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Groups clash in court over Columbia River Basin salmon plan

PORTLAND (AP) — Federal authorities defended their latest plan for mitigating damage to salmon and steelhead imperiled by hydroelectric dams in the Columbia River Basin.

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Mystery insect found

A species of beetle never seen on West Coast appears in TD

Conservation corner: Oak woodlands important habitat for many

For thousands of years the oak has been relied upon for a variety of uses, not only as a major food source, but wood for fire, utensils, and medicines. They are also critical habitat for a number of plant and animal species. Western Native American cultures actively managed their oak woodlands and savannahs in order to ensure the health of these trees for optimum acorn harvesting.

Get to know your forest April 4

It’s a common dream: Owning a little piece of heaven, a few acres of woods in the quiet country-side. But, once you have it, then what? What does it mean to be a good steward of the land?

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Editorial: New food guidelines may do damage

Recommendations from a panel reviewing food guidelines were released last week, and it’s just as we feared: The new recommendations take into account not just the health impacts of your diet but also the environmental impacts of your food choices.

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Calling owls in Klamath refuge

It was hard to hear anything over the howls and high-pitched yips coming from the forest. The coyotes — who knows how many — were working themselves into a frenzy while Dave Hewitt, part-time fish biologist and full-time bird nerd, stood patiently with an iPod in his hand.

Researchers explore shellfish die-off

In 2007, the owners of Whiskey Creek oyster hatchery on the Oregon coast lost almost all of their larvae — and had no idea why. The only clue was that the larval die-offs often occurred during intense upwelling events, when deep, acidic waters replace surface waters blown offshore.

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State eyes wolf delisting

Pack numbers continue to climb in OR

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Oregon refuges report: Some rehab work is a bear of a job

MERLIN (AP) — As David Siddon strolls past the cougar enclosure at Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center toward the bear pens, his voice alerts Yak, and the 22-year-old, 800-pound grizzly bear trots to the gate to meet him.

Letter to the editor: Don’t let fear rule

To the editor: After reading the letters to the editor regarding the tie plant, it becomes quite obvious that “fear” rules the thinking (It’s the What Ifs). It’s not “rocket science” to correct the problem!

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Eagle watch Saturday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers host an eagle watch at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center Saturday, Jan. 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Walmart site appealed again

Wetlands mitigation challenged

Group acquires homestead on John Day River

PORTLAND (AP) — A conservation group has bought a second large ranch along the John Day River in Central Oregon that could eventually provide public access to a remote, scenic part of the state.

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Another wandering wolf in Cascades

Trail camera snaps photo near Keno

GRANTS PASS — Another wandering wolf has found its way to the Cascades of southwestern Oregon, where OR-7 has established his pack after trekking thousands of miles in search of a mate.

Cycle of Life

A PAIR of steelhead trout spawn in a pool on the north fork of Mill Creek over the weekend. Fifteenmile and Mill Creek are home to the easternmost population of wild winter steelhead in the Columbia Basin, and represent the edge of the range for the winter-run life history, according to a 2007 report by the Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District. Hatchery fish have never been introduced to either stream, making the runs genetically valuable for the long-term survival of the species.

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