Opinion: NW Natural’s campaign reeks of desperation


by Bethany Cotton, Conservation Director for Cascadia Wildlands
Originally published in The Register-Guard, May 27, 2022.

NW Natural is running full page ads in this paper co-opting the word “choice” while half of our country’s population is facing the impending loss of a fundamental constitutional right. The company, like others wedded to climate-destroying fossil fuels, knows that the future is bleak for its dangerous product, so it is behaving like the dying industry it is by employing increasingly desperate rhetoric. 

Opinion: Biden’s old-growth forest executive order has giant hole


by Bethany Cotton, Conservation Director for Cascadia Wildlands
Originally published in The Register-Guard, May 1, 2022.

Last month, in honor of Earth Day, President Biden signed an executive order on Strengthening the Nation’s Forests, Communities, and Local Economies. While the EO represents progress in its acknowledgement that old-growth and mature forests are essential bulwarks against the worst impacts of climate change, its stated commitment to science-based management, and its inclusion of indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge as key to sustainable forest management, it does not — yet — actually safeguard the last of these forests here at home.  

Opinion: Eugene must act now to address climate change


by Bethany Cotton, Conservation Director for Cascadia Wildlands
Originally published in The Register-Guard, March 26, 2022.

The city of Eugene is suffering from the same chronic inaction on climate change as the global community, referred to by the United Nations Environment Program as an adaptation gap: “the difference between actually implemented adaptation and a societally set goal.”  

Gas stoves leak climate-warming methane even when they’re off


by Jeff Brady (NPR). Originally published January 12, 2022 6:35 am on OPB.org. Updated January 27, 2022 at 7:55 AM ET.

Your natural gas cooking stove may leak climate-warming methane even when it is turned off, warns a new Stanford University study.

That’s important because methane is a much more potent greenhouse gas than even carbon dioxide, though it doesn’t linger in the atmosphere nearly as long.

Opinion: Finding hope and taking action in a time of crisis


by Rebecca White, CW Wildlands DirectorOriginally published in The Register-Guard, December 25, 2021. Just past the winter solstice, the days are starting to lengthen, and many feel inspired to make … Continue reading Opinion: Finding hope and taking action in a time of crisis

Opinion: Protecting Cascadia’s forests is our greatest climate solution


by Rebecca White, CW Wildlands DirectorOriginally published in The Register-Guard, June 26, 2021. Let’s talk “proforestation.” Coined by scientist William Moomaw, this term describes letting older forests do their natural … Continue reading Opinion: Protecting Cascadia’s forests is our greatest climate solution

A Call on Secretaries Haaland and Vilsack to Rein in Reckless Post-Fire Roadside Logging in Oregon


For Immediate ReleaseApril 13, 2021 Contacts:Bethany Cotton, Conservation Director, Cascadia Wildlands; email, 503.327.4923Tim Ingalsbee, Executive Director, Firefighters United for Safety Ethics and Ecology (FUSEE); email, 541.338.7671 Conservationists Call on Biden … Continue reading A Call on Secretaries Haaland and Vilsack to Rein in Reckless Post-Fire Roadside Logging in Oregon

BLOG: A Week to Remember


by Bethany Cotton, Campaign Director What a wonderful week for Cascadia! TUESDAY On Tuesday, the proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and 230-mile Pacific Connector pipeline was dealt … Continue reading BLOG: A Week to Remember