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December/January 2021 Conservation Column

By |2020-12-05T15:09:27-08:00December 5th, 2020|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Well, the election is over – right? Despite the outrageous attempts by the Trump administration to contest President-Elect Biden’s clear victory, we WILL have a new president on January 20. Unfortunately, there are plenty of anti-environmental decisions being rushed through in the meantime. I start this Conservation Column with [...]

November 2020 Conservation Column

By |2020-11-05T14:07:48-08:00October 28th, 2020|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail We made it to November!  As I write this in late October, I’ve just dropped off my ballot, and by the time you receive this issue of the Chat, I’m sure most of you will have done so as well.  But just in case you haven’t – and this [...]

October 2020 Conservation Column

By |2020-10-04T16:17:35-07:00October 4th, 2020|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail As I write this, we are all struggling to come to terms with the effects of the Almeda Fire. My deepest sympathy to all who have lost homes or businesses in the fire. Recovery of the towns of Talent and Phoenix will take many years. The fire also devastated [...]

September 2020 Conservation Column

By |2020-09-04T16:32:06-07:00September 4th, 2020|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Welcome back from summer! I hope you all got out and spent plenty of time enjoying the wild birds and wild places of our beautiful region – maintaining social distancing, of course. So, what do you want to hear first – the good news or the bad news? I [...]

Conservation Related Issues To Which the Chapter Has Recently Weighed In

By |2020-07-13T19:11:32-07:00July 13th, 2020|Conservation Permanent, News Page|

Bear Grub Timber Sale EA Comments (July 2020) Letter From Chapter to BLM Comments on Public Access to, and Management of, the Imperatrice Property (March 2020) Letter From Chapter and SOLC to City of Ashland Comments on Proposed Rule and Environmental Impact Statement for Migratory Bird Treaty Act (March 2020) Letter From State Audubon Chapters [...]

June 2020 Conservation Column

By |2020-05-30T12:27:01-07:00May 30th, 2020|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail As this is the last Chat for a few months, I thought I would present an update on some of the statewide conservation priorities for the Oregon Audubon Council (OAC) that are of particular concern here in our region. This summary is provided by Joe Liebezeit, Chief Scientist of [...]

May 2020 Conservation Column

By |2020-04-30T11:35:50-07:00April 30th, 2020|Conservation, Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Well, this has been a beautiful spring, hasn’t it? Except for being too dry, and – oh, yes – the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of just about every normal activity. Well, even if organized field trips have been canceled, we can still take joy in solitary (or carefully [...]

April 2020 Conservation Column

By |2020-04-03T17:09:02-07:00April 3rd, 2020|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Well. Crazy world, right? At the end of February, I returned to the U.S. from a two-week voyage through the Seychelles Islands, with highlights including the incredible giant tortoises of Aldabra Atoll and such unique birds as the Seychelles Blue-Pigeon and the Black Parrot. Little did I know that [...]

March 2020 Conservation Column

By |2020-02-29T13:28:46-08:00February 29th, 2020|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Juliet Grable This month’s column highlights the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between conservation groups and the timber industry, which was signed in early February. This breakthrough occurred when Governor Kate Brown stepped in to mediate a resolution between the two sides, each of which had been planning to introduce ballot measures [...]

February 2020 Conservation Column

By |2020-01-29T18:03:36-08:00January 29th, 2020|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Let’s start off 2020 with a summary of some conservation victories over the past year. This summary is from National Audubon, and it reminds us that even in the most challenging political environment, determined advocacy for birds and other wildlife can achieve great results. But, of course, threats remain [...]

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