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Who's watching out for the 600 sensitive species of Oregon wildlife? Find out why many biologists say Oregon is falling behind when it comes to protecting species across Oregon. Inspired by our recent visits to the Valhalla slot canyon, we wondered just how these unusual features form. And see how the Columbia River system's once-abundant smelt runs are officially threatened.

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Who's Watching Oregon's Wildlife

OPB | Nov. 3, 2016 8:30 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has a mission to protect all species in the state. But even by its own admission … it’s failing 

Oregon Field Guide

Slot Canyon Geology

OPB | Nov. 3, 2016 8:30 p.m.

How do slot canyons like Oneonta Gorge and Valhalla form?

Oregon Field Guide

Eulachon Smelt

OPB | Nov. 3, 2016 8:30 p.m.

Can the Northwest's huge runs of eulachon smelt be preserved?

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Major Support Provided By:
William K. Blount Family
Carol and Velma Saling Foundation

Additional Support Provided By:
Coit Family Foundation
Kay Kitagawa and Andy Johnson-Laird
Christine and David Vernier
Greenfield/Hartline Habitat Conservation Fund of the Nature Conservancy.

Special thanks for support by:
The Roundhouse Foundation, Nonnie Cole, Barbara Emily Knudsen Charitable Foundation, Bonnie and Peter Reagan, Dr. Andrew McIvor and Dr. Maura Conlon McIvor