Oregon Wildblog

Bone Collectors

by Alan Hirschmugl
@myoregonimages

Collecting bones wasn’t exactly the project I envisioned getting picked for when I first contacted Oregon Wild about volunteering.

The Ochoco Mountains Make Their TV Debut

Happy fall from the Oregon Wild office in Bend! Songbirds are flocking up to prepare for migration, the larches have changed to golden yellow, and snow has begun to fall in the Ochocos.

With the summer season officially wrapped up, we’ve finally had time to reflect on what a great season it was. For me, one of the highlights was the blossoming partnership between Oregon Wild and Soul River, Inc. - a Portland-based nonprofit that shares the healing powers of rivers and nature with veterans and inner city youth. 

5 Quick Facts on Oregon's Big Wild & Scenic River Anniversary

Your Favorite Oregon River is (probably) Celebrating 30 Years of Wild and Scenic Protections!

On October 28th, Oregon’s most iconic rivers (not named the Columbia or Willamette) will be celebrating 30 years of Wild and Scenic River designation! 

Here are 5 quick facts on the “conservation birthday” of these fantastic waterways.

Let's Enlist Our Forests to Fight Climate Change

As the climate continues to change at an unprecedented pace, Oregon’s elected officials are talking more about ways to reduce the carbon emissions from our energy and transportation sectors. However, notably absent from these conversations is Oregon’s largest source of carbon emissions: logging. Recent research, including a groundbreaking study from Oregon State University, shows that Oregon’s logging industry emits more carbon into our atmosphere than any other sector.

October Wildlife Update: Wolf Awareness Week!

As we have seen time and time again, elections have consequences. That’s why it’s critical that each and every one of us votes on November 6th. For all things wild and for all wild places, it’s imperative we ensure our elected officials represent the public’s conservation values. Thanks for the reading our public service announcement. 

Now back to your regularly scheduled wolf pack update. 

Wyden and the Wildlands Act

Protected Wilderness Areas on our public lands are the places Americans can go to find freedom, solitude, and wild areas where nature still rules.  Unfortunately, to get a new Wilderness we have to go through Congress. And the current regime in Washington DC seems more interested in abusing and recklessly exploiting our public lands than protecting them.

2018 Oregon Ballot Measure Voting Guide

The mid-term elections are just a month away and many across Oregon and the nation are already fired up to get out and vote. Along with the importance of the Congressional elections, Oregon has several important items on the ballot this year as well. Here are a few statewide ballot measures that Oregon Wild has weighed in on with critical implications for the future of our state.

 

Around the riverbend

Every summer when I was a kid, my parents would pile me, my older sister, and my younger brother into the back of our Ford passenger van at five in the morning. We would dutifully sleep for most of the four hour drive to my grandparents’ home along a tributary of the Rogue River.

We simply called our summer escape “Trail,” after the tiny town up the road.

September Wildlife Update

Celebrate Oregon's wildlands and wildlife!

It’s almost that time of the year again, Oregon Wild’s annual Call of the Wild benefit! Please join us on October 12th in Portland for our camping-inspired event. It’s because of members and supporters like you that we can do this critical work of protecting our state’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters.