Ron Spencer

A Legacy of Love for Oregon’s Wild Spaces

When Ron passed away, his family honored his memory by continuing his commitment to Bird Alliance of Oregon. They created the Ron L Spencer Conservation Fund and many joined our Legacy Circle, ensuring his passion for protecting Oregon’s wildlife and wild spaces lives on.

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Buckman Elementary Backyard Habitat garden

Making Sure Nature Is Always Accessible: How the Backyard Habitat Certification Program Supports Community Sites

In 2022, the Backyard Habitat Certification Program received funding to help improve the water quality in our local waterways. We are using these funding to financially support new and existing community sites and, more specifically, community sites that emphasized public equity and accessibility.

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Northern Spotted Owl on mossy branch

Amending the Northwest Forest Plan Presents Both Opportunity and Risk

For 30 years, the Northwest Forest Plan has helped protect mature and old-growth forests, Northern Spotted Owls, Marbled Murrelets, and other imperiled fish and wildlife on federal lands throughout the Pacific Northwest. Now, the Forest Service is amending the plan—ostensibly to address changing conditions related to climate change and wildfire. Depending on your perspective, this presents an incredible opportunity to strengthen or weaken the plan.

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Great Egret in breeding plumage

Forgotten Founder: Dr. Emma J. Welty

William Finley and Herman Bohlman may be the best known, but they are not the only founders of Oregon Audubon Society (now Bird Alliance of Oregon). Dr. Emma J. Welty was there at the start and stayed engaged for over 20 years.

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Coastal marten

A Step in the Right Direction to Protect Oregon’s Western State Forests

On March 7 the Board of Forestry made a landmark decision to better protect Oregon’s western state forests by adopting the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that was years in the making. The HCP is an important step in stopping overharvest and addressing habitat needs of endangered species. It also better protects water for over 500,000 Oregonians and will lead to more sustainable forestry practices supporting a healthy coastal economy.

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