In the Media

Landowners Help Conserve Wildlife Habitat

Source Weekly

Marion and Polk counties began a Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management Program under the direction of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The successful pilot project expanded to include all Oregon counties in 1997.

Annual reduction of Wickiup outflow shakes up Deschutes ecosystem

Bend Bulletin

In Bend, autumn means piles of leaves, fleece jackets and sprinkler blowouts. Another sign of the changing season is the sudden drop of the water line in the Deschutes River after dam managers do their annual tightening of the spillway at Wickiup Reservoir.

OSU barley program helping adapt the crop for climate change

Bend Bulletin

The effects of this year’s drought in the Pacific Northwest were ugly for many farmers growing malting barley in dryland regions east of the Cascades. Prolonged hot and dry weather shriveled the Oregon crop by 72%, from 2.1 million bushels last year to 608,000 bushels as yields tumbled from 72 to 32 bushels an acre, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Guest column: Solutions, not shaming, will benefit farmers, fish and community

Bend Bulletin

I’m concerned about a narrative circulating accusing Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID) of irresponsible irrigation management and shaming the district for being a senior water rights holder. The accusations aren’t based on science or facts, but rather on emotion and personal opinions.

Why climate change is making it harder to chase fall foliage

Bend Bulletin

 This summer’s heat wave in the Pacific Northwest brought temperatures of over 110 degrees Fahrenheit to Oregon, and that led to a condition called “foliage scorch,” in which leaves prematurely browned, said Chris Still, a professor at the Forest Ecosystems & Society department at Oregon State University.