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Win for Wildlife: Oregon Rejects Coal Exports

8/18/2014 // By Kassie Rohrbach

In a landmark decision today, the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) rejected a necessary permit for Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific coal export project along the Columbia River.  This historic decision deals a severe blow to Ambre Energy’s struggling proposal and marks […] Read more >

Take a Stand for Public Lands

7/2/2014 // By Nic Callero

  This is the time of year when I spend my weekends in the National Forest on Oregon’s north coast. I am in search of elk. Come November, Oregon’s western rifle season is a mere four days in length, which […] Read more >

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Alaska Salmon Cry for Help! (If They Could Talk)

5/29/2014 // By Guest Author

As I write this, tens of millions of salmon are beginning to return to the streams, rivers and headwaters of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve in Alaska.  They are in the final stage of completing a life cycle that began […] Read more >

Wind turbines on public lands. Photo by Nic Callero.

Montana supports Public Lands and Renewable Energy

5/7/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Hayley Connolly-Newman This week, Senator John Walsh signed on as co-sponsor of the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act (S. 279). This demonstrates several things to Montanans. First, Sen. Walsh supports smart development of renewable energy in […] Read more >

Orca whales in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Washington. Photo donated by Katie Jones.

Today is a Big Day for Washington Wildlife

5/6/2014 // By Becky McIntire

It’s a BIG DAY! We can make a big difference to protect Washington’s wildlife and get more kids outdoors with nature through The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG online giving event—happening today only! Today, May 6, 2014, GiveBIG sponsors will match all […] Read more >

Otter Creek Valley. Photo copyright Alexis Bonogofsky.

Yet Another Delay for the Largest Proposed Coal Mine in the Country

4/24/2014 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Arch Coal can’t catch a break. Yesterday the Billings Gazette reported that Arch Coal had to write off a $57.7 million loss on their DKRW Advanced Fuels’ coal gasification project in Medicine Bow, Wyoming. The project was a speculative venture […] Read more >

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Samuel Quaintance.

Can Wild Bison Return to the Prairie Grasslands?

4/17/2014 // By Steve Woodruff

Most people probably know something about the awful history of the American bison. Almost every school child learns that 19th-century market hunters wiped out the vast herds that once roamed the prairies and that we barely managed to save this […] Read more >

Bison walking through deep snow in Yellowstone National Park. Flickr photo by Jim Peaco.

Our Chance to Make Things Better for Yellowstone Bison

4/10/2014 // By Hank Fischer

Most people visit Yellowstone National Park during the summer and fall months when the valleys are green with grass and dotted with bison.  It’s easy to forget that Yellowstone is a high-elevation (most of the park is over 6,000 feet) […] Read more >

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Will Coal Exports Hurt Salmon and Orcas in the Coming Years?

3/25/2014 // By Kassie Rohrbach

Chinook salmon are expected to return in record numbers this month up the Columbia River, a good sign of the effective conservation measures that government, businesses and organizations have taken since fish counts began in 1938. This is good news not […] Read more >

Bristol Bay, Alaska, is home to the world's largest sockeye salmon run. Michael Melford photo for the Renewable Resources Foundation

You Are Making a Difference for Wild Salmon and Wild Places

3/18/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Salmon are amazing creatures. They are born in fresh water, migrate many miles to the ocean where they spend most of their life, and then return to the stream they were born to start the cycle of life over again. […] Read more >