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Updated Jul 31, 2015 at 6:33 PM

Two high-level officials from the Interior and Agriculture Departments got a tour Wednesday of Ashland’s watershed and a tutorial on the Ashland Forest Resiliency project, which they deemed a pioneering model for a “cohesive wildfire strategy” that also restores forests and supports jobs and the environment. The pair have learned that “Ashland has done as much as anyone to restore forests to their natural state and deal with wildfire,” said...

Updated Jul 29, 2015 at 7:47 PM

Southern Oregon University has been named one of 12 universities in the nation to become finalists in the Climate Leadership Competition, and the only one in Oregon.The competition is being held by Second Nature, a national nonprofit that...

Updated Jul 21, 2015 at 5:53 PM

This summer, like most, my vacation was a trip to the Midwest. I love visiting my family in Illinois, but there is nothing like a trip to America’s heartland to remind me of the natural wonders of southern Oregon.This year, after...

Updated Jul 10, 2015 at 8:34 PM

Even from a relatively close viewpoint, it looks like a uniform carpet of lawn — the only giveaway may be that it's just a little too perfect. It is, in fact, a plastic lawn, a synthetic grass that promises to save lots of water and shrink...

Updated Jul 7, 2015 at 8:27 PM

In this era of increasing climate change, the West is going to see more drought and more heat — and therefore, more fire. The key to coping with this is not endless aerial bombing of retardants, but letting this fire-adapted ecosystem...

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