An important wildlife corridor – and a key access point for cross-country skiers – could be parceled out and developed. But the Methow Conservancy is raising money with plans to keep it open to the public, preserve habitat for wildlife in the area and help provide some much-needed affordable housing.
For the past three years, Devil's Lake in Lincoln City has been ravaged by an invasive weed, disrupting recreational activities. Now, new rules from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife would allow carp to be reintroduced and help tame the plant.
State wildlife agencies need more funding for the hundreds of species the agencies are supposed to manage, according to conservation groups. In recent years, a major source of funding from hunting and fishing licenses has fallen short.
A bill before the Oregon Legislature would set in motion a plan to create an Elliott State Research Forest that would preserve the oldest trees and protect vulnerable species while allowing some logging.