Newport, Oregon— “The importance of our oceans is difficult to overestimate. They are crucial to our health, our food supply and our economy. I look forward to discussing these issues and the important work of the Oregon Coast Aquarium,” said Cyliva Hayes, First Lady of Oregon who will speak at the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Ocean Steward Luncheon. The event, on Tuesday, May 14, is generously presented by Oregon Coast Bank and will be hosted by NW Natural at their headquarters in Portland.
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Prineville, Ore.— The discovery of invasive quagga or zebra mussels in an Oregon waterbody would trigger a rapid response plan involving a number of agencies and stakeholders that would come together to evaluate and contain the situation. To test and improve Oregon’s response plan, a number of groups met in Prineville on April 2 and 3 in a simulated exercise.
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April is Arbor Month in Oregon and Salem is celebrating!
Recently, resident Linda Peterson, the Southeast Salem Neighborhood Association (SESNA), and the City of Salem each received awards for community forestry activities. Salem’s own “tree lady,” Linda Peterson, received an award from Oregon Community Trees for her tree advocacy through the years, including serving on several tree committees.
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Florence OR - What appears to be another part of a torii (sacred arch) was removed from the ocean shore near Florence about mid-day on April 9, 2013. Leisure Excavating from Florence transported it from the Siuslaw River South Jetty to a nearby state park maintenance compound for safekeeping.
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The Willamette and Mt. Hood National Forests are seeking to fill recently vacated positions on the Hood/Willamette Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). Committee members work with the Forest Service and partners to improve conditions on both national forests via projects that provide local jobs, restore landscapes, enhance recreation, combat invasive species, and engage youth. Project proponents apply for funding and the RAC reviews and recommends projects through a collaborative process. The nomination period for this worthwhile and important volunteer opportunity ends on May 7.
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Chris Thomas – Oregon News Service
BEND, Ore. – This weekend marks the fourth anniversary of the creation of Oregon’s newest wilderness areas. They include the Badlands near Bend, and Spring Basin near the John Day River in north central Oregon.
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Part of a special free-standing arch called a torii washed up in Oceanside on March 22 (Debris Found on Oregon Beach Could Have Cultural Significance in Japan). Since then, other pieces of wood have washed ashore that have prompted more than a dozen reports to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department coast staff. These pieces of normal woody debris do not have to be reported.
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Recently, the McKenzie River Ranger Station was awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is a program that provides a third party verification of green buildings and rates them on a scale from Certified, Silver, Gold to Platinum. The Ranger Station scored 59 points, one point below Gold.
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SB 602A protects the pristine legacy of Oregon’s second-largest natural lake
SALEM—One of Oregon’s most treasured natural areas won an important protection today as the Oregon Senate voted to restrict motor-powered boats and aircraft from Waldo Lake. SB 602A’s ban on motors will sustain the tranquility and water quality of a lake considered one of the purest in the world, while maintaining access for campers, hikers, and water users.
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CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Eulachons, better known as smelt, are returning to the Columbia River in stronger numbers this year than in the recent past, although they are still listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) and, as such, are off limits to fishing.
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