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20 Southern Oregon Farms Support Public Lands Protection
Family farms from across southern Oregon asked Senator Wyden at his January 17 Grants Pass Town Hall to put conservation on equal ground with resource extraction. The farms asked that Wyden support continued investment in local public lands, through full and permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which uses revenues from oil and gas revenue to protect local and national parks and forests. Pilot Rock and the Pacific Crest Trail are local gems that have been helped by the LWCF.
Caves expansion worth the wait
The Oregon Caves National Monument receives green light from Congress for a ten-fold expansion. The long-overdue change will fully protect the entire Caves Creek watershed and designate the River Styx, which flows underground through the caves, the nation's first underground Wild and Scenic river.
Most residents speak against gas pipeline
The overwhelming majority of residents at a public hearing on a proposed natural gas pipeline through Southern Oregon spoke against it, but plumbers, electricians and construction workers said the project would bring needed jobs.
Bill to expand Oregon Caves headed toward passage
In order to expand economic development, increase recreational opportunities, and protect the drinking water for some 80,000 visitors a year, Congress is expected to expand the Oregon Caves National Monument before the end of the lame duck session.
County calls for local control of federal lands
Jackson County commissioners unanimously approved a proclamation calling for control of federal lands to be handed over to Western states, a proposal environmental activists dismiss as extremist.
Jordan Cove LNG in Coos Bay could quickly become one of the largest greenhouse gas emitters in Oregon
A proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Coos Bay could quickly become one of the largest, if not the largest emitter, of greenhouse gases in Oregon, federal data shows.
Abbott Butte trek lifts the spirit
Located amongst old-growth forests and meadows in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness, Abbott Butte is literally the dividing line between the iconic Rogue River and the Umpqua Watershed.
Living with wildfire
A Southern Oregon University professor has co-authored a study published this week in Nature that says people should learn to live with wildfire — much like living with earthquakes — rather than rely on fuels-reduction projects that only encourage people to build in wildfire zones
Feds say environmental and safety impacts of Jordan Cove LNG terminal in Coos Bay can be mitigated
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday issued its long-awaited draft environmental impact statement for the controversial Jordan Cove Energy Project. The conclusions are similar to its previous determination when Jordan Cove was proposed as a gas import project.
Proposed Oregon Nickel Mine Fails To Secure Key Permit
It’s difficult to use water when there’s no water flowing. Or so discovered a UK-based mining company this week when Oregon regulators denied one of the many permits required before development of a nickel mine can get underway in Southern Oregon.