Environment

Environment
9:26 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Would Oregon Forestry Rules Have Stopped Logging Above The Oso Landslide?

Credit Washington State Patrol

After heavy rains triggered fatal landslides in 1996, Oregon rewrote its rules on where logging can happen in landslide-prone areas.

Oregon law now clearly states that you can't log in areas with where logging could trigger a public safety risk from a certain type of landslide.

That is -- the type of landslide that sends a thin layer of soil washing down a slope and taking everything on the surface along with it. Removing trees from steep slopes can raise the risk of that kind of landslide. John Seward's job with the Oregon Department of Forestry is to avoid that risk.

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whale watching
10:45 am
Mon March 24, 2014

It's Whale Watch Week On The Oregon Coast

Credit Oregon State Parks

It's Whale Watch Week on the Oregon coast. Trained volunteers are staffing 24 Whale Watching Spoken Here sites from Astoria to Crescent City, California during spring break.

About 18 thousand gray whales travel along the west coast in their migration north in the spring from Baja California to their feeding grounds in Alaska. Renee Fowler is a Park Ranger at the Depoe Bay Whale Watch Center. She says people who visit Whale Watch sites can get tips on spotting the giant mammals. You can see a whale come up for air with the naked eye.

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cougar
7:25 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Predator Advocate Says Killing Cougars Is Unnecessary, Harmfull

A sign posted at Hendrick's Park in Eugene warns of the cougar recently seen in the area.
Credit Rachael McDonald

This month, a female cougar believed to be preying on livestock near Hendricks Park was trapped and killed by Oregon Fish & Wildlife. A second, juvenile male cougar was trapped and killed a few days later. A third young cat was captured by trail camera. Brooks Fahy is Director of Predator Defense, a national wildlife advocacy organization based out of Eugene.  He spoke with KLCC's Rachael McDonald.

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Environment
5:41 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

ODFW Ends Efforts To Trap Third Cougar Near Hendricks Park In Eugene

Credit Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has suspended its efforts to trap a third cougar in the Hendricks Park area of Eugene.  The agency says remote cameras have not spotted the cougar since Friday, March 14.  They have also not received any reports of sightings. 

ODFW caught and killed two cougars around the park last week after reports of local livestock deaths.  

Officials have now removed the cougar traps, but are continuing to monitor the area with cameras.  ODFW advises residents and visitors to the park to keep dogs leashed.

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Infrastructure
3:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Updated Dam Failure Maps Available

Inundation map for Oakridge, if the Hills Creek Dam were to fail.
Credit Karen Richards

What happens if a dam fails during normal summer conditions? What if a dam breaks when it’s flooding or snowing? To answer those questions, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has updated its dam failure inundation maps.

The Corps created maps of failure scenarios for all 13 dams in the Willamette Valley. Their release last year drew hundreds of requests. The Corps is holding viewings for those citizens who expressed interest. Matt Craig is a Dam Safety Program Manager.

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wildlife
11:09 am
Tue March 18, 2014

A Second Cougar Is Killed Near Eugene Park

This photo taken with a trail camera Friday shows a cougar that's believed to still be in or around Hendrick's Park
Credit Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

Oregon wildlife biologists have trapped and killed a second cougar near Hendricks Park in Eugene. A trap was set for a third cougar believed to be in the area. 

Last week, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife trapped and killed an adult female suspected of killing goats and chickens at a home near the park.
Dennehy: "We set a trail camera at the site and that revealed the presence of a 2nd young cougar. That cougar entered the empty coop where the chickens had been killed last week."

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Wildfire
6:57 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Facing A Hot Wildfire Season, Officials Pitch New Funding Bill

The Tumblebug Complex Fire burned 14,570 acres of Willamette National Forest land in Lane County in 2009.
Credit wikepedia

This summer is shaping up to be a hot season for wildfires, especially on the west coast. Federal officials and lawmakers took the opportunity Monday to urge passage of legislation that would treat big wildfires like other natural disasters. They say this would fix a problem that’s hampered efforts to prevent the fires in the first place.

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Conservation
6:43 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Time Crunch To Preserve Ridgelines In Tri-Cities, Wash.

Sharon Grant heads down the ridge of Candy Mountain in the Tri-Cities, Wash. Badger Mountain can be seen in the distance. Grant, and an outdoor enthusiast group called The Friends of Badger Mountain, are hoping to create a network of public trails along the Mid-Columbia’s ridgelines.
Credit Anna King

In the midst of the Tri-Cities [in southeast Washington] there’s a dramatic group of mountains known as The Rattles. Their close proximity to the city means urban dwellers can hike a 15-hundred-foot peak and enjoy dramatic views on their lunch break or even after supper. But it also means these ridgelines are prime turf for expensive view-homes. Now, A band of avid hikers, are trying to protect as much of the area from development as they can. They want to raise money to buy land for a network of public trails.

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Oregon Coast
2:34 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Springtime Is Snowy Plover Nesting Time

A Western Snowy Plover and its nest
Credit friendsofpajarodunes.org

Springtime on the Southern Oregon Coast means more people traveling to beaches to catch some sun, or perhaps fly a kite. But, beachgoers share the sand with the Western Snowy Plover, which means observing new restrictions to ensure a successful nesting season for the endangered species.

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Endangered Species
12:42 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Conservationists Say They'll Sue Over Privatization Of State Forest

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Conservation groups want timber companies to know they'll sue if an endangered seabird's habitat is threatened by logging. The groups object to the potential privatization of the Elliott State Forest in Oregon's coast range.

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