Environment

Wine grapes in vineyard

Grants in Oregon to tackle smoke threat to grapes, wild carrots invading fields, and more

BY: - November 10, 2021

Oregon’s wine industry, which has been hard hit by recent wildfires, might not have to worry so much about smoke spoiling grapes in the future. A plan is in the works to protect grapes from “smoke taint” that fouls the taste of wine.  The research project by Oregon State University is among 15 projects that […]

Three steelhead trout travel in the Columbia Basin

Oregon environmentalists say feds neglecting to enforce action to protect fish

BY: - November 10, 2021

The first time Nina Bell heard that the Columbia River was getting warmer was in the early 90s. Scientists advising the state Department of Environmental Quality warned that the river in some places was becoming a danger to migrating fish, she said. “They called it out, said the temperatures were jeopardizing the fish – jeopardizing […]

COMMENTARY
Diesel trucks in Oregon

For the health of Oregonians, state needs to move ahead on tighter controls for diesel trucks

BY: - November 9, 2021

As with so many critical issues, Oregon is at a crossroads with how we move people and goods around. After far too much delay, it’s time to take a new path and examine the impacts transportation has on our health, communities, and climate and how to fix it. There are many obstacles to overcome to […]

State renews septic tank fix funding – but thousands will continue leaking without repair

BY: - November 9, 2021

The invisible price of a failing home septic system is a foul smell.  The very visible mark is ground softening atop the underground sewage tank resulting in leaks into waterways and repair and replacement costs that can range from $25,000 to $65,000. That’s a cost typically borne by the home or business owner. A loan […]

COMMENTARY
Oregon Chinook salmon

Forest accord seen as good for Oregon woodlands, wildlife – but also for how collaboration can work

BY: - November 8, 2021

After nearly a year of negotiations, representatives of timber companies, small forestland owners, and conservation and fishing organizations reached an agreement through the Private Forest Accord. The negotiations were an effort to avoid an expensive and messy fight at the ballot box over competing initiatives around Oregon’s forest laws. The agreement proposes changes to the […]

COMMENTARY

Deal over Oregon forestlands a historic step to protect environment, help private woodlot owners

BY: - November 5, 2021

Last Saturday will go down in Oregon’s history as a truly remarkable day. In the early hours of the morning, following five long days of intense negotiations that capped off over a year of constructive conversation led by Governor Kate Brown, six negotiating representatives from the forest sector, including myself representing small forest owners, signed […]

Some of Oregon’s most powerful state boards getting new members

BY: , and - November 4, 2021

A McMinnville hay farmer, a Wilsonville dentist and the former deputy director of the state Agriculture Department are among dozens of unelected Oregonians set to wield power over state lands, government ethics and public pensions.  Gov. Kate Brown’s nominees to multiple state boards and commissions are up for confirmation in the state Senate later this […]

Oregon’s private forests would do better shielding streams, wildlife under historic deal

BY: - November 2, 2021

Beavers and salmon in Oregon could be the big winners over a new agreement expected to profoundly change how millions of acres of private forestland in Oregon are managed. Conservationists and representatives from the timber industry negotiated until the wee hours of Saturday morning to agree on changes to the state Forest Practices Act. The […]

Oregonians talk climate wins, losses as Congress expected to vote on Build Back Better package

BY: - November 1, 2021

Oregon politicians, activists and businesses have mixed feelings of hope and deflation ahead of Tuesday’s expected historic vote on federal climate spending.  Congress is scheduled to consider the long awaited Build Back Better Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.  The former, which includes $555 billion dedicated to slowing the growing threat of […]

A misty forest in Oregon

Calvin Mukumoto selected as new state forester

BY: - October 29, 2021

The Oregon Board of Forestry on Friday picked a forester from Coos Bay to lead the Oregon Department of Forestry. Calvin Mukumoto, a former member of the state Parks and Recreation Commission and Board of Forestry and the U.S. Board for the Forest Stewardship Council, will lead the agency’s 1,200 employees and a budget of […]

mega-chicken plant

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 […]

Klamath River Basin

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 […]