Environment & Planning

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Protestors gathered in a park near the Oregon Capitol Thursday to denounce what they called overzealous logging practices in areas burned in last year’s wildfires. Specifically, the group wants the state to stop cutting trees along the sides of state highways.

On Tuesday, the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals reversed a pair of key permits, one issued by Coos County, the other by the Town of Coos Bay. Between them, the permits cleared the way for expanded dredging and other site preparation in the Coos Bay estuary.

That work is required for the planned liquified natural gas export terminal proposed by the Canadian energy firm Pembina.

City of Oakridge

The Lane County Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday to postpone a decision about a controversial quarry proposal in Oakridge. They want more time to review testimony.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News


A local hobbyist is helping clean up rivers, creeks, and other bodies of water in the Eugene and Springfield area, one catch at a time.

Program Date: April 30, 2021

Air Date: May 3, 2021

From the City Club of Eugene:

Everyone knows the Emerald Valley is home to Tall Firs. But what is the health and status of Eugene’s urban forest, the interconnected network of trees, vegetation, and open space within our urban area? What are its unique characteristics, and how does it impact Eugene’s sustainability, equity, and climate resilience goals?

Brian Bull

The Bureau of Land Management is taking public comments on plans to log about 910 acres in areas burned by the Holiday Farm Fire last September. 



Rachael McDonald

Eugene and Springfield are among 145 cities worldwide participating in what’s called the City Nature Challenge. It starts Friday, April 30th.

Willamette National Forest / USFS

Up to 50 acres around the McKenzie Bridge area will burn this week, but forest officials say it’s both intentional and beneficial. 

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   While doing research on green tags, or carbon offsets last month, I was surprised to see how variable miles flown per person is.  Some people fly often, and have large travel footprints while others take a trip every year or two. 


OSPIRG Students

As Earth Day approaches, the organization OSPIRG Students is hosting online events for Youth Earth Week to encourage sustainable living.

Oregon Department of Forestry

The Lane Regional Air Protection Authority has suspended outdoor burning in Lane County for a week beginning Thursday, April 15, due to high fire danger.


Aubrey Bulkeley

The sun was bright and birds flew over the Willamette River while Project Manager Emily Proudfoot described the progress of the Downtown Riverfront Park project as she stood at the viewpoint where a path connects 5th Avenue to the water. 




An Oregon Senate panel is considering a measure Thursday that would ban the sale of plastic containers that appear to be recyclable but really aren’t.


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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wants public input on land acquisitions in the Fern Ridge area west of Eugene. The parcels would be accessible to the public and be part of the Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program.


Ocean Conservancy

A new report from the Ocean Conservancy said nearly 100 percent of volunteers found PPE at coastal cleanup sites, including in Oregon, with face masks the most common item. 


Brian Bull / KLCC

More of Oregon’s river system may be protected against environmental threats, through legislation backed by the state’s two U.S. Senators.

All but two of the Nature Conservancy’s 15 sites in Oregon will reopen on Thursday. While these aren’t parks, many of the preserves allow limited public access and wildlife viewing. They include Tom McCall Preserve on the Columbia River Gorge, Table Rocks near Medford and Zumwalt Prairie in Wallowa County.

Cascade Head on the Oregon Coast and Camassia Natural Area in West Linn, which typically welcome visitors, are still closed for now.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

It’s that time of year again when Oregonians are asked to help protect the nesting areas of a small coastal shore bird.

Rachael McDonald

More than six months after the devastating wildfires of September 2020, researchers at Oregon State University are studying the impacts of the fires on watersheds and forests. 



Rachael McDonald

Eugene saw a record number of people sign up for plots at its community gardens this year. The demand may have something to do with the pandemic. 

Whitney Donielson

KLCC listener Whitney Donielson sent this voice memo to KLCC about how she's been spending her time during the past year. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

The JH Baxter wood preservation facility in Eugene has been fined more than $223,000 for environmental violations.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Several beachfront houses in Lincoln County are in a precarious situation after a seawall collapsed over the weekend.


Photo courtesy of Robin Meacher, McKenzie River Trust

The McKenzie River Trust recently acquired more than a hundred acres through a conservation easement located between Junction City and Monroe.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Last week (Feb. 19, 2021), the city of Eugene allowed a deadline to renew a franchise agreement with NW Natural gas to lapse. City leaders want to leverage the agreement toward their carbon reduction goals.


Dan Gleason

An outbreak of bacterial illness in finches has spurred some bird lovers to take down their backyard feeders. But local Eugene avian experts say that’s not necessary.


Rachael McDonald

Some recreation areas remain closed more than five months after the many fires that sparked in Oregon on Labor Day. Hazards remain—even places where embers aren’t fully extinguished.

Lane County Waste Management

During the pandemic, the way we do many things, like eating out, has changed. The pandemic has also changed how Lane County’s waste systems are used. 


City of Eugene


Negotiations over whether the City of Eugene will renew a franchise, or right-of-way agreement with NW Natural gas remain ongoing after Monday, Feb. 8, council meeting. Neither the city or the company want to budge on carbon reduction terms that align with Eugene’s climate goals.

Sarah Grimm

In 2015, Oregon passed a law requiring tenants of multi-family properties be given the opportunity and resources to recycle. Lane County Waste Management is conducting a pilot program to better understand what will help.