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September 2018 Conservation Column

By | 2018-09-01T18:34:58+00:00 September 1st, 2018|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail The Endangered Species Act under Assault The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is America’s strongest wildlife protection law, and has been remarkably successful in preventing the extinction of species. Only one percent of the more than 1,800 species listed in the United States as endangered or threatened have been declared [...]

June 2018 Conservation Column

By | 2018-06-04T09:04:56+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Alaska’s Bristol Bay Threatened by Mine Bristol Bay is the huge bay lying just north of the long arc of the Aleutians. It is an area of incredible natural abundance, both in the marine and terrestrial environments, as recognized with 27 globally-significant Important Bird Areas, two National Parks, four [...]

May 2018 Conservation Column

By | 2018-06-05T19:23:27+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Juliet Grable The Cormorants of East Sand Island In April, Portland Audubon and the Center for Biological Diversity announced the release of a film called Scapegoat: The Cormorants of East Sand Island, by Portland filmmaker Trip Jennings. The film documents the Army Corps of Engineers’ war on the world’s largest Double-crested [...]

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April 2018 Conservation Column

By | 2018-06-05T19:19:34+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column by Pepper Trail This month the Conservation Column will leave the Rogue Valley to focus on an issue of great importance for bird conservation in eastern Oregon. This concerns the future of Lake Abert, a saline lake in the remote high desert northeast of Lakeview. The lake is a fall migratory stopover [...]

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Conservation Related Issues To Which the Chapter Has Recently Weighed In

By | 2018-03-13T14:14:58+00:00 March 11th, 2018|Conservation Permanent, News Page|

Letter Opposing to the Draft Proposed OCS Oil & Gas Leasing Program (March 2018) Oregon Audubon Chapter Council Letter Seiad-Horse Risk Reduction Scoping Comments (January 2018) Seiad-Horse Risk Reduction Scoping Comments Letter in Support of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (January 2018). MBTA Support Letter Letters regarding the Elliot State Forest (December 2017). Elliott State Forest [...]

March 2018 Conservation Column

By | 2018-06-05T19:16:50+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Juliet Grable Conservation Victory: Oregon Commission Uplists Marbled Murrelet to Endangered On February 9, 2018, I attended a public hearing in Portland, during which the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission (OFWC) voted to approve a petition to uplist the Marbled Murrelet from Threat-ened to Endangered under the Oregon Endangered Species Act [...]

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Marbled murrelet officially listed as endangered species in Oregon

By | 2018-04-18T22:25:12+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Conservation, News Page|

The state's Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Friday (2/9) to reclassify the seabird as endangered after a marathon daylong meeting in Portland at which our own Juliet Grable testified. More details on the meeting and actions taken therein can be found in this Oregon Live article.

Migratory Bird Treaty Act Threat Sign-on Letter

By | 2018-01-25T18:53:32+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Conservation, Home Page, News Page|

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) this year, our core bird protection law is facing its most serious threat in a century of existence. Last month, the Trump administration released a legal opinion that it now interprets MBTA to only cover hunting and will no longer enforce incidental [...]

February 2018 Conservation Column

By | 2018-06-04T19:19:34+00:00 January 21st, 2018|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column   By Pepper Trail   The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) is the world’s most comprehensive law protecting birds. Enacted in 1918 and revised several times since, it covers all North American native bird species with the exception of upland game birds (turkeys, grouse, and quail), making it illegal for anyone to [...]

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October 2017 Conservation Column

By | 2018-06-04T19:38:36+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Conservation Columns|

The October 2017  Conservation Column by Pepper Trail We Learn a Little More about the Trump Administration’s Monument Plans On Sept. 17, the Washington Post published a leaked copy of the text of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s “Final Report Summarizing Findings of the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act.” This was provided to the [...]

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