New Technology Will Help NW Forest Managers Assess Wildfire Danger


The new system is being adopted by a limited number of fire agencies and national forests in time for fire season.

Tar Sands Crude Shipments Quietly Increased In Oregon, With Regulators In the Dark


Oregon's attempts to regulate a Portland-area oil terminal show how ill-informed and ill-prepared the state’s oil spill responders can be under the state’s current regulations for oil by rail.

Oregon Wolf Population Increases, With Jump In Livestock Attacks


Oregon’s population of wolves increased by 10% last year. There are now 137 of them in the state, according the state’s annual report on wolf management released Monday.

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Controversial Kalama Methanol Plant May Be Misleading Public, Regulators

Backers of a controversial Kalama, Washington, methanol plant are selling the project as an opportunity to tap into China's fuel market — which is not what they're selling the public.

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Salmon Fisheries Set As Managers Start Process To Protect Endangered Orcas

With fishery limits now set, attention turns to rebuilding "overfished" salmon runs and protecting Southern Resident orcas.

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Study: Visitors To Smoke-Filled Southern Oregon Plan On Returning

The survey found that 85% of visitors who visited the region during smoky summers said they would return — though maybe not in the late summer. 

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Multnomah Falls Trails Closed Indefinitely Due To Unstable Rock

The closure affects the trail between Benson Bridge and the upper overlook at Multnomah Falls, as well as part of the connecting Wahkeena Trail.

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How Land Managers Select Prescribed Fire Areas

With wildfire season coming up, land managers are working to improve forest health and protect Northwest communities. One way is by lighting small burns, known as prescribed fires.

Environment | local | News | Water | Health

The Cost Of Clean Water In Warm Springs

A drinking water system puts people’s health at risk, but the alternatives are hugely expensive, and how to pay hits a nerve on the reservation.

Environment | News | Land

Taming The Devil's Staircase: What Happens Next?

The Devil’s Staircase Wilderness area in southwestern Oregon received federal protections last month. Now the question is whether to leave one of Oregon's most wild areas untamed or to make it more accessible to the public.

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Oregon Snowpack Is Above Average Overall

Above average snowpack means Oregon rivers and streams should have above-average flow levels in warmer, drier months.

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Western Washington Has A New Wolf Pack, First In Decades

There’s a new wolf pack on the western side of Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Wildlife officials say it’s the first time they’ve documented a pack there since wolves were wiped out decades ago.

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New Plan Would Return California Condors To Northwest Skies

Federal agencies and Northern California's Yurok Tribe have released a plan to reintroduce critically endangered California condors to the Pacific Northwest.


Undercover Investigators Find Oregon Link To Illegal Rainforest Logging


An environmental watchdog's four-year investigation into illegal logging in west-Central Africa leads a report that's critical of the role Northwest businesses have played in the global supply chain.

Learning To Live With Wildfire

The way we dealt with wildfire for much of the 20th century was mostly dead wrong. That, we've known for decades. So why do we keep getting it so wrong when it comes to living with wildfire?

Umatilla's Owl Man Is Bringing Burrowing Owls Back From The Brink


A decommissioned chemical weapons depot and a lone biologist might be the last hope for a population of burrowing owls.

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