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Riverfront Workday

Volunteers help revive habitat for native plants and animals

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Extension Cord: They help us, now Pollinators need our help

It is easy to overlook the importance of some elements in our lives because they are always there and only after they are gone do we realize just how important that something was. It seems that we are at such a point. The realization that our entire food production system virtually rests on the backs of tiny insect species that are fast becoming endangered is mind boggling to say the least. This isn’t being alarmist. The ratio between available pollinator species and the number of crops needing pollination is increasingly out of balance.

Hanford plans call for slow waste removal

The Department of Energy will start buying equipment and making other plans to remove radioactive sludge from a double-shell tank with a leak between its shells. But pumping of waste would start no sooner than March 2016, according to a new DOE plan.

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Wolves on the Move

Wolves are expected to establish packs in central Oregon

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Ranchers: Wolf Trouble

As wolves make Oregon inroads, cattlemen warn troubles are growing

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Flawed Hanford tank design may mean leak risk

The 28 tanks hold some of Hanford’s worst waste

Wolf tracks confirmed on east slopes of Mount Hood

GRANTS PASS — Oregon’s wolf population continues to grow and has spun off another pathfinder that made it to the Cascades.

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Washington coal terminal to be reviewed

Project review will consider impacts that extend well beyond the site, including global-warming effects from burning the exported coal in Asia and rail impacts as coal is shipped by train from the Rockies throughout the state.

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Reviewers blast wolf plan science

BILLINGS, Mont. — A proposal to lift federal protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S. suffered a significant setback Friday as an independent review panel said the government is relying on unsettled science to make its case. Federal wildlife officials want to remove the animals from the endangered species list across the Lower 48 states, except for a small population in the Southwest.

Lawmakers seek Endangered Species Act overhaul

BILLINGS, Mont. — Republicans in Congress on Tuesday called for an overhaul to the Endangered Species Act to curtail environmentalists’ lawsuits and give more power to states, but experts say broad changes to one of the nation’s cornerstone environmental laws are unlikely given the pervasive partisan divide in Washington, D.C.

Wolf pack blamed for Oregon sheep kill

SALEM (AP) — An investigation by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has determined that a sheep found dead Jan. 30 in northeast Oregon was killed by members of the Imnaha wolf pack.

Oregon fish first ever off endangered list

GRANTS PASS (AP) — A tiny minnow that lives only in Oregon backwaters is the first fish ever taken off U.S. Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer threatened with extinction.

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Survey searches for high-altitude carnivores in Cascades

PORTLAND — Between Washington’s Mount Adams and Highway 2 east of Seattle lies a swath of wilderness with little road access and lots of pristine habitat: a haven for rare, high-altitude predators.

NCRS extends deadline for stewardship program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the deadline for new enrollments in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for fiscal year 2014.

Who’s buying wind power?

PENDLETON (AP) — The developer of a proposed wind farm in Eastern Oregon is trying to find regional utilities interested in buying the power.


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