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NOAA report: Columbia fish plans are working

NOAA Fisheries Service says that a new biological opinion issued Jan. 17 confirms that its plan for improving salmon and steelhead survival through the Federal Columbia River Power System on the Columbia and Snake rivers is working, and efforts to rehabilitate habitat for the fish will indeed help dodge extinction for species listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Montana study Finds wolf predation contributes to lower weight gain in calves

A recent study by University of Montana faculty and graduate students found that wolf predation of cattle contributes to lower weight gain in calves on western Montana ranches. This leads to an economic loss several times higher than the direct reimbursement ranchers receive for a cow killed by wolves.

Columbia River smelt, sturgeon show recent increases

Recent trends seem to looking up for both species after years of roller coaster populations impacted by fishing and ocean and river conditions.

Song adaptation spotlights coal impact

PORTLAND — Friends of the Columbia Gorge, in coordination with the Power Past Coal coalition and with volunteer participation of Portland-based Johnny Cash tribute band Counterfeit Cash, has released an online music video “Coal Train Blues.”

Removing barred owls easier than thought

GRANTS PASS — It turns out that the mechanics of shooting invasive barred owls to make room for threatened northern spotted owls are cheaper and easier than some people had imagined.

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New Columbia fish plan is little changed

PORTLAND — The federal government’s management plan for protecting salmon and steelhead populations imperiled by federal dams in the Columbia River basin differs little from its earlier version and continues to rely heavily on habitat improvement. The court-ordered plan, known as a biological opinion, was released by NOAA Fisheries Service on Friday. Its various iterations have been litigated in court for more than two decades.

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W.Va. spill exposes a new risk to water from coal WITH VIDEO

WASHINGTON — The chemical spill that contaminated water for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians was just the latest and most high-profile case of coal sullying the nation’s waters.

‘The Perpetual Farm’ kicks off film series

Can we farm forever? That is the question producers of the documentary film “The Perpetual Farm” set out to discuss.

"Beaver" dams aid fish restoration in John Day River drainage

Ecologists and biologists working in a tributary of the John Day River in northeast Oregon are encouraging the building of dams to restore degraded stream habitat – beaver dams, that is.

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Historic Central Oregon canals worth a wander

BEND (AP) — A few weeks ago — and in much warmer weather — my husband and I set out to explore a new-to-us nature spot called Cline Buttes Recreation Area. We wanted to explore a particular section of Cline Buttes, dedicated to preserving historic canals. Due to some confusing signs and probably a bit of user error, we started on the wrong path and never stepped foot on the trails of the historic canal area.

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Proposal to increase oil tanker traffic

Canadian firm wants to pipe more crude oil to Northwest

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Owls and other wildlife dying from rodent bait

SALEM, Ore.— Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife veterinarians advise home and land owners that poison baits used to control mice and rats can sicken or kill owls, hawks, foxes, bobcats and other species. To protect wildlife, people should carefully follow product directions and explore other options for rodent control.

Wolf could be taken off threatened list

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A group of experts is reviewing whether the federal proposal to lift more Endangered Species Act protections for the gray wolf is scientifically valid.

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Eugene ‘recycled’ glass going to landfill

EUGENE (AP) — Tens of thousands of Eugene and Springfield residents routinely rinse and set aside non-deposit wine, juice and other bottles and jars, then put them out for curbside recycling in specially marked boxes.

Guilty plea is first in windmill bird kill

WASHINGTON — A major U.S. power company has pleaded guilty to killing eagles and other birds at two Wyoming wind farms and agreed to pay $1 million as part of the first enforcement of environmental laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities.

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