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Wild Watchings - Vol. 5

Wild Watchings - Vol. 5

Surviving the scorcher by taking a dip, how to cool down on a global scale, a call to support national parks, responsible hiking, and playing with mud

Beat the heat

As the promised heat wave arrives in Oregon these next few days, be sure to prepare yourself properly to conquer the scorcher.  If you're heading into the great outdoors, wear lightweight breathable clothing, carry plenty of water, and protect yourself from the sun by staying covered and using sunscreen.  You can also try shadier locations for your hikes and outings as well as those in higher altitudes to try to escape the heat down below. 

If you're looking for a swimming hole to cool down in, check out those listed in Lane County, but be sure to do so responsibly.  Don't bring glass bottles to these locations, but again be sure to bring water to stay hydrated.  I discovered my favorite swimming hole, Pegleg falls, during last summer's heated August.  A beautiful and cool spot near Mount Hood’s Bagby Hot Springs, this gem is typically fairly quiet and the deep and clear water is stunningly blue and beautiful.  With a few shallower swimming spots and plenty of area surrounding the water for sitting and relaxing, Pegleg offers a great place for family and friends.

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Wild Watchings - Vol. 4

Wild Watchings - Vol. 4

OSU's dam tool, saving krill to save others, using the water you've already got, eliminating invasives, the power of green, and how-to's: stop ghost fishing, float down a river, and photograph encounters with wildlife.

OSU tool would've been handy for Oregon

Oregon Researchers are creating a tool to evaluate the collective impacts of dam construction to be used in China.  The IDAM, which stands for Integrative Dam Assessment Modeling, would estimate all the effects of building a dam on water quality, biodiversity and more. This smart invention from Oregon's own would have come in handy in the past

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Wild Watchings - Vol. 3

Wild Watchings - Vol. 3

Old growth habitats and the fear of fire, bird watchings, a butterfly tale, wild rapids, and the political dams.

Old growth habitats provide protection

Recent studies report that spotted owl habitat is not more prone to forest fire, which the Bush administration tried to contend as reasoning for ramping up old growth logging.  By looking at satellite images, scientists have decided that an increase in forest thinning may not be the answer, and the argument that the spotted owl's habitat can be ignored because logging must happen to prevent forest fires has been disproved.

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Wild Watchings - Vol. 2

Wild Watchings - Vol. 2

Money in motion, rare wildlife, the legislation-conservation dance, and Oregon wildflowers

Money makes the world (and conservation) go round

Federal stimulus money is going to fund the removal of the Gold Ray dam on the Rogue River.  Similar to the Elk Creek dam, recently removed thanks to a decades long struggle by Oregon Wild and others, the Gold Ray dam project has recently done little more than cost the state money and hinder salmon and steelhead spawning streams.  The dam may finally be removed to the great relief of Oregon Wild and many salmon and steelhead.

In the same vein, Sisters Rocks (not that Sisters...this one is a little further south) has recently become a state park thanks to the portion of lottery funds dedicated to salmon and parks.  Just south of Port Orford on Highway 101, this unpopulated, hidden sea cave makes for a fun and beautiful outing in a new small coastal park. 

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Wild Watchings - Vol. 1

Wild Watchings - Vol. 1

A look at the day's news from the "wild side": Waldo motors staying or going, PCT inspiration, Oregon's logging lore, and wild rivers.

Waldo Lake Ban Tries to Keep the Peace

With its clarity and tranquility, Waldo Lake is a magnificent example of the beautiful waters of Oregon.  But the effort to protect it from pollution continues after a federal magistrate ruled in April that the Forest Service may not have the authority to create and enforce a ban on internal combustion motors on the lake. 

The pristine lake has been the topic of this on-going debate for years now as many of the lake's visitors and supporters have worked to gain protection for its scenic beauty.  A serene example of Oregon's natural beauty, Waldo Lake is mainly used as a place for camping, horseback riding, kayaking, and more.  While the Forest Service may not have the authority, The Oregonian editorial board suggests that the state of Oregon should step up to keep the lake clean and pristine.  With the previous movement halted because of the Forest Service's apparent lack of authority, the Oregonian proposes that the state step up to the plate and institute the gas motor ban once more.

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