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July 11, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Three Oregon Counties See Petitions To Ban Genetically Modified Crops

Eugene-based Support Local Food Rights has filed an initial petition to ban genetically modified crops in Lane County through an initiative on the May 2014 ballot.

Lane is now the third county in Oregon to receive a petition to put the issue to a vote, along with Jackson and Benton counties.

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Filed under: Land, genetically modified food


July 01, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Oregon Legislature Votes To Expand Farm To School Program

Oregon's Farm To School program will get a $500,000 boost over the next two years if Gov. John Kitzhaber signs off on a bill passed by the Legislature. However, the funding falls far short of the $5 million requested by program advocates.

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Filed under: Land, Farm to School


April 10, 2013 · By Ifanyi Bell

Take That Lichfield: Tiny Fence Now At Tiny Park

The row over the title of world's smallest park jumped to another level Tuesday night as Portland's title-holding park came under fire from a town in the United Kingdom.

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Filed under: Flora and Fauna, Land, Oregon


April 08, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Portland's Tiniest Park Title Under Fire From UK

An advocates of the smallest park in the United Kingdom is challenging Portland's claim to the world's smallest park title, calling it "a glorified flower pot" unworthy of park status.

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Filed under: Environment, Land, Mill Ends Park


April 03, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Portland Oil Recycling Company Mired In PCB-Laden Oil

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Portland-based Oil Re-Refining Company to dispose of 150,000 gallons of PCB-contaminated oil or face a $450,000 penalty.

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Filed under: Environment, Land, PCBs, Recycling


March 11, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Q&A: What Went Wrong At Hanford?

Northwest public radio's longtime Hanford reporter Anna King explains what we know so far about leaking radioactive waste tanks at the Hanford Site and how they fit into the Department of Energy's massive nuclear waste clean-up project.

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Filed under: Environment, Land, Hanford Site


March 06, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Only Tree In World's Tiniest City Park Stolen

The only tree in Portland's Mill Ends Park – the smallest city park in the world – was apparently stolen. It was replaced with a Douglas fir sapling Wednesday afternoon.

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Filed under: Environment, Land, Mill Ends Park


Feb. 12, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Newer, Larger Homes Use About As Much Energy As Older, Smaller Ones

The Energy Information Administration reports that U.S. homes built since 2000 are only using 2 percent more energy than older homes despite being 30 percent larger on average. How is that possible? Continue reading →

Filed under: Land, Energy efficiency, Green building, Small homes


Feb. 04, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

A Visit To The World's Smallest City Park

According to the Portland parks department, contributions to the park over the years have included a small swimming pool and diving board for butterflies and a miniature Ferris wheel. The park was created by Dick Fagan of the Oregon Journal, whose office overlooked a hole in the median of the street that is now Naito. He decided to plant flowers in the hole, which was supposed to house a light pole. The space was dedicated as a park named after Fagan's popular column "Mill Ends" in 1948.

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Filed under: Land


Feb. 04, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Environment Bills To Watch In Oregon

As the Oregon legislative session convenes this week, lawmakers face a long list of bills that take on environmental issues. The list includes proposals for a statewide plastic bag ban, a tax on carbon, a tax break for biodiesel made from used cooking oil, and a buffer zone around food waste composting facilities. Continue reading →

Filed under: Land, Toxics, Clean Fuels, Oregon Legislature



About Ecotrope

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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