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Senator Wyden, Resolve to Protect Oregon's Treasures!

Let’s make Senator Ron Wyden’s New Year’s resolution a good one: protect Oregon’s natural treasures!

Sen. Wyden has scheduled Willamette Valley town hall meetings in early January to answer questions and receive feedback from Oregonians (click here to find information on the town hall nearest you). With the most anti-environmental Congress in history waiting to be sworn in, there is no more important time to tell your Senator to stand up for Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters!

The 50 Wilderness Hikes (Personal) Challenge

291 miles.

43,000 feet of elevation gain.

50 Wilderness hikes.

One deeply personal journey.

Meet the Mazama Newt

Mazama Newt at Crater Lake

By Taylor Rudow, Oregon Wild intern

Next time you find yourself in the basin of Crater Lake, take a few moments to examine the underside of the rocks and driftwood found along the shoreline. With luck, you will unearth a rare specimen: the Mazama Newt. 

Roosevelt Elk: A Struggle For Survival

By Taylor Rudow, Oregon Wild intern

Nothing can prepare you for the first time you see Roosevelt Elk in the wild. As the largest variety of elk in North America, they tower above you. Mature bulls with full antlers included can easily exceed ten feet in height and length. While they are a force to be reckoned with, you cannot help but to stop and appreciate their majesty. 

The Elliott is Not For Sale

Thanks to pressure from Oregon Wild members and other conservation activists, The Department of State Lands (DSL) appears to be taking a plan for privatization of the Elliot State Forest off the table! While the most egregious proposal may no longer be under consideration, the Elliott’s vulnerable old growth trees, wild salmon runs, and threatened wildlife need your help.

Good on Hood

Oregon’s most iconic mountain and widely used Wilderness got some great news this last month!

You may recall hearing from us earlier this year that the Forest Service was proposing to log over the Vista Ridge trailhead. Not only did this plan endanger an area that is proposed Wilderness, but Vista Ridge is arguably the most scenic alpine trail on Mount Hood – especially when the wildflowers bloom in mid-August.

Threatened: Get to know the Pacific Fisher

Pacific Fisher

By Taylor Rudow, Oregon Wild intern

The Pacific Fisher is one of the rarest animals that inhabit the backcountry around Crater Lake. While the name immediately calls to mind a tall white bird gracefully slicing through the water to capture mackerel in its long orange beak, the real Pacific Fisher could not be more different.

Daring Adventure or Nothing

Guest blog by Naseem Rakha

Oregon's first winter storm was predicted to hit yesterday, and oh-boy, you'd think the sky was falling. Portland metro newscasters pulled out all their doomsday-ware: "Up to the minute Doppler Radar," webcams of soon-to-be-snow covered streets, lists of school closures and delays, and a scroll of Tweets about the storm. Their overall message: Don't panic, just stay home, make some tea. Everything will be all right.

Why Polystyrene is Bad for Medford

By Sam Becker

It destroys our environment, gives us cancer, kills wildlife, and takes jobs away from our local economy. What is it? It is polystyrene foam (PSF), which is commonly known as Styrofoam™.

Discovering Big Marsh

The high altitude wetland, Big Marsh near Crater Lake

By Taylor Rudow

Big Marsh is a must-reach destination for those wanderlust individuals looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of humanity and step into one of the pristine wonderlands that Oregon so flawlessly delivers.  Located in the backlands of the Deschutes National Forest, not far from Crater Lake, Big Marsh is one of the largest high elevation wetlands in the continental United States. At 4,700+ ft. elevation, this 2,000-acre wetland is a must-see and must-explore location, and an easy side trip for those visiting Crater Lake nearby.

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