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June 21, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Tree Netting Planned To Prevent More Bee Deaths In Wilsonville

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Xerces Society are planning to cover 55 European linden trees in Wilsonville with bee-proof netting after an estimated 25,000 bumbebees were found dead nearby.

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Filed under: Environment, Oregon Department of Agriculture


Jan. 18, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

One – and only one – apple moth found in Oregon

Last week, Oregon Field Guide Producer Ed Jahn sent me a link to a thoughtful analysis of how the Oregon Department of Agriculture was handling the recent discovery of the state's first light brown apple moth in a Polk County trap. Today, the agency announced the finding after setting 1,000 traps around the state to see if there were any more of the crop-destroying invasive pests. Continue reading →

Filed under: Agriculture, Oregon Department of Agriculture


Oct. 11, 2010 · By Cassandra Profita

'Dracula' fruit fly crisis averted – for now

It looks like Oregon's $200 million fruit and berry crops have survived this year without a major fruit-fly disaster. But harrowing projections of millions in potential crop damage from the spotted wing Drosophila still hang heavily over growers in Oregon ($31.4 million) and California ($511 million). Continue reading →

Filed under: Land, Oregon Department of Agriculture


July 25, 2010 · By Cassandra Profita

"Purple haze of death" - Now in bloom!

Coming to a wetland near you: Purple loosestrife, an invasive plant that silently kills ecosystem functions. Sure, when its purple flowers blossom in August it looks lovely. But don't be fooled. The plant ruthlessly severs the food chain in the wetlands where salmon and steelhead otherwise would have a buffet of critters to feed on. Wetlands consultant Doug Ray of Carex Consulting in Seaside calls it "the purple haze of death." Continue reading →

Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Columbia River Basin, Invasive species, Oregon Department of Agriculture



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In the Pacific Northwest, the environment is personal - it's where we live, work and play. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope will bring you news and insight on the region’s environmental issues. Site curator Cassandra Profita is an award-winning reporter with degrees in journalism and environmental studies.

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