Environment & Planning

Karen Richards

The summit of Mount Pisgah east of Eugene is being loved to death. A landscape architecture class at the University of Oregon is looking at ways to accommodate more people while maintaining its integrity. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

More than 15,000 nominations have been sent to Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden’s office, for waterways to be placed on the national Wild and Scenic Rivers designation list. 

Rachael McDonald

A large pile of trash found last weekend on a beach south of Newport may not have been left by one person, according to Chris Havel with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. But he says most beach trash comes from carelessness, not illegal dumping.

Charlie Plybon / Surfrider Foundation

This Saturday, a South Beach resident found a 1,500 pound pile of trash dumped on the beach south of Newport. The debris included hazardous chemicals used in the production of methamphetamine.

Oregon State University

Funds from sales of a new gray whale license plate in Oregon have raised about 300-thousand dollars so far for OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute in Newport. The funds go to research, education and outreach. 

Karen Richards

When winter comes to Oregon, trees retain their green thanks to lichen. With the growing popularity of natural materials and hand-crafting, making dye from lichen is on the rise.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Groups opposed to a natural gas pipeline and export terminal in southwest Oregon celebrated Tuesday during a rally at the Oregon Department of State Lands. But they said the fight against the project isn’t over.

Aubrey Bulkeley

Eugene is one step closer to a new riverfront area. The city is placing more than 24 thousand plants along the bank of the Willamette. KLCC’s Aubrey Bulkeley went to see how the work is going.

Rachael McDonald

Forecasters are watching a dynamic weather pattern as we anticipate snow in lower elevations on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Beyond Toxics

For the past year, Beyond Toxics has been canvassing neighborhoods in West Eugene and asking community members to fill out an environmental health survey. Now, the group is ready to share their preliminary results and hear from the community to see what can be done to improve air quality in West Eugene.

Rachael McDonald

The combination of a winter storm and king tides this weekend may make for dangerous conditions on the coast.  Waves could reach 30 feet on central coast beaches Saturday. 

McKenzie River Trust

A land trust has purchased forest property near Blue River. Proceeds from the sale will benefit a local school. 


A round of storms is approaching the Pacific Northwest this weekend. The moisture is expected to fall in the form of rain in the valleys and foothills, and snow in the highest elevations.

Karen Richards

Late last year, the City of Eugene passed an ordinance banning styrofoam take-out containers. It became effective December 27th. Local officials say the response has been positive, but a few businesses are still in transition.

Oregon Legislature

A new law banning so-called “cyanide bombs” took effect with the new year in Oregon.

Brian Bull / KLCC

If you’re wondering what to do for the first day of 2020, parks officials say: take a hike!

U.S. Dept HUD

Lane County wants to expand recycling to include apartments and condos.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

A new law taking effect January 1 in Oregon will ban single-use plastic bags at stores and restaurants.

Oregon State Parks

Thousands of gray whales are swimming south past the west coast on their annual migration. December 27th through the 31st is official “Whale Watch Week” in Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry is performing several slash-burning operations on the Oregon coast on Wednesday that you’ll be able to see from Highway 101 (from Lincoln City to Waldport) and Highway 20 (from Newport and Toledo).

City of Eugene

People can take a look at how the City of Eugene plans to develop 515 acres of parkland southeast of the city.  The Suzanne Arlie Park master plan will be up for discussion on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the downtown Eugene Public Library. The draft plan features share-use trails, a disc golf course and a 50-acre mountain bike park.

U.S. Dept of Energy

Stricter control measures and penalties for reckless operation of pipelines are in a House bill authored by Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio.

City of Eugene

People can take a look at how the City of Eugene plans to develop 515 acres of parkland southeast of the city. 

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

People around the world marched for environmental justice in the fourth climate strike of the year today. 

Brian Bull / KLCC News

On Friday, people around the world plan to march for environmental justice in the fourth climate strike of the year. Eugene strikers will be marching in opposition to a proposed liquefied natural gas pipeline in southwest Oregon.

City of Eugene

Now that we’re in the meat of the holiday food season, Eugene officials say the new city-wide curbside composting program is going smoothly.


The snowpack level in Oregon is well below what it normally is in early December. According to the Snow Survey Program run by the US Department of Agriculture, parts of the state have less than 50 percent of the usual amount of snow on the ground for this time of year, including most of the Cascades.


The Eugene City Council approved a ban on single-use plastic bags and Styrofoam containers Monday. The vote was unanimous. 

Courtesy of Hilary Boudet

Personal experiences with natural disasters often influence support for climate change policies. An Oregon State University study surveyed 10 communities from around the country.

Rachael McDonald

The forecast is calling for snow in the South Willamette Valley this week.