Oregon Wildblog

November Wildlife Update: Thankful for Oregon's Wildlife

It’s undeniable: Oregon has a pervasive poaching problem. In this month’s newsletter you’ll learn about the particularly grueling month the state has had in the number of poaching cases, and what you can do to help. 

Wolverine(s) of Oregon

Learn more about this incredible species and how you can advocate for its recovery.

Weighing in on the Elliott State Research Forest

UPDATE: Comment period extended to November 29th!

Just south of the Umpqua River in the central Oregon Coast Range, the 82,000-acre Elliott State Forest  is home to the only significant old-growth forest remaining on state-owned lands in Oregon. State forests like the Elliott were long tied to the Common School Fund, ensuring an unfortunate conflict between producing revenue from logging and the conservation of old-growth dependent wildlife and salmon.

Moving Oregon to the Front of the Forest Climate Debate

My first introduction to Oregon’s forests came when I was in school at Oregon State University. The McDonald and Dunn Forests offered an easy escape from the stress of grad school and seemingly endless winter drizzle — and the old growth loop with its dense canopy was a welcome outdoor break rain or shine. 

Webcast: Western Oregon Mushrooms

Mushroom expert Bruce Newhouse will guide us in looking over, under, around and through western Oregon for fungi, and get to know a few and what roles they have.

October Wildlife Update: A Culture of Permissiveness

Sadly, on the verge of Wolf Awareness Week (which is next week), we received news that an Oregon wolf in the Wallowa Whitman National Forest was illegally killed. Poaching remains one of the biggest challenges for wolf recovery, and the culture by some hunting groups not to decry it leads to a culture of permissiveness. Until poaching of carnivores is universally condemned, getting justice will continue to be an uphill battle. 

Of Wildlife And Wildfire

Humans and wildlife have very different relationships with fire. Despite the very real threat forest fires can have on homes, property and human life, they also play a critical role in restoring and maintaining healthy forests and providing essential habitat for a myriad of fish and wildlife species.