Environment

Environment & Planning

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.

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The Willamalane Park and Recreation District is opening a new mountain bike trail system at the Thurston Hills Natural Area this Saturday.

Another deer has been found with an arrow lodged in its head, this time in Douglas County. Since spring, Oregon officials have investigated three such cases.

Shooting a deer out of season can lead to charges of animal abuse and harassment of wildlife.

Oregon State Police Wildlife Division Lieutenant Darin Lux says that while unfortunate, these reports are common.

"A lot of these animals do survive. We believe that the one in jackson county survived, which is a good thing. It's just tough on the animals…. it’s just not right.”

Oregon Dept. of Forestry

Officials are anticipating Oregon's fire season this year will be worse than the last. U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio was briefed by the forest service this week while in the state for his July 4 recess. 

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The City of Corvallis decreased their greenhouse gas emissions each year since 2013, according to a new study released from the city.

The survey found that city-related gas emissions dropped about 2.7 percent annually. It’s the first survey conducted since the passage of the city’s 2016 Climate Action Plan.

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It’s not just smoke from fireworks that clears up on the Fifth of July.  It’s also grass pollen, giving allergy sufferers across the Willamette Valley greater independence from sneezing fits and watery eyes. KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.

Karen Richards

 

Last summer, wildfires brought unprecedented smoke to Eugene and other Oregon cities. High particulate levels caused cancellations of outdoor events, and people became fluent in air quality numbers.

 

Karen Richards

 

It's wildfire season in Oregon, and a class of new wildland firefighters is ready to help. About 200 students from all over western Oregon trained in Sweet Home last week, studying fire behavior and learning to use tools and equipment. The 22nd annual Mid-Willamette Interagency Fire School culminated with a live exercise off Highway 20.

 


Oregon Department of Forestry

With conditions becoming drier and warmer, the Oregon Department of Forestry has declared fire restrictions are now in effect for the West Lane District.  While industrial operators have had some restrictions imposed on them since June 21, the public has remained unrestricted until now.

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With the World Health Organization deeming styrene a probable carcinogen, environmentalists are working to reduce the amount that gets into waterways.

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The scourge of rats has grown to the point where the City of Eugene is posting free online materials on how to identify and control rat problems. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Rachael McDonald

Most Oregonians pride themselves on being recyclers. After all, our state was a pioneer with the country’s first bottle bill. But, the market for recycling has tightened and many Oregon cities, including Eugene and Springfield, are no longer accepting most plastics for curbside recycling.

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More Oregonians are getting out for hikes as the weather warms up, increasing the chances of encountering wildlife. Officials say to leave animals be, even if they are young and look stranded. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Douglas County is the fifth county to declare a drought order in Oregon this year.

As of May 18 snowpack in the Umpqua Basin is 26 percent of normal, according to the Natural resources Conservation Service. The State of Oregon Water Resources Department also expects stream flows to be much lower than normal.

Kyle Reed is a fire specialist with the Douglas Forest Protection Association, and he says that fire conditions in the forest are already dry, and he anticipates a busy fire season.

Rachael McDonald

On Thursday (5/24) the public is invited to take a tour of the Rock Creek Watershed. The forest west of Corvallis is where the city gets one third of its water.

Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team

Conservation groups are suing to stop a timber sale on more than 800 acres of forest service land east of Cottage Grove.

US Forest Service

Given the warm end to last summer and drier than normal winter, the Oregon Department of Forestry expects a higher chance of trees dying from drought or secondary attack by bark beetles this summer. The agency encourages tree and forest owners to watch for continuing drought symptoms like dead tops, dead branches, thinning canopies and stressed cone crops.

Willamette National Forest

The Willamette National Forest has re-opened nearly all of the trails closed by last summer’s wildfires. All trails in the Three Sisters Wilderness are now accessible. The Pacific Crest Trail through the Mount Jefferson Wilderness is now open in its entirety.

Christie Johnson / US Army Corps of Engineers

Land managers in the South Willamette Valley say people are illegally harvesting large numbers of Oregon grape plants from public lands.

David Baker

Filmmakers with Oregon State University followed scientists to the far reaches of the planet to record the global decline of coral reef eco-systems. They’ve produced a feature-length documentary which makes its debut in Eugene this weekend. (See extended interview below)

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The National Park Service is trying to crack down on drones being flown over popular sites, including Oregon’s Crater Lake.

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The U.S. Forest Service is advancing a plan to limit access to five wilderness areas in Oregon. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Every year since 1970, April 22nd has marked Earth Day. Over time, the day has grown into a worldwide movement and a moment to highlight environmental issues. As KLCC’s Deonna Anderson reports, some cities – including Corvallis – are making every day Earth Day.

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Lane County has released a new online tool called the Garbage Guru. The search engine is designed to help residents understand if items are truly recyclable, therefore reducing the “wishful recycling” that has led to China restricting what materials it takes from the Pacific Northwest.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene has made changes to what it accepts in your recycling bin. The changes, effective Monday (April 9, 2018) are in response to fluctuations in the international market for plastics.

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It’s going to be a dangerously windy and wet weekend in the region. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, people are advised to buckle down, limit travel, and avoid the beaches.

State of Oregon

Oregon Governor Kate Brown is blasting the Trump administration’s move to roll back new auto mileage standards being phased in by 2025.

International Paper

Hayden Bridge Boat Ramp on the McKenzie River will reopen Saturday. Hayden Bridge Boat Ramp is located near the intersection of Hayden Bridge Road and Marcola Road in Springfield.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Two boat ramps on the McKenzie River near Springfield will re-open Friday morning at 9 a.m.

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Over two days last week, Eugene Water and Electric Board took a slow approach to the draw down of Leaburg Lake. The hope is to help save the lives of an eel-like fish that’s important to northwest Indian tribes.

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