environment

Jefferson Exchange | November 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Wild And Scenic And On Camera

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Our region is home to some of the most scenic rivers in the country… make that the world. 

And, for the second year, it is also home to a film festival dedicated to wild and scenic waterways. 

The 2nd Wild and Scenic Film Festival comes to Ashland on Sunday, November 9, featuring a slate of short films about rivers near and far.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 15, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed October 15, 2014

"Two Talking Wolves" Sit And Stay A Bit

The "Talking Wolves" of the title are actually humans. Gray wolves are somewhat fuzzier.
Credit Oregon State University

Take a journalist who covers conservation issues and pair him up with a wildlife biologist who specializes in species recovery, and what do you call the duo? 

They chose (or somebody chose for them) "Two Talking Wolves."

Todd Wilkinson is the journalist wolf, Bob Ferris is the biologist. 

They visit the Rogue Valley to talk about their work and their concerns for the planet. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 9, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Andy Kerr In The Wilderness

Credit Oregon Wild

At one time, Andy Kerr might have been the most hated man in Oregon.  And he's fine with that. 

Kerr was instrumental in the fight to protect Northwest forests through the endangered species-listing of the northern spotted owl. 

And he's still plenty active in conservation issues, including paying tribute to the Wilderness Act in this, its 50th anniversary year. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 8, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Selling Carbon Credits To A Car Company

SOU works to be kind to nature.
Credit SOU Center For Sustainability

Green is IN at Southern Oregon University. 

Not in school colors, but certainly in attitude. 

SOU prides itself on its environmental friendliness, with greater efficiencies in its newer and recently remodeled buildings. 

The efforts include selling carbon credits to Chevrolet.  Yes, the car company. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 14, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Blocking Mines On Scenic Streams

The North Fork of the Smith River is one of the targets for mining.
Credit PGHolbrook/Wikimedia Commons

Some of the prettiest waterways in our region could also be the richest in other ways. 

Hard-money ways, because of potentially valuable mineral contents. 

And miners have shown an interest in extracting some of the hard-rock riches of the streams. 

Which is why environmental groups including KS Wild just delivered thousands of letters to federal agencies, requesting a mineral withdrawal. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 23, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Expanding The Oregon Caves

Miller's Chapel inside the Oregon Caves.
Credit National Park Service/Public Domain

It takes a very long time to make a cave. 

All that dripping and calcifying takes hundreds of thousands, even millions of years. 

But making the legal boundaries of the Oregon Caves bigger only takes an act of Congress. 

And Congress is on it; the Senate just passed the Oregon Caves Revitalization Act and sent it on to the house. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 22, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Suing To Help The Bull Trout

Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife/Public Domain

Environmental groups are keeping their own and government lawyers busy. 

Cascadia Wildlands and other groups recently announced an intention to sue the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management over the bull trout. 

The groups say the land agencies need a "timeout" to consider how projects on the lands they manage would affect the threatened trout. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 10, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Cleaning Up Behind The Mine

Agriculture and aggregate operations coexist near Corvallis.
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It's one of the sharper debates in extractive industries: what happens to land that has been mined. 

Think about strip mines and mountaintop-removal mining. 

Now think happier thoughts, because Oregon rewards companies that do good work in reclaiming mined land. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 2, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Wilderness Now And For The Future

The Illinois River in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness west of Selma, Oregon.
Credit Public Domain

Our country has taken steps to protect some of its wild areas, but the picture in the rest of the world can be grim. 

And no matter where the wilderness, climate change presents another set of issues. 

These and more will be discussed at the upcoming Oregon Wilderness Conference in Portland, hosted by the group Oregon Wild. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 21, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Ashland Bans The Bags: Single-Use Bags On Way Out

In the absence of state regulations, many cities around the country are banning plastic single-use bags from store checkout counters. 

The City of Ashland just followed suit, though the ban will not take effect for six months. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 18, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Environmental Films On The Big(ger) Screen: Siskiyou Film Fest

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Our region is home to a vigorous environmental movement. 

It is also home to a large number of film buffs.  Both crowds will gather for the 2014 edition of the Siskiyou Filmfest in Grants Pass next weekend. 

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Cities Begin Conservation Measures
6:44 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Driest California Year On Record Imminent

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.

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.

Wyden Plan Promotes Logging
6:40 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Oregon Timber Bill To Be Introduced

Credit Bureau of Land Management

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is introducing his long-awaited bill to promote logging on national forests in Eastern Oregon

The Oregon Democrat's Senate Natural Resources Committee is to take up the bill today.

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Protesters Jailed In Oregon
7:26 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Megaloads Protested Throughout Journey

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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.

The group Rising Tide says 16 people were arrested for blocking the huge shipment of oil refinery equipment on Highway 26 outside John Day.

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Hopes For A Better Year
6:57 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Mosquito Talks Begin On The Oregon Coast

Credit Centers for Disease Control

Most of the buzzing has stopped now, but talks have begun for next year's mosquito season along the Southern Oregon coast.

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.

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Suit Filed To Stop Logging
6:32 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Conservationists Want To Protect Crater Lake

Credit Gifford Photographic Collection

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.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U. S. District Court in Eugene by the groups Cascadia Wild and Oregon Wild.

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Environmental Concerns Cited
6:35 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Fracking Moratorium Requested

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.

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.

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Removal Has Begun
7:30 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Toxic Liquids Create Threat For Humboldt Bay

Humboldt and Eureka file photo.
Credit U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

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.

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.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 21, 2013
10:34 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Inspecting Marijuana Grows For Environmental Compliance

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Marijuana is illegal under federal law, but allowed for medicinal use under California and Oregon state law. 

In California, marijuana (legal and illegal) amounts to the state's biggest cash crop.

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Want Review Of Emissions
6:28 am
Thu October 10, 2013

EPA Sued By Oregon And Other States

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.

The lawsuit fired Wednesday asks a federal court to order the EPA to review and adopt updated emissions limits for the boilers.

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.

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