Environment

Environment & Planning

New Map Examines Oregon's Landslide Areas

Feb 26, 2016
landslides.usgs.gov

More than a third of Oregon has high or very high landslide susceptibility. That's according to a recently released map by the State Department of Geology. High risk areas are categorized by historic slide activity, slope, and land composition. This is the first time since 1982, when the U.S. Geological Survey published a nationwide overview, that Oregon's slide hotspots were identified. Ali Ryan Hansen is a spokeswoman for the State Department of Geology.

www.independent.co.uk Phgotographer Kate Brooks

The trafficking of certain animal parts around the world continues to encourage the black market poaching of endangered species. Following the failure of a bill in the State legislature to ban the commercial sale of certain animal parts, the group Save Endangered Animals Oregon, have decided to put the bill directly to voters. KLCC’s Desmond O’Boyle speaks with Campaign Director, Scott Beckstead.

The Oregonian

During a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee meeting, Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley pressed the top official on air quality to investigate the recent discovery of heavy metals in Portland.

Rachael McDonald / Hoodoo Ski Area

The National Weather Service says Oregon’s Cascade Mountains are at 105 percent of normal for snowpack at this time of year. That’s making snow enthusiasts happy.

Brian Davies / Register Guard (pool)

Next month, a federal judge in Eugene will hear arguments asking him to dismiss a lawsuit brought by 21 young people against the government demanding it do more to combat climate change. 

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has released plans for its newest state park, just south of Tillamook.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is lowering Cougar Reservoir in order to do what it says is urgently needed repair work.

Central Oregon Fire Info

It's been a wet winter, but fire season is just around the corner. The Oregon Department of Forestry is already planning for summer 2016.   

Beyond Toxics

A local watchdog group is gathering signatures for a possible ballot measure that would ban aerial pesticide spraying in Oregon’s forests.  Eugene-based Beyond Toxics is also celebrating its 15th anniversary this week.

www.oregon.gov

The Siuslaw National Forest is proposing a plan to improve habitat and stream surroundings. Proposed actions include commercially thinning about 53 hundred acres; create snags to promote nesting cavities for wildlife, and placing wood in streams to improve Coho salmon spawning. Casey Hawes is with the Siuslaw National Forest. He says the area is located about 14 miles northeast of Florence.

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