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Wilderness Area of the Week: Hells Canyon

Split in half by the Wild and Scenic Snake River, Hells Canyon Wilderness straddles the northeastern border of Oregon and the western boarder of Idaho. The larger portion in Oregon (approximately 134,208 acres) and the smaller portion in Idaho (approximately 83,811 acres) make up over 200,000 acres of rocky slopes and grasslands.  

Advocating for Coyote

Cassandra Robertson was looking for her missing cat when she found the first victim. Before dying, the coyote had chewed off some of its leg. Her shock turned to disgust when she found a live raccoon in another trap.

Asking around, she discovered that Oregon State University’s Sheep Center, her neighbor in the hills outside of Corvallis, was using the infamous federal agency Wildlife Services (WS) to trap and poison coyotes. She protested; the traps were removed.

Wilderness Area of the Week: Kalmiopsis

Named after the pre-ice age Kalmiopsis leachiana plant, the Kalmiopsis Wilderness is nearly 180,000 acres and is located in the southwestern tip of Oregon. Abundant with harsh soils rich in heavy metals, the Kalmiopsis Wilderness is known for its botanical diversity. Over time, unique and rare plants have learned to adapt to the harsh soil in which most other plants cannot survive. This includes many carnivorous plants like the Darlingtonia Californica and the Round Leaved Sundew.

A Morning with Marbled Murrelets

Waking up at four in the morning is generally not a fun experience. However when you’re standing in a lush meadow as the sun rises, listening to the dawn chorus of birds, and waiting to start surveying for Marbled Murrelets, it turns into an exciting and enchanting adventure.

Wilderness Area of the Week: Boulder Creek Wilderness

In June 1984 Congress approved The Oregon Wilderness Act and protected over 900,000 acres of Oregon’s wildlands, including the Boulder Creek Wilderness area. Boulder Creek Wilderness, a 19,886-acre roadless area, encompassed within the Umpqua National Forest is known for a stand of old-growth pines, named Pine Bench, in the southern part of the wilderness.

For wolverines, politics trumps science (again)

The Obama administration has some seriously bad news for Oregon’s 3 resident wolverines -- it’s overruling the conclusions of federal scientists and denying wolverines protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Hmmm. Well, surely the administration is basing this decision on sound science. Right?

Wilderness Area of the Week: Three Sisters Wilderness

Known for the three inactive volcanoes that give the Three Sisters Wilderness its name, this area is one of the most geologically diverse in the state, boasting mesas, cones, craters, lava fields, meadows, old-growth forets, glaciers and glacial lakes. With the largest glacier in Oregon located here between the North and Middle sister, the Three Sisters Wilderness area also shows a great example of glaciation, one of the best in the Pacific Northwest.

Oregon Wild's 5th Annual Wolf Rendezvous

Wolf tracks observed during Oregon Wild's 5th Annual Wolf Rendezvous

By Danica Swenson, Oregon Wild's 2014 Wildlife Intern

Wilderness Area of the Week: Menagerie Wilderness

Thirty years ago today, the Menagerie Wilderness was designated under the Oregon Wilderness Act of 1984 as Oregon’s first forest Wilderness of less than 5,000 acres in size.  For legislative purposes, congress said that (in general) an area must be at least 5,000 acres, or “is of sufficient size as to make practicable its preservation and use in an unimpaired condition.” However, the Menagerie Wilderness is one of the few small Wilderness areas to be designated since the initial Wilderness Act of 1964 was signed into law.

A young Oregonian asks: Should wolves be taken off the endangered species list?

Eleanor Solomon -- 9th grade student at Riverdale High School

I’m Eleanor Solomon, and I’m a 9th grader at Riverdale High School. I am a part-time intern at Oregon Wild, and I care deeply about wildlife. The wildlife that are struggling to survive have no hope against hunters, poachers, and just ordinary human beings, so it’s our job to stand up for them and protect them. This month, as my first post, I have decided to write about gray wolves being taken off the endangered species list.


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