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Autumn starts Wednesday, and cooler weather will soon follow. This is a relief for firefighters and residents whose homes were threatened during this summer's fire season.

Courtney Flatt

This summer’s hot, dry weather has left Northwest apple growers hurting for water to irrigate their orchards. It’s a hint at what’s predicted as the climate continues to warm.

Ashley Ahearn

As we get into the late summer, water supplies in much of the Northwest continue to drop.

The snow that usually melts and keeps streams and lakes full late in the season never really showed up this year.

Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest Public Radio

This wildfire season has hit northwest tribal lands particularly hard. Firefighters’ first priority is “life and property.” But, some tribal members wonder why protecting some kinds of property—like farms and even second homes— comes before tribal forest land.

Lane County Waste Management

Lane County is building an addition to its Short Mountain Landfill south of Eugene. The $4.3 million project will increase capacity and improve the site's wastewater capturing system.

Courtney Flatt

 

Southeastern Oregon is filled with the kind of wide open rangeland where an iconic bird is struggling to survive: the greater sage grouse. Eleven states in the West are working out strategies for the survival of the sage grouse. In Oregon’s Harney County ranchers are eager for solutions that will avoid more government restrictions.

The plight of greater sage grouse is now at the top of mind for ranchers, conservationists, and politicians across the West.

So much so that one ranch in southeastern Oregon has put a wildlife biologist on its payroll.

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Smoke will soon be returning to Douglas County, only this time, it won't be from a wildfire. Farmers will be utilizing *prescribed burns to prepare fields and pastures for next spring. Prescribed burns help remove noxious weeds, insects, and diseased plants, and they help firefighters by reducing the buildup of brush and other flammable vegetation. The effects on populated areas should be minimized by allowing burns only to take place when conditions are appropriate and weather patterns favorable.

Jes Burns / Earthfix

Opponents of a natural gas export project in Southern Oregon are on a month-long protest hike along the route of a proposed pipeline. This weekend, the hikers neared the halfway point in Jackson County.

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Bow hunting season opened in Oregon over the weekend. Local land managers are welcoming visitors to the forests, but they have several cautions.

Recent rains and cooler temperatures have brought a taste of fall.

But Jude McHugh of the Willamette National Forest says the moisture hasn’t penetrated the tree canopy, and fire danger remains high:

Northwest Permaculture Convergence

This weekend Eugene is hosting the 8th annual Northwest Permaculture Convergence. The idea of meeting human needs in ways that also are good for the environment is a philosophy that has resonance in Eugene. At the event people can participate in workshops and tour local homes to see examples of sustainable gardens and yards. Jan Spencer is the Coordinator of Northwest Permaculture Convergence. He hopes people understand permaculture is a lifestyle choice.

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