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The Carbon Footprint of an Oregon Teen

My name is Eleanor Solomon, and I’m an intern at Oregon Wild. I’m fourteen years old, and I’m interested in how my daily activities and lifestyle affect the environment. Currently, one of the biggest environmental challenges is global warming.

Well, what is global warming anyway?

Grizzly Peak - A Wildflower and Old Growth Treasure

By Wendell Wood

On June 29, 2014 , I co-led an Oregon Wild and Klamath Siskiyou Wildland Center wildflower hike to a 5400 to 5900 foot southern Cascades botanical hot spot just outside of Ashland called "Grizzly Peak”.  Around 300 flowering plants have now been identified in this area of western Oregon BLM lands. One of the featured wildflowers on the way in is Cimicifuga elata, Tall Bugbane, growing here at the southern-most end of its geographic range. Below are photos of just some of the wildflowers to be found on this hike.

Wilderness Intern Says Farewell

Three months ago, if someone would have told me there was an internship that involved hiking, camping, and hanging out at beer festivals, I would have said they were crazy. But sitting here on my last day as the Crater Lake Wilderness Summer Intern at Oregon Wild, I now know jobs THAT amazing actually do exist.

Wilderness Area of the Week: Mt. Jefferson

Mt. Jefferson in Full Bloom

Designated by Congress in 1968, Mt. Jefferson Wilderness is located in the northwestern part of the state, sharing its northeastern border with the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.  Mt. Jefferson itself is the pinnacle feature of the High Cascades. With elevations over 10,000 feet Mt. Jefferson provides one of the steepest and most challenging summit for hikers in the state of Oregon. Five glaciers exist on the slopes of the mountain: Whitewater, Waldo, Milk Creek, Russell and Jefferson Park.

Where wolf? There. Wolf?

We live in an age where the answer to any question is no further away than the widget in your pocket. We’re bombarded by websites, articles, and videos promising to show us “the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen”…and they often deliver.

In such a world, I’ve become fond of saying “it’s nice that there’s a little mystery left in the world.”

Earlier this summer during the Oregon Wild Wolf Rendezvous, that conviction was put to the test.

Wilderness Area of the Week: Mt. Hood

Holding the record for Oregon’s tallest summit, Mt. Hood towers far over the trees, reaching 11,240 feet and spreads over 92 square miles at its base.  This “mountain” is actually a dormant volcano that dates back to the Pleistocene Era and still vents sulfurous steam near the summit. The last eruption was documented in 1907 and scientists predict that another eruption is likely to occur in the future.

Nine Things Oregonians Should Know About Forest Fires

Controlled burning in the Deschutes NF.  Photo by Brett Cole

Forest fires can be a threat to homes and property, but they also play an important role in restoring and maintaining a healthy forest. Here are nine things every Oregonian should know about forest fires in our area.

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.

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