Environment

Research from Oregon State finds ways to slow wildfires in critical sagebrush rangelands

BY: - June 6, 2022

Nearly 45% of historic sagebrush ecosystems in the Great Basin – 200,000 square miles of California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming – have been lost to invasive plants, grasses and wildfires, according to the federal Bureau of Land Management. To slow the frequency and severity of such fires, scientists at Oregon State University undertook […]

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National wildfire agency forecasts higher fire risk in central and southern Oregon this summer

BY: - June 2, 2022

The National Interagency Fire Center forecasts higher than normal risk for wildfires in central Oregon beginning in June and in southern Oregon by July, according to a report published Tuesday. Southeast Washington will also be at elevated risk and northern California is considered at severe risk. The fire center based in Boise, Idaho, is the […]

Clackamas fuel company hit with state and federal fines for 2020 oil spill into North Santiam River

BY: - June 1, 2022

The company whose fuel truck overturned on Highway 22 two years ago, spilling gasoline and diesel into the North Santiam River, has been penalized by state and federal regulators, the federal Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.  Space Age Fuel Inc. of Clackamas, agreed to pay the EPA $135,000 for violating the federal Clean Water Act […]

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New limits coming for Chinook fishing over historically low numbers

BY: - May 31, 2022

Due to years of drought and poor ocean conditions, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will restrict fishing for wild Chinook salmon in parts of the state from late summer through the end of the year. Numbers of wild Chinook in several coastal tributaries are forecast to be at historic lows this fall, and […]

Electric highway charging stations upgraded to power electric bicycles

BY: - May 31, 2022

Cyclists riding electric bikes can now charge their batteries for free at nearly all electric vehicle charging stations on Oregon’s portion of the West Coast Electric Highway. That “highway” is a network of hundreds of electric vehicle charging stations stretching from British Columbia to the California-Mexico border. Oregon’s portion of the network has 44 charging […]

COMMENTARY

Leaders need to be faithful to intent of Oregon’s forest collaborations

BY: - May 30, 2022

Here in eastern Oregon, our identity and way of life is deeply connected to our public lands. Landscapes of deep canyons, snow-capped peaks, dense forests, and deserts are quite literally our backyard. They provide clean cold water, abundant wildlife, freedom, and a core piece of our identity. In post-colonial times, our relationship with the land […]

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Oregon ag officials give tentative approval to controversial Foster Farms chicken facility

BY: - May 27, 2022

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has approved a controversial industrial chicken farm in Linn County, provided it meets a few conditions. The department said plans for J-S Ranch, which projects raising 3.4 million chickens a year for Foster Farms, can move forward as long as the owner, Eric Simon, obtains a stormwater construction permit from […]

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Small territory in eastern Oregon put under quarantine for bird flu risk

BY: - May 26, 2022

A new poultry quarantine has been declared in eastern Oregon after avian flu was detected across the border in Idaho. The U.S. Department of Agriculture imposed the regional quarantine, which affects a small area in Malheur County south of the farming community of Nyssa. Dr. Ryan Scholz, Oregon state veterinarian, explained Thursday that the quarantine […]

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$1.65 million earmarked to restore Oregon streams, wetlands, prairies

BY: - May 26, 2022

Oregon streams, wetlands and prairies will get $1.65 million in federal funds to restore wildlife habitat, the state’s senators announced this week. The money is part of $26 million the U.S.Bureau of Land Management will spend nationally this year to restore ecosystems and comes from last year’s bipartisan infrastructure law. “Most Oregonians will tell you […]

COMMENTARY

Digging deep into an Oregon environmental scandal takes patient reporting

BY: - May 24, 2022

The announcement from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in January was eye-catching. The agency was fining a polluter $1.3 million for illegally dumping wastewater more than 1,000 times – and over three years. The agency declared those to be “serious violations of water quality regulations.” And, it said, the polluter “has not been doing […]

Consumers to get better notice when Oregon utilities shut down power during wildfires

BY: - May 23, 2022

Oregon’s Public Utility Commission has adopted a permanent plan for public notification of planned electric shutdowns in the event of a wildfire or weather event. The plan largely mirrors temporary rules adopted last May that told Pacific Power, Portland General Electric and Idaho Power to ensure that those affected by a planned power shutdown are […]

State advises Oregonians to watch out for snapping turtles

BY: - May 20, 2022

State wildlife officials are on the hunt for invasive snapping turtles. These prehistoric-looking creatures, native to the eastern part of Canada and the U.S. , have settled into the Tualatin River watershed and been spotted elsewhere, including the Clackamas, Willamette, Columbia, Sandy, Molalla, Pudding and Umpqua rivers and the Columbia Slough.  They’re easy to spot: […]