December 31, 2008 - Post-storm winter tree care: proceed with caution

Oregon Department of Forestry — December’s storm events including snow, ice, rain and winds took a heavy toll on many trees in Oregon landscapes, but arborists are advising homeowners and community leaders to exercise caution when dealing with the storm’s aftermath. That’s because there are two very common mistakes people […]

December 30, 2008 - OSU taste tests grain-fed vs. grass-fed beef in Portland schools

By Oregon State University Extension Service, PORTLAND, Ore. – Children can tell the difference between grass- and grain-fed beef, but when it comes to preference, they’re evenly split, according to taste tests that Oregon State University conducted at two grade schools in Portland. Portland Public Schools asked OSU to conduct […]

December 29, 2008 - Northwest Fisherman Jobs in Danger

Guest Submission An unusually weak Dungeness crab harvest is compounding the financial woes of West Coast fishermen who were already struggling with depressed consumer demand and the unprecedented collapse of the Pacific chinook salmon fishery. Commercial fishermen in California, Oregon and Washington are struggling to stay afloat financially. They say […]

December 26, 2008 - Environmental Standards Altered to Allow Proposed Pipeline

Guest Submission PORTLAND, Ore. — The U.S. Forest Service plans to alter its environmental standards to allow a proposed $800 million natural gas pipeline to run through 47 miles of Mount Hood National Forest. The proposed Palomar pipeline would require opening a path measuring 120 feet wide. The path would […]

December 24, 2008 - Environmental Benefits of REAL Christmas Trees

By the Pacific NW Tree Association, Real Christmas trees provide a plethora of benefits to the environment, and our farmers go the extra mile to ensure natural resources are preserved for future generations. Check out these facts on the environmental impact of real Christmas trees: While growing, real trees produce […]

December 23, 2008 - 2008 Ocean Conditions for Fish Among Best in Half-Century

By Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Center, NEWPORT, Ore. – Ocean conditions during 2008 for many fish species in the Pacific Northwest, including chinook salmon, were greatly improved because of a huge cold water influx that settled in across much of the northern Pacific Ocean – a phenomenon not seen […]

December 22, 2008 - Who Will Save the Timber Industry? Environmentalists?

Guest Submission A rising number of environmental groups now want to help the timber industry stay in business by providing funds or other support. The question is whether they can save timber companies and mills reeling from the collapse of housing and construction. “It’s a new day — it’s a […]

December 19, 2008 - Chinook Turnout Predictions for 2009

Submitted by: Gienie Assink, Lane County Oregon Allen Thomas of the Vancouver Columbian reports state, federal and tribal fishery biologists are predicting 298,900 spring chinook salmon will enter the Columbia River in 2009 destined for waters upstream of Bonneville Dam. That would be the biggest return since 2002. Forecasts for […]

December 18, 2008 - Oregon Winter forecast is good news for irrigation and agriculture industry

Oregon Department of Agriculture — The first blast of winter has hit Oregon this week, but forecasters predict more to come in the months ahead. As the mountain snowpack builds between now and March, farmers and ranchers can expect another summer of ample water for irrigation. “The odds are there […]