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.
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?
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.
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.
Pack numbers continue to climb in OR
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.
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!
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.
Wetlands mitigation challenged
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.
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.
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.
Eight birds were reported killed in the September incident at The Dalles Transportation Center, which caused a temporary evacuation of the facility.
BEND (AP) — A proposed federal wilderness area encircling Oregon's Painted Hills has won the backing of local leaders, but a lot more needs to happen for it to be created. The Wheeler County Court and the city of Mitchell recently voted to support the Sutton Mountain Wilderness. The federal designation of a wilderness, however, requires an act of Congress and approval by the president.
Members agree to fair market value for losses