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Things heating up on the Oregon Coast, and it's not just climate change.

On September 24th, Oregon Wild joined our friend The Rockaway Beach Citizens For Watershed Protection up at Oswald West State Park to launch the Save Short Sands Campaign to raise awareness at the park about aerial spraying of clearcuts just outside park boundaries. This fall, multi-national clearcutting corporation Weyerheauser Co has been using helicopters to spray 80 different clearcuts in the region surrounding the park, and the Rockaway Beach Citizens group worked hard to let folks who live in the area know about the risks.

Profanity: It Could Happen Here.

Whether you’re lucky enough to live near the big wild places of the West or you’re stuck in traffic on the Jersey turnpike, wildlife and public lands belong to all Americans.

A New Direction for Oregon's Forests

Watseco Creek flows through a clearcut above Rockaway Beach Oregon.

Our friends over at the North Coast State Forest Coalition have launched an online petition directed at Governor Kate Brown, who will soon be appointing new members to Oregon’s Board of Forestry. The petition calls on Governor Brown to “ appoint someone that helps diversify the expertise and background of the Board . . . who is not tied to commercial timber interests.” 

A Picture can Save 21,000 Acres

The 12th annual Outdoor Photo Contest is underway! No doubt you've heard the phrase "a picture says a thousand words," but a photo can do even more than that. Images can be powerful tools to encapsulate a place, person, or time in history. For our public lands, a photograph can even be a catalyst for permanent protection.

(P)rebuttal

A 63-year-old essay provides the perfect answer to an outdated letter written in the 21st century.

 

Old prejudices die hard. 

A recent letter to the editor in my local newspaper – the Wallowa Chieftain – starkly brought that point home. It said in part:

Rogue Pack: The Next Generation

As we've been preparing for this second annual Crater Lake Wolf Rendezvous (learn more here), exciting news came out for wolves in the Crater Lake region. Last week we were introduced to Journey's third litter of Rogue Pack pups, and the newly dubbed Silver Lake wolves, in trail cam photos from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Reflections from the Wallowa Wolf Rendezvous

Oregon Wild Wallowa Wolf Rendezvous participants Gabriella Diaz and Brenda Kameenui, with a 360 degree video (below) by Ben Prindle

Green Building Certification Just Got Less Green

Many Oregonians pride themselves on the state’s environmental record and ongoing sustainability efforts. One element of this commitment is demonstrated through the increasing popularity of green building standards that promote energy and resource-efficient projects. The US Green Building Council (USGBC), through its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification, is the most widely used rating system.

Oregon's Toxic Air and Poisoned Water

Oregon has a problem with toxic air and poisoned water.

A refuge for wildlife... or potatoes?

Decoys to scare away native wildlife. Workers dressed in hazmat suits spraying pesticides. Water diversions draining wetlands to irrigate industrial agriculture. Does this sound like a National Wildlife Refuge to you?

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