Snowpack Vanishes as Drought Continues

Snowpack Vanishes as Drought Continues

The drought that has kept Oregon firmly in its grip throughout the first part of 2015 shows no signs of slowing. Our state’s snowpack has already disappeared, far ahead of schedule, with no snow of any kind reported since early…

Growing Milkweed for Resurgent Monarchs

Growing Milkweed for Resurgent Monarchs

After the emergence of genetically engineered crops over twenty years ago all but wiped out their primary food source, milkweed, the Pacific Northwest’s migratory monarch butterfly population dropped roughly 90 percent. Sightings of the orange and black butterflies, which used…

Senate Bill Could Help End Wildfire “Cycle of Disaster”

Senate Bill Could Help End Wildfire “Cycle of Disaster”

Over the course of last year’s wildfire season, 1.3 million acres were destroyed, including nearly 869,000 acres in Oregon. The cost of fighting 2014’s wildfires was approximately $460 million. In 2015, the Pacific Northwest is poised for another harsh fire…

Court Un-Orders Court Order on BLM Logging

Court Un-Orders Court Order on BLM Logging

In 2013, the US Bureau of Land Management was ordered—by law!—to sell more timber in southern Oregon. Last week, the US Court of appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned that ruling, as well as another, which was part…

Gov’t to Protect Sage Grouse Habitat in Ore., 9 Other States

Gov’t to Protect Sage Grouse Habitat in Ore., 9 Other States

Last week, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell unveiled a new proposal that would preserve the habitat of the imperiled sage grouse across ten states, from the Dakotas to Oregon. The measure represents the US government’s largest-ever land-planning effort for the conservation…

Cali Drought Leads to “Extreme Measures” for Hatchery Salmon

Cali Drought Leads to “Extreme Measures” for Hatchery Salmon

The biggest fish-lift (as in airlifting fish) in the California’s history is underway. Roughly 30 million young hatchery salmon are ready to be released into the state’s waterways, but the seemingly never-ending drought there has made rivers to shallow or…

Gather Ye Sardines While Ye May

Gather Ye Sardines While Ye May

The sardine population off the Pacific coast has decreased so substantially and so quickly that our great state’s hugely profitable sardine fishing industry will likely go belly up by the end of the summer. Sardine numbers have dropped roughly 90…

There's No Doubt: We've A Drought

There’s No Doubt: We’ve A Drought

Governor Kate Brown has declared a drought-related emergency in two southeastern Oregon counties. Snowpack levels far below the usual have led to dangerously dry conditions in Lake and Malheur counties. The state Drought Council and the Oregon Water Resources Department…

NW States in Top 10 for Per Capita Wood-Burning Stove Pollution

NW States in Top 10 for Per Capita Wood-Burning Stove Pollution

Oregon, Warshington, and Idaho are again in the nation’s top ten, but this time it’s not for something they’d likely like to be known for. We and our neighboring states are among the top polluters, per capita, for fine particle…

More Killers Spotted: Washington Coast Orca Pod Grows

More Killers Spotted: Washington Coast Orca Pod Grows

Babies are great, right? Everyone loves babies, which is one of the reasons researchers were pleased to discover a new baby orca amongst a pod off the coast of Warshington last Wednesday. Though the killer whale population remains woefully low,…