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Bringing breaching to the table -4/24/2019

Bringing breaching to the table -4/24/2019

By ERIC BARKER  BOISE — Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson flirted with backing the removal of the four lower Snake River dams during a conference here on salmon recovery Tuesday. The veteran Republican lawmaker representing the state’s 2nd Congressional District stopped...

How Rogue Republicans Killed Oregon’s Climate-Change Bill – 6/28/2019

How Rogue Republicans Killed Oregon’s Climate-Change Bill – 6/28/2019

By Carolyn Kormann Peter Courtney, the Democratic president of Oregon’s Senate, has acknowledged that the cap-and-trade bill, at least for now, is dead. Early Tuesday morning, in Oregon, Shilpa Joshi, the coalition director of Renew Oregon, a clean-energy advocacy...

Why Oregon Republicans Vanished Over a Climate Change Vote – 6/24/2019

Why Oregon Republicans Vanished Over a Climate Change Vote – 6/24/2019

By Timothy Williams A partisan legislative standoff in Oregon persisted on Monday, as Republican state lawmakers stayed clear of the state Capitol for the fifth day in a row in an effort to block a climate change bill that Democrats are pressing to approve. Democrats,...

Abdicating, Again, on Climate – 6/22/2019

Abdicating, Again, on Climate – 6/22/2019

By The Editorial Board CreditCreditIllustration by Johanna Goodman; Photographs from the Library of Congress The contrast could not have been more pronounced. On Tuesday, New York’s governor and legislative leaders agreed on an aggressive program to eliminate by...

Interior rolls back oil drilling policies for federal land-2/1/18

Interior rolls back oil drilling policies for federal land-2/1/18

  The Interior Department implemented a new policy Thursday aimed at streamlining the oil and natural gas drilling process on federal land by cutting back on the opportunities for drilling opponents to slow down the process. A memo signed Wednesday and released...

Sportsmen seek protections for BLM backcountry-9/13/14

Sportsmen seek protections for BLM backcountry-9/13/14

Karl Puckett, Great Falls Tribune Published 10:15 p.m. MT Sept. 13, 2014 | Updated 11:13 a.m. MT Sept. 14, 2014 Flat crop country begins to give way to the contours of sharply rising and falling coulees that spread from the Missouri and Musselshell rivers like spider...

The Sagebrush Sea-5/19/15

The Sagebrush Sea-5/19/15

 It’s been called The Big Empty – an immense sea of sagebrush that once stretched 500,000 square miles across North America, exasperating thousands of westward-bound travelers as an endless place through which they had to pass to reach their destinations. Yet it’s...

The Sagebrush Sea-5/19/15

New lawsuits and a truce in sage grouse dispute-4/30/18

BILLINGS, Mont. — Environmental groups have launched a pair of court battles over protections for an imperiled bird on public land in the Western U.S. but called a truce in a third lawsuit involving its smaller cousin. Lawsuits filed Monday in Idaho and Montana claim...

Americans of color put whites to shame on climate – 9/26/2014

Americans of color put whites to shame on climate – 9/26/2014

By Sara Bernard Yes, America’s green movement is often seen as white. And there are plenty of reasons for that, including the fact that environmental organization staffers are predomnantly white and that a small fraction of environmental grant funding goes toward...

Northwest fight for clean air getting serious – 8/16/2018

Northwest fight for clean air getting serious – 8/16/2018

Seattle’s air quality was measured at a level three times worse than in notoriously awful Beijing on Wednesday. This is scandalous, and we felt the scratchy throats all the way to Olympia. Despite some clearing of wildfire smoke today, this plague of smoke should wake...

State’s forests must be thinned to prevent wildfires – 9/5/2018

The smoke that invaded the Walla Walla Valley (as well as much of Washington state and Oregon) was, without a doubt, the subject of the most grousing this summer. The heavy smoke from forest fires stung our eyes, burned our throats and created a haze that blocked the...

Editorial: Addressing forest and climate -9/6/2018

By DAILY RECORD EDITORIAL BOARD Money is seldom the solution to every problem, but what the state spends on preventing and combating wildland fires and how that money is allocated is undoubtedly one of the most critical issues before the state — its political leaders...

Offshore drilling threatens Washington’s coastal waters, jobs-3/16/18

Offshore drilling threatens Washington’s coastal waters, jobs-3/16/18

View of Grays Harbor looking toward Westport from Brady’s Oysters Inc., March 13 (Mark Ballo) A full quarter of the oysters harvested in the U.S. come from Washington. Shellfish account for 20 percent of Pacific County’s economy. Why would we risk that to drill for...

Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery and Task Force-3/14/18

Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery and Task Force-3/14/18

On March 14, 2018 the governor signed Executive Order 18-02 designating state agencies to take several immediate actions to benefit southern residents, and establishing a Task Force to develop a longer-term action recommendations for orca recovery and future...

Trump’s drilling plan draws protests in Salem-2/7/18

Trump’s drilling plan draws protests in Salem-2/7/18

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — Protesters gathered in Salem on Tuesday night to rally against offshore drilling expansion along the west coast, including here in Oregon. Officials from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, a federal agency under the Department of the Interior,...

Offshore Drilling Foes, Denied Microphone, Hold Rallies-2/14/18

Offshore Drilling Foes, Denied Microphone, Hold Rallies-2/14/18

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has message for President Donald Trump: 'You will not drill off our precious shores!'; environmentalists, denied mic at hearings, stage boisterous rallies beforehand.   By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) — With giant...

Rockfish are bouncing back from years of overfishing -12/20/2018

Rockfish are bouncing back from years of overfishing -12/20/2018

By Cassandra Profita Booming populations of yelloweye and bocaccio rockfish, cow cod and ocean perch could bring in $60 million and support hundreds of jobs in California, Oregon and Washington. Federal fishery managers are increasing the catch limits for several West...

Hostile Waters: Orcas in peril – 11/11/2018

By Seattle Times staff As she carried her dead calf day after day, for more than 1,000 miles Tahlequah the mother orca opened the eyes and hearts of people around the world. Her journey raised uncomfortable questions about why the calf died and why her extended family...

Saving the Family Farm-10/1/18

Saving the Family Farm-10/1/18

Sarah Sullivan Agriculture is the cornerstone of our rural community, yet farms and ranches are increasingly challenged by fragmentation of farmland, development and other non-farm uses, complex regulations, and planning for generational transfers. Hood River County...

THE UNCERTAIN FUTURE OF OREGON’S FARMLAND – 3/22/2018

THE UNCERTAIN FUTURE OF OREGON’S FARMLAND – 3/22/2018

by Nellie McAdams Farm Preservation Program Director, Rogue Farm Corps Between 2012 and 2032, about two-thirds of Oregon’s 16.3 million acres of agricultural land will change hands.* The reason? Oregon farmers and ranchers have never been older — they are approaching...

The Future of Oregon’s Agricultural Land-10/12/16

The Future of Oregon’s Agricultural Land-10/12/16

The Future of Oregon's Agricultural Land Sixty-four percent of Oregon's farmland is expected to change hands in the next 20 years, yet many Oregon farmers are unprepared for succession.  Simultaneously, beginning farmers are finding it harder to start farmers because...

UNECE Report on Carbon Sinks & Sequestration – 2017

UNECE Report on Carbon Sinks & Sequestration – 2017

Carbon Sinks and Sequestration Depending on their characteristics and local circumstances, forests can play different roles in the carbon cycle, from net emitters to net sinks of carbon. Forests sequester carbon by capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and...

For sale: When Oregon farm and ranch land changes hands-5/11/17

For sale: When Oregon farm and ranch land changes hands-5/11/17

Eric Mortenson | Capital Press | Published on May 11, 2017 Diane Daggett remembers the conversation with the woman who had just purchased the Daggett family’s 440-acre cattle ranch in Northeast Oregon’s Wallowa County, land that had been in the family for four...

Female Ranchers Are Reclaiming the American West – 1/11/2019

Female Ranchers Are Reclaiming the American West – 1/11/2019

by Amy Chozick Hundreds of years before John Wayne and Gary Cooper gave us a Hollywood version of the American West, with men as the brute, weather-beaten stewards of the land, female ranchers roamed the frontier. They were the indigenous, Navajo, Cheyenne and other...

‘This is our reality now.’ – 12/27/2018

‘This is our reality now.’ – 12/27/2018

By New York Times Contributors In just two years, President Trump has unleashed a regulatory rollback, lobbied for and cheered on by industry, with little parallel in the past half-century. Mr. Trump enthusiastically promotes the changes as creating jobs, freeing...

Would Human Extinction Be a Tragedy? – 12/17/2018

Would Human Extinction Be a Tragedy? – 12/17/2018

By Todd May There are stirrings of discussion these days in philosophical circles about the prospect of human extinction. This should not be surprising, given the increasingly threatening predations of climate change. In reflecting on this question, I want to suggest...

78 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump – 12/28/2018

78 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump – 12/28/2018

By NADJA POPOVICH, LIVIA ALBECK-RIPKA and KENDRA PIERRE-LOUIS Since his first days in office, President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority. His administration, with help from Republicans in Congress, has targeted environmental rules it sees as...

The Oregonian’s Four Part Series – Polluted by Money – 3/15/2019

The Oregonian’s Four Part Series – Polluted by Money – 3/15/2019

By Rob Davis Oregon once aimed to be the greenest state in America. Its leaders adopted the nation’s first bottle deposit. They controlled urban sprawl. They declared ocean beaches public property. But in the last four years, Oregon’s most powerful industries have...

Websites & Reports of Interest

CLIMATE CHANGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Websites

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Climate Change Program

California Climate Change Portal

Class of 0000

Climate Advocacy Lab's Five Climate Advocacy Lab Insights

Climate Change Litigation Database 

Climate Impacts Group University of Washington

IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Keep Oregon Cool 

Oregon Climate Research Institute 

Our Climate Blog

Our Climate Our Future

Pacific Coast Collaborative

Project Drawdown

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative 

Transportation and Climate Initiative of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States

United Nations and Climate Change

Washington Department of Ecology Air and Climate

WSU Climate Impacts Group

Western Regional Climate Center 

Reports and Additional Information of Possible Interest

Analysis post 1631 in Washington State

Beneficial Electrification of Transportation

Connectivity For Species on the Move Supporting Climate Driven Range Shifts

The Costs and Demographics of Vehicle Acquisition

Department of Defense Climate Report

Dramatic Declines in Snowpack in Western US

Economic & Grid Impacts of Plug-In Electric Vehicle Adoption in Washington & Oregon

Electric Vehicle Market Status

Electrification & Decarbonization: Exploring U.S. Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Scenarios with Widespread Electrification and Power Sector Decarbonization, NREL

The Fourth Oregon Climate Assessment Report, State of Climate Science 2019

Juliana v. United States First Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief Report

Managing Risks to Conservation Investments Through Climate Adaption

Meeting the Challenge of Our Time: Pathways to a Clean Energy Future for the Northwest 

The Nature Conservancy Natural Climate Solutions

NWPCC Transportation Forecast

Understanding the Distributional Impacts of Vehicle Policy: Who Buys New and Used Alternative Vehicles?

Whats-sparking-electric-vehicle-adoption-in-the-truck-industry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOREST & FIRE

 

 

Websites

Cal Fire

Fact Sheet on California’s Emergency Proclamation on Wildfire Risk

Headwaters Economics Building a Wildfire Resistant Home: Codes and Costs 

National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

Northwest Fire Science

Oregon Department of Forestry

Oregon Wildfire Council

Oregon Wildfire Explorer

United States Forest Service

Washington Department of Natural Resources 

Reports and Additional Information of Possible Interest

A Cohesive Strategy for Forest Restoration in the Rogue Basin

A New Direction for California Wildfire Policy - Working from the Home Outward

A Statement of Common Ground Regarding the Role of Wildfire in Forested Landscapes of the Western United States

Building a Wildfire-Resistant Home: Codes and Costs

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Community Wildfire Prevention & Mitigation

Carbon Policy and Working Lands in Oregon Pinchot Institute

Ecological Fire Use for Ecological Fire Management: Managing Large Wildfires by Design

Endowing Federal Public Land Counties

Everything you wanted to know about wildland forest fires but were afraid to ask

FUSEE 4-minute video footage of Carr Fire

Key Scientific Findings on Forests, Carbon & Climate

Managing Moist Forests of the Pacific Northwest United States for Climate Positive Outcomes

Objectives and considerations for wildland fuel treatment in forested ecosystems of the interior western United States

Old Flames: The Tangled History of Forest Fires, Wildlife and People 

Oregon State University: Forest Science Report

Restoring fire-prone Inland Pacific landscapes: seven core principles

TWS Analysis of Trump Executive Order on Forests

Washington Department of Natural Resources 20 Year Forest Health Strategic Plan

Whither the paradigm shift? Large wildland fires and the wildfire paradox offer opportunities for a new paradigm of ecological fire management

Wildfires and Climate Change California’s Energy Future

Wildland Fire Use In Roadless Areas: Restoring Ecosystems and Rewilding Landscapes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE & FOREST

 

 

 

Websites

Cascadia Foodshed Financing Project

Conservation Finance Network

Creating A Legacy In Land: Crown Hill Enterprises

A Dairy Thrives Through The Next Generation: Dungeness Creamery

A Dairy Thrives Through The Next Generation: McClelland Dairy

A Full Root Cellar, Hard Earned: Wild Hare Organic Farm

Growing More Food With Less Pollution 

Michael Pollan’s Blog

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Blog

National Sustainable Agriculture Information (NCAT/ATTRA) 

A New Track For Harper Farms

Rodale Institute

Savory Institute Regenerative Farmers and Land Managers

Sequestering Carbon in Soil, Breakthrough Strategy Solutions

United States Department of Agriculture Research and Education

 

Reports and Additional Information of Possible Interest

American Farmland Trust Farms Under Threat 

Carbon Policy and Working Lands in Oregon Pinchot Institute

Farm Finance and Conservation

Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets From Sustainable Food Systems

Forest Carbon Accounting

The Future of Oregon’s Agricultural Land 

Healthy Soils to Cool the Planet

The Impacts of Alternative Patterns of Urbanization on Greenhouse Gas Emissions in an Agricultural County 

Infographic on Safeguarding Oregon’s Farmland 

Oregon Global Warming Commission 

Soil holds the secret to mitigating climate change 

Transforming Food and Agriculture to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

United Nations 2011 Report Submitted by the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter 

Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in California Agriculture