The ancient forest that surrounds Portland’s Bull Run water supply is off limits to logging after decades of controversy. But questions loom large over fire, climate change and the risk of leaving a water supply untreated in one of the most pristine watersheds in the nation. Tune in to OREGON FIELD GUIDE on Thursday, April 1 at 8:30pm for a report on what the future may hold for this important source of Portland’s drinking water.

Bull Run – The Forest Service that once hired loggers is now wiping out the roads they built to remove trees and shifting its focus to restoration of the land around the watershed that supplies Portland its drinking water. In 1996, after decades of protest, the courts put a stop to commercial logging within the Bull Run management area. The idea now is to protect the water by protecting the forest, so no logging, hunting or recreation is allowed. But there is one risk that could wipe out all the gains – fire. FIELD GUIDE examines the potential danger and the future plans for Bull Run.

Streaked Horned Lark — The streaked horned lark leads a scary life. They love to nest in the ground on open land, making them vulnerable to hawks and other predators. With development making open land increasingly hard to find, this species, ranging from the Willamette Valley to the Puget Sound, may be close to extinction. In fact, the streaked horned lark should in all probability be extinct by now. Surprisingly, it has survived in the Portland area because of industrial development.

Bluebird Lady — Then meet Elsie Elzroth. She is one very dedicated woman. She has spent most of her life helping restore bluebird populations to the Corvallis area. Elzroth has banded and gathered information on more than 5,000 bluebirds, placed and helped maintain hundreds of bluebird boxes and led the Bluebird Trail Recovery Project ever since it started for the Audubon Society of Corvallis.
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