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Cassandra Profita


Cassandra Profita is a reporter for OPB's Science & Environment unit.

Cassandra has been immersed in Columbia River issues since she started reporting for The Daily Astorian newspaper in 2006. She's followed an array of fossil fuel project proposals along the river. Previously Cassandra served as Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope blogger and as part of the EarthFix public media collaboration that covered the environment for the Pacific Northwest.

She's a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and a recipient of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environment Reporting Award of Special Merit.

Cassandra grew up in Chicago and earned a degree in journalism at the University of Missouri.

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Recent Articles

NW Life | Forestry | News | Environment

Oregon Governor Proposes New Wildfire Protection Plan

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is calling for a major expansion in the state’s wildfire response plans in a new legislative concept lawmakers heard on Tuesday.

News | Environment

How Trump’s Environmental Policy Rollback Affects The Northwest

A Trump administration plan to scale back a bedrock environmental law could affect all kinds of projects in the Northwest, including timber sales, hydroelectric dams, and large energy developments.

Fish & Wildlife | Pacific Ocean | Environment

New Year Brings New Protections For West Coast Seafloor Habitat

The new year brings new protections for corals and sponges that live on the seafloor off the West Coast. 

Fish & Wildlife | Water | local | Environment | Sustainability

Oregon Conservation Group Collects Christmas Trees For Salmon Habitat

Two local chapters of the Trout Unlimited conservation group will be collecting Christmas trees to place in streams for salmon habitat in January.

Land use | Sustainability | Science | Forestry | Environment | Climate change | local | News

Study Finds Not Logging Some Northwest Forests Could Offset Climate Change

A new study finds some Northwest forests have a lot of potential to capture carbon and offset climate change if they’re preserved and not logged.

Politics | Energy | local | Environment | News

Portland City Council Readopts Fossil Fuel Restrictions

The Portland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to reapprove its 2016 ordinance banning the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.

Fish & Wildlife | Water | local | Environment | News

Salmon Die-Off Linked To Extremely Dry Conditions On Oregon's North Coast

A widespread die-off of fall chinook salmon on Oregon’s north coast is linked to extremely dry conditions and two months of low rainfall. 

Politics | Energy | Environment | Climate change | local | News

Opponents Struggle To Stop A New Breed Of Oregon Fuel Terminals

Environmentalists take credit for blocking fossil fuel developments across the Northwest, but opponents might have met their match with a new breed of projects shipping fuel by rail.

Chum Salmon Are Spawning Along A Rare Stretch Of The Columbia In Vancouver

Chum salmon are spawning in the lower Columbia River right now, and a local conservation land trust has the perfect spot to watch them in action from the Vancouver riverbank.

local | Forestry | News | Environment

Oregon Department Of Forestry Releases Draft Plan For Managing Westside Forests

The Oregon Department of Forestry has released a draft of a new management plan for hundreds of thousands of acres of state forestland on the west side of the state.

local | Recreation | Water | News | Environment

Willamette Riverkeeper Calls For A Ban On Large Wakesurfing Boats

The water sport known as wakesurfing is under fire from environmentalists who say it poses too many risks for people, property, wildlife and habitat on the Willamette River.

Business | Fish & Wildlife | Pacific Ocean | Environment | local | News

New Crab Pot Could Help Reduce Whale Entanglements

As this year’s Dungeness crab fishery approaches, so does the risk of whale entanglements in crab gear.

local | Forestry | News | Environment | Land

Oregon Supreme Court Rules Elliott Forest Land Sale Illegal

The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled the state’s 2014 sale of 788 acres of the Elliott State Forest to a private timber company was illegal.

Energy | local | Environment | News

Portland City Council Moves Toward Readopting Fossil Fuel Restrictions

On Wednesday, the Portland City Council moved a step closer to reapproving its 2016 ordinance banning the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.

local | Energy | Environment | Business | News

Zenith Energy Threatens Legal Action Over City Of Portland Permit Denial

Zenith Energy is threatening legal action if the city of Portland doesn’t approve its request to install new pipes at its oil terminal in the northwest industrial area.

Business | Politics | Energy | Environment | local | News

City Of Portland Denies Request To Add Pipes To Zenith Oil Terminal

The city of Portland has denied a request from Zenith Energy to install three additional pipes at its oil terminal in the northwest industrial area.

Water | Environment

Northwest States And Tribes Call For Superfund Listing At Bradford Island

The Yakama Nation and the states of Oregon and Washington are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to declare a new Superfund site on the Columbia River alongside Bonneville Dam.

Renewable energy | Energy | Technology | Environment | local | News

PacifiCorp Plan To Move Away From Coal Exposes Deep Divide Among Western States

PacifiCorp’s new plan to cut coal and ramp up renewables has to bridge the gulf between Rocky Mountain states that produce and burn coal and West Coast states that are disowning it.

Energy | local | Environment | News

Portland-Based PacifiCorp Releases Plan To Cut Coal Power And Add Renewables

On Thursday, PacifiCorp released a 20-year plan for delivering power across six Western states that cuts back on coal and adds renewable wind and solar power.

Land | Politics | Forestry | Environment | local | News

Oregon Governor’s Council Projects Big Bill To Manage Wildfire

The Governor's Council on Wildfire Response estimates the state will need $4 billion in funding to reduce wildfire risks through actions such as logging overstocked forestland.