Environment & Planning


Lane County loves to recycle, but there hasn’t been any public plastics collection in Eugene this year. Cottage-Grove based EcoGeneration has run take-backs in rural areas recently, so Lane County Waste Management reached out to them to host an event Sunday afternoon at the Sheldon Community Center.


What does it mean to be resilient? KLCC took on this question over a year of reporting on Oregon’s Natural Resources and Resilience. 

Cascadia Wildlands

A conservation group is taking legal action against the Bureau of Land Management for its proposed logging in Thurston Hills near Springfield.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Today, two rehabilitated Northern Harriers were released outside Eugene.  It’s all part of what’s been quite the unprecedented year for the Cascades Raptor Center.

Russ McMillan // Deschutes Land Trust

The Deschutes Land Trust announced it purchased 1,123 acres of land along Whychus Creek near Sisters on Thursday.

Karen Richards

One of South Eugene’s most loved trails is closed for renovation, but it should re-open with improved footing and lighting in a couple of months.

Jake Jackson / Beyond Toxics


The Eugene activism group Beyond Toxics will host the fourth installment of their Environmental Justice webinar on Wednesday. The discussion will focus on the right to clean and healthy air.

US Forest Service

UPDATE: As of Monday (8/10/2020) morning, the Willamette National Forest campfire restrictions are in effect. Campfires are now banned on the Willamette National Forest outside of developed campgrounds and certain wilderness areas.

With hot, dry weather continuing, fire danger ratings are at a high for much of western Oregon. 

Jon Erickson / McKenzie Ranger District

Pandemic closures have inspired more people to recreate outdoors this summer, and that’s taking a toll on our public lands. Land managers are seeing more visitors, and more trash.

Ryk Porras / Unsplash

Recurring shortages of clean, safe drinking water in Native American communities – including Warm Springs - have fired up advocates who say more needs to be done to protect tribes.  A bill intended to improve water infrastructure across “Indian Country” may see some progress by the end of  the month.

Bureau of Land Management

After two months of deliberation, the Bureau of Land Management decided to move forward with its Thurston Hills regenerative harvest plan.

Courtesy of Chris Banducci- Cascadia Wildlands

Local conservation group Cascadia Wildlands hosted an online forum Tuesday for community members to express their concerns about logging on land adjacent to Springfield.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University has received a grant that it says will help researchers across the Pacific Northwest to study how environmental exposure to chemicals affects human health.

Being cooped up because of the pandemic has been tough on everyone, especially kids. With summer approaching, many parents wonder how they can get their kids out of the house, safely.

In May, the Oregon Health officials gave Day Camps the green light to operate-- but only under strict health and safety guidelines. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert checked in with a few providers as they prepare for a modified 2020 summer camp season.

Rachael McDonald

A few dozen activists and concerned citizens gathered in front of the Seneca Sawmills in Eugene Thursday morning to protest a logging project near Springfield. They wore masks—kept their distance, and held signs decrying clear-cuts on public land.

Utah State Exension

Federal health officials are cautioning Americans about another pandemic-related issue: rats.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s been a recurring problem in the downtown Eugene area…but now it’s moving outward to homes.

Oregon Health Authority

The Oregon Health Authority says the need for social distancing in the workplace will mean less monitoring this summer for harmful algae blooms.

USFS Pacific Northwest / Flickr.com

A state wildlife official says bear sightings are seeing a definite uptick lately, all across Oregon.

Coutesy of Chris Banducci / Cascadia Wildlands

A logging project near Springfield is set to go forward after the Bureau of Land Management this week issued a decision. But, environmental groups are sounding the alarm with concerns over fire danger.

Jim Rice / Oregon State University

More beaches along the Oregon coast re-opened to the public Friday as closures related to the coronavirus continue to be rolled back. Visitors are encouraged to observe social distancing while they enjoy the sand and surf.


A man in Creswell was injured in an encounter with a male black bear Sunday. The incident happened on private industrial timberland west of the town in a semi-rural area.


A man in Creswell was injured in an encounter with a male black bear Sunday. The incident happened on private industrial timberland west of the town in a semi-rural area.

Eugene Parks and Open Spaces

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and for many families, it’s a longstanding tradition to take mom to the park. In the new age of social distancing, large crowds wandering along trails is unsafe. Some park officials now have plans to minimize risk.

Eat Smart Waste Less

When it comes to recovering recyclables out of the trash, Lane County is again ranked best in Oregon. While that’s good news, waste managers say we’ve still got a ways to go. Stay at Home orders have added new challenges in the effort to reduce waste.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News


Public gatherings for the 50th Earth Day celebration today were not an option due to social distancing. But 350 Eugene held an electric car parade to keep up spirits.

Karen Richards

Wednesday April 22nd is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Though celebrations are from a distance this year, there are several ways to take part.

Tiffany Eckert

Just before Earth Day-- two years ago-- a popular bike share program launched in Eugene. The idea for PeaceHealth Rides was to provide active forms of transportation while improving the environment. Supporters say—it works.

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Federal wildlife managers say they’re considering endangered species status for coastal spring Chinook salmon in Oregon. 

USDA / Flickr.com

Earlier this week, we reported on a burning ban enacted for Lane County. Since then, the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency’s (LRAPA) board of directors has eased up on it a little.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A burn ban is in place across Lane County as of Sunday night. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.