Department Of Interior http://nwpr.org en Zumwalt Prairie Named National Natural Landmark http://nwpr.org/post/zumwalt-prairie-named-national-natural-landmark <p>The largest prairie in the Pacific Northwest has been named a National Natural Landmark. Northeast Oregon’s Zumwalt Prairie is the largest bunch grassland in the U.S. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:14:28 +0000 Courtney Flatt 26039 at http://nwpr.org Zumwalt Prairie Named National Natural Landmark Secretary Salazar Announces Plans to Step Down; Gregoire Eyed As Possible Replacement http://nwpr.org/post/secretary-salazar-announces-plans-step-down-gregoire-eyed-possible-replacement <p></p><p>Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar announced today he will step down from his post in March. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:38:22 +0000 Amelia Templeton 21294 at http://nwpr.org Secretary Salazar Announces Plans to Step Down; Gregoire Eyed As Possible Replacement Northwest Oregon Counties In Line For Federal Aid, But Will There Be More? http://nwpr.org/post/northwest-oregon-counties-line-federal-aid-will-there-be-more <p>Cash strapped county budgets got word Thursday, that their annual federal aid check is coming through. But as it stands, this year&rsquo;s payments in lieu of property taxes could be the last of their kind.</p><p>Nearly every county in the Northwest receives at least some money based on their population and how much nontaxable public land is within their borders. The program, called PILT for short expires this year. It&rsquo;s up to congress to reauthorize it.</p><p>Gil Riddell, Policy Coordinator for the Association of Oregon Counties, predicts that despite congressional gridlock, the counties won&rsquo;t be left out to dry. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 00:45:28 +0000 Virginia Alvino 10030 at http://nwpr.org Northwest Oregon Counties In Line For Federal Aid, But Will There Be More?