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Spring Cleaning

This is the third in a series of blogs highlighting the stories behind the stories of “wolf conservation” under Curt Melcher and Governor Brown’s Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Everyday Trash

An alternative - and more accurate - logo for Curt Melcher's Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW)
Last fall, as ODFW was issuing yet another kill order for wolves we posted a piece called The Friday Trash. The provocative title invoked the practice used by politicians and government agencies to hold bad news until late on a Friday making it more likely to get overlooked by the media and public. The piece highlighted a few of the facts ODFW didn’t want you to know about their latest wolf kill.
 

March Wolves and Wildlife Update: It's Complicated

It’s human nature to simplify things. But nature doesn’t always work that way. Our latest wildlife update reinforces the fact that nature is complicated and messy and wonderful.

February Wolf & Wildlife Update: Good News Edition!

There’s plenty of bad news out there. So this month we’re happy to have plenty of good news to share.

January Wolf & Wildlife Update

For the first time in decades, multiple wolves were confirmed on the slopes of Mt. Hood!
There’s never a dull moment when it comes to wolves and wildlife. Let’s dive into our first update of 2018!
 
 

Legacy of a Dead Wolf

I love my jobs. Except when I don’t. 

I am privileged to be paid a modest salary fighting for public values that are also my own. My wife and I (mostly my wife) also run a small farm and bed and breakfast in one of the most spectacular landscapes in North America.

Thanks to the wisdom of those who came before us, over one million acres of my county is publicly owned – some of it protected as the Wilderness that it is. I’ve got a pretty good life and a great back yard!

Friday Trash

Late Friday, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife issued additional kill orders for wolves. Oregon Wild put out an unequivocal statement, but it looks like we may have taken it too easy on Governor Brown’s agency. 
 

Resilience in a Time of Resistance

Connections with people, wild places, and wildlife provide hope in a time of conflict.

Last week, Oregon Wild held our annual staff retreat in the newly expanded Cascade Siskiyou Monument. It’s a beautiful place full of remarkable biodiversity. It is worthy of protection.

As a remote field staffer, it’s always good to reconnect. Our retreats are serious business. But simply being in community with fellow advocates is invigorating and fulfilling. This year though, it was the experience before and the unexpected passenger after that were the most memorable. 

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.

(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:

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