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PNS Daily Newscast - August 22, 2019 


The latest Trump child-detention policy sparks harsh criticism. Also, on the Thursday rundown: New York suing the EPA over Hudson River PCBs.

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Oregon's state bird, the western meadowlark, is considered a sensitive species that would benefit from proactive conservation efforts. (Becky Matsubara/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A bill in Congress would aid states in their efforts to conserve species before they are in crisis. The Recovering America's Wildlife Act would fund states' proactive management work to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered. State Wildlife Action Plans across the count

More than 1 million acres of land recognized as wilderness quality in the Owyhee Canyonlands could be left unprotected in the U.S. Bureau Land Management's resource plans. (BLM/Flickr)

ONTARIO, Ore. — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has released a draft plan for managing southeastern Oregon, and high-desert enthusiasts are concerned about its lack of action. The draft for managing 4.6 million acres of the Owyhee Canyonlands includes five alternatives. The B-L-M favors a

While there are no fracking wells in Oregon, potential for fracturing has been identified in the Willamette Valley. (Calin Tatu/Adobe Stock)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon legislators have voted to place a moratorium on the oil and gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The state Senate voted to place a five-year ban on the practice. That is only half the timespan the House approved in March, but the House is ex

A measure in Congress would ban mining in 100,000 acres of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area in southwestern Oregon. (Zach Collier/Northwest Rafting Co.)

PORTLAND, Ore. — A hearing is scheduled in Congress today on a bill that would expand public-lands protections in Oregon. Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkley have introduced the Oregon Recreation Enhancement Act, which would extend safeguards for the Rogue River and create protections for par

There are 137 known wolves in Oregon, according to the latest count. (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – With no official public meetings scheduled on a proposal to remove Endangered Species protections for gray wolves, community members in Oregon have decided to hold their own gathering. Supporters of listing the gray wolf as endangered in the lower 48 states are rallying outs

While wolves are recovering, the group Oregon Wild notes there is only one breeding pair in western Oregon. (Oregon Dept. of Fish and Widlife/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The U.S. Department of the Interior will roll out plans to remove Endangered Species Act protections for the gray wolf, acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has announced. Groups in the Northwest say that action would be premature. Wolf numbers have made a big comeback since t

The Oregon Wildlands Act would designate more than 250 miles of wild and scenic rivers in the state. (Zachary Collier/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – People who rely on public lands are urging members of Congress to protect iconic Oregon landscapes at the start of their 2019 session. With the 115th Congress occupied by a spending bill, time ran out for the Oregon Wildlands Act and the Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead

An Interior Department proposal would eliminate about 80 percent of sage grouse habitat currently protected under the 2015 conservation plan. (Nick Myatt/Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Trump administration wants to ease protections on sage-grouse habitat across the West, opening up millions of acres to drilling, mining and other resource extraction. The Interior Department has released proposals in seven of the 11 states, including Oregon, where the 20

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