environment http://ijpr.org en Blocking Mines On Scenic Streams http://ijpr.org/post/blocking-mines-scenic-streams <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Some of the prettiest waterways in our region could also be the richest in other ways.&nbsp;</p><p>Hard-money ways, because of potentially valuable mineral contents.&nbsp;</p><p>And miners have shown an interest in extracting some of the hard-rock riches of the streams.&nbsp;</p><p>Which is why environmental groups including <a href="http://www.kswild.org" target="_blank"><strong>KS Wild</strong></a> just delivered thousands of letters to federal agencies, requesting a mineral withdrawal.&nbsp; Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 17526 at http://ijpr.org Blocking Mines On Scenic Streams Expanding The Oregon Caves http://ijpr.org/post/expanding-oregon-caves <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>It takes a very long time to make a cave.&nbsp;</p><p>All that dripping and calcifying takes hundreds of thousands, even millions of years.&nbsp;</p><p>But making the legal boundaries of the <a href="http://friendsocac.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Oregon Caves</strong></a> bigger only takes an act of Congress.&nbsp;</p><p>And Congress is on it; the Senate just passed the Oregon Caves Revitalization Act and sent it on to the house.&nbsp; Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16298 at http://ijpr.org Expanding The Oregon Caves Suing To Help The Bull Trout http://ijpr.org/post/suing-help-bull-trout <p></p><p></p><p>Environmental groups are keeping their own and government lawyers busy.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.cascwild.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Cascadia Wildlands</strong></a> and other groups recently announced an intention to sue the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management over the bull trout.&nbsp;</p><p>The groups say the land agencies need a "timeout" to consider how projects on the lands they manage would affect the threatened trout.&nbsp; Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16235 at http://ijpr.org Suing To Help The Bull Trout Cleaning Up Behind The Mine http://ijpr.org/post/cleaning-behind-mine <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>It's one of the sharper debates in extractive industries: what happens to land that has been mined.&nbsp;</p><p>Think about strip mines and mountaintop-removal mining.&nbsp;</p><p>Now think happier thoughts, because Oregon rewards companies that do good work in reclaiming mined land.&nbsp; Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 15598 at http://ijpr.org Cleaning Up Behind The Mine Wilderness Now And For The Future http://ijpr.org/post/wilderness-now-and-future <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Our country has taken steps to protect some of its wild areas, but the picture in the rest of the world can be grim.&nbsp;</p><p>And no matter where the wilderness, climate change presents another set of issues.&nbsp;</p><p>These and more will be discussed at the upcoming Oregon Wilderness Conference in Portland, hosted by the group <a href="http://www.oregonwild.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Oregon Wild.&nbsp;</strong></a> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 17:10:10 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 13310 at http://ijpr.org Wilderness Now And For The Future Ashland Bans The Bags: Single-Use Bags On Way Out http://ijpr.org/post/ashland-bans-bags-single-use-bags-way-out <p></p><p>In the absence of state regulations, many cities around the country are banning plastic single-use bags from store checkout counters.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.ashland.or.us/sectionindex.asp?sectionid=7" target="_blank"><strong>City of Ashland</strong></a> just followed suit, though the ban will not take effect for six months.&nbsp; Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 10998 at http://ijpr.org Ashland Bans The Bags: Single-Use Bags On Way Out Environmental Films On The Big(ger) Screen: Siskiyou Film Fest http://ijpr.org/post/environmental-films-bigger-screen-siskiyou-film-fest <p></p><p>Our region is home to a vigorous environmental movement.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>It is also home to a large number of film buffs.&nbsp; Both crowds will gather for the 2014 edition of the <a href="http://siskiyoufilmfest.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Siskiyou Filmfest</strong></a> in Grants Pass next weekend.&nbsp; Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:10:10 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 9234 at http://ijpr.org Environmental Films On The Big(ger) Screen: Siskiyou Film Fest Driest California Year On Record Imminent http://ijpr.org/post/driest-california-year-record-imminent <p>December has been one of the driest months ever recorded in California, which is spurring some cities and counties in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region to issue water conservation orders earlier than usual.</p><p>The Sacramento Bee reports that the city of Folsom has already imposed a mandatory 20-percent water conservation order, while Sacramento County has asked residents in unincorporated areas to reduce water use by 20 percent.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:44:16 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 5428 at http://ijpr.org Oregon Timber Bill To Be Introduced http://ijpr.org/post/oregon-timber-bill-be-introduced <p>Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is introducing his long-awaited bill to promote logging on national forests in Eastern Oregon</p><p></p><p>The Oregon Democrat's Senate Natural Resources Committee is to take up the bill today. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:40:39 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 4969 at http://ijpr.org Oregon Timber Bill To Be Introduced Megaloads Protested Throughout Journey http://ijpr.org/post/megaloads-protested-throughout-journey <p>More than a dozen megaload protesters are in Oregon's Grant County jail. A woman who works at the jail says the people were arrested overnight for disorderly conduct.</p><p></p><p>The group Rising Tide says 16 people were arrested for blocking the huge shipment of oil refinery equipment on Highway 26 outside John Day. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:26:30 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 4813 at http://ijpr.org Megaloads Protested Throughout Journey Mosquito Talks Begin On The Oregon Coast http://ijpr.org/post/mosquito-talks-begin-oregon-coast <p>Most of the buzzing has stopped now, but talks have begun for next year's mosquito season along the Southern Oregon coast.</p><p></p><p>U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have asked for a budget by December 12th to cover mosquito monitoring and abatement next year at the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:57:00 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 4192 at http://ijpr.org Mosquito Talks Begin On The Oregon Coast Conservationists Want To Protect Crater Lake http://ijpr.org/post/conservationists-want-protect-crater-lake <p>Conservation groups are challenging U. S. Forest Service plans to log and thin outside Crater Lake National Park in an area that the groups want to see protected as wilderness.</p><p></p><p>The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U. S. District Court in Eugene by the groups Cascadia Wild and Oregon Wild. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 14:32:15 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 4124 at http://ijpr.org Conservationists Want To Protect Crater Lake Fracking Moratorium Requested http://ijpr.org/post/fracking-moratorium-requested <p>California U.S. Representative Lois Capps has asked for a moratorium on offshore fracking until there's more study. In a letter to the Interior Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week, Capps says she wants the federal government to conduct a study of fracking's impacts to the marine environment.</p><p>A recent report by the Associated Press documented at least a dozen instances of hydraulic fracturing in the Santa Barbara Channel, site of a disastrous 1969 oil platform blowout that spurred the modern environmental movement.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:35:24 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 3553 at http://ijpr.org Toxic Liquids Create Threat For Humboldt Bay http://ijpr.org/post/toxic-liquids-create-threat-humboldt-bay <p>An emergency effort has begun to remove millions of gallons of toxic liquids from an abandoned pulp mill that poses a pollution threat to Humboldt Bay.</p><p></p><p>The Eureka Times-Standard reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to remove more than 4 million gallons of pulping liquors from the old mill site. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:30:13 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 2870 at http://ijpr.org Toxic Liquids Create Threat For Humboldt Bay Inspecting Marijuana Grows For Environmental Compliance http://ijpr.org/post/inspecting-marijuana-grows-environmental-compliance <p>Marijuana is illegal under federal law, but allowed for medicinal use under California and Oregon state law.&nbsp;</p><p>In California, marijuana (legal and illegal) amounts to the state's biggest cash crop. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:34:00 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 1553 at http://ijpr.org Inspecting Marijuana Grows For Environmental Compliance EPA Sued By Oregon And Other States http://ijpr.org/post/epa-sued-oregon-and-other-states <p>Seven states, including Oregon, are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over health-damaging air pollution from outdoor wood-fired boilers that have become popular for residential heating.</p><p>The lawsuit fired Wednesday asks a federal court to order the EPA to review and adopt updated emissions limits for the boilers.</p><p>Jeff Manning of the Oregon Department of Justice says 25-year old rules should be updated to require sales of newer, cleaner-burning stoves. He says owners of old stoves will be allowed to keep the ones they have, and not be required to buy a new one.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:28:16 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 1178 at http://ijpr.org Water, Wings, Survival & More: Biodiversity Conference http://ijpr.org/post/water-wings-survival-more-biodiversity-conference <p>Subjects ranging from wildfire management to the fate of bats will be on the table at Bio Conf this weekend at Humboldt State University.&nbsp;</p><p>If the nickname doesn&#39;t ring a bell, we&#39;re talking about <a href="http://www.humboldt.edu/biodiversity" target="_blank"><strong>Biodiversity Conference 2013,</strong></a> running October 4th through the 6th.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 18:05:00 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 823 at http://ijpr.org Water, Wings, Survival & More: Biodiversity Conference Wild And Scenic vs. Straighter and Faster: Smith River & Highways http://ijpr.org/post/wild-and-scenic-vs-straighter-and-faster-smith-river-highways <p>The California Department of Transportation--CalTrans--plans to widen portions of highways 197 and 199 in the Smith River Canyon in Del Norte County.</p><p>And them&#39;s fighting words for <a href="http://www.wildcalifornia.org/" target="_blank"><strong>environmental groups,</strong></a> which are challenging the widening projects for their potential impacts on the Smith, one of the country&#39;s wild and scenic rivers. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 614 at http://ijpr.org Wild And Scenic vs. Straighter and Faster: Smith River & Highways California Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Efforts Upheld http://ijpr.org/post/california-greenhouse-emissions-reduction-efforts-upheld <p>California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been upheld by a federal court.</p><p>A three-judge panel of the 9th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday rejected arguments from fuel makers that California's low carbon fuel standard discriminates against out-of-state producers.</p><p>The ruling reverses a U.S. District Court ruling in favor of the fuel makers, and removes an injunction halting implementation of the law.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:45:29 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 299 at http://ijpr.org Logging Bill May Be Vetoed http://ijpr.org/post/logging-bill-may-be-vetoed <p>A bill to boost logging on national forests, including a provision aimed at producing more money for Oregon timber counties, is facing a possible White House veto.</p><p>The Statement of Administrative Policy issued yesterday says if the bill were presented to President Obama, his senior advisors would recommend a veto.</p><p>It says the measure would harm national forests and the government's obligations to manage them by sidestepping environmental laws, which would lead to more conflict and delay.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:39:43 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 298 at http://ijpr.org