Oregon Wildblog

Old Growth Demise on Hwy. 26

Traveling east from Prineville on Highway 26 used to be a beautiful drive known for its towering old growth ponderosa pines. This scenic drive meanders through a portion of the Ochoco National Forest along Marks Creek on your way to eastern Oregon. The grassy meadows dotted with old-growth pines created the backdrop to one of central Oregon’s best forest drives.

7 Ways the LNG Pipeline Threatens Our Public Lands

The Jordan Cove Energy Project is a proposal to build a 230-mile fracked gas pipeline across Southwestern Oregon and a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export terminal in Coos Bay (map). The project, which was originally proposed over 13 years ago, has already been denied on the federal level, but was recently resurrected with the hopes that the Trump administration will greenlight the project.

Science versus propaganda: Fire, water, carbon, and Oregon’s logging laws

Oregon has learned the hard way the excesses of the logging industry. During the last century, national forests were being clearcut at a rate of 3 square miles a week. That legacy can still be seen in struggling salmon runs, imperiled wildlife, and the devastating loss of approximately 90% of Oregon’s ancient forests.

Logging one of Oregon's most Scenic Forest Drives

Oregon’s old growth is usually threatened by a predictable cast of characters: timber companies like Lone Rock, organizations like the Association of O&C Counties, and politicians like Rep.'s Greg Walden and Kurt Schrader. You’d probably be surprised by another name on that list: The Oregon Department of Transportation.

 

Connecting on Facebook

If you’re one of the roughly 67% of Americans that gets at least some of their news through Facebook, you’ve probably noticed some changes in your newsfeed. 

Wild & Scenic Brews

Like the tributaries for Oregon's many great rivers, the paths connecting brewers and conservationists to a mutual mission of watershed advocacy began at different places but ultimately joined together to become a great force. Over the years, the pairing of environmentalism and craft beer has become more commonplace, but this non-traditional partnership has its roots here in the Pacific Northwest. 

Meet Heather, our new Marketing and Graphic Intern!

Hi there! My name is Heather Lewis and I am the new Marketing and Graphic Design Intern at Oregon Wild’s Portland office. I am going to be a Senior at the University of Portland this fall, where I’ll be studying abroad in Rome and graduating with a B.A. in Communications.

May Wildlife Update: The Latest on the Pine Creek Pack

Wolverines, marbled murrelets, and red tree voles--oh my! In this month’s update, be sure to check out the wildlife section (in addition to the wolf section) as lots of things have been happening for Oregon’s threatened, endangered, and recovering native wildlife species. 

What to do About Wilderness Crowding

Oregonians love their Wilderness areas. But some of these fragile landscapes are becoing overwhelmed with visitors. How do we protect what we love?