Conservation Columns

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December/January 2019/2020 Conservation Column

By | 2019-12-03T11:52:17-08:00 December 3rd, 2019|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail As I write this, it’s shortly before Thanksgiving, and I’m thinking about the conservation of Oregon’s most magnificent native fowl. No, not the turkey, which as I’m sure all Auduboners know, is NOT native to Oregon, but rather an introduction by ODFW to provide hunters with another target. No, [...]

November 2019 Conservation Column

By | 2019-11-02T17:45:13-07:00 November 2nd, 2019|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail The Most Extensive Study Yet on Birds and Climate Change In October, the National Audubon Society released the most detailed analysis ever done on the likely effects of climate change on North American birds. The “Survival by Degrees” report uses a huge dataset of bird occurrence records – from [...]

October 2019 Conservation Column

By | 2019-09-28T12:17:13-07:00 September 28th, 2019|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail October’s column is from the National Audubon Society, and covers a major new analysis of North American bird populations. The study, just released, confirms what long-time birders know: bird populations are in steep decline in virtually every habitat and every part of the country. Time to redouble our efforts! [...]

September 2019 Conservation Column

By | 2019-08-30T15:28:25-07:00 August 30th, 2019|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Welcome back from summer! Except for that brief period of smoke from the Milepost 97 fire, what a lovely summer it has been! Fingers crossed for continued smoke-free skies, and a cool, wet September. I wish I had such good news on the conservation front, but sadly the Administration’s [...]

June 2019 Conservation Column

By | 2019-06-01T17:59:25-07:00 June 1st, 2019|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail and Juliet Grable Speak Up for Alaska’s Bristol Bay Bristol Bay is the huge expanse of the Bering Sea north of the Aleutians and south of Cape Newenham. The bay supports a vast diversity of birds, a vital food web, and a world-class fishery that supports the surrounding communities. [...]

May 2019 Conservation Column

By | 2019-05-02T15:38:11-07:00 May 2nd, 2019|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Juliet Grable This month we’ve decided to update RVAS on two ongoing conservation issues: the fate of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument expansion and the status of the Jordan Cove Energy Project. Federal Ruling Upholds Monument Expansion We recently received some great news about the CSNM. But first, a little background. In [...]

April 2019 Conservation Column

By | 2019-03-30T18:21:31-07:00 March 30th, 2019|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail This month, the Conservation Column is all about the Greater Sage Grouse, one of America’s most iconic birds. The species, famous for its spectacular mating displays, is emblematic of the “sagebrush sea” in the inter-mountain West. Sage grouse populations have experienced sharp declines due to habitat loss and disturbance, [...]

March 2019 Conservation Column

By | 2019-03-05T11:23:47-08:00 March 5th, 2019|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Hey, how about some GOOD news for a change? No, I’m not kidding! In February, the Senate passed the most important package of public lands conservation legislation in a decade, the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47). This huge 662-page measure included lands in every state and passed 92-8—an [...]

February 2019 Conservation Column

By | 2019-01-31T11:25:52-08:00 January 31st, 2019|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail and Juliet Grable In early January, the Oregon Department of State Lands held a series of hearings on the Removal-Fill permit for the Jordan Cove Energy Project. The State requires that any person or entity planning to remove or add material to a wetland or waterbody must obtain such [...]

December 2018 – January 2019 Conservation Column

By | 2018-12-01T09:40:44-08:00 December 1st, 2018|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column     By Pepper Trail This is the first conservation column in a long while in which I can celebrate some good news. The results of the mid-term election provide real hope that the worst anti-environmental excesses of the Trump Administration will be reined in by the new Congress. The following post-election analysis [...]

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