Mayor Hales and Commissioners Novick and Saltzman have introduced an amendment to Portland’s Comprehensive Plan which would convert 57 acres of valuable wildlife habitat at Broadmoor Golf Course in NE Portland to industrial use. The land is currently zoned as Open Space, meaning it is intended to preserve and enhance public and private natural, park and recreational values, but the owner wants to sell the land, and has asked that the City upzone this acreage so that he can sell it to industrial developers and reap a huge profit.
February 18, 2016: Due to recent public concern about increased development in Portland resulting in the removal of large healthy trees, City Council is holding a public hearing and formulating proposed amendments to strengthen regulations pertaining to large healthy tree preservation. They will be taking into consideration several proposals created by multiple City Bureaus and Commissions.
January 21, 2016: From now until February 9, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) will be accepting public comments on a Proposed Rule that would prevent new commercial fishing on currently unfished, unmanaged forage fish in federal waters, from three to 200 miles off California, Oregon and Washington. The proposed rule would protect these seven groups of forage fish species unless it could be shown that fishing for them would not have an adverse impact on the overall ecosystem.
We would like to invite you to join us on Tuesday, January 19 at 12 p.m. at Holladay Park near Lloyd Center to show your support for Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and public lands across the United States.
December 31, 2015: How does a state become a national leader in conservation? By giving youth a foundation in environmental education.
Audubon Society of Portland is working with neighbors and tree advocates on reforms to save our city’s large and healthy trees. On January 12 the Planning and Sustainability Commission will consider a stop-gap proposal to help preserve more large and healthy trees by raising mitigation fees for developers. This temporary measure will be put in place to until Title 11’s preservation standards can be reformed.
December 8, 2015: Please help us send a strong message to the Portland City Council that the community supports the approach to industrial lands outlined in the current draft of the Comprehensive Plan which focuses on cleaning up more than 900 acres of contaminated sites, intensifying use of the existing industrial land base, and limiting conversions of industrial land to other uses, rather than converting irreplaceable natural areas to industrial use.
On November 4 the Portland City Council will consider two resolutions that would put in place the strongest policies against fossil fuel shipments in the country.
September 11, 2015: September 20 is the deadline for public comments on a Proposed Administrative Rule governing tree replanting and replacement rules in the City of Portland. The rules could help preserve more large healthy trees in many situations.
August 5, 2015: Thanks to everyone who came out to the Urban Forestry Commission Public Hearing on Aug. 4. Please continue to send emails to the City Council and ask them to support code changes that will ensure Portland continues to have large healthy trees in our neighborhoods.
June 15, 2015: Help stop the slaughter of East Sand Island cormorants! On Wednesday, June 17, please call the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and tell them to stop scapegoating cormorants for salmon declines caused by the Corps’ refusal to increase river flows through the modification of dam operations.
May 6, 2015: The Port of Portland is trying to weaken existing state law to create a special exception for ports when they want to dump dredge materials – which are defined as solid waste – into the environment at upland sites.
April 1, 2015: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to slaughter more than 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants — 15 percent of the entire western North America cormorant population. Cormorants will be shot out of the sky with shotguns as they search for food over the Columbia River Estuary, or shot with rifles at close range as the birds tend to their nests on East Sand Island. In addition, more than 26,000 Double-crested Cormorant nests will be destroyed by either oiling of eggs or intentional starvation of orphaned nestlings.
March 31, 2015: On April 7, the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission will decide whether to allow a massive propane export facility to be built at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 along the Columbia River. This facility will put our communities and our environment at risk. We need your help to send a strong message to the Planning and Sustainability Commission that it should reject the Pembina Pipeline Propane Terminal.
March 20, 2015: We need your help to protect Oregon’s birds and bees! At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, the Portland City Commissioners are holding a hearing to discuss a proposed ordinance to prohibit the use of neonicotinoid insecticides (“neonics”) on city property. This is an important step forward in protecting Portland’s wildlife! Please consider attending the hearing or emailing City Council to let them know you support the ban.