Environment & Planning

Willamette Wildfires

Crews are assessing the damage now that the more than 11-thousand acre Terwilliger Fire is approaching containment.

Douglas Forest Protective Association

Cooling temperatures and increased precipitation means prescribed burns will soon be allowed again throughout Douglas County. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports this can help to prevent wildfires.

Mt. PIsgah Arboretum

Lane County Commissioners heard Tuesday about a new management plan for Buford Park and Mount Pisgah. The plan provides a long-term strategy for habitat conservation.

Getty Images

Saturday people in Oregon and all over the world will take part in a demonstration against climate change.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A hydraulic oil spill into the McKenzie River last March has earned a paper company a $20,000 fine. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.

(Wikimedia Commons)

Matsutake mushroom season is upon Oregon and residents can get permits starting September 4.

(Hulbert Field)

As wildfires continue to burn across Oregon forests animals may be searching new places for food and shelter – sometimes in residential areas.

Doc Slyter / Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians

Construction is wrapping up on a special fish ladder at Eel Creek north of Coos Bay.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull explains, it’s to help the regional lamprey population rebound.

Dave Herasimtschuk, Fresh Waters Illustrated / USFWS Pacific Region, Flickr.com

Lamprey populations across the Pacific Northwest have fallen in the past half century. An Oregon State University estimate says they are at 5 to 10 percent of their numbers half a century ago. Conservation officials and Native American tribes say this is troubling because of lampreys’ importance to the ecosystem. Now an effort is underway to monitor the numbers of these eel-like fish in southern coastal Oregon, to help researchers learn about their migration patterns and challenges.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Al Case / Flickr.com

With air quality worsening throughout the week, Lane County officials are urging people to be aware of the health effects of breathing smoky air. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, there are even “clean air spaces” being made available.


The Terwilliger Fire in the Willamette National Forest has grown to 1,200 acres as of Wednesday morning. Fire officials report containment is currently at 1%.  Windy conditions are expected to continue, challenging firefighting efforts.

(Alec Cowan/KLCC)

Haze from wildfires continues to plague the southern Willamette valley as wind carries smoke from Washington and Canada. Air levels are currently at a high moderate level in Eugene and throughout central and southern Oregon.

(Alec Cowan/KLCC)

Mountain Rose Herbs opened a new milling facility in West Eugene. KLCC’s Alec Cowan reports on how the unique addition is a big step for sustainability.

(Alec Cowan/KLCC)

Recycling has become increasingly difficult since the international market changed what plastics it's willing to take. To help encourage local recycling Lane County Waste Management is putting on a free plastics roundup  at the Glenwood Transfer Station on September 30.


While the southern Willamette Valley has only seen moderate effects from wildfires this season, stretches from northern and southern Oregon continue to endure unhealthy air quality.

(Alec Cowan/KLCC)

Wildfire smoke has descended upon Eugene and the southern Willamette Valley Tuesday. Air quality levels were listed as “moderate” Wednesday. Air at this level can be unhealthy for those with breathing and lung problems, as well as children and those who are elderly.

(Alec Cowan/KLCC)

The Emerald People’s Utility District cut the ribbon on six new electric vehicle charging stations in Eugene today. 

(Wild Spotter)

Oregon’s Siuslaw National Forest is joining a nationwide effort to track invasive species. 

Willamette National Forest

Fire managers for the Willamette National Forest announced today they are banning the use of campfires in all wilderness areas. This includes all land within the boundaries of the Willamette and Deschutes National Forests.

TJ Gehling / Flickr.com

You may have noticed more and more yellowjackets hovering around your home, but an Oregon State University bug expert says to be calm, careful, and kind. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Many Oregonians will be experiencing a heat wave this week. The hottest days will be Wednesday and Thursday.

(Alec Cowan/KLCC)

Freshwater mussel populations are on the decline nationally, and little is known about why. KLCC’s Alec Cowan went downriver to bring us this report on an environmental study in Eugene trying to find some answers.

Willamette National Forest

While firefighters continue to try to thwart growing wildfires around the state, the manpower required to do so can leave local stations dry. 

Cascadia Wildlands

Representative Peter DeFazio this week introduced a bill to permanently protect a remote area of southwest Oregon, called the Devil’s Staircase.

(Rick Obst/Flikr)

As drought conditions continue statewide, Douglas County is taking further action to save water.

Governor Kate Brown declared a state of drought emergency for Douglas County in June. The Oregon Water Resources Department announced that water restrictions will be in place for county residents with stream or river water rights.


Oregon State University released a new website cataloging an oral history of their faculty’s work on climate change. 

“Voices of a Warming Planet” was put together by the OSU library and features interviews with 12 of the university’s leading figures in climate science. The talks come complete with video and an interactive transcript.

Rachael McDonald

A draft of the parks master plan from Lane County Parks is now available for feedback. Residents can comment on what they’d like to see in local parks online and at six upcoming community meetings.

(Alec Cowan/KLCC)

Crews are nearly finished removing a rockslide off a forest service road in the Willamette National Forest east of Eugene.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Supporting local growers, and demonstrating sustainability permeate much of the Oregon Country Fair. There’s a heavy emphasis on not producing or leaving much waste on the grounds. KLCC’s Brian Bull talked to a fair official about how well they’ve managed to reduce environmental impacts.

Oregon Country Fair

Fun fact about the Oregon Country Fair – through a good part of the year, the site is underwater.  Often, things are pretty dry by the time the first fairgoer walks through the entrance.  KLCC’s Brian Bull asked one of the fair officials about how the event handles this recurring natural disaster, including those unusual fences.