Amelia Templeton

EarthFix journalist, based in Medford, Oregon

Amelia grew up in Portland. She got her journalism start at Swarthmore College, reporting for a podcast. She spent several years working as an advocate for refugees in Washington, D.C. and the Middle East.

Amelia returned to the Pacific Northwest, and to reporting, in 2009. She has roamed from northern California to Wyoming producing stories for OPB, National Public Radio, Marketplace, and the Northwest News Network.

This year she started exploring documentary film and photography and convinced a bison to snort into her microphone. Amelia is a committed backpacker. She likes larch trees, salal, and eelgrass. She does not like poison oak. Her favorite food is croutons.

EarthFix
4:44 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

How A 3-D Printer Is Helping Preserve A Saber-Toothed Salmon

A saber-toothed salmon, as depicted by artist Ray Troll. The mural is part of the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History.
University of Oregon

For years, museum conservators and paleontologists have yearned for a way to duplicate fragile fossils without damaging them. Now scientists with the University of Oregon say they have found a way to do just that, with the help of a relatively inexpensive 3-D printer.

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EarthFix
4:28 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Wyden’s O&C Forest Bill Attempts to Balance Logging And Conservation

Foresters visit an old clear-cut on BLM land near Roseburg, Oregon.
Amelia Templeton

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has introduced a bill that sets the stage for sweeping changes in the management of 2.1 million acres of federal forest in Western Oregon.

The bill attempts to resolve decades of lawsuits over the Bureau of Land Management’s so-called O&C timberlands in Western Oregon by designating some areas for conservation and others for timber harvest. It would limit the environmental review process for logging in some designated harvest areas, while guaranteeing protection for stands of trees over 120 years old.

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Earthfix Northwest Environmental News
11:42 am
Wed November 20, 2013

China’s Building Boom Revives Northwest Log Export Debate

A scaler grades logs that Teevin Brothers are preparing to ship to China. It can take 37,000 logs to fill a vessel.
Credit Amelia Templeton, EarthFix

Log export proposals are causing controversy along the Northwest coast.

Ports along the Oregon and Washington coast are looking to reopen log yards that shut down years ago, and provide the raw material to feed China’s construction boom. But some residents in Newport Oregon say a proposal to export logs there isn’t good for the community, and will hurt Northwest mills. From EarthFix, Amelia Templeton has this report.

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EarthFix
4:51 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Aging Mobile Homes Burden The Grid And Their Owners

Charlotte White in her kitchen.
Amelia Templeton

If you walk into Charlotte White’s home, this is what you notice: colorful potholders hanging from the cabinets. A cat stretched out in a beam of sunlight. And the loud rattle of the washing machine.

“It spins off balance, because the floor is uneven, because it’s rotten,” White says.

In the hall and the bathroom, the floorboards feel spongy underneath her feet. White had to replace the kitchen floor, too, after it rotted out.

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