The populations of sunflower sea stars, bull kelp and abalone have all been declining across the Southern Oregon coast. A recent $250,000 federal grant has been awarded to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to study the decline.
The largest wetland restoration project on the lower Columbia River is reconstructing 965 acres of floodplain habitat and re-establishing native plants like wapato, a prized Native American first food that tastes like potato.
Green crabs are native to Europe and showed up on the west coast in the late '80s. In the past five years, they’ve started eating their way through local crab populations and harming marine habitat in Oregon and Washington.
The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission is set to vote Wednesday on a plan to gradually shift from fossil fuels to electric power for medium and heavy duty trucks. The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.