Talking Dredging Depressions and Dunkings in Dunsmuir


By Bob Ferris   My wife and I spent some time in Dunsmuir, California this past weekend—a spot filled with lovely mountain air and small town sparkle.  And as we were walking down the main drag in town getting kinks out of our backs and circulation into our buns after our long drive, we  stopped … Continue reading Talking Dredging Depressions and Dunkings in Dunsmuir

Coos Bay Port Officials Visit China


By Tamara Schiff Last week Governor Kitzhaber and 42 other state and private actors returned from an 11 day trade mission to Asia. Though two officials from the Port of Coos Bay accompanied Governor Kitzhaber on the trade mission, the visit included trips to China, Hong Kong, and Japan, but not South Korea, the potential … Continue reading Coos Bay Port Officials Visit China

The High Cost of Delaying Needed Reforms: The Wedge Pack and Coal


By Bob Ferris Thirty years ago or so FRAM oil filters used to run TV commercials featuring a mechanic named Jerry and a tag line: You can pay me now or you can pay me later.  The take away message being that it cost a lot less to take proactive or preventative measures than to … Continue reading The High Cost of Delaying Needed Reforms: The Wedge Pack and Coal

Blog: Marbled Murrelets—The Sounds of Silence


By Bob Ferris Those times when the folks at Cascadia Wildlands are most quiet are generally the times when we are most busy.  That is certainly the case with the marbled murrelet lawsuit over logging in the Elliott and two other state forests in Oregon.  Right now our lawyers are deep into the “discovery” phase … Continue reading Blog: Marbled Murrelets—The Sounds of Silence

10 Coal Questions for Port of Coos Bay


Ten Questions for Port of Coos Bay CEO David Koch— Since I was unable to attend the City of Eugene’s working session, here are my top ten questions:   1- If your consultants used standard industry numbers how come your job numbers per million tons of coal exported are twice Cherry Point’s numbers which also … Continue reading 10 Coal Questions for Port of Coos Bay

WDFW and the Wedge Pack—Not a Class Act


By Bob Ferris People who teach in a classroom understand that the game is won or lost and the tone set extremely early in the process.  Setting and communicating clear boundaries and expectations on that first day of class can help head off problems and save a lot time and energy on corrective actions.  By … Continue reading WDFW and the Wedge Pack—Not a Class Act

General Response to Joe Greene


[Editor's note: When the New 49er's griped about the bias of scientists involved in the public advisory committee for suction dredging in California, the State eventually acquiesced allowed the New 49ers to invite two people with science degrees from their camp.  They selected Joe Greene and Claudia Wise retired EPA scientists from Oregon and current … Continue reading General Response to Joe Greene

Dredging Up The Truth


By Bob Ferris   With every complicated, science-based issue we seem to tackle, from climate change to wolves and from forestry to diesel particulates, there seems to be a handful of slide-rule era-educated, contrarian scientists who pull themselves up from the depths of retirement to confuse the issue.  These self-proclaimed mavens generally have some credentials, but not the … Continue reading Dredging Up The Truth

Of Wolf Experts and “Wolf Experts”


By Bob Ferris When I was in graduate school we learned an awful lot in our core areas of expertise.  But we also spent time talking about scientific ethics and acceptable practices.  Part of those discussions dealt with issues relating to research and publications such as why a certain person should be identified as a … Continue reading Of Wolf Experts and “Wolf Experts”

Suction Dredging…Sucks


By Bob Ferris   My access point to my career in the conservation field came originally from fish.  I caught my first trout on the Eel River in northern California while my family was on their way to visit the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle.  As we were on our way north, my mother grudgingly … Continue reading Suction Dredging…Sucks