Department Of Interior

Zumwalt Prairie
7:14 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Zumwalt Prairie Named National Natural Landmark

The largest prairie in the Pacific Northwest, Zumwalt Prairie, has been named a National Natural Landmark.
Credit oregon ducatisti / Flickr Creative Commons

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.

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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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Oregon Counties Federal Aide
5:45 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Northwest Oregon Counties In Line For Federal Aid, But Will There Be More?

Northwest counties receiving the highest PILT payments from the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2012.

Cash strapped county budgets got word Thursday, that their annual federal aid check is coming through. But as it stands, this year’s payments in lieu of property taxes could be the last of their kind.

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’s up to congress to reauthorize it.

Gil Riddell, Policy Coordinator for the Association of Oregon Counties, predicts that despite congressional gridlock, the counties won’t be left out to dry.

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