Oregon Wildblog

Oregon's Fisher and Marten

Dr. Katie Moriarty, a research scientist with the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI), dug into what, exactly, are fisher and marten, how to tell them apart, what their current habitats are, and why they're so important in the ecosystem.

Changing of the Guard

Mount Hood has long had the good fortune of having many advocates, including Native Americans, working to ensure its forests, rivers, and wildlife were protected from logging and aggressive development. Those advocates certainly didn’t win every battle, but they saved much of the natural wonder we know and love today. 

Over the last few years, we’ve lost a number of those champions. Kate McCarthy (from the upper Hood River valley) was perhaps one of the most well-known advocates of the mountain and inspired generations of advocates (including her now-grown children). 

Webcast: Snowshoe Mount Hood 2022

Oregon Wild's Wilderness Campaign Coordinator Erik Fernandez shares tips and suggestions regarding everything from safety to gear to picking the most scenic trails. We'll include some "Snowshoeing 101" for those new to the activity as well as some tips on locations around Mount Hood that would be applicable to all ability levels.

Oregon's Logging Rules Are Finally Getting a Makeover

After ten years of advocacy alongside partner organizations, dedicated activists, communities in the crosshairs, and dedicated legislative champions, Oregon's forest laws are getting a 21st century makeover!

"Who's on Top?" LGBTQs Summit Mt. Hood Q&A

"Who's on Top?" (narrated by George Takei) is a feature-length documentary which shines a spotlight on members of the LGBTQ+ community—including those with a range of mountaineering experience—who challenge stereotypes about gender and sexuality in the outdoor arena. They unite to climb Mount Hood, and in doing so confront assumptions about who they are and how they belong in the world of outdoor adventure. This webinar is a Q&A where the director and cast members shared personal insights and advice on things related to the outdoors and the LGBTQ+ community.

Webcast: Beyond Bears Ears

Public lands advocates and conservationists rejoiced last month when the Biden administration announced the restoration of the Bears Ears National Monument. But what is Bears Ears, where did the proposal come from, and what is the significance of this landscape for the five tribes united for its protection? How does it fit into the long-term vision for protection of the spectacular cultural landscapes of Utah's 8.4 million-acre America's Red Rock Wilderness Act?

Even Oregon’s smallest streams play big role in fate of the climate

Leaders need to act on federal, state action to advance Oregon’s efforts to protect waterways

A river, as all great things, must start somewhere. Like the network of blood vessels in your body, our watersheds are interconnected. You have big arteries running to your organs, and from those arteries stems a complex network of millions of tiny blood vessels that allow the rest of your body to function.

So too is true for our watersheds.

November Wildlife Update: Bigger and Better

I’m excited to share with you that our wildlife team has grown!  The addition of Alijana (Ally) Fisher, our Wildlife and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Associate will give us greater capacity to advocate for the protection of Oregon’s wildlife and the places they call home. Welcome Ally!

--  Danielle Moser 

Oregon and the 30x30 Conservation Initiative

Oregon is known for its wild forests, rivers, estuaries, mountains, and deserts that stretch across the state. These landscapes purify the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and support the salmon and other wildlife that are part of our region’s identity. But Oregon’s communities and wildlife are facing unprecedented environmental challenges in the face of climate change and ongoing logging, grazing, and development. Given these impacts, the need to conserve the natural world for both people and wildlife has become even more apparent.