Recovering Salmon in the Willamette Basin:
the need to address pesticides and other toxins

(by Sharon Selvaggio, Healthy Wildlife and Water Program Director) The Willamette Basin has sustained salmon and steelhead (salmonids) for fifteen million years. Despite their recognized economic, cultural and ecological significance, fish populations are in trouble. Hope for recovery rests on a concerted, broad-based effort to implement actions in a recently developed recovery plan.[1]  Continue reading

Rally for Water and Wildlife

Water is truly the source for all life. Where would we be without clean water to drink? Let’s spare a few minutes to think about our fish. Oregon salmon and steelhead pass through urban, farm and forest lands during their freshwater residencies. Fry like to hang out in low-flow areas where pesticides can concentrate. In some watersheds, multiple pesticides commingle in streams downstream of urban and agricultural areas, and anything living in the water can’t avoid exposure. Continue reading

Buying Bee Friendly: What It Should Mean

We know that you care about pollinators and their well-being. People are eager to know that the food they eat and the plants they buy are safe for bees. Continue reading

Rethinking the Perfectly Manicured Lawn

(By Eden Powell, Communications and Campaign Assistant) Do you wish that reducing your environmental footprint was as accessible as your front yard? Well it turns out that it is! Continue reading

More Nurseries Support Pollinators

More and more local stores are committing to sell bee-friendly plants, untreated by a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids. Pollinators feeding on neonic-contaminated pollen or nectar can experience toxic effects at very low doses, so it’s critical to know how a flowering plant was grown before adding it to your yard. Continue reading