Environment

Watershed Health
12:12 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Florence STEP Part 2: Conservation Group Expands Education Program In Response To Coho Loss

Siuslaw Elementary student learns about ecology on field trip to Florence STEP's Whiteaker Creek fish trap.
Dolly Greene

After losing nearly 10,000 newly-hatched Coho Salmon in February, a volunteer-run fish hatchery in Florence is regrouping.  While the loss accounted for all of this year’s hatchery Coho in the Siuslaw basin, the number represents less than 1% of the total Coho returns for the river.  

Yesterday we heard about the hatchery loss. Today KLCC’s Jes Burns reports on what the volunteers are doing to keep it from happening again.

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Watershed Health
12:25 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Florence STEP Part 1: Fish Conservation Organization Regroups After Hatchery Loss

Racks of fish eggs inside the Munsel Creek Hatchery in Florence.
Credit Jes Burns

A volunteer-run fish conservation group in Florence is shifting focus nearly two months after suffering a significant set-back.  The Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program, or “STEP,” lost all the newly-hatched Coho from their hatchery on Munsel Creek.  Despite the tenor of media reports at the time, the loss is relatively insignificant from an ecological standpoint.  It's the group's work with local students that’s affected most.  

In the first of a two part series, KLCC’s Jes Burns looks at the hatchery loss and why ODFW decided not to pursue an investigation.

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Elliott State Forest
9:15 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Timber Company Bids To Buy State Forest Land

Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

A prominent timber family’s bid to purchase state forest land in Oregon could lead to old-growth logging near protected wildlife species. The timber sale is reigniting longstanding environmental debates in the Northwest.

The Elliott State Forest provides environmental protection for threatened and endangered species because it’s public land — but that could change if the property becomes private.

The Seneca Jones Timber Co. submitted a bid on a 788-acre parcel called East Hakki  Ridge. It was put up for sale by the State of Oregon.

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Bees
4:35 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Local Beekeepers Leading The Way For Colony Collapse Research

Bill Bezuk holds a piece of honeycomb from a collapsed hive. He will use it to start a new colony.
Credit Karen Richards

Lane County is leading the nation in its treatment of bees. With recent local and state legislation and a growing interest in backyard hives, local bee advocates are in position to steer the national discussion.

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Recycling
2:54 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Oregon Electronics Recycling Program Marks 5th Year, Continues To Expand

Credit www.hillsborogarbage.com

Since 2009 the Oregon Electronic Recycling Program, or E-Cycles, has collected more than 120 million pounds of potential electronic waste for recycling. The program is poised to expand collection locations and the types of devices it recycles.

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Environment
9:48 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Logging The Edge Of Oso Slide's No-logging Zone

Washington Department of Natural Resources image shows 2005 clearcut extending into no-logging zone at site of Oso landslide.
Credit Washington Department of Natural Resources

Washington State officials say they didn't approve clearcutting inside a no-logging zone directly above Saturday's deadly landslide in the town of Oso. But aerial photos show a clearcut extending into the zone where a loss of trees would heighten the risk of landslides.

Removing forest cover can increase the amount of rain water that finds its way underground. Geologists say the extra groundwater can destabilize the already unstable soils deep beneath landslide zones.

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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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