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Updated Jul 28, 2016 at 5:25 PM

TALENT — From time to time, Bob Hackett has taken a whack at the bulging sea of nonnative Himalayan blackberries that envelope a stretch of Wagner Creek that runs through his five-acre property. "It's so overgrown and utterly invasive," Hackett says. "I'd love to be able to see what it's supposed to look like." Now Hackett is getting help with those blackberries, and he'll get some native plants and fencing as well, as part of a cost-share program that's helping Wagner...

Updated Jul 16, 2016 at 10:03 AM

STEAMBOAT — A campaign to protect nearly 100,000 acres of the North Umpqua River Basin for wild steelhead and name it after one of the fish's most ardent and iconic defenders is gathering traction in Congress. A proposed bill...

Updated Jul 1, 2016 at 5:11 PM

Oregon fishery managers are quietly embarking on a plan to ban new commercial fisheries on several species of small ocean fish considered diet staples for salmon and sea birds. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has drafted a plan...

Updated Jun 21, 2016 at 4:59 PM

State water resources managers are coming to Medford Wednesday to hear how Rogue River Basin residents want to see the basin's drought resiliency improved amid upcoming land-use changes here and expected changes to the climate. The Oregon...

Updated Jun 14, 2016 at 7:01 PM

As many as 30 agricultural chemicals were released into the air and soil during a three-alarm warehouse fire in northwest Medford Friday, though only one was confirmed to have spilled into local waterways, the Oregon Department of...

Updated Jun 13, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Conservation groups plan to sue the federal government for backtracking on more than a decade's worth of studies when it failed this spring to list the Pacific fisher as a threatened species, saying isolated populations, including those in...

Updated Jun 6, 2016 at 6:10 PM

Three years of drought are taking their toll on Southern Oregon forests now dotted with dead and dying trees hit hard by lack of water or by insects in seemingly worse fashion than in past droughts, and the death likely will continue. The...

Updated May 31, 2016 at 1:40 PM

A heat wave expected to bring triple-digit temperatures to Medford a month earlier than normal is moving in, and it's bringing the region "within touching range" of fire-season restrictions, authorities said. A high-pressure system began to...

Posted May 27, 2016 at 11:01 PM

TRAIL — A wet winter and once-plentiful snowpack have recharged Jackson County's two reservoirs enough that both the Rogue and Applegate rivers head into summer with the first near-normal forecasted flows in three years. The...

Posted May 26, 2016 at 12:30 PM

A temporary steel bridge once used to access forestland isolated by the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980 is now creating access to forestland near Applegate Lake. A 220-foot structure known as a Bailey Bridge, invented for Allied armies...

Updated May 20, 2016 at 5:43 PM

Angler groups seeing red over the rampant introduction of non-native fish into Southern Oregon waterways are hoping a little green will curb the practice and perhaps lead to someone getting caught in the act. Three nonprofit organizations...

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