Building Fire-Resistant Green Space

Building Fire-Resistant Green Space

Earlier this fall, when the Almeda Fire tore through southern Oregon, the Bear Creek Greenway became a tunnel of flames. As Next City reports, restored native ecosystems “burned at a much lower intensity, making [the fire] less destructive, less dangerous to fight, and slower to spread into adjacent neighborhoods.” 

Why This Matters: Because of climate change, fires are becoming bigger and more intense, as this year devastatingly showed.

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The Case Against Indiscriminate Forest Clearing in the PNW

The Case Against Indiscriminate Forest Clearing in the PNW

After a devastating wildfire season in the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Forest Service proposed a plan to remove existing restrictions on cutting down large trees on public lands east of the Cascades in Oregon and Washington. However, recently published research suggests that cutting down these big trees will greatly decrease the amount of carbon stored […]

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Western Leaders Have No Time for Climate Denial

Western Leaders Have No Time for Climate Denial

Leaders from Western states have vocally come out to draw the nation’s attention to the dire consequences of climate change, as evidenced by the ongoing, lethal wildfires raging across California, Washington, and Oregon. Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown said on Sunday that the wildfires are a “wake up call” for officials to take action on climate […]

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Wildfires and Smoke Wreak Havoc in Oregon and Washington

Wildfires and Smoke Wreak Havoc in Oregon and Washington

Oregon and Washington are caught in the grip of uncontrolled fires that are causing tens of thousands of residents to evacuate on short notice.  Indeed, as The Washington Post described it in a headline, “Much of the West Is On Fire, Illustrating the Dangers of Climate Extremes.” 

Why This Matters:  Did we mention that fire season has not even officially begun yet?

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Fire Crew Struggle to Contain California’s 25 Major Wildfires

Fire Crew Struggle to Contain California’s 25 Major Wildfires

The day after 200 people had to be air rescued by the National Guard from an oncoming wildfire in California, the LA Times reported that “helicopter crews braved dangerous smoke and flames Tuesday to reach more than 100 hikers, campers and other people stranded in remote locations of the Sierra Nevada by the destructive Creek […]

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Hero of the Week: Oregon Governor Kate Brown

Hero of the Week: Oregon Governor Kate Brown

After Republicans in Oregon’s legislature didn’t show up for work (for the second time) inorder to avoid a vote on limiting statewide carbon emissions, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown took matters into her own hands. She found a workaround–which would enable a state agency to set and enforce caps on pollution from industry and transportation fuels […]

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