For park planners, creative compromise is par for the course

From The Trust for Public Land blog | July 8, 2016 | Original post here The mayor of Portland calls the transformation of a private golf course into a public park “a land-use miracle”—but it wasn’t a hole in one. When the owner of the 18-hole golf course in Portland’s Cully neighborhood first proposed selling  Continue Reading »

Hikers discover three new plant species on Onion Peak

By Bonnie Henderson for Tillamook County Pioneer Published July 11, 2016  |  Original source article NEHALEM, Ore. – Like Saddle Mountain and neighboring Neahkahnie Mountain, Onion Peak hosts an unusually diverse mix of plants. Since the 1970s, botanists had identified some 268 species or subspecies of plants growing on the slopes of Onion Peak. As  Continue Reading »

A Spring Has Sprung

Staff dive into Oregon’s groundwater resources  [Original post from The Nature Conservancy in Oregon can be found here] Their hands were elbow deep in mud and their smiles were as wide as goal posts. On a spring day speckled with snow flurries, Allison and Zach were like two kids playing in a river during the  Continue Reading »

Donors lining up to fund Rogue preserve

SOLC hopes to raise $3.5 million by Dec. 31 By Mark Freeman – original source article Published July 12, 2016 EAGLE POINT — The group looking to buy and preserve a 352-acre ranch along the upper Rogue River made a leap forward recently with a $250,000 private donation, putting the fundraising more than halfway toward  Continue Reading »

Species On the Move: Mapping Barriers for Wildlife in a Warming World

From Cool Green Science, the conservation science blog of The Nature Conservancy – original post here By Justine E. Hausheer Published on June 29, 2016 As climate change causes temperatures to rise, plant and animal species across the country will need to move as their preferred climactic conditions shift across the country. But just how  Continue Reading »

Easements help keep land in farming

By KATY NESBITT/FOR THE CAPITAL PRESS Published on June 16, 2016 10:42AM – original source article ENTERPRISE, Ore. — When making decisions about the future of the family farm worries about taxes and values loom large. Nonprofits and agencies throughout the Northwest, such as Wallowa Land Trust, work with landowners to find ways to reduce  Continue Reading »

Willamette River Gets B- On New Report Card

By Rachael McDonald • Jun 24, 2016 – original source article The Willamette River got a B-minus on its first report card. The grade reflects the overall health of the river. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald checked in with Joe Moll with the McKenzie River Trust which works to improve river habitat in the Eugene Springfield area.  Continue Reading »

Greenies, ranchers find common ground in Harney County

Created on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 02:00 | Written by Esther Lev – original source article Editor’s note: With all the recent talk about conflict between ranchers and environmentalists in Harney County, Esther Lev, executive director of The Wetlands Conservancy in Portland, has a different take on the issue.Four years ago, four Harney County ranchers  Continue Reading »

Outdoors School offered to LMS students

Sixth-grade students given chance to learn about the ecosystem By Cherise Kaechele / The La Grande Observer / @lgoKaechele Published May 27, 2016 at 11:20AM – original source article The cold and rainy weather didn’t deter sixth-grade students from learning about what’s around them during their Outdoors School Friday afternoon put on by the Blue  Continue Reading »

Bringing Back Klamath Wetlands, One Wocus At A Time

by Jes Burns OPB/EarthFix | June 23, 2016 8:45 p.m. | Klamath Falls, Oregon – original source article   The marsh is alive with the chatter of hundreds of birds. They get agitated as Blake Eldridge steers his small boat near a tangle of head-high vegetation on the shore. Just a decade back, this place  Continue Reading »