An eco-travel guide to Bend, Oregon

AGreenLiving

Bend, Oregon is a sunny spot in a state known for rain. This area of central Oregon is the fourth fastest growing region in the country. Crow’s Feet Commons is a must-visit for outdoorsy types who stop in for ski boot fitting, bike shopping and Oregon craft beers.

Trailhead Ambassador Program enhances hiking in Oregon

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The Trailhead Ambassador Program at Oregon’s Mount Hood and Columbia River Gorge recruits volunteers to greet hikers at trailheads, answering questions and offering suggestions. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Tourism Alliance had merged with Trail Talks, a program Friends of the Columbia Gorge piloted that summer. Forest Service for the Columbia River Gorge and U.S. Hood National Forest, Oregon State Parks, and local tourism entities like Oregon’s Mt.

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The Columbia River Crossing: Sightline’s Greatest Hits

Sightline Daily

flickr, Portland Afoot If you’re a keen observer of politics in Olympia, you may already know that the Columbia River Crossing—a massive highway expansion and rail transit project connecting Portland, Oregon with Vancouver, Washington—has emerged as one of the most hotly contested issues in the negotiations over the state’s transportation package.

The Mekong: roll on, muddy river, roll on

Green Traveler Guides

A very brief history of green wine Info News Views Our favs Useful resources Travel blogs we like Contact The Mekong: roll on, muddy river, roll on 23 February 11 · 0 comments | The Green Cruise | W hat better way to make the transition from touristed Thailand to laidback Laos than on that most famous of Southeast Asia’s rivers, the Mekong? Unhurried, with time enough to get to know the river and its river culture as well as your crew.

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Columbia River Ship Traffic: the Impact of Coal and Oil Plans

Sightline Daily

Like the Salish Sea , the Columbia River is threatened by the risks of oil spills. If you need proof of the risk, look no further than the historical record of major spills or the dozens of recent close calls on the river. In fact, the Coast Guard sector responsible for the region that includes Grays Harbor plus the Columbia and Snake Rivers responds to 275 oil pollution incidents in a typical year Yet the risk of spills could soon increase dramatically.

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Huge Victory in Oregon Builds Momentum Against Coal

Sierra Club Compass

Helens, Oregon -- a move that further galvanizes the grassroots movement in the Pacific Northwest that is keeping Big Coal out. "Three "This proposal would have meant a dozen mile-and-a-half-long, dirty, coal-dust spewing trains through the Columbia River Gorge and dozens of other communities every day." " The three remaining sites coal companies have their eye on to build coal-export terminals are in Boardman, Oregon, and Longview and Cherry Point in Washington. "The

Massive Grassroots Oregon Turnout Delivers Another Big Coal Setback

Sierra Club Compass

Oregon is known for its natural beauty. Last week, after 450 people gathered at the Oregon state capitol to protest the prospect of countless tons of coal  being shipped by train through their communities, the state Department of State Lands announced a five-month delay in deciding on a dredging project to construct a coal export terminal that would send nearly 9 millions of tons of coal each year from Montana, through eastern Oregon, and along the Columbia River for export.

Hood Rivers mixed-use Outpost achieves industrial chic with mass timber

AGreenLiving

About an hour west of Portland, Oregon, a stretch of post-industrial waterfront along the Hood River has been revitalized as Outpost, a dynamic new destination for making, co-working and play. A partially covered, shared open area occupies the heart of the complex at the junction of the two buildings and houses the elevators and stairs as well as informal lounge spaces oriented toward Hood River.

A socially distanced vacation in eastern Oregon

AGreenLiving

Related: An eco-travel guide to Bend, Oregon We were conscious of going from a big city into a rural area. We followed the West Fork Wallowa River Trail, which ventures into the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Read more here: A socially distanced vacation in eastern Oregon.

LEED Gold Columbia Building cleans stormwater runoff with green roofs

AGreenLiving

Located south of the Columbia River and about 9 miles north of downtown Portland , the 11,640-square-foot Columbia Building primarily serves as a workspace for the wastewater treatment’s engineering department. The treated water is finally discharged back into the Columbia River.

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Are Florida manatees starving to death?

AGreenLiving

Nearly half of this year’s manatee deaths have been in Brevard County, home of a crucial manatee habitat called Indian River Lagoon. “The raw truth of the matter is due to negligence of our stormwater we’ve had continual algal blooms over the past 10 years, which blocks out sea grass and kills it,” Billy Rotne, an Indian River Lagoon guide, told the News-Press.

Historic schoolhouse is reborn into a contemporary hotel in the Columbia River Gorge

AGreenLiving

Historic preservation meets modern hospitality design in The Society Hotel in the Columbia River Gorge, a new 20,000-square-foot lodging and recreation destination in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Read more from the original source: Historic schoolhouse is reborn into a contemporary hotel in the Columbia River Gorge.

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Worst drought in a century has hit over 93% of West Coast

AGreenLiving

The extreme drought conditions experienced this year in Arizona, California , Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon and most parts of Utah are the worst in a century. Further, fishing is prohibited in several rivers due to low water levels. Eco Green a-subtly-tinted across-the-flat main north oregon united states west coast western yearWestern U.S. states are experiencing the worst drought in the past century. Figures released by the U.S

IPCC landmark report warns about the state of the oceans, polar ice content and the climate crisis

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IPCC Image via Oregon State University. Eco Green a-tipping-point based-on-almost climate climate change created-on-our global-warming- impacts ipcc marcos-river oregon-state pets public springThe United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — which is, in fact, the UN body responsible for communicating on the deteriorating climate — has officially recognized the oceans as a critical component in the climate change crisis.

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Water scarcity: A growing risk for companies and investors

AGreenLiving

And with Lake Mead , the key reservoir on the Colorado River, at its lowest level, the state is preparing for “painful” water restrictions. Following the extended drought conditions in the Colorado River basin, which includes parts of all of the southwestern states and all of Arizona, the Federal Bureau of Reclamation requires all states in the basin to reduce water withdrawals.

LEED-Platinum Knight Cancer Research Building champions team science

AGreenLiving

In Portland’s South Waterfront, the Knight Cancer Research Building at Oregon Health & Science University is using a “team science” approach to help scientists and researchers find cures to cancer. Floor-to-ceiling glazing floods the building with natural light while a sawtooth-shaped configuration of windows along the south elevation frames views of the Willamette River and Tilikum Bridge.

Recovery: Humpback Chubs, New Values and New Hope for Endangered Native Fish

Nature Conservancy - Science

Humpback chubs, native to the turbulent, turbid water of the Colorado River system, are all three. None of that counted in 1962 as the Bureau of Reclamation prepared to close the gates on the Flaming Gorge Dam and impound 91 miles of the upper Green River in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Accordingly, they poisoned 445 miles of the Green River and its tributaries with rotenone. Little Colorado River and mainstem confluence.

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Sustainable Hydropower: Are Small Dams Really Better for the Environment?

Nature Conservancy - Science

However, this dam, Veazie, on the Penobscot River, had a capacity of 8.4 A recent study (Kibler and Tullos 2013) looked at scaled hydropower impacts in the Nu River basin of southwestern China (the Nu becomes the Salween as it flows into Burma). They found that small hydropower dams had greater impact per MW for 9 of the 14 metrics, including length of river channel affected and impact on habitat designated as conservation priorities.

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Proud Pour wines and cider benefit bees, oceans and coral reefs

AGreenLiving

For those with a different palette and passion for sea turtles, Proud Pour produces a cider made from Connecticut River Valley apples. The process begins by connecting with high quality, sustainable winemakers in Oregon and California.

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Tofurky Trots offer alternative Thanksgiving races for vegetarians

AGreenLiving

In Portland, Oregon, Northwest VEG is in its sixth year of partnering with Tofurky to host a Thanksgiving race. “It’s Founded in 2003, it is based in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. Indeed, Thanksgiving morning can be rainy, icy and generally unpleasant in Oregon.

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Dogwood and Hastings: Sustainable Homewares Launch!

Eco Chic

New York City: Riverkeeper (Hudson River protection and conservation). Oregon: Oregon Wild (protects old-growth forests and wildlands). Each of these prints comes from a minimally manipulated photograph I took in NYC, Oregon, and Mexico, repectively. Both of these images come from Oregon—the mountains and the beach. I’m excited to announce that my design project, long in the works, is up and running!

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Fish of the Forest: Large Wood Benefits Salmon Recovery

Nature Conservancy - Science

Binge ‘Til You Burst: Feast & Famine on Alaskan Salmon Rivers. Activities that impact small streams and rivers, such as logging, development, pollutants and climate change, therefore directly threaten these species. As a result, these fish appear on the US federal endangered species list in Washington, Oregon, California, and Idaho. marshes, streams, forests, rivers) to guard against volatility. Why Do River Systems Need More Wood?

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3 Deliciously Sippable Organic Chardonnays: Eco Chick Sips

Eco Chic

I lean towards buying organic, biodynamic and local wines (ideally trekking out to a winter so I can ask the winemakers how they are treating their grapes); I’m currently based in Western Oregon in the Coast Range Mountains—prime pinot noir-growing territory. Located at the head of the Russian River in Mendocino County, California, Frey Vineyards is the first maker of biodynamic wine in the United States, and has been in business for 30 years.

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Yangshuo, China: green lodgings lead the way

Green Traveler Guides

Yangshou Mountain Retreat: Yulong River sanctuary When Guangxi was “discovered” as a backpacker destination in the early 1990s, it was a sleepy backwater, latticed by pristine rivers and idyllic, rice-terraced villages. acres along the Yulong (Dragon) River. Kayaking, river rafting and hiking are other alluring options.

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Massive Crowds Turning Out to Oppose Coal Exports - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

" That's what a former West Virginian, who now lives in Oregon, told federal officials this week at one of the many recent blockbuster public hearings on coal exports. Carol Ross, the elderly woman quoted earlier in this post who moved to Oregon from West Virginia gave powerful testimony about the image she had of the Northwest, and her intent to move to Oregon to escape the destruction of the coal industry in Appalachia.  Compass.

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Beyond the Power Struggle: The Science and Values of Sustainable Hydropower

Nature Conservancy - Science

Army Corps of Engineers, inspects a fish trap below Lookout Point Dam located on the Middle Fork of the Willamette River at Lowell, Oregon. For those whose taste in metaphor runs to the physiological, rather than architectural, river networks are such clear analogs to our body’s circulatory system that dams can be saddled with the easy analogy of arterial blockage — if not fatal, then at least severely debilitating. Doug Garletts, a fisheries biologist with the U.S.

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Go for the green photo: #8

Green Traveler Guides

A very brief history of green wine Info News Views Our favs Useful resources Travel blogs we like Contact Go for the green photo: #8 2 August 10 · 0 comments | A Thousand Words | A sadhu —a holy man, a mystic—in stunning silks reclines at the entry to a ghat , broad stone steps that lead the Hindi faithful by the millions each year to bathe in the holiest of India’s rivers, the Ganga (Ganges), in the holiest of India’s cities, Varanasi.

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Seventh Annual Conference and Meeting | Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

Environmental Economics

Chair: Trudy Ann Cameron, University of Oregon. Presentations: A Combined Revealed/Stated Preference Model for Projecting the Impact of Aquatic Nuisance Species on Recreational Angling in the Great Lakes, Upper Mississippi, and Ohio River Basins, Gregory L. The Value to Birders of Species Biodiversity: A Random Utility Model of Site Choice by eBird Participants, Sonja Kolstoe* and Trudy Ann Cameron, University of Oregon. Thursday, March 19, 3:45 – 5:15 Session 4.

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CRC Seismic Retrofit: Down the Memory Hole

Sightline Daily

Bruce Johnson , Oregon’s state bridge engineer…said no one has estimated the cost of seismically retrofitting the Columbia River bridges , but he believes a project would be extremely expensive. A new substructure would have to be built under the existing bridges for perhaps $500 million or $600 million, which would about equal the cost of the Columbia River Crossing’s bridge portion, Johnson said. State Bridge Engineer Oregon DOT.

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Shell’s Rig is Headed to Portland

Sightline Daily

“Shell’s icebreaker may be a new arrival, but the oil giant and Oregon are well acquainted.” ” Now Oregon’s largest city is expected to be the new staging ground for Shell’s latest presence in the Northwest. The event even featured a brief speech from Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley who recently introduced a bill that would ban Arctic oil drilling completely. Shell’s icebreaker may be a new arrival, but the oil giant and Oregon are well acquainted.

Heartbreaking video shows salmon suffering through heat wave

AGreenLiving

Just short of a salmon snuff film, the video shows listless fish dotted with white fungal patches and red lesions as they struggle to survive an epically hot river. The group of salmon captured on the video was traveling upstream in the Columbia River en route to their spawning grounds. They changed course, veering into the Little White Salmon River, apparently hoping this tributary would be cooler than the Columbia.

How State Public Money Pays for Coal Exports and Oil Trains

Sightline Daily

Anderson (Used with permission) Communities across Oregon and Washington are growing increasingly agitated about the risks of fossil fuel export. Yet at the very same time, the state governments of both Oregon and Washington are bankrolling coal, oil, and gas infrastructure. The Oregon Investment Council (OIC) and the Washington State Investment Board (WSIB) oversee all public investments made for their respective states. Coal and oil trains, Washington state. by Paul K.

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Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis 2015 Conference

Environmental Economics

Non-Market Recreational Welfare Effects of Changes in the Diversity and Abundance of Species  Chair: Trudy Ann Cameron, University of Oregon. Presentations: A Combined Revealed/Stated Preference Model for Projecting the Impact of Aquatic Nuisance Species on Recreational Angling in the Great Lakes, Upper Mississippi, and Ohio River Basins, Richard C.

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Walking and Talking the Thin Green Line

Sightline Daily

In Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, we’re faced with the prospect of becoming a primary gateway for exporting massive fossil fuel deposits—Alberta tar sands, Bakken shale oil, and coal in Wyoming and Montana’s Powder River Basin—to Asian markets. Original Sightline Institute graphic, available under our free use policy.

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The Facts about Kinder Morgan

Sightline Daily

Or, as the company’s spokesperson said when the firm was pushing a failed coal export plan in Oregon, “What we’re proposing is not something we don’t already do.” The truth is that Kinder Morgan’s existing operations are well known for blighting neighborhoods and fouling rivers. Here are the facts: In Louisiana, Kinder Morgan’s terminal spills coal directly into the Mississippi River and nearby wetlands. Energy giant Kinder Morgan has big ambitions.

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Five Endangered Species Recoveries You’ve Never Heard Of

Nature Conservancy - Science

Tens of thousands of the small mammals weighing between 100 and 300 pounds and standing less than 3-feet tall at the shoulders once roamed portions of the Pacific Northwest from the Cascade Mountains to the ocean, Puget Sound to southern Oregon. Fish and Wildlife Service in Oregon. The second population, centered around the Columbia River, was downgraded in October from endangered to threatened. Oregon Chub. Oregon Chubs.

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Holiday Beer Libations: Drink Green

Green Home Blog

Hood River, Oregon houses this microbrewery that reports using three million fewer gallons of water per year due to their shortened work week of four days/ten hours per day. Eel River. to be awarded a certificate of organic practice, Eel River is another California jewel. Following in the footsteps of Eel River, Peak Brewing is organic as well as socially conscious. Holiday Beer Libations: Drink Green.

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The Cutest US Mammal You’ve Probably Never Seen

Nature Conservancy - Science

As Rosemary Stussy, a retired Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist once put it , “on a scale of one to 10, their cuteness factor is a 15.”. They can be found all the way up the west coast into southwestern Oregon and northeast as far as Oklahoma. Watch for them at night in trees and shrubs near riparian areas (close to rivers and streams). The Oregon Zoo was home to ringtail kits last year.

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ODOT Is Going Broke

Sightline Daily

The Oregon Department of Transportation recently admitted that, after going on a construction spending spree in the 2000s, it is now going broke. I mean think about it: Oregon’s transportation officials now admit that, even after a decade of massive highway spending, demand for all of that new road capacity is evaporating!

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The Oil Spill That Could Happen Here, Part 1

Sightline Daily

Try as we might to avoid them, the record shows that they happen in rivers, along coastlines, and in bays and harbors. These plans would mean more tankers in the Salish Sea serving an expanded tar sands pipeline in British Columbia, along with oil train-to-vessel sites everywhere from the Columbia River to Grays Harbor to Puget Sound. The resulting spill from the vessels Oregon Standard and Arizona Standard fouled miles of beaches fouled in the Bay and along the California coast.

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Going Green Off the Grid

Green Home Blog

Three Rivers Recreation Area (one hour north of Bend, Oregon). A long time resident describes her experience, “You have no idea how bright the stars are,” said Mary Johnson, 69, who bought property at Three Rivers in 1975. Going Green Off the Grid. Inside an earthship at Greater World. Being plugged into everyday society can be daunting for some. It is this trapped, unsustainable way of life that takes all good green intentions and throws them out the window.

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Beer Libations: Drink Green

Green Home Blog

Hood River, Oregon houses this microbrewery that reports using three million fewer gallons of water per year due to their shortened work week of four days/ten hours per day. Eel River. to be awarded a certificate of organic practice, Eel River is another California jewel. Following in the footsteps of Eel River, Peak Brewing is organic as well as socially conscious. Holiday Beer Libations: Drink Green.

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What 8 Million Tons of Coal Looks Like

Sightline Daily

That’s how much coal the so-called Morrow Pacific coal export project proposes to move through two port terminals along the Columbia River each year. That’s more than 4,500 pounds per Oregon resident, every year, year after year after year. Eight million metric tons. Numbers of such staggering proportions can be hard to visualize.

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