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Backyard Habitat Certification Program Expands to New Clackamas County Cities

Backyard Habitat Certification Program Expands to New Clackamas County Cities

Thanks in large part to support from the Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District and Metro regional government, new areas of Clackamas County are now able to participate in this popular program. Beginning in March, properties (under one acre) in Milwaukie, West Linn, and the Oak Grove and Jennings Lodge area can receive our full suite of program services.

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Groups to Defend Portland's Historic Fossil Fuel Ordinance from Industry Attack

Groups to Defend Portland's Historic Fossil Fuel Ordinance from Industry Attack

Today Columbia Riverkeeper, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Audubon Society of Portland, and the Center for Sustainable Economy filed a motion to intervene in an industry-backed lawsuit challenging Portland’s historic fossil fuel ordinance. Last year the City of Portland unanimously passed a first-in-the-country ban on new bulk fossil fuel storage facilities that exceed two million gallons; the ordinance also forbids existing terminals from expanding.

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Klamath Advocates Go To Court Over Wildlife Mismanagement

Klamath Advocates Go To Court Over Wildlife Mismanagement

Yesterday three conservation groups, Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Wild and WaterWatch of Oregon filed litigation in federal court against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failure to follow federal law in the creation of the Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex. In 2015, the same groups won a court order to compel the agency to finally produce the long-overdue plan, which is required by law.

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Audubon Society of Portland Statement on the Portland Harbor Superfund Record of Decision

Audubon Society of Portland Statement on the Portland Harbor Superfund Record of Decision

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its Final Record of Decision (ROD) on the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. The Record of Decision formally adopts a Cleanup Plan for Portland Harbor which was listed as a Superfund Site in the year 2000.

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City of Portland Bans New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure!

City of Portland Bans New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure!

On Wednesday afternoon, as snow began to fall in the Northwest, Portland City Council voted unanimously to enact a new city ordinance banning new fossil fuel infrastructure in the City. Joined by community leaders and grassroots activists, Council asserted Portland's leadership in the climate justice movement—this is the strongest fossil fuel infrastructure ban in any city in the United States.

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Court Halts Logging of Elliott State Forest Tract Sold to Timber Company

Court Halts Logging of Elliott State Forest Tract Sold to Timber Company

A U.S. District Court in Eugene has issued a preliminary ruling preventing Scott Timber from clearcutting a parcel of the Elliott State Forest purchased from the state of Oregon. The court found that the proposed logging of the Benson Ridge parcel by the subsidiary of Roseburg Forest Products would likely harm threatened marbled murrelets, in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act.

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Oregon Politicians Attempting to Roll Back Hard-Fought Protections for Salmon and Floodplains

Oregon Politicians Attempting to Roll Back Hard-Fought Protections for Salmon and Floodplains

After years of effort by Portland Audubon and other conservation groups, Oregon is poised to implement important and long overdue protections for Oregon’s floodplains (flood-prone areas). However, some Oregon politicians are now doing the bidding of big developers and trying to make a last-ditch effort to undo these reforms. We will need your help to send a strong message to the Governor and the Oregon Delegation that they need to support these reforms and put protection of our communities, our environment, and our economy above the profits of irresponsible developers.

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Audubon Society of Portland Statement on the Verdict in the Malheur Occupation Case

Audubon Society of Portland Statement on the Verdict in the Malheur Occupation Case

Audubon Society of Portland is deeply disappointed by the jury’s verdict in the case of seven defendants who occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in early 2016. We respect the legal process, but believe that the armed occupation of public lands, which included destruction of public property and disturbance of Native American archaeological sites, should have resulted in substantial penalties.

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Judge: U.S. Army Corps Illegally Authorized Cormorant Killing on Columbia River

Judge: U.S. Army Corps Illegally Authorized Cormorant Killing on Columbia River

A federal district court ruled late Wednesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acted unlawfully by failing to consider alternatives to killing double-crested cormorants on the Columbia River.

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Threatened Marbled Murrelet From Logging on Former Elliott State Forest

Lawsuit Filed to Protect Threatened Marbled Murrelet From Logging on Former Elliott State Forest

Cascadia Wildlands, the Center for Biological Diversity and Portland Audubon filed a lawsuit in federal court today seeking to block Scott Timber Company from logging a portion of a 355-acre parcel of land that until 2014 was part of the 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest and provides habitat for the threatened Marbled Murrelet.

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Remembering Deb

Remembering Deb

Deb Sheaffer, Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Veterinarian, passed away on July 5, just a little more than a month after she learned that the cancer she had battled so bravely last summer had returned. Our deepest condolences go out to Deb's husband Ron, her children, Nate and Mary, and all those who knew and loved her.

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Greater Protections Sought for Threatened Marbled Murrelets in Oregon

Greater Protections Sought for Threatened Marbled Murrelets in Oregon

Conservation groups submitted petitions today asking the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and the Oregon Board of Forestry to take new measures to better identify and protect important forest areas for protected marbled murrelets.

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Oregon Appeals Court Set to Rule on Plan to Sell off Elliott State Forest

The Oregon Court of Appeals is set to decide the legality of a 788-acre timber sale on the Elliott State Forest following a court hearing last Friday.

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Cormorant Nesting Colony Targeted by Federal Agencies Suffers Complete Failure

Cormorant Nesting Colony Targeted by Federal Agencies Suffers Complete Failure

Audubon Society of Portland calls on federal agencies to permanently stop the slaughter of cormorants and immediately launch a comprehensive investigation of the killing program

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Great Blue Heron Week: June 1 - June 12

Great Blue Heron Week: June 1 - June 12

Join us for Great Blue Heron Week and explore Portland's official bird as you discover natural areas all around the city.

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National Marine Fisheries Service Releases Biological Opinion Requiring Stronger Floodplain Protections for Salmon and Communities

On April 14, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) concluded that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) must change its implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program in Oregon to better protect imperiled salmon, steelhead and Southern Resident Killer Whales. In its biological opinion (BiOp), NMFS concludes that FEMA’s flood insurance program violates the Endangered Species Act by subsidizing development in floodplains that jeopardize the continued existence of salmon, steelhead and Southern Resident Killer Whales and adversely modifies the designated critical habitat of anadromous fish species in Oregon. The BiOp includes a list of reforms FEMA should implement that will not only protect federally listed salmon, steelhead, and killer whales but will also reduce flood risks to people and property.

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US Army Corps Begins 2016 Cormorant Slaughter

US Army Corps Begins 2016 Cormorant Slaughter

On Wednesday April 7, the US Army Corps and USDA Wildlife Services began shooting Double-crested Cormorants near East Sand Island. Federal agents in boats are using shotguns to shoot birds out of the sky as they fly and forage in the Columbia River Estuary. Conservation groups have expressed deep disappointment that the Federal Government would initiate the 2016 killing season despite the fact that the federal court has indicated that it hoped to rule on the legality of the lethal control program before the killing began in 2016.

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West Coast Forage Fish Protections Mean Big Things for Seabirds

West Coast Forage Fish Protections Mean Big Things for Seabirds

After more than three years of hard work, Audubon Society of Portland and our partners, including Pew Charitable Trusts, Audubon California, Oceana, and Audubon Washington, have secured a huge win for forage fish species. As of May 4, 2016, dozens of forage fish species will gain federal protection under a new rule from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Portland Audubon's Statement on Environmental Debate

Portland Audubon's Statement on Environmental Debate

Audubon Society of Portland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. As such, we do not endorse candidates. However, we do participate in the election process to ensure that environmental issues are well considered and that the public understands how candidates will approach these issues.

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Audubon Society of Portland Statement on the End of the Occupation at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Audubon Society of Portland Statement on the End of the Occupation at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

February 11, 2016: The last occupiers of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge surrendered to federal authorities this morning, ending the illegal armed occupation of Malheur. Audubon Society of Portland appreciates law enforcement officials who worked to bring this illegal occupation to a close, Malheur Refuge staff and their families who were displaced by this occupation, and the local community who strongly rejected this occupation.

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