land

Defense Spending Bill
5:55 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Congress Passes Northwest Land Deals, But Nothing For O&C Forests

A hiker walks in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness that is set to expand in the new defense spending bill finalized on Friday.
Credit Miguel Vieira / Flickr

Several Northwest land deals cleared Congress Friday with the Senate's final vote on a defense spending bill.

The land deals were tacked onto a $585 billion military spending package. They included large expansions for Oregon Caves National Monument and Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington. They also created a new national historical park at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. 

But Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio said there's one major land deal missing from the package.

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Landslide Prevention
7:30 am
Wed May 28, 2014

One County’s Controversial Move To Protect Homeowners From Landslide Risk

John Thompson, a geologist and senior planner with Whatcom County, surveys the Jim Creek and Bald Mountain landslides along Canyon Creek. The slides have blocked the creek repeatedly, causing flooding that has destroyed homes downstream.
Credit Ashley Ahearn / EarthFix

There are landslide-prone areas across the mountainous Northwest. And many people choose to live in these risky, beautiful places. The question is: How can government strike a balance between people’s property rights, and safety?

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Land Use Deals
6:40 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Why Are Land-Use Deals So Challenging?

Oregon lawmakers are scrambling to fix an urban growth plan for the Portland metro area after a court threw out a four-year-old agreement last week. It's just the latest skirmish over land-use policy in the Northwest.

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Elliott State Forest Sale
7:50 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Top Oregon Officials Approve Sale Of Parcels In Elliott Forest

The threatened seabird likes to nest in old trees near the coast and the Elliott has plenty.
Credit USFWS - Pacific Region/Flickr

Environmentalists gathered in Salem Tuesday to protest Oregon’s decision to sell off state forest land. The governor and other top state officials approved a plan to auction off about 3 percent of the Elliott State Forest. It’s their latest attempt to make the forest produce revenue for schools. Any prospective buyers will have to deal with an endangered sea bird.

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Oregon Land Auction
5:21 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Elliott State Forest Land To Be Auctioned Off

Credit Oregon Department of Forestry / Flickr

Tuesday the Oregon State Land Board gave the green light to sell five scattered tracts in the Elliott State Forest east of Coos Bay.

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San Juan Islands
6:16 am
Fri March 22, 2013

President Obama Set To Create National Monument In Washington's San Juan Islands

President Obama is set to announce the creation of several new national monuments on Monday. One of them will be in Washington’s San Juan Islands. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Public Lands
6:30 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Western States' Public Lands Fight Comes To Idaho

Ken Ivory addresses Idaho lawmakers on January 21, 2013.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

A fight between western states and the federal government over control of public lands has surfaced in the Northwest. Last year Utah and Arizona lawmakers passed bills requiring the feds to sign public land over to them. Now Idaho lawmakers are discussing whether a similar bill is right for their state.

EarthFix Reporter Aaron Kunz has more.

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Public Range Land
6:05 am
Thu November 15, 2012

OSU Professor Proposes Rangeland Reserves

An Oregon State University professor is calling on federal managers to reduce livestock grazing on public range land. He says the combined effects of climate change and grazing can damage the soil and water. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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Water Bottling Plant
5:57 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Anacortes City Council Approves Key Provision Towards Massive Manufacturing Plant

The nation’s largest water bottling plant could go up in Anacortes, Washington. The Anacortes City Council voted Monday on a key provision in the process towards bringing in some sort of new manufacturing facility. KUOW’s Sara Lerner reports.

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Northwest News
6:44 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Development Ban Lifted Causing Conservation Groups To Sue

RICHLAND, Wash. – Two conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against county commissioners on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge. The Skamania County commissioners have lifted a development moratorium.

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