Amelia Templeton


Log Exports
5:12 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Oregon Representative Proposes Tax Measure To Discourage Log Exports

Last year, about 18 percent of the trees harvested in the Northwest were shipped as raw logs to mills in Asia.
Credit Okko Pyykkö / Wikimedia Commons

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.

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Tribal Land
4:37 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Senators Consider Returning Forest Land To Two Western Oregon Tribes

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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Logging Roads
5:53 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Supreme Court Rules Logging Roads Don’t Violate Pollution Law

The Supreme Court decided 7-1 in favor of the timber industry.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

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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Natural Gas Exports
4:41 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Wyden Leads Sharp Debate Over Natural Gas Export

Senator Ron Wyden is chairman of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Credit Ron Wyden's website

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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Coal Royalties
5:20 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Department Of Interior Investigates Possible Coal Royalty Dodge

The U.S. Interior Secretary promised to aggressively pursue coal companies that violate the law.
Credit U.S. Department of the Interior website

 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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U.S. Secretary of Interior
4:38 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Secretary Salazar Announces Plans to Step Down; Gregoire Eyed As Possible Replacement

Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar visits an experimental restoration logging site near Grants Pass.
Credit Oregon Public Broadcasting

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

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Algae Biofuels
5:18 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Northwest Biotech Firms Will Benefit From Algae Biofuel Tax Credit

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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Marbled Murrelet
4:46 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

New Study: Population of Threatened Northwest Seabird Dropped 30 Percent in a Decade.

Marbled Murrelet.
Credit Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife

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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Idaho's Roadless Rule
4:45 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

9th Circuit Court Of Appeals Hears Challenge To Idaho Roadless Rule

Environmental groups argue that the roadless rule gives the Forest Service too much flexibility to build new roads.
Credit USDA Forest Service

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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Effects Of Climate Change
5:27 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Study Shows Climate Change Filling Cascade Meadow with Trees

Trees are invading some grassy alpine meadows in the Cascades.
Credit EncMstr / Wikimedia Commons

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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