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Could Urban Trees Become A Source Of Lumber?

OPB/EarthFix | July 02, 2015

Logging trees for lumber happens all the time in Northwest forests. Meanwhile, the trees we cut down in cities are usually chopped up for firewood or mulch. A new movement aims to change that.

Investigation Will Determine If Klamath Irrigators’ Group Misused Federal Funds

OPB/EarthFix | July 02, 2015

The U.S. Interior Department has been ordered to investigate alleged misuse of federal funds that were earmarked to benefit fish and wildlife habitat.

With Warming Rivers, Salmon Released Early

NWPR/EarthFix | July 02, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week released 6 million fish from two hatcheries that feed into the Columbia River near White Salmon, Washington, about one week ahead of schedule.

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Railroad Safety Whistleblower Awarded $1.25M In Retaliation Case

OPB/EarthFix | July 2, 2015 2:56 p.m. | Tacoma, Washington

A federal jury says railroad company BNSF retaliated against a whistleblower who brought safety concerns to light.

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On The Rebound, Panthers Prowl Expanding Swath Of Land In Florida

NPR | July 3, 2015 3:31 p.m.

From a low of about 20, the population of Florida's state animal has grown to about 200 — enough, wildlife officials say, to warrant taking them off the endangered species list. Not everyone agrees.

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More Danger Ahead For Northwest This Wildfire Season

AP | July 3, 2015 10:09 a.m. | Seattle

Predictions of an early wildfire season have come true in the Northwest as low snowpack levels, record warm temperatures and very dry conditions have helped fuel blazes weeks earlier than usual.

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How Salt + Car Battery = Clean Water

NPR | July 2, 2015 4:27 p.m.

A clever device uses technology developed by the military to make chlorine quickly and cheaply. The goal is to give schools and hospitals around the world an easy way to purify water.

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The Scallop Scoop: Survey Forecasts A Banner Year In Atlantic

NPR | July 1, 2015 4:08 p.m.

Federal fisheries researchers says their survey found about 10 billion scallops in waters off Delaware and southern New Jersey. They're predicting a boom for the nation's most valuable fishery.

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Crews Stretch Resources To Suppress Oregon Fires

OPB | July 1, 2015 12:45 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Fire fighting resources are stretched between two wildfires burning in Central Oregon. 

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ODOT Launches Program That Could Replace Gas Tax

OPB | July 1, 2015 6 a.m. | Portland

Oregonians interested in ditching the gas tax can enroll in the Oregon Department of Transportation's pay-per-mile program Wednesday.

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Flood Maps Can Get Much Sharper With A Little Supercomputing Oomph

NPR | June 30, 2015 9:42 p.m.

Entrepreneurs are turning to Oak Ridge National Lab's supercomputer to make all sorts of things, including maps that are much more accurate in predicting how a neighborhood will fare in a flood.

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Supreme Court Air Pollution Ruling Has Little Effect On Northwest Power Plants

OPB/EarthFix | June 30, 2015 11:52 a.m. | Portland

Monday's Supreme Court decision to reject the Environmental Protection Agency's air pollution rules won't have any immediate effect on Northwest power plants, and its long-term effects are still unclear.


Wildfire 'Reburns' Offer Signals Of Forest Recovery

OPB/EarthFix | June 29, 2015 4 p.m.

Wildfire season in the Northwest has started early this year. Crews are battling the Buckskin fire right now.


Oregon Environmentalists Use Google Trekker To Track Down Conservation Support

OPB/EarthFix | June 17, 2015

An  Oregon conservation group is hoping to use a new technology to inspire more people to visit and protect public lands.     

Wildlife Detectives: A Special Report

Wrongdoers are profiting from their deadly exploitation of Northwest wildlife, from elk and deer to sturgeon and shellfish. But law enforcement and private citizens are out to stop these crimes against nature.

Wildlife Detectives: A Special Report | June 02, 2015

Growing Oil Train Traffic Is Shrouded In Secrecy

KUOW/EarthFix | June 13, 2015

Railroads share little information about oil train traffic with Washington state. So a former NSA employee has decided to monitor oil trains in his community, noting each one on a website he built.

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