Oregon Environmental Groups, Lawmakers Target Logging Rules

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 22, 2017

Environmental groups are pressuring Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Board of Forestry to find new leadership on forestry issues and increase protections for coastal drinking water.  

Trump's Billionaire Pick For Commerce, Oceans Chief Is Keeping His Oil Tankers

KUOW | Feb. 24, 2017

Billionaire Wilbur Ross is President Trump's nominee for secretary of commerce, which oversees ocean policies. Ross also owns oil tankers, which has critics worried about a conflict of interest.

Lawsuit Seeks To Keep Columbia And Snake Rivers Cold For Salmon

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 23, 2017

A lawsuit filed by salmon advocates calls for the Environmental Protection Agency to pick up where it left off in 2003 in considering steps to lower temperatures in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

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Unauthorized Vehicle Track Discovered In Eagle Cap Wilderness

NWPR/EarthFix | Feb. 23, 2017 3:02 p.m.

A track for vehicles was recently discovered illegally crossing the boundary into Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness, despite the Wilderness Act's prohibition against motorized access to such protected areas.

Politics | local | News | Land use | Environment

Oregon Secretary Of State Criticizes Governor For Reversal On Elliott State Forest Sale

OPB | Feb. 25, 2017 3:49 p.m. | Portland

The newly elected Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson gave his first political speech to a Republican group since taking office — and he targeted Democratic Gov. Kate Brown.

Energy | Environment

The Forgotten Clean Energy Source That Helps Power The Northwest

Jefferson Public Radio | Feb. 23, 2017 3:03 p.m.

Pacific Northwest, we've slashed greenhouse gas emissions — and saved big bucks — with a clean energy source that often doesn't even get mentioned in policy debates.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Making Sure Salmon Can Cross (Under) The Roads In Washington

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 22, 2017 1:30 p.m.

Thousands of road culverts block the way for endangered salmon. That’s why Native American tribes have sued Washington state, which is making fixes to improve fish passage.

Politics | News | Land use | Environment

Oregon Lawmakers Debate Whether To Study Federal-To-State Land Transfers

OPB | Feb. 16, 2017 3:15 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The bill would create a task force that would study the feasibility and cost of pursuing such transfers. Conservation groups oppose it.

Air | Pacific Ocean | Environment | Climate change

A Blob In The Ocean Means More Ozone In The Air

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 15, 2017 4:16 p.m. | Seattle

A University of Washington scientist discovered surprising spikes in air pollution in recent years. What was even more surprising was their cause.

Air | Environment | Energy | Sustainability | Climate change

Oregon DEQ Says Cap And Trade Could Reduce Carbon Emissions At Lower Costs

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 15, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Portland

Reducing carbon emissions in Oregon could be achieved through an approach known as cap and trade with little impact on the state’s overall economy, according to a new study.

Environment

Former Governor's Adviser Whitman Selected To Head Oregon DEQ

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 14, 2017 3:45 p.m. | Portland

Richard Whitman, a former policy advisor to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, will remain director of Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality.    

local | News | Land use | Environment

Oregon Counties Sue Federal Government Over Cascade-Siskiyou Expansion

OPB | Feb. 14, 2017 3:10 p.m. | Portland

A group of counties that gets revenue from logging lands within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument boundaries is suing the federal government.

Forestry | Environment

Controversial Sale Of A State Forest In Oregon Moves Forward After Land Board Vote

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 14, 2017 2:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Two new members of Oregon’s State Land Board voted Tuesday to move forward with the controversial sale of the Elliott State Forest despite opposition from Gov. Kate Brown.

local | Environment | Land | Science | Climate change

What Happened To Mount Hood's Glacier Caves?

OPB | Feb. 14, 2017 11:13 a.m. | Mount Hood, Oregon

The spectacular glacier caves of Mount Hood collapsed and disappeared completely within just a few years of their discovery. Scientists are only now learning what happened.

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Making Sure Salmon Can Cross (Under) The Roads In Washington

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 22, 2017

Thousands of road culverts block the way for endangered salmon. That’s why Native American tribes have sued Washington state, which is making fixes to improve fish passage.

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