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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.
 

A Bundy Believer Heads to Oregon's Senate

Earlier this month, Oregon State Representative Dallas Heard was appointed to fill the State Senate seat of Jeff Kruse, who resigned this year following the release of an independent investigator's report that confirmed he had engaged in unwelcome physical contact with coworkers in the Oregon legislature.

April Wildlife Update: It's Utter Chaos

If your head is spinning trying to keep up with the latest news on Oregon's wolves, the release of the annual wolf report, and ODFW's decision to kill wolves, join the club. It's been an extremely chaotic two weeks made worse by ODFW's inability to clearly communicate with the public.

Will the fire funding "fix" actually fix anything?

Low severity fire.

Congress passed a spending bill last week after a month of negotiations produced a $1.3 trillion budget that will keep the federal government open for – gasp – a whole six months. The bill almost failed to become law after a whirlwind few hours that had President Trump threatening a veto, only to reverse himself, sign the bill, and pledge to never let another bill like it pass again.

My Spiritual Home – The Lostine River Canyon

Lostine River Canyon photo courtesy of Leon Werdinger

Last year the Forest Service proposed an illegal logging project on one of Oregon’s most precious landscapes. In response Oregon Wild and Greater Hells Canyon Council took the agency to court. Judy Treman of Walla Walla, Washington has been visiting the Lostine River Canyon for over 70 years. When she heard about the logging project she wrote this piece: 

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.

Snowshoeing Around the Crater Lake Caldera

Recently, my friend and I circumnavigated the caldera of an ancient volcano. Our four-day snowshoe-backpacking trip around the rim of the Crater Lake was among the most challenging trips we had taken, but it was also among the most rewarding. 

Defending Our State Scenic Waterways

Protected State Scenic Waterway corridors aren’t just pretty places to look at. They’re protected, in part, because they provide important habitat for fish and other wildlife. Salmon, bull trout, steelhead and other fish species all benefit directly from healthy rivers, as do herons, bald and golden eagles, and other birds that may nest or forage in river corridors. Beaver and river otters likely win the award for cutest river corridor inhabitants, while other wildlife from deer to foxes and coyotes rely on access to rivers for fresh drinking water.

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.

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