Forecast: Winter and back to work

Snow on the hills in the headwaters of the Walla Walla River in NE Oregon

For those of you who have been following my hiking adventures this summer and fall as I work to revise and republish Wendell Wood’s 1991 “Walking Guide to Oregon’s Ancient Forests”, welcome to the latest installment. This will also be my last post on this subject for a while, as my sabbatical is at an end I will be returning to my regular job as Western Oregon Field Coordinator for Oregon Wild next week. That doesn’t mean the book is done, though!

October Wolf and Wildlife Update

Happy Wolf Awareness Week! Hopefully there are opportunities in your community to celebrate the role of wolves as a keystone, iconic species. If there aren’t any coordinated events, perhaps use this week as an opportunity to spend time in nature, exploring the wild landscapes that wolves positively impact.

September in our Ancient Forests

"Chicken of the woods" popping out on a down log in the Coast Range

Some rain has fallen, a chill is in the morning air, and it’s officially fall hiking season! Thank goodness, because it’s hard to hike where there is fire… I’m hoping for a pleasant and long transition into winter so I have plenty of time to get to more ancient forest hikes before the snows lock me out. So many more places to explore before then! 

Nine Things Oregonians Should Know About Forest Fires

Forest fires can be a threat to homes and property, but they also play an important role in restoring and maintaining a healthy forest. Here are nine things every Oregonian should know about forest fires in our area.

Changing forests, many trails

The past month has been a flurry of hike activity - from the State Parks on the north coast, to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (currently under threat of

Adventure Awaits in our Ancient Forests

Ancient forest in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness

A month and a half in to my book sabbatical (read Blog #1 here), the summer is flying by too quickly. How does one get started on a book project?! I think I'm figuring it out...

Following the Trail Before Me

Since Oregon Wild’s inception in the 1970s, protecting ancient forests has been a key part of the organization’s work

5 Reasons to Take Action for Your Backyard Forests

Everyone loves a good "Top 5" list, and this one couldn't be more important! As you know, a lot is at stake with the draft Resource Management Plan for the 2.6 million acres of BLM-managed forests: Here are 5 good reasons (and ways) to get involved!

The Mysteries of Gwynn Creek - by Tom Titus

This piece originally appeared in the newsletter for the Eugene Natural History Society, Nature Trails, March 2015. More about ENHS.

Let Sen. Wyden Know O&C Legislation Falls Short at Upcoming Town Halls

Forest Sign

Senator Ron Wyden is hosting another round of town hall meetings this month, offering you a great opportunity to let the senator know, in person, you oppose his plan for more clearcuts and fewer protections for wildlife on our public O&C lands and backyard forests.

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