Oregon Wildblog

Life and Death in the Klamath Basin

by Mary Van

Water defines Oregon.  Water is life for an antelope in the Alvord desert; water is death for the unwary crossing the Columbia bar.  Water carved the gorge. The majority of Oregonians live on the “wet side” but water runs through the east side as well.  It is there, in the Klamath Marsh, that Wendell and Kathy Wood led a motley group of visitors in their kayaks and canoes.  The Wood’s give of their time, money, and home to offer total strangers a chance to fall in love with the wild left in Oregon.

Vulpes vulpes cascadensis

by Francesca Varela

In the meadows surrounding Crater Lake, there lives a small, graceful creature with orange-red fur, a lush tail, and a long snout. Its scientific name is undeniably catchy: Vulpes vulpes. This creature, more commonly known as the red fox, is often seen by visitors throughout the park. And, undeniably, Crater Lake’s visitors are more often seen through the eyes of the foxes.

A Love of Wilderness

by Francesca Varela

Late May. The wind-churned forests of the central Cascades. Douglas-firs, western hemlocks; the first blossoming of ocean-spray, of tight little shoots of fireweed. Vanilla-leaf and anemones blanketing the earth, bending upward into pockets of sunlight. 

Stand up for the Northwest Forest Plan!

Oregon’s federal forests are slowly recovering. The clearcutting epidemic of the 1970s and 1980s left our state with severely degraded water quality, decimated wildlife habitat, and what little old growth that remained in jeopardy. However, for the last 20 years, an agreement called the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) has attempted to strike a new balance between logging and providing habitat for wildlife dependent on old growth forests.

Reinventing NEPA?

By Pam Hardy, Central Oregon Field Coordinator

The Forest Service has come up with a new idea on how to do NEPA.  It’s got me worried.  At its best it would mean streamlining environmental review, and getting projects we like on the ground faster.  At worst, it cuts out public involvement, makes adaptation to new science almost impossible, and sends proceeds that could be used for restoration and jobs out of the area.

A Fragile Recovery for Oregon's Wolves

by Stephanie Taylor, Wildlife Intern

Oregon's Wolf Management Plan is entering Phase II. What does this mean for the return of these native hunters?