Environment

Environment & Planning

Fires Affect Oregon Outdoor Attractions

Aug 3, 2016
Willamette National Forest

A fire near Crater Lake National Park has now burned over 720 acres. Lucinda Nolan with the South Central Oregon Incident Management team says the flames are mostly being fueled by the remnants of the 2006 Bybee fire.

Willamette National Forest

A section of the McKenzie River Trail is still closed while crews battle the Blue Top Fire east of Eugene. The blaze has grown to 15 acres in rough terrain.

Corvallis's Sunset Park Now Has Restored Wetlands

Aug 1, 2016
City of Corvallis

Restoration of a Corvallis park finally concluded this July after 10 years. Part of the $120,000 project turned an old softball field in to a natural wetland area. The field flooded much of the year, the new natural area is accessible year-round.

Willamette National Forest

A popular trail along the McKenzie River will remain closed through the weekend. Crews are fighting the 2 1/2 acre Blue Top Fire near Blue Pool and Tamolitch Falls east of Eugene.

Bringing Back The Wocus, One Plant At A Time

Jul 21, 2016
Jes Burns / Earthfix

At one time, a network of wetlands and marshes surrounded Southern Oregon’s Upper Klamath Lake. These were the hunting and gathering grounds of Native Americans. One of their major subsistence foods was an abundant water lily they called the wocus.

Record date: July 15, 2016

This City Club will air in August.

Speakers:

  • Jim McGavin: President of the South Willamette Wineries Association, President of the Prairie Mountain Wineries Association, Owner of Walnut Ridge Vineyard, and Co-owner of Sass Winery.
  • Sandra Ericson: Former Planning Commissioner and Chair of the Climate Protection Task Force for the City of St. Helena, Napa Valley, and former President of the St. Helena Home Winemakers.

Coordinator: Sandra Ericson

Wolf
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Conservation groups have gotten the go-ahead to challenge wolf de-listing in Oregon.  a state court of appeals judge says the lawsuit can go forward despite recent legislation.

Wikipedia

The Environmental Protection Agency fined Oregon State University over $200,000 for improper storage and labeling of hazardous materials.

This was the largest regional penalty settled with the federal agency this year.


http://defazio.house.gov/

As part of a lawsuit settlement, the federal government is proposing changes to the National Flood Insurance Program for Oregon that could severely restrict development in Glenwood and other places across the state.

Firefighters Attend Training To Prep For Summer

Jun 29, 2016

The past few fire seasons in the Northwest have been brutal. Record-breaking blazes burned through the towns of Chelan and Pateros. This year is already starting out dry and hot. That’s why hundreds of firefighters across Washington are prepping for the summer.

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