Environment & Planning

Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport is now treating two olive ridley sea turtles. Discovered on different beaches, they're both doing well.

Parks and Open Space Department

The Eugene Parks and Open Space Department rang in the New Year by acquiring 100 acres of natural land. The property west of I-5 provides an opportunity for walking trails from Eugene to places like Mount Pisgah.

Winter Weather Forecast Thru Monday

Jan 3, 2016

A Freezing Rain Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for all Southwest Oregon counties from tonight through late tomorrow morning.

Tim Giraudier / McKenzie River Trust

A former logging camp along the McKenzie River will be preserved in perpetuity. The 154 acres near the town of Blue River was purchased this week by the McKenzie River Trust.

Lane Regional Air Protection Agency

Officials are forecasting a rise in air pollution levels in the region through the weekend. Residents of the South Willamette Valley and the Bend area are asked not to burn wood until conditions improve.

WA Fish & Wildlife

People missed out on having Oregon Dungeness Crab at their holiday tables. But after more than a month’s delay, the state’s crab season is set to begin January 4th.

Oregon Ecologists Put Invasive Species On The Menu

Dec 29, 2015
Nick Fisher / OPB

American bullfrogs are invading Northwest waterways, eating everything they can stuff into their mouths – including native fish and frogs. One Oregon group is taking a bite out of the problem – with a recipe for Cajun-fried frog legs.

The UO School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) recently held a forum in Portland to help Oregonians prepare for "the big one." The SOJC’s “Don’t Wait for the Quake” event, hosted in partnership with OPB, convened a timely conversation about earthquake preparedness in Oregon.

As a catalyst for conversation, the forum featured five videos produced by SOJC Allen Hall Studios undergraduate students, each with its own angle on earthquake preparedness and recovery:

Cascadia Wildlands

Conservation groups gathered outside the Bureau of Land Management’s Springfield office Thursday morning to protest a timber sale in the Cascade foothills of Lane County.

Oregon Dept. of Forestry

The state of Oregon is looking for a buyer for the Elliott State Forest in Southern Oregon. More than 40 groups have come forward saying they want to be part of a deal.