November 28, 2008 - Oregon leads nation in production of several commodities

Oregon Depart. of Ag — Oregon agriculture boasts more than 225 different commodities, making it one of the most agriculturally diverse states in the U.S. While its total value of production may not rank as high as the mega-agriculture states of California, Texas, and Iowa, Oregon is known as a […]

November 27, 2008 - Today thank a farmer

This thanksgiving remember that everything on the table came from a farm or ranch.   Oregon Natural Resource Report thanks all of Oregon’s farmers.

November 26, 2008 - NOAA asks for salmon buffer zones

National Oceanic and Atmosphere Adminsitration Release :  NOAA Biological Opinion on Pesticides Recommends Buffers to Protect Salmon.  NOAA today issued a biological opinion to the Environmental Protection Agency that found three chemicals used in pesticides – diazonin, malathion, and chlorpyrifos – are likely to jeopardize 27 populations of salmon on […]

November 25, 2008 - Once thriving Oregon turkey industry now long gone

By Oregon Dept. of Agriculture, The distinct sound of gobbling turkeys in Oregon has generally grown silent the past 15 years. What was once a thriving agricultural industry left the state- a rarity among Oregon’s diverse list of commodities. While there are a few locally-grown birds sold to niche market […]

November 21, 2008 - No Further Action for Former Gresham Cleaners

Guest Submission The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to issue a no further action determination for the former Gresham Cleaners site at 40-360 Burnside Rd.  in Gresham Oregon. The Voluntary Cleanup Program has reviewed site assessment activities performed at the site and determined that no further action is […]

November 20, 2008 - Yamhill County Vested Rights Decisions

From Oregonians In Action, Here is a copy of Yamhill County Circuit Judge John Collins’ opinion in a series of vested rights cases from Yamhill County.  Judge Collins found that the County had properly found that each claimant had a vested right. Please note that each case concerned a review […]

November 19, 2008 - AFRC in full force over BLM forest plan

From American Forest Research Council, The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Western Oregon Plan Revision (WOPR). The Plan is now in the hands of Governor Kulongoski where it will be reviewed for consistency with state laws. It is important for the […]

November 18, 2008 - Oregon and Washington Nursery Associations may merge

From Oregon Association of Nurseries, The Oregon Association of Nurseries and the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association are considering a merger. The boards of both organizations voted last week to move forward with the idea, and members of both groups were informed last week. If negotiations are successful, then […]

November 17, 2008 - George Ponte Selected as Central Oregon District Forester

Guest Submission The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has selected George Ponte (say ‘pont’) to head up its Central Oregon District. Employed by ODF since 1989, Ponte succeeds Travis Medema as District Forester. Medema accepted a staff position in the headquarters office in Salem earlier this year.   Since March, […]

November 14, 2008 - DEQ Proposes Approval of Spill Cleanup

Guest Submission   The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is proposing approval of a cleanup conducted at the spill site at Roberts Creek near Winston, Oregon.    The spill occurred March 11, 2006, on I-5 Southbound, when a Truax Oil petroleum tanker truck and trailer carrying 9,100 gallons of […]