Environment

Environment & Planning

Ecotrust Forest Management

The Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians has acquired a 125 acre wetland area on the central coast between Florence and Reedsport. They plan to restore salmon habitat on the property.

Wind & Rain Hit The Coast and Willamette Valley

Oct 12, 2016
Kyra Buckley/KLCC

Western Oregon will see stormy weather the rest of the week and through the weekend. Winds along the coast could reach up to 80 MPH.

Wolf
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Based on a recent poll, most Oregonians feel the state took wolves off the endangered species list too early. Conservation groups commissioned the poll.

Drought Weakens Oregon's Conifer Trees

Oct 9, 2016
Rachael McDonald

Oregon has seen record drought the last couple of years, and it’s taken a toll on the state’s conifers. But it’s not just water stress killing these trees—insects and disease that thrive in drier weather are just as deadly.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Four conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against the Oregon Board of Forestry. They say the agency isn’t doing enough to protect a threatened seabird.

Lane County

This week Lane County Commissioners decided to change how weeds and invasive species are managed on roadways. This shift ends a "last resort" policy on the use of herbicides.

Brian Bull

Eugene’s newest middle school was made official today, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, Roosevelt Middle School boasts a variety of eco-friendly features.

Brian Bull

Activists against the Dakota Access oil pipeline development in the Midwest held an international “Day of Action” today.  Among the dozen protest sites in the Pacific Northwest, was Cottage Grove.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Kyra Buckley

The University of Oregon Foundation announced it will stop its investments in carbon-based fuel sources. The decision comes after a robust campaign from students demanding the university divest from fossil fuels. But it is not clear what spurred the foundation's choice.

Rachael McDonald

Federal Judge Ann Aiken heard from attorneys Tuesday in a case that 21 young people have brought against the Obama Administration over climate change.  the audience for the hearing overflowed into two other rooms at the Eugene Federal Courthouse and in courtrooms in Portland.

Chris Orsinger

A project to restore wildlife habitat on the Willamette River near Eugene has reached a milestone.  Non-profit groups collaborated on Turtle Flats to reconnect 21 former gravel ponds.

Our Children's Trust

Twenty-one teens who’ve filed a lawsuit against the federal government over climate change will get another day in court Tuesday. The hearing is before Federal Judge Ann Aiken in Eugene.

Jolleen Brown, Lakota Tribal Member

Saturday in Corvallis, there will be a rally to show support for Native Americans protesting an oil pipeline project in the upper Midwest.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Lane County Waste Management

Lane County is updating its regional plan for what happens to its trash. It wants to hear from the public about solid waste.

Relations between federal land managers and residents of the Applegate Valley in southern Oregon have long been strained by disputes over the Bureau of Land Management’s forest plans. With another large forestry project now under consideration, JPR’s Liam Moriarty recently went on a field trip with BLM staff and Applegate residents to look at the proposed Nedsbar timber sale on Bald Mountain.

Oregon Department of Forestry

Cooler weather helped crews get a handle on a fire burning west of Junction City.

Regulators in Salem, gardeners in Portland, lab technicians in Washington — they've  all been studying toxic lead this summer. Health regulators want to add one more group to that list: building contractors.

“As many as 50 percent of all poisoning cases result from some kind of renovation activities in homes," said Perry Cabot, lead specialist in Multnomah County's Public Health Department. "That is the next big thing that’s been really tackled, but not fully and not successfully yet around the country.”

Fire Near Junction City Expected To Grow Due To Heat, Wind

Aug 26, 2016
Oregon Department of Forestry

Lane County firefighters are being kept busy by a fire 10 miles west of Junction City.

Kira Hoffelmeyer

King Estate winery will officially be certified biodynamic this year. This is the latest in a long line of environmentally sound practices at wineries across Oregon.

KLCC’s Kira Hoffelmeyer takes a look at whether these efforts matter to wine drinkers and others in the industry.

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Timber companies in Oregon are closing access to their lands due to fire risks.

The News-Review reports that Roseburg Forest Products, D.R. Johnson in Riddle and Lonerock Timber in Camas Valley have either closed or reduced access to their lands until the hot and potentially combustible weather subsides.

Roseburg Forest Products released a statement Monday saying its closure will remain in effect indefinitely.

Lincoln County (Washington) Sheriff's Department

Spokane, Washington, the state’s second largest city, found itself surrounded by flames (Monday) after high winds and heat Sunday caused the rapid spread of three separate wildfires. Correspondent Emily Schwing reports.

Lane County Air Quality Agency Says Smog Levels Are Rising

Aug 19, 2016
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As temperatures rise, so do smog levels, says the lane regional air protection agency or LARAPA.

Bethel School District

An official with Bethel School District in Eugene says recent lead testing has proven the majority of its water sources are safe, and schools will open come September.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Temperatures are expected to break 100 this week in the South Willamette Valley and the city of Eugene provides locations for individuals to cool off.

Brian Bull

The phrase, “back to school” spurs many families to grab school supplies.  Some may reuse stuff from previous years - such as an old backpack or calculator - in order to save some money. 

School districts cut costs and practice sustainability by reusing materials and equipment gleaned from freshly-demolished schools.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has the story.

Paddle Oregon

About 130 canoeists and kayakers embarked on 5-day trip down the Willamette River this Monday morning. The 16th annual Paddle Oregon started at Marshall Island in Eugene. It’s an 85 mile journey to the outskirts of Portland.

Brian Bull

A review of over 20,000 groundwater sites by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows half of the nation’s states have high --to very high-- potential to become corrosive.  As KLCC's Brian Bull reports, this includes Oregon and Washington.

University of Oregon

University of Oregon president Michael Schill is asking for input on a proposal to remove the names of two men with racist histories from campus buildings. A new report by three historians sheds more light on Matthew Deady and Frederick Dunn.

Department of Agriculture

An exotic, invasive species of earthworm has appeared in several locations across the state.

As KLCC’s Kira Hoffelmeyer reports, the worm is known for its high jump abilities.

inciweb

A popular portion of the McKenzie River Trail will likely remain closed through the end of August. The nearby 58-acre Blue Top Fire is almost fully contained, but it continues to smolder.

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