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Falling Behind in the Race for Wilderness

by Kelby Johnson 

Oregon has been falling behind when it comes to protecting areas as Wilderness compared to our neighboring Western states. You’re likely already familiar with the state’s Wilderness deficit: of Oregon’s total area, only about 4% is designated as Wilderness. Compared to other states, Idaho has about 8% designated. Then comes Washington with 10% and California leads with 15%! The numbers alone show how behind Oregon is in prioritizing the protection of our land. 

Nature for Dummies

Intern Rachel Rothman in Ecuador

Hi there! My name is Rachel Rothman, and I am the Community Outreach and Conservation Advocate intern at the Oregon Wild office in Eugene this winter.

My work here the past three months has centered around environmental policy- forest protection, the wolf plan, aerial spraying, and other conservation issues. But outside of the work I do in the office, the other half of my position has been trying to rally college students to understand and advocate around these causes. What I found? That this is pretty difficult.

Don’t Be Fooled by “Fake Forests”

There is no substitute for a real old-growth forest

by Dominick A. DellaSala, Ph. D, Chief Scientist, Geos Institute

If a tree grows in a forest, does that make it a forest? Does planting trees compensate for cutting down a forest? How do we know we are in a forest or an unreasonable facsimile (“fake”) there of?

A new publication “The World’s Biomes” is set for release in libraries globally in 2020. It will feature my chapter on fake vs. real forests. Contact me at dominick@geosinstitute.org for an advanced copy of this chapter.

Withering

by Tom A. Titus

 

Vive Tu Propia Aventura

Mackenzie Martinz & Jorge Guzman, Vive NW

Fundada en el 2016, Vive NW fue creada con el propósito de conectar a la comunidad latina y otras comunidades con actividades al aire libre y proporcionar experiencias enriquecedoras a través de la naturaleza. Nuestra misión es diversificar culturalmente la participación de la comunidad con actividades al aire libre y capacitar a todas las comunidades para que adopten un estilo de vida más activo y saludable y de la misma forma proteger y ayudar a conservar el medio ambiente.

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 Truth About Forest Fires

By Doug Heiken

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: 

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