.
As I began to spend more time on the Greenway, I started to do research on riparian zone restoration, the use of native plants to combat the growth of invasive species, and the effects of litter on the environment. I felt that learning about these subjects provided me with an interdisciplinary understanding of the service I had been doing, and that others could benefit from this type of meaningful and informative service. So, I decided to open this opportunity to my fellow classmates. The “Greenway Club” was proliferated near the end of my sophomore year. To date, I have logged over 100 hours of service and we have collected over 350 pounds of trash.
I continuously noticed that polystyrene foam (PSF) food containers, which are commonly known as Styrofoam, detract from the beauty of the Greenway, waterways, public parks, and roads more than any other litter. When I pick it up, it can crumble into small pieces that go everywhere and are then blown away by the wind. Upon comprehensively researching PSF, I discovered that it has a wide array of adverse effects on our health, our environment, wildlife, and Oregon’s economy. Due to all of these reasons, ten months ago, I decided to spearhead an initiative in Medford, Oregon to ban PSF food containers.
The first six months I spent hours filling out paperwork, waiting, meeting with members of the community and politicians from local and state levels, constructing an ordinance, talking with city officials from other cities, creating a committee called ECOS (the Environmental Committee to Outlaw Styrofoam), registering that committee as a business with the state of Oregon, aligning my committee under the fiscal umbrella of a nonprofit organization, and pouring in countless hours of research. After six months of waiting, I got the go ahead to petition.
In the past three months, I have spent an average of 24 hours a week for four months collecting signatures, planning, and contacting people. Realizing that this was another great way to engage my fellow classmates and the greater community in interdisciplinary learning and environmental sustainability, I invited people to help me gather signatures. Without their help and the support of my family, I would not be at the place I am at today.
The requirement to get this initiative on the ballot is 3,218 signatures, and I gathered over 4,500 signatures. Some of them were discounted for numerous reasons, but ultimately I gathered enough to qualify it as a measure on the May ballot. However, there was a chance that the City Council would pass the initiative by itself in January, which would be optimal for me because I would not have to secure funds for political advertisements, and ask people to help me more. Therefore, I met with all of the council members, the mayor, the head of the Chamber of Commerce, Medford’s recycling coordinator, and the head of the local water reclamation facility. In those meetings, I gathered information about what their respective recommendations and concerns were. Then, I surveyed sixty Medford restaurant managers or owners to see if they would support the ordinance. In total, ninety three percent supported the ordinance, even though thirty one percent were using PSF.
On January fifteenth I gave a ten-minute presentation to the Medford City Council during a public hearing. They agreed that they might pass this ordinance, but that they would like me to present at another public hearing in which all food vendors in Medford were notified. So on February fifth, I presented my information to the City Council for the last time. After I presented, there were eight owners who spoke in favor and two owners who spoke in opposition. Ultimately, the Council unanimously passed the ordinance to ban PSF. This is the first citizen led initiative in Medford, a town of 80,000 people, since 2000, and the first successful citizen led initiative since in many more years.
I have noticed that everyone who has helped out with my initiative, myself included, has developed a new respect for those in the community who strive to create solutions to the many anthropogenic calamities that the world is currently facing. By taking the action to make change, rather than complaining about what should or should not happen, we have proven to ourselves, and the community, that any individual or group can facilitate change with a hard work ethic and plenty of passion.
Reflections on two years in Jawbone Flats
By Jess from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Feb 23, 2015.There are at least a thousand different colors of green, and they all occur in the […]
Tualatin Riverkeepers Challenges Silicon Forest Businesses to Plant an Actual Forest
By web master from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Feb 20, 2015.So what exactly do trees have to do with the health of the river? A lot in fact, said Mike Skuja, Director of Tualatin Riverkeepers. “Trees help stabilize the soil, filter toxins out before they hit the river, reduce erosive storm water run-off, and provide a safe haven for numerous animals from beavers to herons […]
Tualatin Riverkeepers Challenges Silicon Forest Businesses to Plant an Actual Forest
By web master from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Feb 20, 2015.Tualatin, OR – February 19, 2015: So what exactly do trees have to do with the health of the river? A lot in fact, said Mike Skuja, Director of Tualatin Riverkeepers. “Trees help stabilize the soil, filter toxins out before they hit the river, reduce erosive storm water run-off, and provide a safe haven for […]
Restore Fair Share Housing: Support HB 2564
By karli from The Latest. Published on Feb 19, 2015.
CLEAN WATER FOR SALMON: An Elusive Goal
By achesser from The Latest News. Published on Feb 19, 2015.By Sharon Selvaggio, Healthy Wildlife and Water Program Director
freshwater Talk, episode 7: Dr. Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute
By Joe Whitworth from The Freshwater Trust » The Freshwater Trust - We Fix Rivers. Published on Feb 19, 2015.Guest Dr. Peter Gleick, author and President of the Pacific Institute, discusses the global water crisis with host Joe Whitworth.
Next installment of ONDA’s High Desert Lecture Series shares journey on the Oregon Desert Trail
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Feb 18, 2015.In the second installment of its new High Desert Lecture Series, the Oregon Natural Desert Association on Wednesday, March 11 will welcome Shane Von Schlemp, an adventurer who last summer completed the entire 800-mile Oregon Desert Trail.
Trips and Tours Program Assistant – Seasonal Position Jun – Sep, 2015
By web master from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Feb 18, 2015.Trips & Tours Program Assistant Job Type: Full-time, 40 hrs/wk, Temporary (June-September) $12/hr Mission Tualatin Riverkeepers (TRK) is a community-based organization working to protect and restore Oregon’s Tualatin River system. TRK builds watershed stewardship through education, public access to nature, restoration and advocacy. Position Description TRK inspires conservation of the Tualatin River and its watershed […]
Speak out for Solar: Residential Energy Tax Credit Extension
By joshb from Daily News. Published on Feb 16, 2015.The Oregon Legislature is currently considering House Bill 2447, which would extend the Residential Energy Tax Credit, which is due to expire in 2018, to the year 2022. Contact your local legislators and encourage them to support HB 2447!
Caves expansion worth the wait
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Feb 16, 2015.The Oregon Caves National Monument receives green light from Congress for a ten-fold expansion. The long-overdue change will fully protect the entire Caves Creek watershed and designate the River Styx, which flows underground through the caves, the nation's first underground Wild and Scenic river.
National News: February 16, 2015
By email@example.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Feb 15, 2015.
Leadership Spotlight: Elemental Technologies
By karli from The Latest. Published on Feb 13, 2015.
In this month’s Leadership Spotlight, 1000 Friends caught up with Sam Blackman, CEO and co-founder of Elemental Technologies. As the leader of a top-notch tech firm in the Rose City, Blackman isn’t one to rest on his laurels. His passion for improving his community, city, and state is apparent in the initiatives he supports at Elemental. From volunteer hours to a Community Ambassador program, Blackman is a leader for positive change.
A Fragile Recovery for Oregon's Wolves
By Anonymous from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Feb 13, 2015.
by Stephanie Taylor, Wildlife Intern
Headlines have been alerting us to the news that with the confirmation of 7 breeding pairs of wolves in Oregon, ODFW is shifting into Phase 2 of its Wolf Management Plan. Phase 2 allows livestock operators the “flexibility” to shoot wolves near grazing areas, whether actively attacking livestock or not. Interestingly enough, this transition comes about the same time as the release of an important study on the surprising effects of killing carnivores on livestock losses.
The results from this Washington State University study, based on 25 years of government data, conclude that killing wolves and other native predators to save livestock from depredation are actually having the opposite effect.
While shooting carnivores may seem like the most logical and direct response, the study shows that by killing wolves, wolf packs become disrupted resulting in an increase in livestock depredations. Study author Rob Wielgus, a WSU wildlife biologist, said “wolf killings likely disrupt the social cohesion of the pack. While an intact breeding pair will keep young offspring from mating, disruption can set sexually mature wolves free to breed, leading to an increase in breeding pairs. As they have pups, they become bound to one place and cannot hunt deer and elk as freely.”
Wolf packs also provide an important educational role to their young. Each member of a pack may play a different role. Experienced wolves have important knowledge and skills they can pass on. Killing them impairs this social learning process. If the rest of the pack hasn't learned the skills necessary to effectively take on natural prey like bison or elk, they may instead turn towards easier prey like livestock. This study found that the increasing wolf killing results in increasing the odds of livestock depredations 4% for sheep and 5-6% for cattle (watch the video above for full details).
At a critical point for Oregon’s tenuous wolf recovery, we applaud ODFW's efforts in recent years to encourage non-lethal measures, increase transparency, set clear guidelines, and reduce conflict. “The success of Oregon’s wolf recovery has largely been due to the non-lethal requirements that reduced wolf-livestock conflict and made Oregon a model for the rest of the country,” says Rob Klavins, Northeast Coordinator for Oregon Wild. “However, because of the Phase 2 transition, these required measures are now in jeopardy.”
With non-lethal measures proving critical to recovery efforts and conflict reduction in Oregon, it’s important to keep in mind that what works in one situation may not be applicable to another or for all time. “A sheep operation in the Willamette Valley is going to be a whole lot different than an open-range cattle situation in the canyonlands of Wallowa County. It's important that the right measures be used in the right situations at the right time," says Klavins. "Poorly implemented non-lethal measures can actually make problems worse and are often used by naysayers who would rather shoot first. However, where implemented earnestly and appropriately, they can work extremely well.”
The results of this study found that killing wolves only helps protect livestock after 25% of a wolf population has been killed. Oregon residents have time and again shown that they value wolves and other native wildlife. Purposely eliminating wolves from the landscape again is not as an option in the 21st century. Despite the science, gray wolves are currently being hunted and killed in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, in part - proponents say - to reduce livestock depredations.
Using this government data, researchers conducted similar research on livestock killed by other predators, including brown bears, cougars, jaguars, lions, leopards, and more. Each of these studies provides similar results: killing predators creates a social disruption on the stability of their families and packs which actually causes more - not less - predation.
According to 25 years of tested scientific data, it seems we are ultimately better off learning to live with rather than kill native wildlife. “Killing wolves and other native hunters is cathartic for some,” says Klavins. “It's simple. It gives the illusion of solving a problem but upon closer inspection, it seems to make the problem worse. Shooting, trapping, and poisoning are 18th century solutions. In the 21st century, we can do better.”
Hope for sufferers from herbicide drift: Sensible legislation promotes health in forestry practices
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Feb 10, 2015.
Today, the announcement was made that the Oregon Legislature will take up a bill to address forestry chemical use. Two courageous Oregon legislators, and seven other co-sponsors, filed a bill to protect the health of rural Oregonians living near industrial forests and farm land. When I first read the text of SB 613, the Public... Read more »
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Restoration of Stream Sites in Rogue River Basin Will Improve Salmon Habitat
By Danielle Dumont from The Freshwater Trust » The Freshwater Trust - We Fix Rivers. Published on Feb 10, 2015.In response to a Biological Opinion issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service, degraded freshwater habitats in the Rogue Valley will soon be enhanced thanks to an ambitious set of projects backed by the US Bureau of Reclamation. The project area encompasses Bear Creek, Emigrant Creek, Little Butte Creek, and South Fork Little Butte Creek. […]
Oregon's Climate Change Fighting Forests
By arran from Oregon Wild blogs. Published on Feb 09, 2015.
The Oregon Wild team have been keeping a close eye on snow reports.
In addition to our conservation work dedicated to preserving Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters, throughout the year our staff and volunteers guide hikes, plant and mushroom ID walks, snowshoes, and cross country ski treks. We want to help others appreciate Oregon’s special places like we do.
And so it is a disappointment that we’ve ended up having to reschedule many of our winter snowshoe trips and cross country ski treks.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported this month that 2014 was the hottest year on Earth over the 134 years that records have been kept, a trend primarily attributed to rising greenhouse gas levels. Oregon has not escaped this trend and posted its second hottest year since records began in 1895.
“We had a warm summer, and now a warm winter and that’s where we got our warm year,” said Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University. “We are looking at our future right now – warm winters and low snowpacks.”
The problem isn’t just the amount of precipitation; it’s that we’re not getting enough of that participation in the form of snow. With lower snowpack levels across Oregon, especially in Central and Western Oregon, the impact goes beyond cancelled snowshoe trips and closed ski areas. We rely on that snowpack to fill our reservoirs, water our crops, sustain our fisheries, quench our cities’ thirst, and dilute our pollution. Oregon could be facing a drought, which is bad news for farmers, fish, rivers and, well, everybody.
All this is to say that climate change’s rising temperatures have a pretty big influence on what’s going on in Oregon. That is probably not news to you. What may surprise you is that Oregon can also have a pretty big influence on mitigating climate change.
Top 10 Carbon Capturing Forests in the US
1 Willamette (OR)
You see, Oregon has a lot of forests, and great conditions for growing long-lived trees, and those forests store a lot of carbon. It’s not just live trees – carbon is also stored in dead wood, roots, and other plants. And of those forests, the older they are, the more carbon they can store. The Pacific Northwest’s temperate rainforests are among the greatest biomass stores per acre of any ecosystem on Earth! This is why, in terms of storing carbon, six of the top ten National Forests in the US are right here in Oregon!
On the other side of the coin, aggressive and unsustainable logging of those forests can contribute heavily to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Carbon stored in the logged wood for a fence or deck may last a handful of years, but if we leave that carbon in an old growth tree can stay there for hundreds of years. The protective paint on the side of a house may stave off the elements for decades, but it’s nothing in comparison to the natural defenses of tree bark.
While logging does create young forests that absorb carbon, the process of harvesting large old growth and burning logging debris transfers most of the carbon to the atmosphere leaving a “carbon debt” that takes the growing young forest centuries to repay. Removing canopy cover also warms the soil, increasing decomposition and the release of greenhouse gases from the ground. Logging can even create greater carbon emissions than forest fires!1
Conserving our forests, especially old growth stands, is not just important as an effective way we can help mitigate climate change. These wildlands also serve as critical habitat for Oregon’s wildlife, including many threatened and endangered species. Oregon’s forests provide cool rivers and streams for salmon, and clean drinking water. And they are backdrop for the outdoor recreation opportunities that make Oregon a special place, from backpacking and horse riding to hunting and fishing.
And maybe, if we do this right and act in the best interests of the planet, we’ll still be able to do some snowshoeing.
Oregon’s Global Warming Commission report also shows that removals from logging far exceed removals from wildfire.
Planning for Natural Hazards in Oregon
By karli from The Latest. Published on Feb 06, 2015.
To save lives and money, we ask you to support HB 2633.
In January 2010, an earthquake in Haiti killed more than 230,000 people and initially displaced 1.5 million more. Fourteen months later, an earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan claimed 15,884 lives and cost approximately $300 billion. If you think these disasters are oceans away, consider the $70 million the Oregon Department of Forestry spent fighting major wildfires in the summer of 2013 and the 43 people killed in a mudslide along Highway 503 near Oso, WA, in 2014. In addition, the effects of a changing climate are making matters worse for other natural hazards.
New Training: The Building Blocks of an Exceptional Board
By dtoledo from What's New at River Network. Published on Feb 03, 2015.
freshwater Talk, episode 6: Ben Grumbles
By Joe Whitworth from The Freshwater Trust » The Freshwater Trust - We Fix Rivers. Published on Feb 03, 2015.Ben Grumbles, former President of the US Water Alliance and recently appointed Secretary of the Environment for the state of Maryland, joins The Freshwater Trust President and freshwater Talk host, Joe Whitworth for an insightful conversation about his...
OCN Announces the 2015 Priorities for a Healthy Oregon
By Derek Richardson from OLCV News Archive. Published on Jan 30, 2015.
Today, the Oregon Conservation Network – a coalition of environmental advocates from across Oregon coordinated by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters –together announced their 2015 Priorities for a Healthy Oregon.
“These priorities are the next steps Oregon must take to protect our natural legacy,” said Christy Splitt, OCN coordinator and Oregon League of Conservation Voters External Affairs Director. “Together, OCN will advocate for crucial legislation on a host of issues, from climate change to protecting wildlife and wild places.”
Battle Axe Bridge Reopens
By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Jan 30, 2015.After many months of detoured hikers, students, and Jawbone staff, we are so excited to announce […]
Meet our new registrar, Janelle!
By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Jan 29, 2015.Janelle Hammerstrom joined the Opal Creek team at the beginning of 2015 and we’re so excited […]
Nature Day Camp Intern Counselors
By web master from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Jan 28, 2015.Position: Nature Day Camp Intern Counselor Open positions: 2 Compensation: $10.50/hr Time commitment: ~ 270 hrs. Includes training, camp planning, and camp sessions. Program Dates: June 22-26, July 6-11, July 20 -24, July 27-31, August 10-14, August 17-21 + June trainings Sessions take place at: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Dirksen Nature Park in Tigard, […]
GO! Solar Open House/Workshop (Goldendale)
By joshb from Daily News. Published on Jan 27, 2015.Gorge Owned is pleased to announce that, with support from Northwest Solar Communities, they will be launching GO! Solar in February 2015! GO! Solar is a Gorge-wide, community-based solarize initiative with the mission of increasing the number of residential solar electricity systems in Hood River, Wasco, Skamania, and Klickitat counties.
GO! Solar Open House/Workshop (The Dalles)
By joshb from Daily News. Published on Jan 27, 2015.Gorge Owned is pleased to announce that, with support from Northwest Solar Communities, they will be launching GO! Solar in February 2015! GO! Solar is a Gorge-wide, community-based solarize initiative with the mission of increasing the number of residential solar electricity systems in Hood River, Wasco, Skamania, and Klickitat counties.
2015 Brings Threats to Wetlands
By web master from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Jan 27, 2015.With the construction economy rebounding, threats by development to local wetlands are heating up. A quarry near Sherwood, a public high school on Cooper Mountain, and two housing projects in Tigard are all proposing to fill wetlands. Section 404 of the federal Clean Water Act requires developers to avoid impacts to wetlands. Before a development […]
Envision for who? Environmental justice in urban planning
By Joel Iboa from Beyond Toxics. Published on Jan 26, 2015.
According to the government website Poverty in America, Lane County is the second most economically disadvantaged county in Oregon. Lane County’s poverty rate is 22.1%. It is important to note that, out of 8 possible tiers of poverty in the US, Lane County is in the 7th tier, only one percent away from being in... Read more »
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ONDA releases its 2015 calendar of guided restoration trips
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Jan 26, 2015.More than 20 trips with the Oregon Natural Desert Association into Oregon’s high desert – from rafting expeditions to stewardship projects to hikes with experts – will open for registration on Friday, Feb. 13.
1000 Friends Leadership Spotlight: Organically Grown Company
By karli from The Latest. Published on Jan 26, 2015.
The largest wholesaler of organic produce in the Pacific Northwest talks farmland protection, industry changes and the future of farming.
As the state’s second largest industry, agriculture is an important part of life in Oregon. Up until recently, however, organic farming wasn’t a large part of the conversation. This is changing. Organically Grown Company, the largest organic produce wholesaler in the Pacific Northwest, is proof of the transformation. Started in 1978 as a nonprofit, OGC mostly supported small-scale organic farms. It transitioned to a for-profit company in 1982, with its first dock opening a year later.
National News: January 26, 2015
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Jan 25, 2015.
Public sounds off on gas pipeline
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Jan 23, 2015.The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality fielded questions Thursday night about a controversial natural gas pipeline proposed for southwest Oregon. Residents opposed to a natural gas pipeline through southwest Oregon begged state and federal officials to deny permits for the project on the grounds it would harm waterways, hurt the public interest, increase pollution and contribute to global warming.
Corvallis is competing for $5 MILLION prize!
By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from Corvallis Environmental Center. Published on Jan 22, 2015.Corvallis is one of 52 communities competing for the Georgetown University Energy Prize!
The Georgetown University Energy Prize is a five million dollar competition that is challenging small- to medium-size cities to work with their local governments, residents, and utilities to achieve innovative, replicable reductions to residential and municipal gas and electricity use.
HOW YOU CAN HELP…
Corvallis residents can help their community win the prize by picking three energy-saving actions to try for a month, ...
freshwater Talk, episode 5: David Chen
By Joe Whitworth from The Freshwater Trust » The Freshwater Trust - We Fix Rivers. Published on Jan 20, 2015.Host Joe Whitworth sits down with innovative leader in conservation finance, David Chen, about looking at the world differently to find tools or systems to drive new markets.
Meet Our MURPs!
By amanda from The Latest. Published on Jan 20, 2015.
What's a MURP? Well, it's actually a person. A Masters of Urban and Regional Planning candidate at Portland State University. To give a little background, 1000 Friends works with MURPs as part of the Hub and Spoke Internship Program. 1000 Friends is the “hub” that coordinates the MURPs or “spokes.” The hub also collaborates with partner organizations, which are nonprofits representing low-income communities and communities of color.
Think Traffic’s Bad Now? Fund Highway Expansion Initiatives.
By karli from The Latest. Published on Jan 20, 2015.
There’s a reason why the statistics published in the Portland Business Alliance’s 2014 Economic Impacts of Transportation study are attention-grabbing: The possibility of spending 69 hours per year in traffic and congestion by 2040 is enough to persuade even the most ardent public transit advocate to support the construction of massive superhighways. After all, who wouldn’t want an additional $928 million in annual economic output and sales or 8,300 new jobs as a result of an improved system? These statistics were reported in the Portland Tribune’s Jan.
Our Priorities for 2015
By karli from The Latest. Published on Jan 18, 2015.
The 1000 Friends of Oregon legislative and programmatic agendas for 2015 are proactive. Here’s an overview of what we hope to accomplish this year.
3 Examples of Substantial, Stable, and Long-Term Funding for Restoration
By email@example.com from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Jan 16, 2015.
3 Examples of Substantial, Stable, and Long-Term Funding for Restoration
By firstname.lastname@example.org from What's New at River Network. Published on Jan 16, 2015.
USDA Announces Regional Conservation Partnership Project Selections
By email@example.com from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Jan 14, 2015.
USDA Announces Regional Conservation Partnership Project Selections
By firstname.lastname@example.org from What's New at River Network. Published on Jan 14, 2015.
Opal Creek is hiring!
By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Jan 13, 2015.Wilderness lovers take notice! Opal Creek is hiring both seasonal and year-round positions for our on-site […]
Primozich Elected to Field to Market Board of Directors
By Danielle Dumont from The Freshwater Trust » The Freshwater Trust - We Fix Rivers. Published on Jan 13, 2015.The Freshwater Trust’s Senior Ecosystems Services Director, David Primozich, was elected to Field to Market’s Board of Directors. Primozich will serve a three-year term as a representative from the conservation sector, and will focus on cooperative solutions that deliver environmental, social and economic benefits. “I am very honored to be chosen for the board of an […]
National News: January 12, 2015
By email@example.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Jan 11, 2015.
Kickoff to ONDA’s High Desert Lecture Series to explore world of monarch butterflies
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Jan 09, 2015.The Oregon Natural Desert Association will kick off its new High Desert Lecture Series on Monday, Jan. 26 with "Monarchs and Milkweed: An Evening with Tom Landis." Landis is an expert on the monarch butterfly – an insect known for its bright-orange wings and its amazing migrations of up to 3,000 miles between Canada and Mexico.
Quarry Again Threatens to Drain Wetlands on Refuge
By web master from Tualatin Riverkeepers. Published on Jan 07, 2015.You can help stop this threat to the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Tonquin Holdings is preparing permit applications to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Oregon Department of State Lands to destroy wetlands adjacent to and contiguous with the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is an […]
Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club Announces New Director
By orchapter from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Jan 07, 2015.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 7, 2015 Portland, Ore. – The Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club is pleased to announce that Andy Maggi will be taking on the Chapter Director role for the organization starting January 12th, 2015. bringing with him a strong dedication to Oregon’s environmental movement. Maggi most recently worked on Senator Jeff […]
9 Tools to Help Nonprofit Staff Implement New Year's Resolutions
By firstname.lastname@example.org from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Dec 31, 2014.
9 Tools to Help Nonprofit Staff Implement New Year's Resolutions
By email@example.com from What's New at River Network. Published on Dec 31, 2014.
My wish for the New Year: No More Bee Kills!
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Dec 30, 2014.
By now, the whole world knows that seven documented bumble bee kill incidents happened in Oregon during 2013-2014. These bee slaughters were caused by applications of neonicotinoid insecticides. I described how the ground was littered with the convulsing bodies of bumble and honey bees. The total kill count, upwards of 100,000 bumble bees, did not... Read more »
Supporters Earn 1000 Friends a Challenge Grant!
By amanda from The Latest. Published on Dec 23, 2014.
1000 Friends to raise $40,000 by January 1st to earn $20,000 Challenge Grant
Thanks to their generosity, supporters enabled 1000 Friends to earn a $20,000 grant this December. Our gratitude to the people who made this possible is without end. We are so thankful to have a community of friends, supporters, and advocates willing to help us raise $40,000 in a few short weeks. What a way to start our 40th anniversary year! Thank you to everyone who gave to 1000 Friends this year. People made 1000 Friends possibles in 1975, and people like you still power it today. Thank you!
8 Feel-Good Water and River Stories from 2014
By firstname.lastname@example.org from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Dec 23, 2014.
8 Feel-Good Water and River Stories from 2014
By email@example.com from What's New at River Network. Published on Dec 23, 2014.
Organic Plant Breeding Symposium
By achesser from The Latest News. Published on Dec 17, 2014.Coming this Spring!
Growth in Bend: OSU-Cascades Expansion
By amanda from The Latest. Published on Dec 16, 2014.
If you live in Bend, you’ve probably heard pros and cons about the development of the OSU-Cascades campus. If you haven’t been following the issue, the University is planning to build on a 10-acre site to accommodate more students and then potentially expand onto an adjacent 46-acre site in the future. This has raised concerns about increased traffic, increased stress on the already stressed housing market, and the location of the campus itself - whether or not the 46-acre site is even safe or desirable to build on.
Young Leaders Weigh in About Climate Smart Communities
By amanda from The Latest. Published on Dec 15, 2014.
National News: December 15, 2014
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Dec 14, 2014.
Most residents speak against gas pipeline
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Dec 12, 2014.The overwhelming majority of residents at a public hearing on a proposed natural gas pipeline through Southern Oregon spoke against it, but plumbers, electricians and construction workers said the project would bring needed jobs.
Salmon: Closer to home than you might think!
By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Dec 09, 2014.For most people, “salmon” is an expensive, unnaturally pink piece of fish at the grocery store. It is a potential meal, detached from its context by thousands of miles. Even those of us who are lucky enough to live in the Pacific Northwest often have only a distant relationship to these iconic fish. However, there […]
Bill to expand Oregon Caves headed toward passage
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Dec 04, 2014.In order to expand economic development, increase recreational opportunities, and protect the drinking water for some 80,000 visitors a year, Congress is expected to expand the Oregon Caves National Monument before the end of the lame duck session.
County calls for local control of federal lands
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Dec 04, 2014.Jackson County commissioners unanimously approved a proclamation calling for control of federal lands to be handed over to Western states, a proposal environmental activists dismiss as extremist.
By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Dec 01, 2014.#GivingTuesday downloads Want to help spread the word on #GivingTuesday? Here are some graphics you can share on social media and email to your friends. Click here to read the story of Julia and Hugo.
Give the Gift of Opal Creek!
By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Dec 01, 2014.We’ve got you covered this holiday season with an amazing slate of 2015 workshops and a […]
A generous gift protects an oak woodland
By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Dec 01, 2014.The newest protected area in the Umpqua River Watershed Dale Carey had no idea oak trees would be such a big part of his life. Dale and his wife Joyce Machado retired to 62 acres of oak woodlands on Pollock … Continue reading
National News: December 1, 2014
By email@example.com (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Nov 30, 2014.
By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Nov 29, 2014.Julia looked around cautiously. The sun gleamed over the hilltop above the Coyote Spencer Wetlands. It looked safe. But Julia was wary; she knew there were people nearby. Julia reared up and sniffed the air, balancing her 170 pounds of … Continue reading
Jordan Cove LNG in Coos Bay could quickly become one of the largest greenhouse gas emitters in Oregon
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Nov 18, 2014.A proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Coos Bay could quickly become one of the largest, if not the largest emitter, of greenhouse gases in Oregon, federal data shows.
Count that Grouse
By Matt Miller from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Nov 17, 2014.Counting Grouse
Abbott Butte trek lifts the spirit
By morgan from KS In The Press. Published on Nov 14, 2014.Located amongst old-growth forests and meadows in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness, Abbott Butte is literally the dividing line between the iconic Rogue River and the Umpqua Watershed.
NCAP Encourages YOU To Buzz into the Pollinator Health Listening Session! Monday, November 17th
By sconnor from The Latest News. Published on Nov 12, 2014.
Action! Clean Water Protection Rule Comment Tools and Help
By firstname.lastname@example.org from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Nov 11, 2014.
Action! Clean Water Protection Rule Comment Tools and Help
By email@example.com from What's New at River Network. Published on Nov 11, 2014.
New Training Opportunity: A Recipe for Effective River and Watershed Organizations
By dtoledo from What's New at River Network. Published on Nov 10, 2014.
Needed: New Stories About Clean Water
By firstname.lastname@example.org from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Nov 10, 2014.
Needed: New Stories About Clean Water
By email@example.com from What's New at River Network. Published on Nov 10, 2014.
National News: November 10, 2014
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Garland) from Home. Published on Nov 09, 2014.
Local governments back wilderness for Sutton Mountain
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Nov 07, 2014.Wheeler County and the City of Mitchell have unanimously backed wilderness for the Sutton Mountain area, a 58,000-acre proposal in the John Day River Basin. It's considered a win for economic development and conservation. The Oregon Natural Desert Association has long backed permanent protection for Sutton Mountain.
Member Cabin Reservations Open November 17!
By Gabrielle from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Nov 07, 2014.We’re already hard at work getting things ready for next season, and we’re excited to roll […]
Conservation & Durability
By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Nov 06, 2014.A parcel of forest only needs to be clearcut once to destroy most of its ecological value for decades and decades. On the other hand, conservation requires constant, long-term, robust protection. That is why, as the Board of Forestry writes a new plan for managing the Tillamook & Clatsop state forests, conservation commitments need to be real–long-lasting, appropriately […]
Watershed and River Community Comments on the Clean Water Protection Rule
By email@example.com from What's New at River Network. Published on Nov 06, 2014.
Albuquerque Wilderness 50 Celebration – Take-Aways
By hilshohoney from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Nov 04, 2014.I was privileged to attend the Albuquerque 50th Anniversary celebration of the signing of the Wilderness Act by President Johnson. There were two days of local area field trips or a pre-conference training at the Rio Grande Nature Center, followed by four days of panels, keynote speeches, and exhibits at the downtown Hyatt Regency Conference […]
Wild Desert Calendar exhibit features best eastern Oregon imagery
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Nov 04, 2014.ONDA's 2015 Wild Desert Calendar will debut in a reception on Nov. 21 in Sunriver Resort's Betty Gray Gallery.
Webinars abound on clean water and wetland issues!
By firstname.lastname@example.org from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Oct 31, 2014.
Let Metro Know You Want Healthy, Livable Neighborhoods
By amanda from The Latest. Published on Oct 27, 2014.
Your comments still needed!
On December 18, 2014, the Metro Council will make a decision with far-reaching implications for our communities today and for generations. Whether that decision boldly addresses climate change or is merely nice words on paper depends on each of us. So, we are asking you to take just a few minutes now to make sure our children and grandchildren will be as thankful for the region they live in tomorrow as we are today.
What I DIDN'T say before the Seattle City Council
By achesser from The Latest News. Published on Oct 27, 2014.By Megan Dunn, Healthy People & Communities Program Director
Bridge Construction Has Begun!
By kristina from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Oct 23, 2014.Construction on the Half Bridges a mile inside of the gate on the main road and […]
OREGON CHAPTER SEEKS NEXT CHAPTER DIRECTOR
By orchapter from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Oct 22, 2014.In 2008, Brian Pasko joined the Oregon Chapter as our Chapter Director. After more than a decade of employment with the Sierra Club he will be leaving the Chapter around the end of 2014. In preparation for his departure, the Oregon Chapter is actively recruiting our next Chapter Director. This is an opportunity to work […]
Herbicides and Health Conference comes at the one-year anniversary of Oregon pesticide poisoning
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Oct 21, 2014.
One year ago, on October 16, 2013, people living near the town of Cedar Valley in Curry County could not have known that a helicopter pilot and a forestry consultant would carry out an aerial herbicide application above their homes. The pilot loaded his tanks with a concoction of 2,4D and triclopyr, two potent herbicides... Read more »
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Geek Reading: Navigating to New Shores
By email@example.com from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Oct 16, 2014.
Waters of the US Rulemaking: Refresher Course for Those Commenting
By firstname.lastname@example.org from What's New at River Network. Published on Oct 16, 2014.
Beers Made By Walking tasting set for Oct. 15
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Oct 08, 2014.Beer lovers will have the opportunity to try new beers inspired by hikes around the Central Oregon Backcountry, part of a project by ONDA, Beers Made by Walking, Deschutes Brewery, Worthy Brewing and Crux Fermentation Project.
Pacific Power has you hooked on coal
By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Oct 07, 2014.By Amy Hojnowski Over two-thirds of the energy Pacific Power supplies to their half-a-million customers in Oregon comes from out-of-state coal. Recently the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) issued a final order on the long-term energy mix of PacifiCorp, operating as Pacific Power in Oregon. Their final decision was clear: no more business as […]
Vote Yes on Measure 88
By hilshohoney from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Oct 07, 2014.The Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club has joined dozens of other organizations in endorsing a YES position on Measure 88. Voting yes on Measure 88 will mean that residents of Oregon, regardless of their citizenship status, will have the option to obtain a driver’s card so they can legally drive to work, take a […]
We need your comments
By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Oct 06, 2014.McKenzie River Trust Land Trust Accreditation Renewal Open for Public Comment until November 21, 2014 Did you know that land trusts can become accredited, just like colleges and universities? Accreditation recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national standards for excellence, … Continue reading
Refresher Webinar to Help Watershed Groups Comment on Waters of the US Rulemaking
By email@example.com from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Oct 06, 2014.
Refresher Webinar to Help Watershed Groups Comment on Waters of the US Rulemaking
By firstname.lastname@example.org from What's New at River Network. Published on Oct 06, 2014.
Join Earth Share Oregon
By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from Corvallis Environmental Center. Published on Oct 02, 2014.Supporting the cause of your choice – it’s never been easier
How concerned are you about the quality of air you breathe? What about the natural areas you visit – would you like to visit them 10, 20 or 50 years from now? With ongoing threats to our natural environment, we count on conservation groups to protect our forests, farmland, streams and air quality.
The Corvallis Environmental Center is a member of EarthShare Oregon, a nonprofit that allows employees across ...
Why am I weeding a watershed?
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Oct 02, 2014.
I just spent a large chunk of the day bent over patches of meadow knapweed with a sickle in my hand. Why in the heck am I spending a day swiping at an invasive weed near a river when I have plenty of weeds crying out for attention in my own yard? I do it because there is a lot at stake in one small, humble project to keep herbicides out of the Siuslaw watershed.
What’s in a Plan?
By soccer21chr from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Oct 01, 2014.The Oregon Board of Forestry continues to explore new Forest Management Plans that will both provide financial viability to the Department of Forestry and improve conservation outcomes on the Tillamook & Clatsop state forests. On September 29th, the Board weighed two options developed by ODF. A “Land Allocation” proposal suggested putting at least 30% of the forest into a […]
From the Executive Director: 2014 Progress Report
By OSPF from . Published on Sep 30, 2014.The Foundation is still recovering from a busy 2014! Board and staff have been working overtime to enrich the visitor experience in your Oregon state parks. The beginning of the new year creates a wonderful opportunity to take a moment and share updates about recent Foundation progress, as well as a look at what’s next [...]
Smith Rock State Park to Host Oregon Archaeology Lecture Series in October
By OSPF from . Published on Sep 29, 2014.Smith Rock State Park will host its annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration lecture series on Fridays in October. The theme of the 21st annual series is “Oregon or Bust,” and the program will highlight U.S. expansion and settlement of the West. Presentations will be at 7 p.m. in the Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center facility at 10087 NE [...]
Discovery Season Camping Discounts Begin October 1, 2014
By OSPF from . Published on Sep 29, 2014.Discounts make camping even sweeter. Discovery Season is in effect from October 1 to April 30 at Oregon State Parks, which means discounted rates on regular campsites, deluxe yurts and deluxe cabins for those ready to enjoy the outdoors. Fall is a great time to camp if you’re prepared and don’t mind a few occasional raindrops, [...]
Thanks to you, wetlands are protected!
By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Sep 26, 2014.Wetlands and oaks near Fern Ridge will be a home to wildlife and fish, forever. We Continue reading
Flushing for fish
By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Sep 26, 2014.Restoration of the gravel pits on Green Island is all about working with the water we have. You Continue reading
Larry and Rhett go to DC (and survive!)
By rhettlawrence from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Sep 25, 2014.By Larry Pennington, Oregon Chapter Chair On September 14 to 17, Rhett Lawrence (our Conservation Director) and I traveled to our nation’s capital to participate in Wilderness Week, an annual lobbying effort jointly sponsored by the Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, and Pew Charitable Trusts. The focus this year, of course, was celebration of the […]
Climate Science is Clear: LNG Export is NOT a Climate Solution!
By orchapter from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Sep 22, 2014.By: Ted Gleichman National and Oregon Sierra Club teams, as members of a vibrant coalition of many of Oregon’s most important environmental groups, have now assembled the latest climate science studies to answer one of the most important questions about liquefied natural gas (LNG): We know that the proposed LNG terminals and pipelines in Oregon, […]
Easy Ways to Support the CEC
By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from Corvallis Environmental Center. Published on Sep 22, 2014.Try one of these three ways to donate to the Corvallis Environmental Center indirectly as a part of your daily routine. Click the picture to find out more.
Leadership Development Institute - Building Effective Organizations
By dtoledo from What's New at River Network. Published on Sep 17, 2014.
Clean Water Protection Rule (aka WOTUS) Roundup
By email@example.com from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Sep 15, 2014.
Clean Water Protection Rule (aka WOTUS) Roundup
By firstname.lastname@example.org from What's New at River Network. Published on Sep 15, 2014.
Goal 13 -- Energy Conservation -- and Your Home
By amanda from The Latest. Published on Sep 15, 2014.
A household energy efficiency effort to benefit 1000 Friends of Oregon.
Visit www.neilkelly.com/1000friends/ to sign up!
50 “Cheers” to Wilderness photo event, a huge success!
By hilshohoney from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Sep 15, 2014.Venue – check Beer – check Snacks – check Music – check Twenty photographs of wilderness areas in Oregon not yet protected – check Displays and brochures from Oregon Wild, ONDA and Oregon Chapter Sierra Club High Desert Committee – check Then we waited for people to come. And they did come! The event to […]
Want to Learn/Connect About Ways to Strengthen Tribal Water Protections? Tell Us What You Need!
By email@example.com from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Sep 14, 2014.
Want to Learn/Connect About Ways to Strengthen Tribal Water Protections? Tell Us What You Need!
By firstname.lastname@example.org from What's New at River Network. Published on Sep 14, 2014.
Thunderclap for Clean Water!
By email@example.com from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Sep 11, 2014.
Thunderclap for Clean Water!
By firstname.lastname@example.org from What's New at River Network. Published on Sep 11, 2014.
McKenzie River Trust member’s passion evolves into Oregon’s first published field guide for dragonflies
By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Sep 10, 2014.Member spotlight: Steve Gordon Continue reading
Caddis Fly Angling Shop’s Annual Two-Fly Tournament Supports McKenzie River Trust
By liz from McKenzie River Trust. Published on Sep 10, 2014.This post is the first in a series of profiles of McKenzie River Trust members. Have an idea for a member spotlight? Contact Jules Abbott, Membership and Outreach Coordinator: jules (at) mckenzieriver (dot) org. Member Spotlight: Chris Daughters, Caddis Fly … Continue reading
Geek Reading...River Republic: The Rise and Fall of America's Rivers
By email@example.com from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Sep 08, 2014.
Geek Reading...River Republic: The Rise and Fall of America's Rivers
By firstname.lastname@example.org from What's New at River Network. Published on Sep 08, 2014.
Announcing the North American River Prize!
By nsilk from What's New at River Network. Published on Sep 04, 2014.
For high desert outdoor adventures, ONDA’s new tool offers info for eastern Oregon & the Oregon Desert Trail
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Aug 27, 2014.Exploring Oregon’s high desert and the roughly 800-mile Oregon Desert Trail just became easier, as the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) has unveiled a new area of its website devoted to trip reports.
2015 Founders Circle Grant Challenge
By OSPF from . Published on Aug 21, 2014.The Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund has extended its generous $50,000 challenge grant to help establish our Founders Circle. The first 25 donations of $1,000 in 2015 will be matched dollar for dollar by the MCM Fund. Help us meet the challenge!
OSPF Receives Founders Circle Challenge Grant from Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund
By OSPF from . Published on Aug 21, 2014.The Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund has issued a generous $50,000 challenge grant to the Oregon State Parks Foundation to help establish our Founders Circle. Between now and December 31, 2014, the MCM Fund will match the first 25 donations of $1,000 on a dollar-for-dollar basis to support our mission of enriching the Oregon state parks [...]
Join ONDA for Wilderness Weekend, Sept. 18-20
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Aug 14, 2014.ONDA is putting on three events for Wilderness Weekend in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act: the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, the 27th Desert Conference and the WilderFest Block Party.
2014 Desert Conference: Sept 19-20
By orchapter from Oregon Sierra Club Blog. Published on Aug 12, 2014.Come join desert wilderness advocates for the 2014 Desert Conference to be held in Bend on Sept. 19-20! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the Oregon Chapter and High Desert Committee are again pleased to help sponsor this conference as a way to educate and excite people about the possibilities […]
New resource showcases Sutton Mountain
By Heidi Hagemeier from Press Releases. Published on Aug 07, 2014.The Painted Hills -- one of Oregon's Seven Wonders -- is undoubtedly amazing, but right next door is a place brimming with similar beauty and ample recreation opportunity: Sutton Mountain. Discover here The Seven Wonders of Sutton Mountain, the perfect complement to the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.
Environmental Justice: Air Agency’s Decisions Disproportionately Impact Minority and Low-Income Residents
By Lisa Arkin from Beyond Toxics. Published on Aug 06, 2014.
We’re just fed up. Beyond Toxics has used all available channels to warn the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) that it is ignoring its duty to protect the most vulnerable members of our community. Now we must turn to the United States Office of Civil Rights to ask for help to ensure that LRAPA follows... Read more »
Learn to wield the power of the Clean Water Act in your watershed!
By email@example.com from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Aug 05, 2014.
Learn to wield the power of the Clean Water Act in your watershed!
By firstname.lastname@example.org from What's New at River Network. Published on Aug 05, 2014.
Are We Loving the Wilderness to Death?
By Simon Gray from Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Published on Aug 04, 2014.Are We Loving the Wilderness to Death?Taking a few steps off of the Battle-Axe Bridge, I […]
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
What is a Forest Plan…why is it being revised…and why should you care???
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jul 30, 2014.
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.
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:
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Jul 14, 2014.
Debunking Myths and Soothing Fears: Clean Water Protection Rule (WOTUS)
By email@example.com from What's New at River Network. Published on Jul 14, 2014.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Jun 19, 2014.
Waters of the US Rulemaking: Deciding What it Means in Your Watershed (Webinar 2)
By firstname.lastname@example.org from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on Jun 13, 2014.
By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from Corvallis Environmental Center. 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 connecting with nature all around us. Find us on Twitting to see what all the buzz is about!
Tweets by @AveryHouseNC
SAGE Garden Workshops
By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from Corvallis Environmental Center. Published on May 29, 2014.Looking for some knowledge and inspiration? Click the picture to see the workshop schedule at SAGE.
By rocco from Renewable Northwest - Making the Northwest's Clean Energy Potential a Reality.. Published on May 28, 2014.
Guest Blog: Mark Gorman on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program
By email@example.com from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on May 27, 2014.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on May 23, 2014.
Geek Reading: Cooperative Federalism, Nutrients, and the CWA
By email@example.com from River Network - River Habitat Blog. Published on May 19, 2014.
Elegy to Tim Lillebo, by Bill Fleischmann
By firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
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
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.
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.
By Dayna Gross from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Apr 17, 2014.Preserve Parent
By Matt Miller from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Mar 31, 2014.Plight of the Bumble Bee
Big plans for a green spring
By sschroeder from All News. Published on Mar 20, 2014.Our supporters share their tips for the home and office
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.
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.
ADVANCED NATURE ADVENTURE CAMPS
By corvallisenvironmentalcenter from Corvallis Environmental Center. Published on Feb 27, 2014.
These Advanced Adventure Camps are for middle school students entering 6th – 8th grade. Adventures are guided by trained Naturalists but students will use maps, gps, and tracking skills to find trails and explore nature. Each camp offers a different Nature experience and vary in price.
Adventures with Cascadia Expeditions will include rafting and rock climbing with overnight wilderness camping. Exciting camps include van transportation to wilderness locations, camping food supplies, and wilderness gear. ‘Highly trained expedition staff will ...
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
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
Missing Tim Lillebo
By email@example.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.
- Brian Kelly, Restoration Director, Hells Canyon Preservation Council
Featured: Behold the Babirusa
By Matt Miller from Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living. Published on Feb 14, 2014.Behold the Babirusa
Funding eco-activism like the United Way
By sschroeder from All News. Published on Feb 13, 2014.
Goodbye to a key forest advocate and our friend
By sschroeder 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.
Your Comments Needed NOW
By firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
- 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.
OCN announces 2014 Priorities for a Healthy Oregon
By Christy Splitt from OLCV News Archive. Published on Jan 27, 2014.
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.
Wildlife Watchers Field Report for 2013
By email@example.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|
|Volunteer Allan Gorthy sets up trail camera|
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.
COCN Announces Priority for a Healthy Central Oregon
By Nikki Roemmer from OLCV News Archive. Published on Jan 14, 2014.
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.
The Forest Connection
By firstname.lastname@example.org (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."
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.”
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
2013 Oregon Values and Beliefs Survey Results
By admin from OLCV News Archive. Published on Oct 22, 2013.
2013 Oregon Values and Beliefs Survey Results
By Andrew Hogan from OLCV News Archive. Published on Oct 22, 2013.
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:
SB863 passes both the House and Senate
By Andrew Hogan from OLCV News Archive. Published on Oct 02, 2013.
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 sschroeder from All News. Published on Sep 29, 2013.Nature enthusiast, EarthShare employee and contributor Meghan Humphreys finds danger and gratefulness in the wild.
Big Win for Wildlife
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Sep 25, 2013.
Tell Governor Kitzhaber: No Deal on GMOs
By admin from OLCV News Archive. Published on Sep 23, 2013.
By sschroeder 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.
Clean Water Advocates Call on Senator Wyden to Prevent Clearcuts, Toxic Herbicides on O&C Lands
By Kate from Press Releases. Published on Aug 26, 2013.
PRC, Ernie Niemi Publish Economic Analysis that Compares Conservation and Timber Values Produced on O&C Lands
By Kate from Press Releases. Published on Aug 26, 2013.
OCN Priority will curb suction dredge mining permits
By Christy Splitt from OLCV News Archive. Published on Aug 13, 2013.
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.
Update on Bighorn Protection from Darilyn Parry Brown
By firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
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.
Protecting Our Liquid Gold
By Nikki Roemmer from OLCV News Archive. Published on Jul 18, 2013.
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).
Snow Basin Update
By email@example.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.
Humor, Facts, and Fundraising - Tom Lang's books
By firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
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 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?”
“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.”
“I hear you’re the best.”
“Best at what?”
“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.”
July 2013 -- The Water Issue
By Meghan Humphreys from All News. Published on Jul 11, 2013.
Wildlife Watchers Project Begins New Season
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jan 13, 2014.
Welcome to early summer in the Blue Mountains.
- Brian Kelly
June 2013 - "Your Share" E-newsletter
By Meghan Humphreys from All News. Published on Jun 18, 2013.
PRC Statement on Supreme Court Dismissal of Review of Decision on Sierra Nevada Forest Plan
By Kate from Press Releases. Published on Jun 17, 2013.
Finding Common Ground on Eastern Oregon Forests
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on May 29, 2013.
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
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.
PRC Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Review Ruling on Sierra Nevada Forest Plan
By Kate from Press Releases. Published on Mar 20, 2013.
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.
Charles Jones Remembers Jack Barry
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Mar 06, 2013.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Feb 27, 2013.
"We all do better when we all do better" - EarthShare Oregon
By email@example.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,
Hells Canyon Preservation Council
PRC & Bark Release New Recommendations for Protection of Freshwater Resources on Mt. Hood
By Kate from Press Releases. Published on Jan 16, 2013.
Jack Barry - Visionary Voice 1925 - 2012
By firstname.lastname@example.org (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:
The Dawn of Dam Removal
By email@example.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 RemovalBruce Babbitt
Early Fall 2012
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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
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HCPC welcomes summer intern Joshua Axelrod
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Jun 08, 2012.
|Josh (red bandana) and his dad crossing a snow bridge above Hurricane Creek, July 2011.|
|Josh (right), his younger brother Ezra, and his dad in the hills above La Grande, Christmas 2011.|
HCPC and Allies Await Approval for a Settlement Agreement Requiring DEQ to Re-Examine Controversial Mining Practice
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on May 25, 2012.
Of Killdeer, Camas, and the Travel Management Plan
By email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on May 13, 2012.
Analysis confirms Wallowa-Whitman Travel Plan Decision leaves plenty of access
By email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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 -
The Perverse Logic of Wolf Hunts
By email@example.com (Hells Canyon Preservation Council) from From the Canyons. Published on Mar 30, 2012.
The Predator Persecution Complex
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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