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Environmental Update On Bees And Trees

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We’ll check in with reporters from the EarthFix team to get some of the latest environmental news, including:

  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plans to eliminate the use a class of chemical linked to several bee die-offs in Oregon — including the deaths of 50,000 bees in Wilsonville in 2013
  • Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)’s bill that would expand a controversial timber harvesting method used in Southern Oregon to up to a million acres of public forestland in the Pacific Northwest
  • Another bill that would potentially award $50 million in federal funding to restore the river that has tested positive for toxins
  • The whitebark pine, which is riddled with disease. Foresters want to introduce a more disease-tolerant version of the species to keep the tree alive. However, a lot of its habitat is in designated wilderness areas, where tree planting is illegal.

EarthFix reporters Cassandra Profita and Devan Schwartz will join us with the details.

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