Outside review says propane terminal safe for North Portland neighbors

Outside review says propane terminal safe for North Portland neighbors

A proposed propane export terminal in North Portland wouldn’t jeopardize the lives of...

Withering weather

Withering weather

While many Portland-area residents are happy to sneak outside for a little lunch-break sunshine...

Debate heats up over propane terminal plan

Debate heats up over propane terminal plan

Community debate is heating up over how safe — or how dangerous — a propane terminal...

A primer on native plants

A primer on native plants

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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Experts worry that some pesticides could harm pollinators, like honey bees, that are vital to Oregon's crops. Several bills in the Legislature take aim at pesticides and their use.
March 27, 2015

Experts urge caution on state pesticide legislation

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
SALEM — A pesticide expert has warned Oregon lawmakers that legislation proposing to ban neonicotinoids could prompt a return to more toxic chemicals among farmers. Neonicotinoid pesticides were…
March 26, 2015

It takes a village, and some goats

by Steve Law
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has enlisted a new source of labor to help clean up polluted brownfields: goats. The nonprofit community group Green Lents hopes to create a…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - State and federal officials are planning to meet to discuss the damaging effects that burning fossil fuels has on the acidification of the oceans and its impact on shellfish.
March 26, 2015

Cylvia Hayes is gone, but ocean acidification project lives on

by Hillary Borrud
With shellfish at risk, region seeks more funding for research Cylvia Hayes is no longer first lady, but many of the policies she pushed remain intact as top state priorities, including work on…
COURTESY GIFFORD PINCHOT TASK FORCE  - Volunteers will play citizen scientists, helping survey wildlife and habitat needs in advance of  forest-thinning operations.
March 25, 2015

Help prevent wildlife loss in Gifford Pinchot

by Steve Law
Here’s a chance to hike in the woods with a mission, in Washington’s beautiful Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The Gifford Pinchot Task Force is organizing two full-day Timber Harvest Survey…
COURTESY ECOFILM FESTIVAL  - Series of environmental films coming to Hollywood Theatre
March 25, 2015

Return of the EcoFilm

by Steve Law
Enjoy a night out at the movies while discussing how to save the planet, at the third-annual Portland EcoFilm Festival from April 9 to 12, The festival returns to the Hollywood Theatre, 4122…
March 24, 2015

City might ban some pesticides used at parks

by Steve Law
Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, is proposing a ban on the use and purchase of neonicotinoid pesticides by the city. Neonicotinoids are found in…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - A trucking association and a group representing petroleum producers are suing the state and members of the EQC to block new low-carbon fuel standards.
March 24, 2015

Truckers, energy group sue to block low-carbon fuel standards

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
Fuel producers and truckers are suing to stop Oregon from implementing the state’s low-carbon fuel standard. Industry groups filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Portland on…
March 23, 2015

Time to get more native plants in your garden?

by Steve Law
Need to fill in some vacant or weed-infested patches in your garden or landscaping? Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 28, as spring planting season begins, for The Friends of Baltimore…
March 19, 2015

Dock funding is denied again

by Peter Wong
Transportation panel OKs $7 million for other work; port plan is proxy for coal export debate. The Oregon Transportation Commission has again denied state money for a much-debated renovation of…
March 17, 2015

Volunteers don't wait to restore watershed

by Ellen Spitaleri
Sunshine, rain, wind and mud — welcome to restoration season. Three different organizations recently put out the call and volunteers came to remove invasives and plant native species, no matter…
PHOTO BY CARLY VOIGHT, COURTESY OF XERXES SOCIETY  - The iconic monarch butterfly species in North America could go extinct, according to a new study.
Mar 17, 2015

North American monarchs imperiled

by Steve Law
North American monarch butterflies are vulnerable to extinction, according to a new assessment by NatureServe and the Portland-based Xerxes Society for Invertebrate Conservation. The assessment…
Mar 16, 2015

Legislation seeks to end Elliott State Forest commercial logging

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Environmental groups hope a bill in the Oregon Legislature will permanently end commercial timber harvest on the Elliott State Forest and rule out its sale to private investors.…
Mar 13, 2015

Panel weighs $2 million for dock project

by Peter Wong
Opponents see it as a proxy in coal export debate; state commission to meet Thursday. A proposed renovation of a 70-year-old dock at the Port of St. Helens near Clatskanie — a project that has…
Mar 12, 2015

Planning and Sustainability Commission to hear about potential…

by Steve Law
A Canadian company hoping to build a half-billion-dollar propane export terminal in North Portland will try to convince the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission that the plant is safe…
Mar 12, 2015

Clean fuels bill signed into Oregon law

by Steve Law
Oregon will now require motor vehicle fuel distributors to lower the carbon emissions from gasoline and diesel fuel by 10 percent over the next decade, after Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill…
Mar 12, 2015

Bills aim to regulate GMO crop growing

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Critics claim proposed restrictions on growing biotech crops in Oregon would undermine voluntary coexistence efforts and spark new conflicts between farmers. Legislation that would give…
Mar 12, 2015

Free training offered for climate change activists

by Steve Law
The Center for Earth Leadership is teaming up with 350PDX for its next round of training for environmental activists. The new initiative, called the Climate Agent of Change training, teaches…
Mar 11, 2015

Portland honored for urban wildlife programs

by Steve Law
Portland ranked as the No. 2 city in the nation for wildlife protection, in a new survey by the National Wildlife Federation conducted for National Wildlife Week. Cities were scored based on…
Mar 10, 2015

How will climate change affect Mt. Tabor?

by Steve Law
A century ago, cross-country skiing was much more common atop Portland’s Mount Tabor. So what does climate change have in store for Southeast Portland’s extinct volcano during the next century?…
POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - The Bull Run Rivers low flow forced ODFW to move its intake pipeline for its Bull Run acclimation pond further into the river.
Mar 09, 2015

Winter snowpack creates fishy situation

by Kylie Wray
Snowpack on Mount Hood, which is at 8 percent of what has been recorded as normal, has locals worrying about what it means for the future. So far, authorities say it is too early in the year for…