Environment

At an Oregon public hearing, all but one speak out against industrial chicken farm

BY: - October 29, 2021

People in live testimony and in writing overwhelmingly oppose a major chicken farming operation planned for outside Scio. The Oregon Department of Agriculture heard from about a dozen people against a new confined animal feeding operation at a public hearing on Oct. 20. It was a fraction of the more than 100 who submitted written […]

Tribes to deploy beavers in bid to save Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

BY: - October 28, 2021

The Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge looks very different today than it did 35 years ago. About 45 miles north of Klamath Falls along the Williamson River, it’s natural waterways are limited, and over the last few decades it’s spent more and more of the year in drought conditions with parts nearly or fully drying […]

Common reed

Noxious weed warriors: Sign up for grant money now

BY: - October 25, 2021

Gardeners, if you think you’ve got a problem controlling dandelions, take note: Oregon watersheds, wildlife habitat and farm land are threatened by dozens of noxious weeds. Troublesome plants vary by region. In the northeast, Wallowa County has battled welted thistle that threaten alfalfa fields, while on the coast, Curry County is waging a war against […]

Oregon’s new wildfire czar explains his job – Q&A

BY: - October 25, 2021

Last week, Doug Grafe wrapped up orientation at his new job as state wildfire programs director. He takes on his new job after 17 years at the Oregon Department of Forestry, appointed by Gov. Kate Brown. He will advise her on preventing wildfires and carrying out the mandates of Senate Bill 762.  That legislation, passed […]

Future of clean trucks, buses facing key agency vote in November

BY: - October 22, 2021

A future with electric garbage trucks and school buses and less polluting freight trucks is up for a vote in November by the state Environmental Quality Commission.  The commission is considering two new rules for manufacturing cleaner and zero-emissions medium- and heavy-duty trucks, buses and vans sold in the state. Vehicles that would be covered […]

Asian giant hornet on apple

Oregon entomologists brace for the arrival of ‘murder hornets’ 

BY: - October 21, 2021

This summer a pair of Oregon entomologists traipsed through the woods in northern Washington on the hunt.  They were looking for a dangerous predator: Asian giant hornets. Native to south and east Asia, they’ve earned the name “murder hornets” for their ability to decimate a honey bee hive in an hour or two. They can […]

Auditors find that Oregon state agency handled wildfire cleanup well despite complaints

BY: - October 21, 2021

A report released Wednesday by state auditors largely praises how the Oregon Department of Transportation handled debris removal after the largest natural disaster in state history. The transportation department and the contractors it hired to remove tens of thousands of damaged trees from along 120 miles of state highways in the Santiam Canyon and McKenzie […]

Oregon State professor lands grant to clean up wood burning stoves

BY: - October 20, 2021

In the leadup to winter, researchers at Oregon State University are teaming up with the Nez Perce tribe and local manufacturers to develop a cleaner way to burn wood in stoves.  They have received $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to research and develop a cheap device that can be put into a […]

The Oregon Coast

Oregon says drop, cover and hold on in an earthquake. Some specialists disagree.

BY: - October 20, 2021

Seismic experts agree that one day the state will be smacked by a massive earthquake off the coast that will cause widespread damage. They also agree that Oregonians need to prepare. But they disagree on what the state should advise. On Thursday, the state holds its annual Great Oregon ShakeOut drill aimed at raising awareness […]

Plan for one of Oregon’s largest chicken farms draws criticism; hearing set

BY: - October 20, 2021

Eric Simon got into chicken farming 20 years ago after a career as an electronics technician because, he said, he was poor. With his wife and two young kids, he moved 30 miles from Corvallis to rural Brownsville and bought a house on 40 acres on the edge of town. He built barns and then […]

A view from King's Mountain in the Tillamook State Forest.

Conservation work in Oregon forests gets federal boost

BY: - October 18, 2021

Two state agencies have been awarded a $750,000 federal grant to continue work on a state plan for protecting endangered species and species that could become endangered in the next 70 years in Oregon’s northwest forests. The Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife share the grant, which will be […]

COMMENTARY

Oregon shows how workers can be protected when they face extreme heat, smoke

BY: - October 15, 2021

As a result of climate change, the United States experienced a particularly dangerous and hot summer this year. New record highs were set all over the country and the Pacific Northwest was particularly hard hit. As of September 2021, according to the National Weather Service, the state of Oregon had a record 88 days over […]