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DeFazio on the war path

DeFazio on the war path

It's not often you get to see the word lambaste in a press release from a government official. But when you're dealing in the upside-down world of the BLM's WOPR, anything goes.

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Oregon's not so hidden treasure

Oregon's not so hidden treasure

Natural icons Mount Hood, the Wild Rogue and Oregon Caves National Monument are all one step closer to additional protection today thanks to a couple of Oregon elected officials.

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Oregon WildBlog

News, notes, trip reports, and the lighter side (of the wilder side) of the Oregon environmental and conservation movement.

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"The Geography of Hope"

"The Geography of Hope"

The passage of Washington's Wild Sky Wilderness bodes well for other pristine areas across the country awaiting protection.

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Welcome to the Oregon Wild Blog

Welcome to the Oregon Wild Blog

During my first month working for Oregon Wild, a couple of staff members stayed late one Wednesday afternoon to clean out the attic. Thirty years of history boxed and stacked along the walls threatened to topple over and block our efforts to open up space to play ping-pong (an important conservation mission).

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Northern Spotted Owl

Northern Spotted Owl

Northern spotted owl. BLM photo.

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Old growth and owls - Bush plan falls short

Old growth and owls - Bush plan falls short

Top scientists say Bush plan logs too much old-growth, doesn't do enough to protect threatened wildlife.

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Northern spotted owl

Northern spotted owl

Northern spotted owl. Photo by BLM.

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Spring in the Coast Range

Spring in the Coast Range

Wild weather, an intrepid group, wildflowers, raging waters, and ancient trees - a report on the spring Sweet Creek Falls hike.

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PAWN grove trail

PAWN grove trail

Photo by Chandra LeGue

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The Big Bad Wolf Hunter

The Big Bad Wolf Hunter

Gray wolves are under the gun throughout the West. The Associated Press is reporting that 37 wolves have been killed since the animal was removed from Endangered Species Act protections in March.

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Building the tool box

Building the tool box

This year is the tenth annual Patagonia Tools for Grassroots Activists Conference. At the event, Patagonia brings together dozens of conservation and environmental activists from across the country to give them the tools they need to save the planet.

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Bringing the toolbox home

Bringing the toolbox home

Patagonia's "Tools for Grassroots Activists" Conference ended with a pledge to bring home our newfound knowledge. What better way to open up the toolbox than to share a few stories with you.

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Today's selection from the Wilderness vending machine: Soda Mountain

Today's selection from the Wilderness vending machine: Soda Mountain

Momentum continues to gather in Congress for Wilderness protections for several Oregon areas. This time, it's a hearing for Soda Mountain.

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Getting along in the Coast Range

Getting along in the Coast Range

Collaborative efforts on the Siuslaw National Forest to help the plan restoration projects in the Alsea basin.

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She's a (Black) Butte

She's a (Black) Butte

Three years, 15 presentations, more than 20 field tours, several media stories, and multiple volunteer projects after the Glaze Meadow project near Black Butte was begun, it's one step closer to reality today.

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Save the old growth; Save the planet

Save the old growth; Save the planet

What can old growth do for you? Keep you cool for starters.

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A plan 26 years in the making

A plan 26 years in the making

"At present, the National Monument is far too small for its current use level."--1982 Oregon Wilderness Coalition newsletter.

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Highways, cattle, and... refuges?

Highways, cattle, and... refuges?

Reflection on a recent trip into the heartland of the Klamath Basin's National Wildlife Refuges

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Oregon's Niagara Falls?

Oregon's Niagara Falls?

A day in the Coast Range's Mount Hebo verifying roadless boundaries leads to Niagara Falls?

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Waterfall Showcase Showdown!

Waterfall Showcase Showdown!

Exploration of the McKenzie River Trail yields watery surprises this year.

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Lift the Spirit in the Canopy

Lift the Spirit in the Canopy

The moving view from the Wind River Canopy Crane lifts the spirit.

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Canoes, Sunsets and White Pelicans

Canoes, Sunsets and White Pelicans

Join Oregon Wild on a great opportunity to Tour the Klamath Basin with our expert staff as your guides.

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Girls in the Gorge

Girls in the Gorge

Oregon Wild staff member Margaret De Bona goes hiking with Girls Inc.

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A tradition reborn

A tradition reborn

This year marks the return of the Oregon Wild Waldo Lake Camp Out and celebration. Wendell Wood recalls how it all began.

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Walk around Waldo

Walk around Waldo

Oregon Wild supporters participate in the 1985 "Walk Around Waldo" event to raise funds for protecting Waldo Lake. (Oregon Wild file photo).

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An Oregon Wild Summer indeed!

An Oregon Wild Summer indeed!

A recap of the many hikes Oregon Wild staffer Chandra LeGue has done since the kick-off of Oregon Wild Summer two weeks ago.

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From Requa to Link River

From Requa to Link River

Ani Kame'enui and Sean Stevens venture to the Klamath Basin, from the mouth to the headwaters of the Klamath River.

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Vote Oregon Wild

Vote Oregon Wild

Be sure to stop by the Patagonia store in Portland and vote for Oregon Wild.

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Crabtree Lake

Crabtree Lake

Crabtree Lake in July. Photo by Chandra LeGue.

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Big trees at Crabtree

Big trees at Crabtree

A couple of giants stand sentinel at Crabtree Lake. Photo by Chandra LeGue.

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Group at trailhead

Group at trailhead

The scouting party begins the descent to Crabtree Valley. Photo by Chandra LeGue.

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Crabtree or Bust

Crabtree or Bust

Frostbite in July? Only on an Oregon Wild hike scouting adventure.

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Big win for wolves

Big win for wolves

A Montana judge backs up conservationist claims that wolf delisting in the west was premature.

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Regarding your old t-shirts. . .

Regarding your old t-shirts. . .

It's time for a new shirt. One that, when worn, identifies you as a supporter of the place you love, or love to visit.

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Backcountry fishing on the Salmon River

Backcountry fishing on the Salmon River

Eight intrepid anglers join Oregon Wild and Trout Unlimited to explore the wilds of the Salmon River.

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Words from the wild

Words from the wild

Many talented authors call Oregon home and derive their inspiration from the natural world around us.

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Oregon's best Congressman

Oregon's best Congressman

During the late 1970s and early 1980s Oregon's best congressman was from Ohio.

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Lookout for that Old-Growth!

Lookout for that Old-Growth!

The Lookout Creek Trail in the Willamette National Forest offered 13 Eugene hikers stunning old growth and creek crossings.

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Levitating trees, or at least trying to

Levitating trees, or at least trying to

A week ago at this time, a big chunk of the Oregon Wild staff was out in the woods. That’s not so uncommon...

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Lookout Mountain Boundary Sign

Lookout Mountain Boundary Sign

A sign delineating the border of the Lookout Mt. Special Management Area. Photo by Steve Pedery.

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Group at Ponderosa

Group at Ponderosa

Oregon Wild staff huddle around a big Ponderosa pine at the edge of a more dense mixed conifer forest. Photo by Chandra LeGue.

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McKenzie River Trail gets a makeover

McKenzie River Trail gets a makeover

A wind storm along the McKenzie River Trail led to "salvage" logging this summer.

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Logging damage

Logging damage

Logging damage near McKenzie River Trail

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Oregon Wild takes the Challenge!

Oregon Wild takes the Challenge!

For the month of September some Oregon Wild staff are taking on their carbon footprint and biking to work.

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In the forest with the Godfather

In the forest with the Godfather

“Someday, and that day may never come, I'll call upon you to do a service for me.” –Marlon Brando in The Godfather.

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Capturing Oregon's Beauty

Capturing Oregon's Beauty

A talentless photographer finds irony in being this year's Oregon Wild Outdoor Photo Contest Coordinator

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A Trail to Remember

A Trail to Remember

The shoreline trail around Waldo Lake is newly dedicated in honor of former Congressman and long-time wilderness hero, Jim Weaver.

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Cleanup in Klamath County

Cleanup in Klamath County

The Clean Forest Project hosts a cleanup of an illegal dump site on October 11, 2008.

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Intercepting a football shaped seabird

Intercepting a football shaped seabird

It may sound strange, but when the timber industry threw out a request to remove protections for the murrelet, they might have been picked off.

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WOPR JR: Bush can't have it his way

WOPR JR: Bush can't have it his way

The BLM releases the final version of their old-growth logging plan. This blogger's task: distill 2,000 pages into one post.

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Stop local LNG water grab

Stop local LNG water grab

Local conservation groups are asking for help in securing environmental accountability when it comes to signing off on LNG pipelines.

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Grassroots engage on WOPR

Grassroots engage on WOPR

With the release of the BLM's plan to increase logging on a million acres of public forests, citizens feel compelled to speak up.

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Not all dam deals are dead ends

Not all dam deals are dead ends

The Carmen Smith relicensing agreement ain't perfect, but there aren't any deal killers.

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Public-lands affairs

Public-lands affairs

Grist Magazine outlines where the presidential candidates stand on public-lands issues

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Why Salmon Don't Drive Off-road

Why Salmon Don't Drive Off-road

Klamath National Forest calls for comments on their travel management plan.

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Photography as a Conservation Advocate

Photography as a Conservation Advocate

"A photograph is worth a thousand words." That's a gross underestimate if you ask me, especially when you're talking about natural and wild places.

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History made, but there's always work left

History made, but there's always work left

Amid the post-election celebrations, let's not forget the mantra: "Endless pressure, endlessly applied..."

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A voice in the wilderness (on the Klamath)

A voice in the wilderness (on the Klamath)

Going it alone while everyone is listening.

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Sean filming at the JC Boyle Dam diversion canal.

Sean filming at the JC Boyle Dam diversion canal.

Sean filming at the JC Boyle Dam diversion canal.

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The party's over, but the pictures remain

The party's over, but the pictures remain

Oregon Wild supporters know how to have a good time and leave an auctioneer exhausted.

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Always at the top, or close to it

Always at the top, or close to it

Are we reaching the summit or living up to the moniker of the lovable losers.

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Magical Coast Range wildlands gaining momentum

Magical Coast Range wildlands gaining momentum

A proposal to protect Devil's Staircase on Wassen Creek gains ground.

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Timeout for Thanksgiving

Timeout for Thanksgiving

In November 2008, Oregonians have lots to be thankful (and work) for.

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Bonney Butte

Bonney Butte

Photo by Dan Sherwood

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Give Green; Go Wild; Get Goodies

Give Green; Go Wild; Get Goodies

The story of how an alt weekly paper raised boatloads for worthy causes.

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Different state, same issues

Different state, same issues

A visit to the Mount Timpanogas Wilderness in Utah prompts reflection on common issues across the West's wildlands.

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Wasatch Hike

Wasatch Hike

Photo by Chandra LeGue

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Oregon Wild gets in on the "Greater Outdoors"

Oregon Wild gets in on the "Greater Outdoors"

What do Oregon Wild, an off-road unicyclist, oil tanker surfers, an Iditarod musher, and guerrilla gardeners have in common...

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Shifting Gears on Roadless

Shifting Gears on Roadless

We've been playing defense, but the game has changed. It's time to take the first step in protecting our roadless wildlands.

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South Kalmiopsis

South Kalmiopsis

Panoramic view of the South Kalmiopsis.

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Bush's endangered species blind spot

Bush's endangered species blind spot

They're packing up the moving van and leaving the ESA riddled with tire tracks.

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Reactions to the Salazar nomination

Reactions to the Salazar nomination

The President-elect nominates a centrist rancher from Colorado and the conservation community reacts.

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Stephen Jr. spotted in Lower Klamath

Stephen Jr. spotted in Lower Klamath

Famous eagle, "son" of Comedy Central show host stops over in the heart of the Pacific flyway.

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Ascending giants, pendakian pohon

Ascending giants, pendakian pohon

My Indonesian is a little rusty, but one Oregonian will be putting his language skills and his tree measuring to the test soon.

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Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary!

The Roadless Rule turns 8 years old today and is getting some pretty big gifts.

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Now, this is snowshoeing!

Now, this is snowshoeing!

As the U.S. Senate treks their way to permanently protecting Mount Hood Wilderness, it seemed like a perfect time for our first snowshoe hike of the season.

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What's that bug?

What's that bug?

Curiosity about the natural world leads to discovery and appreciation.

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Put that in your tailpipe and smoke it

Put that in your tailpipe and smoke it

Obama tells EPA to think again about allowing California, Oregon and other states to regulate tailpipe emissions standards for vehicles.

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Wyden Wilderness Willy Week Thank You

Wyden Wilderness Willy Week Thank You

Like your mother always used to say: "Always say your please and thank yous."

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