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An Oregon state representative has introduced a bill to try to curb the export of raw logs. A House committee held its first hearing on the bill today.

Two Western Oregon tribes are a step closer to regaining some of the land they lost 150 years ago. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden have drafted a bill that would return about 30,000 acres of forest to tribes living near Roseburg and Coos Bay.

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The Supreme Court today decided in favor of the timber industry in a case about the regulation of muddy waters that flow off logging roads. In a surprising move, one of the court’s conservative justices dissented, and sided with the environmentalists.

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Should the U.S. export its abundant supply of shale gas? Oregon Senator Ron Wyden tackled that question in a hearing today. It’s his first since he took over chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

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 The Secretary of Interior has formed a task force to determine if coal companies are underpaying royalties for coal mined on public land and sold in Asia. And it has confirmed it is investigating one coal company for potential criminal wrongdoing.

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Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar announced today he will step down from his post in March.

If you read the fine print of the tax bill Congress passed this week, it includes a shout-out to algae, cyanobacteria and duckweed. For the first time, algae biofuels are eligible for a dollar a gallon tax credit.

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The population of a reclusive northwest sea bird has declined by about a third in just 10 years. That’s

according to a new federal study of the marbled murrelet.

The murrelet is a relative of the puffin that nests in coastal old growth forest.

Trained observers on boats off the coast of Oregon, Washington, and California tallied the number of murrelets they saw each summer, for 10 years.

Steve Holmer is with the American Bird Conservancy.

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In Portland today, a federal appeals court heard a challenge to Idaho’s roadless rule. Environmental groups argued the rule gives the Forest Service too much flexibility to build new roads.

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A new study from Oregon State University shows that declining snowpack is allowing trees to invade some grassy alpine meadows in the Cascades.

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