Cattle poke their heads through the fence at Kelly Birkmaier's property east of Enterprise, Ore.

Cattle poke their heads through the fence at Kelly Birkmaier’s property east of Enterprise, Ore.

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  • The oldest living species in the Northwest is at the Oregon Zoo for the first time. The Pacific lamprey is a native species that has survived more than 400 million years until declining significantly in the early 2000s. After a long effort to increase populations, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Oregon Zoo and U.S Fish and Wildlife Service have collaborated to introduce five Pacific lampreys to the zoo in hopes to raise awareness of their crucial role. We talk with Aaron Jackson, Lamprey Project leader for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation about why lampreys are ecologically and culturally important and how they are adapting to their new temporary home. 

 

  

 

  

  • U.S. beef producers are accustomed to uncertainty, but ranchers are concerned about recent fluctuations in beef prices due to tariffs from China and other Pacific Rim countries. A recent fire at one of the largest American beef processing plants has only added to the uncertainty in the beef market. We talk with Jerome Rosa, executive director of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association about how Oregon ranchers are faring. 

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