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Oregon's coastline's fate linked to 'Dune' landscape

Oregon's coastline's fate linked to 'Dune' landscape

The iconic dunes of the Oregon coast, which inspired the desert planet in 'Dune,' are now facing their own ecological crisis as invasive species and erosion reshape the landscape.

Kiley Price reports for Inside Climate News.

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The Oregon timber industry won huge tax cuts in the 1990s. Now it may get another break thanks to a top lawmaker
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The Oregon timber industry won huge tax cuts in the 1990s. Now it may get another break thanks to a top lawmaker

As the cost of fighting wildfires increases, state Sen. Elizabeth Steiner has proposed a bill — developed in consultation with the logging industry — that would shift millions in expenses away from the biggest landowners and onto taxpayers.
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The Oregon timber industry won huge tax cuts in the 1990s. Now it may get another break thanks to a top lawmaker

As the cost of fighting wildfires increases, state Sen. Elizabeth Steiner has proposed a bill — developed in consultation with the logging industry — that would shift millions in expenses away from the biggest landowners and onto taxpayers.
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Climate change, drought, wildfires reduce value of private forestland in the West by billions

Oregon State University researchers said private timberland values have declined $11 billion due to the threat of drought and wildfires.
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Oregon water officials say permitting must change to keep tens of thousands of wells from going dry

The Oregon Water Resources Department must update its 68-year-old rules for permitting new wells or double down on regulating existing ones, department officials said. If it doesn’t, the growing problem of the state’s depleted groundwater reserves “is going to get very expensive,” said department director Doug Woodcock.

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Oregon agencies support floating offshore wind project, but ask for more federal engagement

Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek, along with six state agencies, declared their support this week for the federal government’s proposal to allow floating offshore wind energy projects off Oregon’s south coast, despite mixed feelings from local communities, the fishing industry and Tribes.
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EPA accepting applications from Northwest states, tribes for millions in grants to cut pollution

State, local and tribal governments have until spring 2024 to apply for billions available under a federal program to cut pollution.
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