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Tour the Middle Fork Irrigation District

Ever wonder where the water comes from to feed Hood River’s local orchards? The Hood River Watershed Group in joining with Middle Fork Irrigation District (MFID) and Farmers Conservation Alliance on a tour through one of the main irrigation districts in the Hood River Valley.

Cow recovers from wolf attack in Umatilla

Sherman County committee will decide if compensation is owed

The Wolf Effect: Will recolonization of wolves suppress coyote populations, boost red foxes?

Scientists have used coyote and red fox fur trapping records across North America to document how the presence of wolves influences the balance of smaller predators further down the food chain. From Alaska and Yukon to Nova Scotia and Maine, the researchers have demonstrated that a “wolf effect” exists, favoring red foxes where wolves are present and coyotes where wolves are absent.

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Logging threatens wandering wolf’s den

Conservation group challenges national forest sale

Feds to spend $31M on Sage Grouse home

Officials say habitat improvements can keep species off threatened list

Creek E. coli subsides

Outflow level no longer acute

Sherman County cow suffers wolf attack

Animal may have to be put to death, Wasco officials work with investigation WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHIC CONTENT

Study looks at 0ff-channel habitat contribution to Columbia River basin salmon production

Off-channel habitat created in a river’s flood plain – sloughs, beaver ponds, wetlands and side channels – can play an important role in salmonid production.

$1.8 million grant to study climate change impacts, upper Deschutes

The Department of the Interior announced Monday that the Bureau of Reclamation will make $1.8 million available for comprehensive water studies addressing climate change options to three western river basins, with the largest grant going to the upper Deschutes River basin in central Oregon.

Summer salmon fisheries scheduled; large sockeye return anticipated

Oregon and Washington fishery managers of Columbia River on Wednesday approved both tribal and non-Indian commercial fisheries for the early summer period, and laid out the ground rules for sport fisheries that are expected to target Chinook salmon and what is expected to be a bumper crops of sockeye salmon returning, for the most part, to the Okanogan River basin.

BPA's Columbia basin mitigation costs pegged at $682 million for 2013

The Bonneville Power Administration said it incurred $682.4 million in total fish and wildlife costs during fiscal year 2013, a total derived in great part by the need to buy and sell power and operate dams with the goal of improving salmon and steelhead passage up and down the federal Columbia/Snake River hydro system.

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Latest federal plan for Columbia salmon challenged

GRANTS PASS — Conservation groups and salmon advocates have challenged the Obama administration’s latest plan for making Columbia Basin dams safe for salmon.

Sea lions leave Bonneville Dam; impact well below high predation years

California and Steller sea lions that have in recent years congregated in springtime below the Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam to prey on passing salmon and steelhead, as well as white sturgeon and other fish species, have for the most part moved on to other business, according to U.S. Army Corp of Engineers researchers studying pinniped impacts on protected fish stocks.

Two new Oregon wolves fitted with tracking collars

GRANTS PASS — State biologists are busy trapping the growing wolf population in northeastern Oregon and fitting them with tracking collars.

Research develops genetic tools to aid In recovery of pacific lamprey in Columbia river basin

A set of 96 genetic markers, or single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), winnowed by Columbia River basin researchers from a list of 4,439 previously identified in Pacific lamprey could help give researchers insights into the lives and life influences faced by the diminished, but highly valued, fish species, according to a research paper made available last week online.

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