Environment & Planning

Andrew Kumler

The U.S. Senate Tuesday passed a public lands package that includes protections for the Devil’s Staircase in Oregon. Conservation groups are hopeful the legislation will also be approved in the House.

Oregon Dept. of Forestry

The Northwest Forest Plan was a ground-breaking policy to protect wildlife habitat. Now 25 years in, a new study examining bird populations shows we’re still a good ways off from achieving the plan’s conservation goals.

Beyond Toxics

A coalition of environmental and civil rights groups have teamed up to create a list of climate actions they want the state legislature to consider in this year’s session. Both the Eugene-Springfield NAACP and Beyond Toxics have joined in on the Oregon Green New Deal campaign.

Karen Richards / KLCC

Lane County Waste Management is holding their second plastics roundup at the Glenwood Transfer station in April. But this time there is a way to get your plastics in even earlier.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

The Oregon Coast Trail meanders along beaches, through forests…and sometimes along the shoulder of busy Highway 101.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Hundreds of people rallied in Salem Tuesday evening outside the last in a series of public hearings on a proposed natural gas facility. The Jordan Cove Energy Project wants to build a 230-mile pipeline across southern Oregon, with a terminal near Coos Bay.

Eric R. Day, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Bugwood.org

Oregon forestry officials say a potentially devastating pest hitchhiked into Oregon on a shipment of Christmas trees this year.

Oregon Parks & Recreation Dept.

About 20 thousand Gray whales are expected to swim along the Oregon coast on their migration south from Alaska this winter. The week of December 27th through 31st is Whale Watching Week

Lane County Waste Management

$11-billion worth of packing material. 38,000 miles of ribbon.  Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Americans generate 25% more trash than any other time of year. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports these statistics are a real humbug for local waste managers.

Travis Williams / Willamette Riverkeeper

A research project on mussels in the Willamette River has wrapped up. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the head of a conservation group is delighted about its findings.

Oregon Coast Aquarium

This time of year sea turtles are known to wash up on Oregon and Washington beaches. Officials are asking the public to keep an eye out for the endangered critters.


The Salem City Council passed a ban on plastic carryout bags on Monday night. The new rules will go into effect in 2019.

BLM of Oregon & Washington / Flickr.com

Climate change has created hotter and drier conditions, which in turn have made wildfires larger and more intense. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a new forest plan addresses those factors.

Willamette National Forest

A fire that started in August in the Willamette National Forest east of Eugene is still burning in the Three Sisters Wilderness. Officials have closed some areas until next summer for public safety. 


Once fall rolls around, municipal water consumption wanes. When water sits in pipes, it ages and that can affect the way it tastes and smells coming out of the tap.


Air quality in the Eugene-Springfield area, central Douglas County and Oakridge is now considered "unhealthy for sensitive groups."

Rachael McDonald

Recorded On: November 9, 2018

Air Date: November 12, 2018

The “Kids Climate Trial,” Juliana v. US, was scheduled to start in Eugene on October 29 in the Federal courthouse. The trial is currently on hold, but even so, this is probably the most far-reaching environmental litigation in the country this year and will have national media coverage from start to finish. This case seeks to force the federal government to take action to reduce carbon emissions under some new legal theories.

Over thousands of years, Native people developed ways to keep the forest's trees, creatures and plants in harmony. Oregon's recent, unprecedented fires provide tribes a chance to share some deep knowledge.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Three local non-profits – Beyond Toxics, Eugene-Springfield NAACP and NOWIA Unete Farm Worker Advocacy Center - have received a two year grant from the Collins Foundation.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

A bill to protect thousands of acres and miles of river in Oregon passed out of a key US Senate committee last week.

Mt Pisgah Arboretum

That smoke you’re seeing and probably smelling over Eugene-Springfield right now? It’s not a wildfire – just a prescribed burn at Mount Pisgah.

US Forest Service

As of Tuesday morning, open fires are now allowed in the Willamette National Forest. That’s due to the cooler temperatures that arrived over the weekend.

Karen Richards

At Lane County's 'Plastics Round-up' Sunday, hundreds of people dropped off jugs, tubs and bottles, grateful for a way to keep packaging out of the landfill. Some locals, however, hope for a better long-term solution.

Karen Richards

Lane County loves to recycle. At Sunday's 'Plastics Round-up' at the Glenwood Transfer Station in Springfield, nearly 300 people participated in the first hour.



Earlier this week, the Oregon Department of Forestry raised the fire danger level back up to blue or “moderate” in Lane County and parts of northern Douglas County. But, overall, it’s been pretty safe in the district this season.

The Nature Conservancy

People who care about a popular coastal headland near Lincoln City can help shape its future. There’s an open house this Thursday (9/27) in Lincoln City to discuss a sustainable trails plan for Cascade Head Scenic Research Area.

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.