Author Archives: nataliebrant

These two coastal Drift Creeks are green and fire-free

Burning forests and smoky skies appear to be the new normal for fall. Oregon’s climate is becoming more like California’s. Escape for a day to the cool rainforests of two Drift Creeks on the coast, where fire may not rage for a millennium. Source: These two coastal Drift Creeks are green and fire-free

Hikers dismayed by cut to old-growth forest trail in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. — For some, it was the obvious step to safeguard a community from wildfire. To others, it was an unnecessary encroachment that marred a pathway through virgin forest. The result, all agree, is ugly. A trail that once traveled through never-before-logged forest is now home to stumps from an effort designed to stop […]
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It’s time to stop killing Oregon’s wolves | Guest opinion

It’s becoming increasingly clear that a different solution is needed than killing wolves every time a small number of livestock are lost. Source: It’s time to stop killing Oregon’s wolves (Guest opinion) | OregonLive.com

Oregon’s 6 state forests: What they are, and where to find them

From the northern Coast Range to southern Oregon, the state manages six “working forests” that are open to recreation and logged to fund community programs. Source: Oregon’s 6 state forests: What they are, and where to find them | OregonLive.com

Oregon reading, writing, math scores decline across the board

Oregon students lost ground in reading, writing and math over the past year. No grade level or racial group showed substantial improvement from 2016, and white students experienced the deepest setbacks. Source: Oregon reading, writing, math scores decline across the board | OregonLive.com

As It Was: Oregon Historical Marker Recognizes Black Smokejumpers

The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion established several “firsts” during World War II. The 555th, nicknamed the Triple Nickels, was the nation’s first and only segregated black paratrooper unit and the first and only military unit to work as smokejumpers.  Unfortunately, it also recorded the first smokejumper death in American history when one of the troopers […]
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Metro mulls taxes for affordable housing

The Metro Council may ask voters to create a regional funding source to preserve and build more affordable housing, especially outside of Portland. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Metro mulls taxes for affordable housing

Group to support parents whose kids have dyslexia

Many Lake Oswego parents who gathered at the Lake Oswego School District’s Dyslexia Parent Information Meeting in June found that they had similar concerns about their children and decided to create an email list so that they could continue meet, McGee says. The district’s Special Services Parent Advisory Committee arranged the event, and an Oregon […]
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At least 43 kids reported sick after insecticide exposure at day care

The tally, listed in state documents, reveals publicly for the first time the scope of reported ailments stemming from improper spraying in April at a Coos Bay childcare center. Source: At least 43 kids reported sick after insecticide exposure at day care | OregonLive.com

Oregon needs stronger leadership to improve forest health, prevent fires

This summer’s wildfire season has traumatized Oregonians across our state with more than 500,000 acres burned, so far, this summer. Families have lost homes and livelihoods. The special places where we hike, bike and camp are scarred or still burning. We’ve endured weeks of thick wildfire smoke creating public health emergencies and causing school activities […]
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