Environment

Wildlife
6:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Rodent Poisoning Harms Wildlife, Raptors

Credit audobonmagazine.com

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife noticed an uptick of wild animals killed by rodent poison this fall.

ODFW Veterinarian Julia Burco says a lot of times, the problem stems from people not reading directions carefully enough. She says people may notice they have rodent problems but might not think of the consequences of other animals directly or indirectly ingesting bait.

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Environment
5:38 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Oregon Farmers Can Help Threatened Bird

The streaked horned lark.
Credit Oregon Department of Agriculture

The federal government is counting on Willamette Valley farmers to help the recovery of a threatened bird. This fall, the streaked horned lark was added to the endangered species list.

The bird prefers open habitat, which has been declining, so it's showing up on agricultural land. Typically, finding an endangered species on your land would prohibit any disturbance to the area. But in this case, an exemption will not penalize farmers who find the lark on their property.

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Bees
8:31 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Penalties Of $2,800 For Wilsonville Bee Deaths

Western Bumble Bee (Bombus occidentalis) in the Mt. Hood National Forest during summer 2013.
Credit Rich Hatfield, Xerces Society

Penalties are in for a company implicated in the deaths of bumblebees in Oregon earlier this year. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has issued civil penalties to the pesticide company and its employees.

$2,886. That’s how much pesticide company Collier Arbor Care and four of its employees will pay for bumblebee kills.

The most notable incident killed 50,000 bumblebees in Wilsonville, Ore. Collier employees incorrectly applied a pesticide to blooming linden trees.

The fine also includes a smaller incident in downtown Portland.

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Pesticides
12:01 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Analysis Finds Increased Timber Company Herbicide Spray In Triangle Lake Area

Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

The timber industry practice of spraying herbicides on clear cuts to ensure replanted saplings can take hold has been cause for controversy in Oregon.  Now the Eugene-based anti-pesticide group Beyond Toxics has released an analysis finding industry spraying in one rural community increased over a three year period.  

Executive Director Lisa Arkin:

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Forest Management
7:57 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Wyden Introduces Eastside Forest Bill

Ponderosa Pines and Aspen in the Deschutes National Forest.
Credit Brett Cole, Oregon News Service

Senator Ron Wyden's long-awaited bill to promote logging on national forests in Eastern Oregon has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The Oregon Democrat's Senate Natural Resource's Committee approved the bill Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Timber industry and conservation groups that had once supported Wyden's efforts to use logging to promote healthier national forests while helping small mills survive are not happy with the latest changes. Tom Partin of the American Forest Resources Council says it puts ecological restoration ahead of economic considerations.

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Northwest News Network
4:11 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Heat Pump Water Heaters Hot Commodity but Not for Everyone

Electric water heaters eat up a lot of power -- and can take up about a fifth of your electricity bill. But there’s a hot new thing in the water heater world.

It’s called the heat pump water heater. Most Northwest utilities claim the new device can save you a lot of money, and they’re offering big rebates to people who make the switch from standard electric.

But heat pump water heaters aren’t right for everyone.

A refrigerator in reverse

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Winter Weather
3:42 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Winter Weather Closure Information for Friday

Public Colleges & Universities

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Winter Weather
11:21 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Warmer Weather Coming This Weekend

Freezing rain is expected in the early afternoon Thursday, but normal temperatures will begin creeping up this weekend.

The South Willamette Valley should be experiencing warmer weather as early as Friday, with temperatures predicted to reach the mid 40s in the afternoon. Hydrologist Andy Bryant of the National Weather Service says despite some Friday night cold, the weekend should be warmer.

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Parks and Recreation
6:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Parks and Rec Survey Reveals Priorities

Credit The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

The job of learning what it is Oregon's hikers, bikers, swimmers and other recreators want improved rests with Kreg Lindberg.  He's an associate professor of tourism and outdoor leadership at O.S.U.'s Cascades Campus.  Each year he helps determine local and recreational priorities with a statewide survey he conducts.  In this audio report, Lindberg tells of the origins and nature of this survey, and what was most recently learned.

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Winter Weather
7:22 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Some Eugene-Springfield Businesses Hurting Because Of Cold Weather

The weeks leading up to Christmas are the biggest retail shopping time of the year.  But this month’s unusually cold weather is keeping people indoors – hurting some businesses in the Eugene-Springfield area. Other businesses, though, are seeing a boost.

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