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March Wildlife Update: When it Feels Like Groundhog's Day

There’s never a dull day for those of us working on wildlife conservation in Oregon! In this monthly update, we’ll give you the download on the Wolf Plan review process, legislative happenings in Salem, and much more. Also, don’t forget to check out the “In the news” section, as there is one story in particular that really puts a spotlight on the difficulty of doing environmental conservation in this state.

The Collared Wolf: Symbol of the West

Last week, we learned that one of the wolves in the newly established White River wolf pack died late last year

A Real Wolf Conservation Plan

What would a real wolf conservation plan look like for Oregon? Certainly not trophy hunting, more conflict, and more dead wolves. Unfortunately, that was the plan Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) officials expected Oregon Wild and other conservation groups to approve this week. While we are still committed to fighting for our state’s fledgling wolf population, Oregon Wild and all our sister groups withdrew from this process rather than rubber stamp an ODFW wolf plan that prioritizes killing over conservation.

2018 Election: 5 Takeaways for Oregon's Wildlands and Wildlife

What do the results of the 2018 midterm election mean for Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters? Here are five takeaways, or you can see our in-depth video discussion here on Facebook Live:

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.

Injustice: The Pardon of the Hammonds

The White House today announced that Dwight and Steven Hammond, the two Oregon ranchers who triggered the Malheur Refuge occupation, would be pardoned. In a statement, press secretary Sarah Sanders called the punishment of the Hammonds “unjust,” and went on to describe them as “devoted family men, respected contributors to their local community, and have widespread support from their neighbors, local law enforcement, and farmers and ranchers across the West.”

Changes Coming to Oregon Wild

We’re excited to share some big changes coming to Oregon Wild.

Soon, our emails, advocacy actions, event sign ups, donation pages, and more are going to look different, but we want to assure you: It’s still us! We’re still here, working to protect the things that make Oregon special, and hopefully making it a little easier for you to do the same.

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. 

The Smear Campaign to Kill Dead Trees

Many Oregon elementary school children have the opportunity to attend Outdoor School, essentially a blend of camping-plus-school that takes children into the forest to talk about wildlife, water, geology, and plant life. Through songs and traditions, as well as hands-on learning, it’s a fantastic experience that sticks with students for their entire lives. Oregon children are instilled at a very young age with an appreciation of nature.

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