environment

Klamath Basin Refuges
7:41 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Not Much Refuge In Klamath Basin For Migratory Birds

Wildlife refuges in the Klamath Basin often feature a mixture of commercial agriculture and what remains of the historic wetlands.
Credit EarthFix

A prolonged drought is putting pressure on water supplies for the Klamath Basin’s wildlife refuges.

EarthFix’s Devan Schwartz reports on how the nation’s original waterfowl refuge may be too dry this summer to provide a stopover for millions of migratory birds.

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Carp Removal Project
7:25 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Cut The Carp: Turning Around Malheur Refuge One Carp Carcass At A Time

Invasive carp taken out of Malheur Lake are measured for height and weight to better understand the invasive fish that refuge staff are trying to reduce.
Credit Devan Schwartz / EarthFix

What could be the largest carp removal project in history is underway at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southeast Oregon.

EarthFix’s Devan Schwartz reports on the attempts to curb the invasive fish that has destroyed bird habitat for decades.

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Coal Regulators
8:03 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Regulators Discuss Future Of Coal In The West

This image of the coal-fired plant in Colstrip, Mont., was made in the 1980s by Montana native David T. Hanson. It was part of an exhibit at Modern Museum of Art in New York.
Credit David T. Hanson / EarthFix

The Obama administration’s new rules to cut CO2 emissions sparked some interesting conversation in Seattle this week. At a conference held downtown, leaders in the energy sector gathered to talk about the future of coal in the West. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Diesel Ownership
7:34 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Northwest Diesel Ownership Among Tops Nationally, Still Lags Behind Europe

A truck carrying diesel fuel.
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Northwesterners love their diesel pickups. A new report by a diesel industry group shows Oregon and Idaho are in the top ten when it comes to highest rates of diesel vehicle ownership in the nation. But the overall rate pales in comparison to other parts of the world. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Cougars
5:10 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Young-Adult Cougars Looking For A Home Of Their Own Can Cause Problems

Often, young cougars are trying to avoid larger, older cats and they are forced toward more populated areas and farms.
Credit Malcolm / Wikimedia

This time of year, young Northwest cougars are getting kicked out of the nest by their mother cats. That means many of these young adults are looking for their own home range. But these rookie hunters are in a cat-crowded field. That sometimes ends in trouble.

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Sage Grouse
5:23 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Oregon Landowners Agree To Protect Sage Grouse

One county in Southeastern Oregon has announced one of the largest land conservation agreements in the state to protect greater sage grouse.
Credit Pacific Southwest Region U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

One county in Southeastern Oregon has announced one of the largest land conservation agreements in the state to protect greater sage grouse. The birds live in sagebrush country, but their habitat is shrinking because of people, wildfires and invasive species.

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Oregon Oil Trains
7:27 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Central Oregon Grapples With Rising Oil Train Safety Risks

Michael Lang of Friends of the Gorge says each of the oil tanker cars he saw along the Deschutes May 4 had the telltale number 1267 – denoting crude oil cargo.
Credit Friends of the Gorge

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will meet with emergency officials in Central Oregon this week to talk about oil train safety. For EarthFix, Cassandra Profita reports.

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Don't Feed The Bears
6:14 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Bear Feeding Case Will Go To Court In A First For Washington

Accused bear feeder Doris Parks created a nine acre wildlife reserve by buying undeveloped land across the street from her house in Ilwaco, Wash.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

A 70-year-old woman has been criminally charged for allegedly feeding bears at her house on Washington's Long Beach peninsula. This is believed to be the first time someone has been prosecuted under a relatively new law against feeding large wild carnivores. The accused woman denies the charges.

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Bears
4:16 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Ilwaco Retiree Could Be First Charged Under New Law Banning Feeding Of Bears

Washington Fish and Wildlife police are recommending that an Ilwaco woman face charges for allegedly feeding wild bears.
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The bears have woken up and once more that’s creating problems around the region. Washington Fish and Wildlife police are recommending that an Ilwaco woman face charges for allegedly feeding wild bears. Wildlife agents have removed seven problematic black bears from her neighborhood and had to euthanize five of them since last fall.

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Idaho Superfund Site
6:08 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

At Superfund Site, Pavement Used To Help The Environment

A street in Wallace, Idaho, was repaved last fall as part of the Superfund cleanup in the Coeur d'Alene Basin.
Credit EPA

The nice weather we've been having means work on the ground is resuming at one of the largest Superfund sites in the nation. The EPA is trying to clear decades of mine pollution from Idaho's Coeur d'Alene River Basin. This summer managers are using an environmental remedy you might not expect: pavement.

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