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Ruling Shouldn't Halt Forest Projects
Loggers, conservationists say restoration necessary despite future of WOPR
Delegation Acts to Protect Oregon Caves, Chetco River
Thanks to you, protections introduced in Congress
Gold mining project in Ore hits clean water snag
A Washington developer's plan to mine for gold on one of Oregon's most pristine salmon rivers has hit a roadblock.
Plastic bag and bottle bills, two high-profile environmental bills, move forward in Oregon Legislature
Legislation that could bring sweeping changes to Oregon's bottle bill passed the House environment committee Thursday, its first big hurdle toward becoming law.
Elk River listing would protect fishing interests
Nearly 28,000 acres of the Elk River drainage east of Port Orford would be designated a salmon emphasis area in a proposal.
Residents tested for pesticide
Activists tell the state Board of Forestry that Triangle Lake residents’ urine samples came back positive
Middle ground on forest roads
George Sexton, KS Wild's Conservation Director, agrees with Siskiyou County Natural Resources Specialist on public lands.
Middle ground on forest roads
George Sexton, KS Wild's Conservation Director, agrees with Siskiyou County Natural Resources Specialist on public lands.
87-Year-Old Woman Searches for the Endangered Flower That Shares Her Family Name
A lovely story about the endangered Gentner's Fritillary
Timber sale near Butte Falls draws universal accolades
Conservationists, timber advocates say thinning project will boost forest health, add jobs
Suction Dredge Mining Costs Targeted By California Lawmakers
A California legislative panel has proposed action that would extend a ban on suction dredge gold mining for five years. The full legislature has yet to take final action. Amelia Templeton reports on what this could mean across the border in Oregon.
Underwater mushroom from Rogue makes new species list
Mushroom, found in 2005, creates waves in the mycological world
The view is sweeter when you earn it
George Sexton writes on his hiking experience to Pearsoll Peak in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.
Pearsoll Peak
Road openings stalled over tree disease fears
Disease killing Port Orford Cedar spread often from roads during wet weather
The strange and wonderful Smith
The Smith River’s North Fork hosts singular scenery, big rapids
Salmon habitat and water quality: Every Oregonian has a stake in stream protection
The Oregonian's editorial "Timber country and you" (July 24) places the interest of the timber industry above the public's interest in clean water, wild salmon and healthy watersheds. The editorial ignored what science tells us about the impact of logging roads on the survival of wild salmon.
Going with the Flow
Sucker Creek restoration aims to give native fish a fighting chance
Ski area permit decision on hold
After listening to about 40 area residents, the Ashland City Council ran out of time on Tuesday night to decide whether to give up its permit for the Mt. Ashland Ski Area.
Timber sale focuses on restoration
BLM project for Applegate area allows 1.5 million board feet to be harvested, but not any old-growth
Spill muddies Big Butte Creek
Biologists fear salmon eggs may have been casualties
On the trail of the wolf known as OR-7
A wolf that split Sept. 10 from its northeast Oregon pack and is now wandering in southwest Oregon followed a path seemingly scripted from some Jack London knock-off documentary about how the first wolf in Western Oregon in 65 years might have gotten here.
Effort to protect Rogue River back in Congress
A law that would expand the protection of the Rogue River is headed to Congress.
Backcountry thinning is not the way to healthy forests
Easy come, easy go
Jackson County's first wolf in six decades leaves for greener pastures
Gold Hill man heads back to court for illegal mining
Gold Hill miner Clifford Tracy will once again stand trial for a reportedly illegal mining operation, this time on a section of Galice Creek.
Oregon asks feds to revoke license for Coos Bay LNG project
The state of Oregon has asked federal regulators to revoke their approval of a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Coos Bay and reopen the record so the state can submit evidence that a revised terminal proposal is not in the public interest.
Not so fast
Oregon is right to ask that LNG permit process start over for export request
Miner appears to not take trial too seriously
With a straw in his teeth and sunglasses pushed back on his head, Gold Hill miner Clifford R. Tracy served as his own attorney Thursday afternoon in the first day of a lively federal trial in which he is charged with illegal mining.
Miner Accused of Illegal Operation
TV Coverage of illegal gold mining Tracy trial featuring George Sexton.
OR-7 might make home in region's mountains
Indications are the traveling wolf is hanging around in a roughly 100-square-mile area east of Butte Falls
Defiant Abe Lincoln-quoting gold miner fails to sway jury
It finds Clifford R. Tracy guilty of illegally mining Galice Creek; he's cleared on a pollution count
Senators back push for Rogue wilderness area
Oregon's U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley waded into the effort to expand protection of the Lower Rogue River drainage on Thursday by introducing legislation that would add some 60,000 acres of new wilderness area.
On the trail of OR-7
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist and a volunteer aide track the wandering wolf long and hard to see if he has a mate, but OR-7 always is one step ahead of them
Time to rein in outlaw mining operations
Guest Editorial by KS Wild's George Sexton
Wolf's entry into Calif. major environmental step
A lone gray wolf crossed the border into California and was on the move south of Klamath Falls on Thursday, becoming the first wild wolf in the state in almost a century.
Want some say about monument road plans?
Public comment sought about which roads should remain open inside the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
A Mining Law Whose Time Has Passed
NYT OP-ED on outdated mining laws and threats to the Chetco River.
Medford BLM to discuss new timber plan
The Medford District Bureau of Land Management will host a public meeting to discuss a timber plan called the Integrated Vegetation Management Project.
Exporting liquified natural gas would spike price in U.S., says energy agency
Exporting boatloads of U.S. natural gas could significantly raise prices for domestic consumers and businesses, according to a new study by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
OR-7 saga trots on in California
Environmental groups voice concerns about plan to replace county payments
Environmental groups in Oregon expressed concern Monday about emerging legislation that could lead to increased logging on 1.2 million acres of federal land in the state. They demanded that negotiations over details of the proposal be more public and open.
The romantic, post-apocalyptic journey of wolf OR-7
Four Southern Oregon trails named as historic places
All are located in the Oregon Caves National Monument
Four groups protest BLM's Grizzly Peak timber plan
They cite concerns about cutting of larger trees and road-building
Poll shows support for protecting lower Rogue
A poll of 300 people in southwest Oregon indicate that more than 75 percent of respondents support additional protection for the lower Rogue River corridor.
Miner sentenced to a year in prison for operating illegally
A Gold Hill man twice convicted of illegally mining on public land has been sentenced to a year in prison.
DeFazio's bill targets LNG pipeline project
It would clarify the reasons a government can use exceptions to build on private land
Southwest Oregon voters favor additional protections for the Rogue River, according to a new poll by the public opinion research firm Moore Information.
We all have a stake in BLM forests
Editorial by Joseph Vaile: BLM lands play a critical role in the livelihood and quality of life of just about everyone in Southern Oregon.
Southern Oregon jewels bring millions to region
Visitors to Crater Lake and Oregon Caves spent more than $40 million in 2010
California wolf trek shows importance of wilderness
10 great places to see spring wildflowers
Mount Ashland listed in USA Today as a top 10 location to see wildflowers!
Biscuit Fire 10 Years Later
DeFazio timber bill slights water quality, recreation, salmon
We have the chance to protect the Chetco River by ending in-stream mining
Rare daisy-like flower fanning controversy over road-closure plan for Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
Reversal of fortune
A gas pipeline for LNG export raises the question: What's in it for Oregonians?
Klamath-Siskiyou Forests Ranked High for Species Survival
New Study by Conservation Biologists Say Mid and Low Elevation Sites May Buffer from Climate Change
Looking for rain
As near record numbers of Chinook salmon continue to flood into the Klamath River and its tributaries, the heightened focus on this year's run has produced some controversy.
Illinois Valley threatened by invasive weed planted for nickel mining venture
Yellow tuft alyssum may be the only invasive plant that was introduced in a mining experiment. Now the mining company has walked away and left the public with the clean-up costs.
Levy on gold could be budget windfall, U.S. lawmakers say
Revising a 19th-century U.S. law that governs the mining of gold and other precious metals could add billions of dollars to federal coffers at a time of tight budgets, according to some Democratic lawmakers and a government study released on Wednesday.
Jackson County could not assume control of federal forestland
After months of research, Jackson County Counsel Rick Whitlock has debunked the misguided notion that county officials can seize control of federal land simply by declaring jurisdiction over it.
River guiding firm secures Chetco permit
Zachary Collier, owner of Hood River-based Northwest Rafting Co., has tentatively secured the first commercial outfitting permit granted in more than a decade for kayaking the Wild & Scenic segments of the Chetco River.
BLM seeking input on forest-uses plan
As part of an effort to revise its resource management plan, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Medford District wants to know what draws people outdoors and what they think of specific BLM recreational sites in the district.
Rogue River ecosystem impact study questioned
A new study contends that treated effluent released into the Rogue River from Medford's wastewater treatment plant illegally harms insect life and promotes unwanted algae growth — a conclusion that city officials say is premature.
Giant artwork salmon created in hopes of spreading climate change awareness
More than 150 people gathered in Medford to cheer speakers discussing the changing ecosystem, and calling for community-based and global solutions to environmental threats at the Sunday afternoon rally titled "It's a Rogue Thing."
Bates introduces bill to ban suction dredges in some rivers
State Sen. Alan Bates, D-Medford, has introduced a bill in the Oregon Legislature to ban suction dredge mining in 30 rivers identified as State Scenic Waterways.
Wyden pledges to boost timber harvests
The new chairman of the powerful Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has pledged to boost the federal timber harvest in southwest Oregon.
Raising a stink: Asphalt plant odor draws ire
Nearby neighbors are unhappy with emissions and noise from an asphalt batch plant, while the plant's owner says he's fixed problems that caused it to violate state standards last year.
Feds ask if pot garden poison threat to predator
For the first time, federal biologists are assessing whether illegal marijuana gardens in the back woods of the West could threaten the extinction of the pacific fisher, a native predator.
Mining firm interested in national forest nickel
A Portland mining firm Red Flat Nickel Corp. has proposed exploratory drilling at two sites in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, including one near the southeastern tip of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area.
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden lays out 'framework' for boosting O&C Lands logging
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, spelled out a "legislative framework" today that calls for increased logging and county timber revenues from federally owned Oregon & California Railroad lands but penalizes counties with relatively low property taxes.
Study: Amphibians Disappearing at Alarming Rate
A new study has determined for the first time just how quickly frogs, and other amphibians like the Klamath-Siskiyou's Siskiyou Mountain Salamander, are disappearing around the United States, and the news is not good.
Pot gardens’ use of poison examined in spotted-owl deaths
In the West Coast marijuana-growing region known as the Emerald Triangle, scientists want to know whether the rat poison spread around illegal pot plantations is killing northern spotted owls, a threatened species.
Obama Administration's plan would lift wolf protections
The Obama administration is proposing to lift most remaining federal protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states almost four decades after they were added to the endangered species list.
Agency: No Vehicle Activity in the Chetco
The California Department of State Lands rules that motor vehicles are no longer allowed in the lower Chetco River.
State legislature approves handing out fewer suction dredge mining permits
A bill that would scale back the number of suction dredge mining permits issued in Oregon has passed the House and Senate and heads to the desk of Gov. John Kitzhaber, who is expected to sign the bill into law.
Reasonable rules protect rivers
Gold dredging enthusiasts have little to complain about in recently passed legislation limiting mining permits on Oregon rivers and ordering further restrictions to be developed.
BLM lands give us clean water
Decades of research provide strong evidence that heavily logged and roaded watersheds, most notably those occurring on state and private lands, contribute to significant water quality problems.
Federal court ruling delays timber sale
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has postponed a timber sale in the Applegate River drainage while it pores over the ramifications of last month's federal court decision in a lawsuit brought by the timber industry.
Wandering wolf OR-7 is hanging out locally
Wandering gray wolf OR-7, Southern Oregon's most famous fauna, has been wandering around Oregon and Northern California in search of a mate the past two years.
Lawsuit Challenges Plan to Log 150,000 Acres of California Old Growth Forests
Conservation groups are suing two federal agencies over a plan that allows logging in northern spotted owl and salmon habitat on private timberlands in Northern California.
Applegate Valley residents petition Wyden about forest management
More than 150 Applegate Valley residents signed a petition and presented it to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden's staff in Medford today, asking Oregon's senior senator to consider what they say are reasonable forest management goals on so-called O&C lands.
Wandering Wolf 'OR-7' Appears To Have Found A Home
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the wandering gray wolf has spent the summer in Southeast Jackson County and Southwest Klamath County.
O&C lands bill threatens forest watersheds
The bill drafted by Oregon Reps. Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader and Greg Walden to significantly boost harvests from federal forestlands in western Oregon would drastically change the management of most of the so-called O&C lands.
House passes bill to increase logging in Northwest forests
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that would boost logging on some federal lands in the Northwest in exchange for protecting other lands for fish and wildlife habitat — despite the Obama administration's veto threat.
Cattle spurn shutdown, graze anyway
Twenty-eight cows that moseyed onto the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument last week obviously didn't know about the partial federal government shutdown.
Wolverines Found In Oregon
Researcher Audrey Magoun has found three wolverines in her first season of research since moving to Oregon, making discoveries that had eluded the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife for decades.
Medford treatment plant's impact on Rogue studied
A study funded by the Rogue Flyfishers Association finds algae and plant growth from nutrient loading 10 times higher downstream of the Medford Wastewater Treatment plant compared to algae growth upstream.
Herbicide spraying in Curry County draws complaints, state investigation
The state of Oregon is investigating complaints that an herbicide sprayed from a helicopter on commercial timberlands in Curry County drifted over people's homes and made some of them and their animals sick.
DeFazio tours abandoned copper mine Superfund site
U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio on Thursday toured an abandoned copper mine in Southwestern Oregon that is on the Superfund list of major pollution sites in preparation for filing legislation to overhaul the nation’s primary mining law.
Proposed mine by wild Smith River roils Del Norte County folks
A London mining company has applied to the U.S. Forest Service to begin exploratory drilling over thousands of acres of forest lands in the headwaters of the clear, flowing Smith River. The Smith is a life force in the northern corner of California, where the locals keep a sharp eye out for threats to the pristine water and thriving fish.
To prevent another Formosa disaster, block new nickel mines
Making the news, Rep. Peter DeFazio on April 17 toured the remains of the Formosa copper mine in the South Umpqua watershed near Riddle, south of Roseburg. The mine was operated by a Canadian company from 1989-1993 and then abandoned.
National report shows Oregon Caves brings $4.8 million to economy
A National Park Service report shows that 72,717 visitors to Oregon Caves National Monument in 2013 spent nearly $4.8 million in communities near the park, supporting 70 jobs in the local area.
Trail camera gets new photos of OR-7's wolf pups
New photos of wolf OR-7's pups show that he and his mate have at least three offspring roaming the woods of eastern Jackson County — and maybe more.
OR-7 Could Be Re-collared Next Month
Biologists plan to recapture OR-7 and replace the wolf's tracking collar — and possibly collar his mate and some of his three pups — to keep tracking Western Oregon's only known wolf family as they work their way toward pack status.
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.
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
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.