Earthfix Northwest Environmental News http://ijpr.org en Ranchers And Tribes' Klamath Agreement Shifts The Hard Work To Congress http://ijpr.org/post/ranchers-and-tribes-klamath-agreement-shifts-hard-work-congress Congress will soon be charged with solving decades of water conflicts in the Klamath Basin – an arid region spanning Southern Oregon and Northern California.<p>Members of the tribal and ranching communities formally gave their support this month to a pact settling disputes over water rights and access to irrigation water. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:37:00 +0000 Devan Schwartz 10947 at http://ijpr.org Ranchers And Tribes' Klamath Agreement Shifts The Hard Work To Congress WA Lands Commissioner Defends Taking Timber Money Despite Vow http://ijpr.org/post/wa-lands-commissioner-defends-taking-timber-money-despite-vow It's not unusual for elected officials to cozy up to people with money. Yet Washington Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark's relationship with the timber industry he regulates has changed dramatically since the two-term Democrat first ran for the office six years ago.<p>On the 31st floor of a downtown Seattle skyscraper, the Plum Creek Timber Company hosted a private fundraising reception Friday evening for Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., with a guest appearance scheduled by Congressman Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:08:00 +0000 John Ryan 10905 at http://ijpr.org WA Lands Commissioner Defends Taking Timber Money Despite Vow Oregon GMO Panel Holds First Meeting http://ijpr.org/post/oregon-gmo-panel-holds-first-meeting Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber convened a panel of regional experts Thursday on issues of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.<p>At Oregon State University's Food Innovations Center in downtown Portland, Kitzhaber spoke on the importance of debating the role of GMOs in the state.<p>“It’s an area that affects our economic future. It’s an area that obviously has environmental overtones,” Kitzhaber said. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:41:00 +0000 Devan Schwartz 10604 at http://ijpr.org Oregon GMO Panel Holds First Meeting Federal Government Blazes Ahead On Comprehensive Fire Management Plan http://ijpr.org/post/federal-government-blazes-ahead-comprehensive-fire-management-plan A new national <a href="http://tinyurl.com/k6u2lb2" title="wildland strategy">strategy</a> for preventing and fighting wildfires has been announced by the federal government in response to increasingly costly firefighting seasons in the West.<p>Rather than waiting to address wildfires until after they ignite, the new strategy emphasizes restoring forests and rangelands while stabilizing funding.<p>The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy was announced Wednesday by U.S. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:00:46 +0000 Devan Schwartz 10539 at http://ijpr.org Federal Government Blazes Ahead On Comprehensive Fire Management Plan The Ultimate Reuse: Shipping Containers For Buildings http://ijpr.org/post/ultimate-reuse-shipping-containers-buildings The cost of housing in the city is making many people think small, to embrace the micro movement that loves to reuse and recycle. Enter the idea of a shipping container as a building – a natural in a port city like Seattle, which handles 1.6 million container units in a year.<p>With all that potential lying around Seattle, something had to happen. Worldwide, 450,000 containers are sent to scrap every year. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:58:00 +0000 Carolyn Adolph 10503 at http://ijpr.org The Ultimate Reuse: Shipping Containers For Buildings State Investigation Finds Violations in Southern Oregon Pesticide Case http://ijpr.org/post/state-investigation-finds-violations-southern-oregon-pesticide-case A helicopter hired to spray herbicides in Curry County last fall allowed chemicals to get onto neighboring properties and violated pesticide laws, according to an Oregon Department of Agriculture investigation announced Tuesday.<p>The state says it was unable to draw a direct connection between trace amounts of two herbicides found in samples on residences near Gold Beach, Ore., and the Pacific Air Research helicopter applying six herbicides and crop oil that day to nearby timberland that was recently logged, but it has ruled out all other sources of herbicides, investigators said.<p>Pacific A Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Amelia Templeton, Tony Schick 10476 at http://ijpr.org State Investigation Finds Violations in Southern Oregon Pesticide Case The Wetland That Saved Highway 101 From Flooding http://ijpr.org/post/wetland-saved-highway-101-flooding Every winter on Oregon's north coast, the Necanicum River spills out over its banks during heavy rains and swallows the road just south of Seaside. This happens at least once -– and up to seven times -- a year.<p>But not this year.<p>Last summer, highway officials teamed up with a local landowner to use a nearby wetland as a natural sponge for floodwater. By removing a mile-long wall of dirt, they freed the river to spread out into its natural flood plain. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Cassandra Profita 10420 at http://ijpr.org The Wetland That Saved Highway 101 From Flooding New Rules For Commercial Composting In Portland: Food Only http://ijpr.org/post/new-rules-commercial-composting-portland-food-only A big change is on the way for businesses that compost commercial food waste in Portland.<p>Metro, the regional government that oversees the city's commercial food waste collection, is changing the rules for what kind of material it accepts at its Portland transfer station.<p>Within a year, the program will restrict commercial compost collection in Portland to food scraps only. That means businesses will not be able to compost food-related materials such as napkins, plates or compostable plastic utensils. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 01:25:00 +0000 Cassandra Profita 10417 at http://ijpr.org New Rules For Commercial Composting In Portland: Food Only Investigative Documents Show Pilot Failed To Disclose Herbicides Used On Timberland http://ijpr.org/post/investigative-documents-show-pilot-failed-disclose-herbicides-used-timberlands <strong>UPDATE</strong> (Tuesday, April 8):<p>The Oregon Department of Agriculture confirmed Tuesday its investigation uncovered multiple violations of pesticide law by Pacific Air Research, including that the company allowed pesticides to fall on neighboring properties, according to a news release.<p>ODA also stated that Pacific Air Research applied an herbicide above the maximum amount allowed by the label and provided false records that misled the state's investigation. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:53:00 +0000 editor 10416 at http://ijpr.org Investigative Documents Show Pilot Failed To Disclose Herbicides Used On Timberland 'Silicon Forest' Could Gain New Meaning With High-Tech Uses For Trees http://ijpr.org/post/silicon-forest-could-gain-new-meaning-high-tech-uses-trees Scientists at Oregon State University may have discovered a new high-tech use for the state’s abundant forests: the trees could play a big role in making energy storage devices.<p>It's the cellulose found in trees that scientists have zeroed in on. That cellulose could be a key component in something called supercapacitors.<p>Supercapacitors are high-power energy devices with applications ranging from electronics to cars, aviation to alternative energy.<p>“We’re going to take cheap wood and turn it into a valuable high-tech product,” said Dr. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:49:00 +0000 Devan Schwartz 10415 at http://ijpr.org 'Silicon Forest' Could Gain New Meaning With High-Tech Uses For Trees