New trails lead to rockclimber haven at Madrone Wall

New trails lead to rockclimber haven at Madrone Wall

Volunteers create paths in trail-building work parties; National Guard builds road, parking lot

State Land Board could agree to sell off Elliott State Forest

State Land Board could agree to sell off Elliott State Forest

Timber company teams with tribal groups in bid to harvest timber, manage forest lands

Restoring nature at Crystal Springs Creek

Restoring nature at Crystal Springs Creek

Removing culverts allowed salmon to swim three miles up the creek and spawn

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Portland's Toxic Graveyard For World War II Ships

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Sustainable Life Section

COURTESY TROUT UMLIMITED - Volunteers put used Christmas trees in the water during a prior event.
December 09, 2016

Salmon will love your old Christmas tree

by Steve Law
Christmas for Coho, now in fifth year, reuses holiday trees to improve river habitat.
December 09, 2016

Portland closer to requiring Home Energy Scores, energy audits, for home listings

by Steve Law
City Council strikes requirement that scores be posted on Portland Maps site in Internet
COURTESY: AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION - People from all walks of life have climbed Mount Hood to raise more than $5 million for lung disease research since 1987. Registration is open now for teams that will start training in January and summit the mountain in June.
December 09, 2016

CLIMBING FOR CLEAN AIR

by Jennifer Anderson
Sign up to summit Mount Hood in June and fight lung cancer
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY - Firs at the Elliott State Forest. The Oregon Department of State Lands has found some issues in a proposal submitted for the purchase of the forest.
December 09, 2016

State finds ambiguity in Elliott forest proposal

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Department of State Lands wants more details on how private and tribal entities will protect public benefits after buying state forest.
December 09, 2016

Portland tops world leader in recycling rate

by Steve Law
Germany easily beats the U.S. in the share of its garbage kept out of landfills, but as a city, Portland's rate is higher
PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - A judge will decide whether the city's share of the Portland Harbor Superfund clean-up should be paid by sewer customers or taxpayers.
December 08, 2016

Who pays for Superfund clean-up will go to trial

by Jim Redden
Portland sewer ratepayers have paid more than $50 million for Superfund work, but it's unclear if the sewer authority should be held responsible for transporting toxins originating elsewhere.
December 06, 2016

Portland wins international award for climate change efforts

by Steve Law
Consortium of large global cities honors Mayor Charlie Hales and city for its Climate Action Plan
November 30, 2016

The Plane That Won A War And Polluted A River

by Ashley Ahearn
(Oregon Public Broadcasting) a This is a condensed version of a story originally published Sept. 29, 2015. Read the complete story here.There's an old photograph in my father’s office that I’ve always wondered about. In it my grandfather…
November 30, 2016

Milwaukie's Blount Inc. fined for air-quality violations

by The Clackamas Review
DEQ dings Milwaukie manufacturer for emitting toxic hexavalent chromium into local atmosphere
November 23, 2016

Mandate to require Home Energy Score for houses on market goes to City Council

by Steve Law
Realtors oppose idea; advocates say it will make housing more affordable while reducing carbon emissions With a climate-change denier headed to the White House, city officials and environmentalists say it’s all the more important for Portland to pass…
Nov 23, 2016

Critics release video to campaign against Kalama methanol plant

by Steve Law
Project would cost $1.8 billion, bringing 200 jobs and longterm use of natural gas Columbia Riverkeeper has released a short film to press their campaign against a proposed $1.8 billion methanol…
COURTESY ALASKA AIRLINES - This flight from Seattle to Washington D.C. made history by using a mix of biofuels.
Nov 23, 2016

Maiden flight departs from Seattle using biofuels

by Steve Law
Fuel mix is made up 20 percent of forest materials. Alaska Airlines made history last week when it flew the first commercial flight using renewable, alternative jet fuel made from forest…
COURTESY: PORTLAND BUREAU OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES - Aerial view shows 2009 flooding of  Johnson Creek onto Foster Road and surrounding area, at the intersection of the Springwater Corridor Trail and Southeast 104th Avenue, looking east.
Nov 22, 2016

AN END TO LENTS FLOODING?

by Steve Law
Ambitious project aims to aid homeowners, create jobs In 62 years living near flood-prone Johnson Creek, Chris Taylor has never had to evacuate or seen any flood waters approach her house. But…
Nov 18, 2016

Food waste processing facility proposed in Wilsonville

by Claire Colby
Think backyard composting, only bigger and without the oxygen About 20 people gathered for a Nov. 17 public hearing for the air and solid waste permits needed for a proposed Wilsonville…
PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Trees that were topped in Oregon City were adjacent to this tall basalt cliff and boulder field that are beloved by the neighborhood on the southwest side of Waterboard Park.
Nov 17, 2016

Former county commissioner, state legislator Ed Lindquist…

by Raymond Rendleman
Longtime politician ordered city park trees topped to protect view from his home.
EO MEDIA GROUP - Demonstrators protest the sale of the Elliott State Forest at a recent State Land Board meeting. Only one proposal to purchase the forest was received by the state.
Nov 17, 2016

Only one proposal submitted to buy the Eilliott State Forest

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Timber company teams with tribes to submit offer for property held in trust to earn schools' revenue
COURTESY OF PSU, BY ANDREW NETHERWOOD  - PSU, Chilean and Australian researchers monitor moss carpets near Collins Glacier on King George Island, Antarctica.
Nov 15, 2016

Antarctica going green ... and that's bad

by Jennifer Anderson
Portland scientists use spread of moss to answer climate change questions
Nov 17, 2016

Enviro groups strike deal over coal train pollution with BNSF

by Steve Law
Both sides agree to table trial court proceedings while a final agreement is forged
COURTESY PGE - PGE will stop burning coal at its Boardman coal plant in Eastern Oregon by the end of 2020, and is charting how to replace that energy.
Nov 15, 2016

PGE offers peek at renewable energy future

by Steve Law
Utility to close Oregon's lone coal plant in late 2020
COURTESY: FRIENDS OF FAMILY FARMS - Turkeys mingle on a farm owned by a Friends of Family Farms member.
Nov 15, 2016

Keeping family farms afloat

by Jo Ostgarden
When most people go out to enjoy a meal at their favorite restaurant, they don’t give much thought to where the food comes from. But if advocacy groups like Friends of Family Farmers are…