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A new partnership between the Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the latest indication that the ancient practice of prescribed burning is continuing to find favor as a way to help wildlife.
In Oregon and across the West, the Bureau of Land Management will once again be able to give temporary protection to lands deemed to have special “wilderness characteristics,” at least until Congress decides whether to make that protection permanent.
Dozens of area firefighters joined family members and friends Saturday to remember one of the firefighters killed in Arizona two weeks ago.
Over large parts of the continent, their numbers could drop by half in the next two decades. Only in four countries in southern Africa is the species holding its own.
A new national strategy for preventing and fighting wildfires has been announced by the federal government in response to increasingly costly firefighting seasons in the West. Rather than waiting for wildfires to take hold, the new strategy emphasizes restoring forests and rangelands while stabilizing funding.
Researchers at Oregon State University predicted 5 years ago that global climate change would produce rampant fires in Southern California. One of those researchers says fires on the level of the California blazes could become commonplace in uncommon areas.
EarthFix reporter Cassandra Profita talks with author Alan Yeakley about why cities are such a problem for salmon and steelhead in the Northwest and what urban-dwellers can do about it.
It's gotten harder to create wilderness in the 50 years since Congress passed the Wilderness Act. Wilderness designations have dropped off since the 1980s, and now things are at a near standstill.
We'll hear about the U.S Forest Service's plan to limit photography and videography on certain protected lands.
In 1993, former Eastern Oregon University agronomist Andy Huber began acquiring land in the Grande Ronde Valley to create a non-profit native plant reserve. Along with restoring the land and propagating native seeds, Andy’s site is also the only US site where Mountain Lady’s Slipper orchids are grown from seed. We visit along with the Oregon Orchid Society to see three native orchids in bloom.
An independent panel assembled by the National Science Academy’s National Research Council has studied how the Bureau of Land Management manages wild horse populations. They recommend the federal government change its strategy. The panel says rather than going to the expense of rounding up and housing the horses, the BLM would be better served by investing in horse contraception. At the Science and Conservation Center in Billings, Montana, Jay Kirkpatrick and his team manufacture and distribute a contraceptive vaccine used in wildlife and horses — and train people to administer it. Kirkpatrick praises the panel's report, and says its conclusions are long overdue. We'll talk with him and with Oregon's wild horse manager to find out what the situation is like here.
Colin Meloy may be best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the popular group The Decemberists, but on-and-off over the last ten years he and has wife have slowly been working on a children's book. Meloy is the author and his wife, Carson Ellis, is the illustrator. The story involves a young Portland girl, Prue, and her schoolmate, Curtis, venturing into what they know as the Impassable Wilderness after Prue's brother is abducted by a murder of crows. Here's the scene that they first encounter as they enter the fantastic world of Wildwood (based off Portland's Forest Park):
Prue stopped and leaned against a fir tree, taking in her verdant surroundings. As far as the eye could see, it was green. As many shades of green as Prue could imagine were draped across the landscape: the electric emerald of the ferns and the sallow olive of the drooping lichen and the stately gray-green of the fir branches. The sun was rising higher in the sky, and it streamed through the gaps of the dense wood. She looked back at Curtis, panting up the hill behind here, and kept walking.From there, the kids journey on to encounter talking coyote soldiers (in Napoleonic-Era military outfits), government bureaucracy (at the seat of Wildwood's government: Pittock Mansion), and blood-thirsty ivy. Here's the map of the world they created: Earlier this week Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis joined us, and 50 of their biggest fans, at The Literary Arts Center for a conversation about their new book. David Miller moderated, but the audience, aged six to 16 (parents and teachers not allowed!), asked most of the questions. How else would we find out how Meloy feels about collard greens? Here's a few photos from the show:
This is a story of cows, elk, and wild horses. And it's a bigger story about the right to graze on vast tracts of public land. Its immediate epicenter is Murderers Creek, a stream that slices through the northern end of the Malheur National Forest before it feeds into the south fork of the John Day. Since 1996, Loren and Piper Stout have sent their cattle to graze the spring grass on an allotment along Murderers Creek and nearby Deer Creek. But last spring, they kept their cows off the range; their grazing permit had been temporarily halted by a federal judge. Then came a real twist. READ MORE >>