Environment

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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Wildlife
12:40 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Cougar Blamed For Killing Livestock Is Put Down

Credit Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

A cougar blamed for killing goats and chickens at a home near Hendrick's Park in Eugene has been trapped and killed.

The cougar visited a property that abuts Hendricks Park for four consecutive nights, killing two goats and some chickens. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife trapped the 84-pound female Tuesday morning in a cage took it away and euthanized it. District Wildlife Biologist, Brian Wolfer says there was potential for the cougar to keep killing livestock and domestic animals, even if it was relocated.

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Environment
2:36 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Wolves Stress Cows Out

Credit Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

It may not come as a surprise to hear that wolves make cows nervous. Unlike bovine that haven’t ever had a run-in with a wolf pack, ones that have can experience stress-related illnesses. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports researchers with Oregon State University have found a way to measure the stress of a wolf attack on beef cows.

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Climate Change
6:57 am
Mon March 10, 2014

What Does Climate Change Mean For Ice Climbing?

Whitman College freshman Laura Rey makes her way up the Weeping Wall, outside Dayton, Wash. This was Rey's first ice climbing trip.
Credit Courtney Flatt

Ice climbers are a lot like snowboarders and skiers – they count on winter weather to create the right conditions for their sport. But here’s a big difference: mountain resorts can manufacture snow; no one has invented a machine to freeze waterfalls. And as winter temperatures rise, outdoor recreationalists worry that climate change could threaten some ice climbing destinations.

High up in Washington’s Blue Mountains, behind trees and across the Touchet River, is what locals call the Weeping Wall.

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Environment
1:22 am
Sun March 9, 2014

S. Santiam River Project To Connect Sweet Home With Forest

Credit Rural Development Initiatives

Outdoor enthusiasts in Oregon will soon have another venue for their passion. Today (Monday) kicks off a project to link Sweet Home to the Willamette National Forest through a public access trail system.

About 36 private and public entities are coming together to launch the South Santiam River Corridor Project. They will commit to creating 12 miles of trails paralleling Highway 20. Sweet Home City Manager Craig Martin says the forest project will create jobs:

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Forest Management
2:09 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Gilchrist State Forest To Add Nearly 29,000 Acres

The Gilchrist Forest in northern Klamath County.
Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

The Gilchrist State Forest south of Bend is adding nearly 29,000 acres. The Board of Forestry approved completion of the multi-year acquisition Wednesday.

Legislators first approved the purchase in 2010. The State acquired 43,000 acres that became the first new Oregon State Forest in 60 years. At the same time, The Conservation Fund bought about 25,000 acres directly adjacent with the intention of eventually selling it to the Oregon Department of Forestry. ODF spokesman John Pellissier says they aren't usually in the habit selling or purchasing land.

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Wanapum Dam
7:38 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Outside Experts Weigh In On Columbia River’s Damaged Wanapum Dam

Newly exposed riverbank sprawls out upstream on the Columbia River from Wanapum Dam. Grant County engineers have lowered the pool above the dam, to ease pressure on the structure that has a major crack in part of its spillway.
Credit Anna King

A situation on the Columbia River is rapidly unfolding with the damaged Wanapum Dam near Vantage, in Central Washington. Teams of engineers are scrambling to figure out what’s gone wrong with part of Wanapum’s spillway structure. Correspondent Anna King winded her way up the Columbia River to the dam, and files this investigative report.

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Climate Change
9:05 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Former NASA Scientist James Hansen On Climate Change

Dr. James Hansen
Credit Cassandra Profita

Until last year, James Hansen ran the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at NASA. In that role, he issued some of the earliest warnings about the risks of climate change.

Hansen was in Eugene this past weekend to give a keynote speech at the Environmental Law Conference. Before the speech, Hansen sat down with EarthFix reporter Cassandra Profita to talk about his new life as a public speaker and climate scientist at Columbia University.

Q: Dr. Hansen, it's been almost a year since you left NASA. How has your work changed?

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Energy
7:48 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Sen. Wyden: Hanford Tanks Like “Groundhog Day,” Problems Keep Repeating

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
Credit Anna King

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is saying cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is like something out the movie “Groundhog Day.” In a boathouse on the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon,  Saturday, he said the problems at the nuclear site repeat over and over.

Senator Wyden says key documents at Hanford were kept from him, the State of Washington and the public.

Ron Wyden: “We were told in 2012 that this double-shelled tank … was an isolated issue. Now we have obtained documents indicating some very serious questions about whether that was actually the case.”

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