City of Eugene Sowing Seeds

EUGENE, Ore — The City of Eugene is sowing seeds and ensuring native habitats stay native. The City’s Parks and Open Space department oversees over 70 developed parks and over 2,500 acres of open space. If there’s a renovation project, plants and seeds are required. In 2006, the city opted to cultivate its own seeds … Continue reading »

Exterminators Respond to Yellow Jackets

EUGENE, Ore. — The hot, dry weather we’re seeing is the perfect breeding ground for yellow jackets and wasps. Researchers at Oregon State’s Department of Horticulture say this year is very similar to last year. They’ve taken quite a few calls this month for bald faced hornets in the Corvallis area. “The yellow jacket activity … Continue reading »

LRAPA Accused of Discrimination

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency is trying to clear the air over a recent complaint. Beyond Toxics filed an official complaint against LRAPA. It is upset over the decision to allow a power plant to increase its pollution in west Eugene. The complaint stems from a recent decision regarding particulate emissions … Continue reading »

Bikes Power Band at Ballpark

EUGENE, Ore. — Lots of home run power is on display Tuesday night at PK Park. But, they won’t be the only power people are talking about. Anybody coming into the stadium for the Northwest League All-Star Game from the front gates will see Pedal Power Music. It’s a blend of people on stationary bikes … Continue reading »

Drought-Resistant Gardens Paying Off

ASHLAND, Ore – The Ashland Public Works Department has signed up more than 40 homes in its lawn replacement program, as more homeowners attempt to cut down on water use during the current drought conditions. Ashland launched the program in June and reimburses homeowners who replace their traditional grass lawn with drought-resistant landscaping, including bark … Continue reading »

Interview: March for Climate Action

EUGENE, Ore. — Marchers are on a cross-country journey called The Great March for Climate Action. Several of the marchers are from Eugene. We first told you about them back in February. They started walking on March 1, trekking 3,000 miles Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. On Monday, the group of about 30 marchers will … Continue reading »

Corvallis Wooden Sunglasses Craze

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Two Oregon State University students had a vision of creating more eco-friendly outdoor products, and now, they are already selling biodegradable sunglasses to customers in more than 30 countries. Matthew Miner and Alex Cruft founded Bosky Optics about two years ago, and are now selling a line of wooden sunglasses. “Bosky is … Continue reading »

GMO Labeling Qualifies for Election

MEDFORD, Ore. – The measure to require Oregon to label genetically modified products was approved for the November ballot on Wednesday. The Secretary of State’s Office said the near 119,000 signatures turned in for the initiative were validated. They said just over 87,000 were needed to qualify, and it only took campaigners six weeks to … Continue reading »

OSU Hires Goats to Eat Ivy

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University has turned to goats to solve some invasive plant issues. About 30 goats are roaming around the Crop and Soil Science building on campus, where ivy is taking over. So instead of pulling the ivy out or spraying chemicals to kill it, OSU hired goats to eat it. The herd … Continue reading »

Group Waters Trees Around Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — An organization is out and about in the Eugene and Springfield area, after branching out of its home office in Portland. Friends of Trees has helped plant and water trees all over the area. Wednesday, it stopped at Irving Elementary in Eugene to help water some trees with students who helped plant … Continue reading »

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